Sem Vermeersch

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Sem Andre Claudine Vermeersch (born 1968 in Blankenberge)[1] is a Belgian academician, editor, author, administrator and professor of Buddhism at Seoul National University.[2]

Early life[edit]

Vermeersch's undergraduate experience at the University of Ghent was followed by further studies at Anhui Normal University in China.[2] In 1992, Vermeersch studied Korean at the Jungsin Cultural Research Center (now The Academy of Korean Studies) in Seoul.[2] His PhD was conferred by the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.[3] His 2001 doctoral thesis was entitled "The Power of Buddha."[1]


Vermeersch was a postdoctoral research associate at the Korea Institute, Harvard University (2002- 2003),[4] a visiting professor at the Academia Koreana, Keimyung University (2005-2007),[5] and in 2008 joined the faculty of Seoul National University as a fellow at the Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies.[1] In 2008, he also became associate director at the Center for Korean Studies and editor of the Seoul Journal of Korean Studies (SJKS).[2]

Selected works[edit]

In a statistical overview derived from writings by and about Sem Vermeersch, OCLC/WorldCat encompasses roughly 3 works in 6 publications in 3 languages and 200+ library holdings.[6]

  • The Power of Buddha: the Ideological and Institutional Role of Buddhism in the Koryo Dynasty, 2001
  • 湖巌承志園: 우리 시대 의 한옥, 호암 승지원 (Hoam Sŭngjiwŏn : uri sidae ŭi hanok, Hoam Sŭngjiwŏn), 2006
  • The Power of the Buddhas: the Politics of Buddhism During the Koryŏ Dynasty (918-1392), 2008
  • "A Chinese Traveler in Medieval Korea: Xu Jing's Illustrated Account of the Xuanhe Embassy to Koryo", 2016



  1. ^ a b c Library of Congress (LOC) authority file, Sem Vermeersch
  2. ^ a b c d Kim, Boran. "A Belgian Holding Court at SNU: The Quest to Find the S(e)oul of Korean Studies," SNU News (ROK). December 29, 2008; retrieved 2011-06-28
  3. ^ Vermeersch, Sem. "Tigers, Bears & Ancestors: A New Look at Korean Myths Old and New," International Institute for Asian Studies Newsletter (Netherlands). No. 26, November 2001; retrieved 2011-06-28
  4. ^ Sem Vermeersch page Archived 2012-07-09 at Accessed on 3 March 2012
  5. ^ 한국학 한류를 이끄는 학자들: 셈 베르메르슈 서울대 종교학과 교수 (in Korean). 2012-02-20. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
  6. ^ WorldCat Identities: Vermeersch, Sem 1968-
  7. ^ Association for Asian Studies (AAS), Palais Book Prize, list of winners; retrieved 2011-06-28