• Save the date: 14 September - Grand Opening of the Asian Library

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  • Stories and Storytelling in the Indonesian Archipelago (with Jurnal Wacana) is a one-day symposium. Indonesia’s oft-overlooked repertoire of storytelling traditions continues to inspire the nation’s arts, cultures and social practices.

    13 May - KITLV Symposium

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  • A major exhibition entitled COOL JAPAN: Worldwide Fascination in Focus opens at Museum Volkenkunde on 14 April. It will highlight the popularity of contemporary Japan, and place it in a historical context.

    14 April – 17 Sept
    Exhibition COOL JAPAN

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  • Exhibition and symposium on carnivorous plants from the collection of the Leiden Hortus botanicus, like Indonesian pitcher plants (nepenthes), in cooperation with Bogor botanical gardens.

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    Crown Jewels from Asia

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  • YAMATO, the world-famous Japanese drummers, enchant audiences throughout the world with their creativity and innovation.

    10 May
    Yamato – Japanese drummers

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    Exhibition A Buddha in The Backyard

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Exhibitions

3 January - 30 June
Treasures from Storage - Indonesian Bronzes

For the first time, the National Museum of Ethnology is exhibiting a unique collection of objects that are normally kept in storage: Indonesian bronzes, more than 200 of them. At first sight, they may seem unremarkable, but the size of the collection, their age and their significance make them special.

 

The bronze statues offer a wealth of information on the history of Indonesia, not only about artistic developments, but also about ritual meanings, material usage, trade relations, economic developments and the colonial past. The artefacts are small statues of Hindu and Buddhist gods and ritual objects. Most were found on Java, but, unsurprisingly given that Java has always had a scarcity of metals, they do not originate there.

The images are centuries old: they were made between the 8th and 15th century, a period when Java was a centre of Hinduism and Buddhism. From the fifth century the culture of India held a strong attraction for parts of Indonesia. Local rulers started to use Sanskrit, the elite language of India, and they founded Hindu and Buddhist empires. Between the seventh and fifteenth centuries there was a flourishing culture on Java that left behind some impressive monuments, such as the Buddhist  Borobudur and the Hindu temple of Prambanan. Cultural connections and the exchange of knowledge and trade contacts have been the order of the day in this region for a very long time.

How and why this process of cultural exchange with India came about is not clear. The Indonesian bronzes from our storage may shed new light on this question. Art historical research shows that some of the images bear a strong resemblance to Indian images and they probably originated from India. There is also a mirror that must have come from China. We know from recent research on shipwrecks in the Java Sea that metal bars were imported. Technical examination of the metal of the bronzes could help to give a more complete picture of the contacts between Indonesia and the outside world.

3 January - 11 June
Fleeting Images. Photograpic works by Casper Faassen

On display in the exhibition ‘Fleeting Images. Photographic works by Casper Faassen’ are 14 works that illustrate the transience of worldly existence.

 

Inspired by the multifaceted world of printmaking, Faassen’s creations consist of various layers of photography and painting. The fine pattern of ‘cracking’ added to illustrate the passing of time, emphasises the contrast between beauty and decay. Appearing and disappearing form the theme in this series in which the transience of art and photography is immortalised.

26 January - 9 May
A Buddha in The Backyard - Asia as Source of Inspiration

Kung fu and taekwondo, sushi and curry, Bollywood and Pokémon; they are all familiar concepts. A Buddha statue in the garden is the most natural thing in the world. The latest novel by Haruki Murakami is a bestseller. Acupuncture is a well-known form of traditional medicine. Young people read manga, and films from India get attention of film lovers. Asia is omnipresent.

 

The exhibition presents books, films and articles that originally come from and demonstrate the interaction with Asia, such as the visit of the Beatles to India. 'Asia' is also subject to reinterpretation. Buddha’s and Hindu gods are not designed as a garden decoration. Asian cuisine is more popular than ever, but in Europe generally softened in flavor. The exhibition shows some of these complex relationships.

 

Highlights include a Japanese acupuncture chart from the middle of the seventeenth century, a Hindu journey altar from India, a Chinese handwriting with massage techniques for children and an annotated edition of The Tale of Genji, the Japanese classic of the 11th century.

 

This exhibition is the first of a series of three exhibitions in Asia Leiden Year, organized by Leiden University Libraries

Start time: 16.00 p.m.

17 March - 11 June
EMA. Tangible Prayers

This spring Japan Museum SieboldHuis will present ‘EMA. Tangible Prayers’, an exceptional exhibition of beautifully illustrated prayer tablets that give insight into this remarkable religious Japanese tradition.  2000 EMA from a private collection will be on display for all to admire.

 

In Japan EMA can be found hanging in temples, shrines and pagodas as well as along foot paths, in homes and in holy places.  In temples and shrines these tablets are often intended for the Buddha or Bodhisattva kami (gods).  EMA tablets come in many shapes and forms however the most common shape is rectangular, with or without a frame. On the customarily wooden tablets images of temples, animals of the zodiac, or specific themes are painted or printed.  Messages of a personal nature or wishes are written on the back of the tablet.

 

 In addition to tablets beseeching the gods for success in business and in matters of the heart, special attention will be given in this exhibition to EMA tablets with specific wishes of a medical nature such as cures for hearing and vision ailments as well as haemorrhoids.  Discover the diversity of the various illnesses for which EMA tablets are used and leave your own message here in the former home of doctor Philipp Franz von Siebold.

 

17 March - 1 July
Photo exhibition ‘The North Koreans’

Tourists and journalist who visit North-Korea are always accompanied by official guides who more or less follow a standard program. They intervene when visitors enter situations or places that may not be captured by the authorities. And there is much that can not be photographed. Large parts of the country are also not accessible to foreigners.

 

The photos shown in the book and exhibition, pretend therefore not to give a complete picture of the country; which is by definition impossible. Yet they show more than other photos because the pictures exhibited here were taken by photographers who have visited the country many times and were able to print at the right time.

 

This very special book – exciting and unsettling at the same time – presents “unofficial” North Korea. It shows how people live their daily lives against the backdrop of totalitarian ideology – lives of a bizarre otherworldliness within the 21st century.

This book exhibited shows more of North Korea than any other publication has done before. However, it not only has a documentary value; the lines and colours of architecture, landscape and the calligraphy of the ubiquitous slogans and announcements are often strangely aesthetic.

 

3 April - 29 June
From Kaftan to Kippa: Dress and Diversity in the Middle East

When thinking of the Middle East, stereotype images of bearded men and veiled women tend to come to mind. But this neighbour of Europe is far more diverse than we think. In the past few years, media coverage of the Arab Spring​ and​ the dramatic war in Syria​ and Iraq​ has placed groups such as the Copts and Kurds in the limelight, but there are many more ethnic and religious groups that are similarly not defined by national borders.

 

This exhibition showcases the rich dress traditions of some of the groups living in the Middle East, highlighting the intricate history of this region. They include Copts, Bedouin,​​​ Palestinians, ​Druze, ​Orthodox Jews, Samaritans, ​Kurds and Zoroastrians​. The dress​ traditions of these groups will be displayed and discussed​ in relation to 'mainstream' Middle Eastern dress​. The​ ​​exhibition displays more than forty complete outfits for men, women​,​ and children, together with ​individual garments, footwear, headgear and​ prayer beads​. It also includes an historical section on Ottoman-style clothing, such as the kaftan and the fez, which so often has influenced contemporary clothing traditions in the Middle East. ​​Many of the items ​​on display encompass​ traditionally woven and embroidered decorative forms.

 

The exhibition forms part of the Fitting In / Standing Out project of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.

 

For a photographic impression of the exhibition, click here.

 

 

14 April - 8 October
Crown Jewels from Asia

In 2017 it will be exactly 200 year ago that 's Lands Plantentuin te Buitenzorg was set up on Java by Dr Caspar Georg Carl Reinwardt. Since 1949, Buitenzorg Bogor and the botanical garden have been known as: Kebun Raya Bogor (literally, the large garden at Bogor). Leiden's Hortus botanicus will be celebrating this anniversary in 2017 with a rich palette of activities. Our exhibition Crown Jewels from Asia is one of them.

 

The two botanical gardens have a close historical link: Reinwardt was appointed Professor of Botany at Leiden University following his period as director in Bogor. Even 200 years later, a large proportion of the core collection of the Leiden Hortus is still made up of plants that originate from Indonesia. The collaboration with Universitas Indonesia was recently further strengthened by the signing of an agreement between the two Science faculties.

14 April - 17 September
COOL JAPAN – Worldwide Fascination in Focus

Pokémon, Hello Kitty, robots and samurai – all international icons of Japanese visual culture. Japan is known for its ancient traditions, and yet it is also hip and happening, with occasional extravagant visual excesses. A major exhibition entitled COOL JAPAN: Worldwide Fascination in Focus opens at Museum Volkenkunde on 14 April. It will highlight the popularity of contemporary Japan, and place it in a historical context.

 

Historical and contemporary

From the instantly recognisable Japanese horror to ‘cute fashion’ from the streets of Tokyo, COOL JAPAN brings it all together. With top historical items from its world-famous Japanese collection, Museum Volkenkunde will show that today’s icons are part of a long tradition. The exhibition will feature both contemporary art and work by Katsushika Hokusai, known as the ‘Rembrandt of Japan’. The most eye-catching exhibit will be the four-metre tall painting Uki-Uki by Matsuura Hiroyuki, featuring old and new elements (a traditional kimono and manga), in a perfect illustration of the exhibition’s core message.

Fans of Japanese popular culture will be delighted by the original drawings and designs for classic manga, anime and games such as Death Note, Princess Mononoke and Final Fantasy. Clips from influential feature animations will be screened.

 

For fans and newcomers

There will be lots to see and lots to do. Visitors can game to their heart’s content on classic arcade machines and the latest game computers. Comic book fanatics will be able to choose from thousands of mangas. A whole range of activities and events are also planned on the theme of Japanese culture. COOL JAPAN is a spectacular and exquisitely designed exhibition for both fans and newcomers, young and old.

 

COOL JAPAN is sponsored by the Blockbusterfonds, the BankGiroLoterij, and  the Prince Bernhard Cultural Fund.

 

Picture: Kurebayashi, 2016, Kjeld Duits

18 May - 29 August
Cultural Dynamics of Sanskrit

Sanskrit is a global phenomenon--a language that has captured the intellectual imagination of historians and linguists in nineteenth-century Europe, and contemporary students of yoga and āyurveda, alike. Yet, Sanskrit is not a language that speaks solely through texts. It has been a medium for the transmission of ideas, stories, images, and performances that together inspired a shared world of culture linking far-flung regions of Asia across the centuries. This exhibition traces some of the complexity and cultural dynamism of Sanskrit in Asia and beyond: from a language of elite culture to a language of enlightenment, from its rich storyworlds to traditions of embodied practice. Finally, it considers how and why Sanskrit matters today by looking at the debates currently surrounding its use and status. To tell the story of Sanskrit, the exhibition will incorporate a broad range of materials including rare manuscripts, vibrant photographs of Asian temples and icons, and original videos and multimedia presentations.
Start time: 16.00 p.m.

11 August - 20 August
Carnivorous Plant Exhibition and Symposium

Exhibition and symposium on carnivorous plants from the collection of the Leiden Hortus botanicus, like Indonesian pitcher plants (nepenthes), in cooperation with Bogor botanical gardens.

11 September - 21 December
Dressing Central Asia

Central Asia has long been famous for its production of textiles and garments. Located on the so-called Silk Road, it has seen and used textiles from China, Mongolia, India, Iran (Persia) as well as the Middle East and Europe. It has also developed a distinctive style of clothing that is well suited to the hot summers and freezing winters, as well as the plains and mountains of this vast region.

 

The definition of Central Asia is based on the so-called ‘Stans’, so Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. For centuries the peoples of these countries have travelled from one area to another and so created a melting pot of ethnic and cultural groups.

 

The exhibition is used to explore the various types of textiles associated with this vast region, notably the colourful ikats, velvets (plain and decorative), as well as embroideries and printed forms.

 

Among the items on display are a number of coats worn by male members of various Uzbek courts, including ikat and velvet forms, and a rare embroidered coat of a type that was presented as a gift to notables. This was a form of khilat (‘robe of honour’), an important and ancient subject that will be discussed in the exhibition.

 

 

More information on this exhibition will be available on the website of the Textile Research Centre as soon as possible. 

14 September - 16 January
Mapping Asia

Asia is home to many different cultures, which share important characteristics and are diverse at the same time. The exhibition Mapping Asia investigates a number of the most conspicuous features, such as language, education, urbanization and natural resources. Each characteristic obviously connected to the others. Politics and especially migration have been instrumental in shaping some of these features. How does migration influence the development of cities? Is globalization one the factors in the disappearance of indigenous languages? These and more questions are discussed in this exhibition.
This is not an exhibition on historical maps, but an exhibition in which various aspects of Asia will be highlighted using cartography and GIS mapping tool. The exhibition shows several attractive maps on a specific theme especially made for this exhibition, including prints, books, photographs and maps also.
If you are interested in this exhibition, please also have look at ‘Mapping Asia – Cartographic encounters between East & West. 7th international symposium on the History of Cartography’ on September 15 and 16.
Start time: 16.00 p.m.

Events

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6 March-31 December - 'Reistafel' uncovers Asia

A meal as a key to Asia. Eighty minor’s students are writing blogs about the Reistafel – a play on words in Dutch referring to travel (reis) and rice (rijst) that serves a... more

A meal as a key to Asia. Eighty minor’s students are writing blogs about the Reistafel – a play on words in Dutch referring to travel (reis) and rice (rijst) that serves as a metaphor for the political, economic, cultural and social diversity of Asia. The blog is part of the minor Journalism and New Media that trains students for a career in (cross-medial) journalism.

 

The Reistafel is the winner of a competition that was finalised early in September 2016. Other ideas put forward were about doing business in Asia, backpacking in Asia and integrating Chinese students in Leiden.

 

The Reistafel is based on an Asian meal, the rijsttafel. Students will analyse in different editorial teams all the conceivable aspects of the meal: What does it cost? What kind of diet is it? Who eats together with whom and how are they related to one another? What is the cultural-historical significance of food in different cultures?

 

The aim of the blog is to use the example of a meal to convey differences and similarities between Western and Eastern cultures and the way they influence one another. The communication will be cross-medial, featuring written articles and videos, data journalism and podcasts. Visit the blog here.

Mon March 6th, 2017 - Journalism and New Media offices

31 March-28 April - HOVO lecture series on Indonesian biogeography

Four lectures by geologist / botanist Arend Wakker on the biogeography of Indonesia. Easch spring and autumn the Hortus botanicus organises a short series HOVO courses for... more

Four lectures by geologist / botanist Arend Wakker on the biogeography of Indonesia.

Easch spring and autumn the Hortus botanicus organises a short series HOVO courses for people aged 50 and older. In spring 2017, geologist and botanist Arend Wakker will talk on the biogeography of Indonesia (in Dutch). After the lecture he shows the plants in the Hortus tropical greenhouses.

Dates: morning March 31, April 7, 21 April and 28 April always from 10.30 to 12.30. Register via HOVO organisation.

Fri March 31st, 2017 - Tuinkamer, Hortus botanicus

4 April-9 May - Studium Generale - Salon Boerhaave

Together with Museum Boerhaave, Leiden University Studium Generale organises a lecture series on Asia, related to objects and archival docments in the Boerhaave collection.... more

Together with Museum Boerhaave, Leiden University Studium Generale organises a lecture series on Asia, related to objects and archival docments in the Boerhaave collection.

 

Dates & Topics

04|04 The blind visionary of Ambon: Georg Everard Rumphius
11|04 Venus in Batavia and Réunion
18|04  W. F. Einthoven’s String galvanometer: the electrocardiograph as wireless telegraph
02|05 The Bosscha stargazer: astronomy in the Dutch East Indies
09|05 Jacob Clay’s electrometer: a story of an imperfect discovery

 

Time & Place
19.30–21.00 hours,
Room 011
Lipsius Building,
Cleveringaplaats 1
Leiden

 

Please consider that the program of these events is in Dutch

29 April - HistoRUN 2017 - Rumah Kaca - Living under Colonial Surveillance

"Travel back to the 1920's to discover and get inspired by Indonesian history in Leiden.."

 

HistoRUN is an annual event of PPI Leiden since 2013. ... more

"Travel back to the 1920's to discover and get inspired by Indonesian history in Leiden.."

 

HistoRUN is an annual event of PPI Leiden since 2013. It is a guided-tour around the city of Leiden focusing on telling Indonesian history within the city. The audience of HistoRUN are Indonesian and international students from Leiden and other cities in the Netherlands, as well as the Indonesian diasporas in the Netherlands.

 

This year's HistoRUN's theme will be Rumah Kaca: Living Under Colonial Surveillance. “Rumah Kaca” or house of glass is a term to describe the activity of Dutch intelligence police within the colonial era when they investigate the life of Indonesian nationalists, even of Indonesian students in the Netherlands during the 1910s-1940s.

 

 

Sat April 29th, 2017 - Lipsius Building Leiden University

2 May - The Bosscha stargazer: astronomy in the Dutch East Indies

The oldest observatory in Indonesia can be found in Lembang (West Java), on the slopes of the Tangkuban Perahu volcano. During the first meeting of the Dutch East Indies Astro... more

The oldest observatory in Indonesia can be found in Lembang (West Java), on the slopes of the Tangkuban Perahu volcano. During the first meeting of the Dutch East Indies Astronomical Society in the 1920s it was decided that an observatory needed to be built in the Dutch East Indies. The facility that resulted remains a centre for astronomical research to this very day. In this lecture, Johan van Kullenburg, guest staff member at Museum Boerhaave, tells the unique story of how this observatory came into being.

 

Speaker:     Johan van Kuilenburg, Leiden-trained astronomer. After a career in industry, he is again involved in both Leiden’s historic university observatory and Museum Boerhaave.
Time:         19.30 – 21.00 hours

3 May - War in the East Indies? The controversy surrounding the Dutch performance in the decolonization of the Netherlands – The Dutch Indies (1945 – 1949)

The Historical Study Association Leiden organizes a symposium on the struggle for independence in the Dutch East Indies (1945-1949) on Wednesday, May 3rd 2017. The starting po... more

The Historical Study Association Leiden organizes a symposium on the struggle for independence in the Dutch East Indies (1945-1949) on Wednesday, May 3rd 2017. The starting point of the symposium will be the request of the Dutch governance to re-open the research into the Dutch intervention in the decolonization of the Dutch East Indies in 1945-1949. The reason for this request was the recently published dissertation of historian Rémy Limpach. In his book ‘De brandende kampongs van Generaal Spoor’ (‘The burning kampongs of General Spoor’), he draws the conclusion that the Dutch violence against the population of its colony was more widespread than believed before.

 

The HSVL has the great honour to welcome Rémy Limpach, and he will talk about his findings concerning this matter. During the symposium, the HSAL aims to highlight various perspectives on the subject. One of the other speakers is Louis Zweers, guest curator of the ‘Colonial War’-exposition of the Resistance Museum Amsterdam. He will show us censored and uncensored images of the actions of the Dutch army in the Dutch East Indies at that time, and explain them.

 

 

Please consider that the program of this event is in Dutch.
Starting time: 19.30h

Wed May 3rd, 2017 - Hortus Botanicus, Oranjerie

6 May - Chef ' s BOAT - Singapore - Malay Street Food & Boat trip through the canals of Leiden

Did you know that tonic water is generally used for its preventive properties especially against malaria ?! When we lived in Singapore (and then in Sierra Leone), we have much... more

Did you know that tonic water is generally used for its preventive properties especially against malaria ?! When we lived in Singapore (and then in Sierra Leone), we have much to drink this drink. It is especially popular with Gin.

 

Nasi Lemak is a street food in Singapore and Malaysie. It is a dish consisting of rice in the middle, beef or chicken rendang, boiled egg, pickled cucumber, ikan bilis (fried dried anchovies), prawn sambal and possibly fried fish etc. One eats this especially for breakfast! Really!

 

I'm going to make something good here! At my studio we will then collect us and get on the boat. You get a Gin & Tonic as a welcome drink with some appetizers and while we sail, you can expect a buffet with all the other goodies.

 

At the end of the ride, I can drop you at Grill BBQ Festival at the Rembrandt else you can stay in the atmosphere of the cozy boat ride!

 

The price includes trips of 1.5 hours, welcome GT, appetizers and meals.
Deadline for registration: April 29, 2017 !!

Sat May 6th, 2017 - Mai & Me

9 May - Jacob Clay’s electrometer: a story of an imperfect discovery

In May 1972, scientist E. M. Bruins wrote a letter to the directors of Museum Boerhaave. In it, Bruins took issue with the bewildering measurements that physicist Jacob Clay h... more

In May 1972, scientist E. M. Bruins wrote a letter to the directors of Museum Boerhaave. In it, Bruins took issue with the bewildering measurements that physicist Jacob Clay had made during sea voyages from Java to the Netherlands from 1927 to 1932. According Clay’s measurements, cosmic radiation decreases in intensity moving towards the equator, a claim that shook the idea of cosmic radiation and the cosmos at its very foundations!

The electrometer that Clay had used to register the intensity of cosmic radiation had previously held a prominent place in the museum. But Bruins believed that Clay had falsified his findings. According to Bruins, Clay’s instruments were not in order and he had deliberately manipulated his data. Was Professor Bruins correct in his suspicions? Had Professor Clay faked his results? In this presentation, Ad Maas reveals the surprising story behind an imperfect discovery. What makes a discovery a true discovery?

 

Speaker:      Ad Maas, curator at Museum Boerhaave, a specialist in Dutch physics, the history of Dutch science from 1750, Albert Einstein and Dutch Newtonianism. He is also a book review editor for the renowned history of science journal Isis.
Time:          19.30 – 21.00 hours

 

Please consider that the program of this event is in Dutch

10 May - Yamato - Japanese drummers

YAMATO, the world-famous Japanese drummers, enchant audiences throughout the world with their creativity and innovation. The performance starts with a beat on an enormous J... more

YAMATO, the world-famous Japanese drummers, enchant audiences throughout the world with their creativity and innovation.

The performance starts with a beat on an enormous Japanese Taiko drum, made from a 400-year-old tree. The intensity of the sound makes your whole body resonate and your heart beat faster. You will find yourself transported by the ecstatic rhythm of the drumming to a world you hardly knew existed. The drummers use their whole body and soul, and every ounce of their energy for each drumbeat, sending an overwhelming wave of energy washing over you.

This traditional instrument, the ‘Wadaiko’ (Japanese drum), brings the authentic spirit of Japan to life and leads you on a journey of discovery to new experiences. The YAMATO troupe was formed in 1993; they made their debut at a Shinto temple festival taking place in their home town, where the members performed Hyuga, an original musical work they composed themselves. Now, 24 years later, YAMATO has visited 53 different countries and given over 3,000 performances for more than six million people. Their musical performances are widely acclaimed by audiences and have received a string of top reviews by critics. To reserve tickets please click here.

Wed May 10th, 2017 - Stadsgehoorzaal

11 May-1 October - Envisioning Indonesia

Envisioning Indonesia is an extraordinary walk-app that allows users to connect the cityscape of Leiden with similar places on the other side of the world: Indonesia. While wa... more

Envisioning Indonesia is an extraordinary walk-app that allows users to connect the cityscape of Leiden with similar places on the other side of the world: Indonesia. While walking through Leiden, short clips can be activated on a mobile device as if one looks over a distant wall. The app will offer two routes. The first one focuses on the landmarks of Leiden. The textile history of Leiden will be connected to moving images of a textile factory in Delanggu on Java, and the Leidense Burcht, the fortress in the city centre, will be linked to ‘Fort Oranje’ on the Moluccan Island of Ternate. The second route will focus on daily life by showing the Indonesian version of the student dormitory, a kos, and the oldest market of Jakarta in reference to the main shopping street of Leiden.

 

All clips come from ‘Recording the Future’, an audio-visual project of KITLV recording daily life in Indonesia. ‘Walking with Indonesia’ enables the walker to combine the business of street life in Leiden with glimpses of Indonesia, making strolling through Leiden a global experience.

 

The Envisioning Indonesia app provides a short (4km) and a long (6km) walk and will be available from the 1st of April, 2017.

 

Thu May 11th, 2017 - Leiden streets

12 May - Talks on ‘Asia and the Netherlands’

On Friday 12 May, the Language and Literature Committee of the Society of Dutch Literature is organising an afternoon meeting on the topic of ‘Asia and the Netherlands’. E... more

On Friday 12 May, the Language and Literature Committee of the Society of Dutch Literature is organising an afternoon meeting on the topic of ‘Asia and the Netherlands’. Europe has been fascinated by Asia for many centuries. From the 16th century, attempts have been made to bring parts of the region under Western influence and to exploit it, with varying degrees of success. Now, it appears that Asia has not only a rich past, but also a promising future.

 

Since the Second World War and decolonisation, countries in this part of the world have undergone rapid development. China, as an example, is currently investing on a large scale in Western companies and infrastructure, and more and more students from Asia are pursuing an academic training in Europe.

 

Given the context of the Leiden Asia Year, Asia and the Netherlands seems an appropriate topic for this year’s meeting. Topics in the field of linguistics and literature - both current and historical - will be discussed in a series of five lectures. Within the Society, the Indonesian-Dutch Literature working group has been occupied for many years with the Dutch colonial and post-colonial past in Southeast Asia. Besides Indonesia, other countries such as China and Japan will also be discussed during this themed meeting.

 

Everyone is welcome to attend. Please register before 1 May to confirm your attendance via: aanmelding@library.leidenuniv.nl (mentioning MNL themed meeting 12 May)

Programme          (click here to view the programme in Dutch)

13:00
Doors open

13:30-13:40 - André Bouwman
Opening

13.40-14.10 - Tom Hoogervorst
Four centuries of Dutch Malay-language contact

14:15-14:45 - Peter van Zonneveld
Indo travelogues, 1800-1945

14:50-15:20 - Harm Beukers
Cross Written words. How and why the Japanese learned Dutch

15:25-15:55
Pause

15.55-16.25 - Mark Leenhouts
States of confusion. Chinese literature in Dutch

16:30-17:00 - Sofie Sun
Tradition or innovation? Dutch literature in Chinese

17.05-18:00
Drinks

 

Please consider that the program of this event is in Dutch.

13 May - KITLV Symposium Stories and Storytelling in the Indonesian Archipelago (with Jurnal Wacana)

Stories and Storytelling in the Indonesian Archipelago is a one-day symposium organised by KITLV. Indonesia’s oft-overlooked repertoire of storytelling traditions continues... more

Stories and Storytelling in the Indonesian Archipelago is a one-day symposium organised by KITLV. Indonesia’s oft-overlooked repertoire of storytelling traditions continues to inspire the nation’s arts, cultures and social practices. Following a successful pilot symposium in 2014, we investigate some of the archipelago’s diverse story-texts and performance practices.

 

This broad-scope symposium centres on the characteristics of Indonesian stories, their embedding in storytelling traditions, and the (ritual) contexts in which these are performed. Several presentations explore how stories were – and are – composed and disseminated. Other participants bring to the fore Indonesian perspectives on storytelling beyond the boundaries of the written word, including solo- and group-performances accompanied by music, singing and dance.

 

We hope that this event will contribute to a renewed attention to the storytelling practices of Indonesia, fostering a more nuanced understanding of “text” in all its forms, the relevance of traditional stories in a rapidly changing society, and ongoing developments in Indonesian literature and popular culture.

 

More information on this event will be available on the website of the KITLV as soon as possible.
Picture: Clara Brakel

Sat May 13th, 2017 - Museum Volkenkunde

13 May - Badakshan Ensemble - Vibrant traditional music from the Pamir Mountains

 

Vibrant traditional songs and music from the Pamir Mountains
The Badakhshan Ensemble takes its name from the mountainous region - poetically known in Pe... more

 

Vibrant traditional songs and music from the Pamir Mountains
The Badakhshan Ensemble takes its name from the mountainous region - poetically known in Persian as Bam-i Dunya, the “Roof of the World” - that comprises the sparsely populated eastern half of Tajikistan and northeast Afghanistan. There, in the Pamir Mountains, a vibrant tradition of devotional song, dance, and contemplative instrumental music has been cultivated.Trance-like rhythms and piercing melodies propel these vivid performances.

 

Badakhshani music and dance represent a distinct cultural practice within Central Asia. The so-called Pamiri languages belong to the Eastern Iranian family of languages but are distinct from Persian and are not used in a literary form.
Orally composed folksong texts in Pamiri languages are common in Badakhshan, but the literary texts typically set to music in spiritual songs are drawn from classical Persian or modern Tajik, an eastern dialect of Persian.

 

Many if not most Badakhshanis are Shia Ismaili Muslims, and the Ismaili spiritual and devotional tradition has had a strong and abiding influence on Pamiri expressive culture. Ismaili communities have existed in the Pamir Mountains for close to a millennium.

 

The Badakhshan Ensemble’s repertory encompasses a variety of musical styles and genres. The line-up is:

  • Sohiba Davlatshoeva – Vocal, Daf, Dance
  • Aqnazar Alovatov – Vocals, Pamiri Rubab
  • Mukhtor Muborakadamov – Pamiri Setar
  • Khushbakht Niyozov – Afghan Rubab, Daf

The Baakhshan Ensemble is also on youtube. You can listen to one of their songs by clicking this link. 

 

The concert of Badakhshan Ensemble is presented in collaboration with the Aga Khan Music Initiative, a program of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. 

Entrance: 15 (door) / 12.50 (pre sale, via internet only)

 

Sat May 13th, 2017 - Qbus Muziekhuis

13 May - ISN Cultural Festival 2017

Would you like to travel the world in one day?   ISN Leiden is proud to organize the 11th edition of the International Cultural Festival in collaboration with Leiden... more

Would you like to travel the world in one day?
 

ISN Leiden is proud to organize the 11th edition of the International Cultural Festival in collaboration with Leiden Asia Year. The Festival will take place on Saturday, 13th May at Scheltema Leiden. The Cultural Festival is the biggest annual event organized by the international students to showcase their culture and heritage. The festival aims to serve the purpose of proper integration between the internationals, the local students and the Dutch community.

 

During the Cultural Festival, international students form ‘Country Teams’ to represent their country’s music, dance, food, art and languages. During the festival, visitors will get the opportunity to talk with the respective country representatives, join workshops, taste traditional dishes and discover the culture of your fellow students.

 

The Festival shall start with a spectacular opening at 12:00 hrs on Saturday 13th May at Scheltema Leiden (Marktsteeg 1). After the opening, you get the chance to join exclusive workshops, interactive open mic stage and performances throughout the day. After the day program, we are hosting an after-party at Scheltema, which starts at 21:00. Live bands and dj’s shall entertain you all night long with international music.

 

Whether you are an international student or a local Dutch student or a local resident – We invite you to the ISN International Cultural Festival 2017. A perfect event to visit with your parents, family and friends!

 

Tickets are € 5. You can buy them at the ISN Common Room, doorsale or go to www.culturalfestival.nl

Sat May 13th, 2017 - Scheltema

17-18 May - Conference Buddhist Studies in Leiden

On 17-18 May 2017 Leiden University will host a conference, organized by Prof. dr. Jonathan Silk, to commemorate 60 years of the Chair in the study of Buddhism, 60 years of th... more

On 17-18 May 2017 Leiden University will host a conference, organized by Prof. dr. Jonathan Silk, to commemorate 60 years of the Chair in the study of Buddhism, 60 years of the Indo-Iranian Journal, the 30th anniversary of Leiden University hosting the Numata Visiting Professorship in Buddhist Studies and the publication of the first volume of Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism.

 

Authoritative speakers associated with Dutch Buddhist Studies, the IIJ, the BEB, and the Numata Chair will present papers. Please see the program for further details of the speakers, the presentation topics and the time schedule.

 

 

The conference will take place on 17–18 May, 2017, to coincide with the official opening of the University Library’s exhibition  ‘Cultural Dynamics of Sanskrit’ at Leiden University Libraries on May 18, so that everyone can attend both events.

 

Wed May 17th, 2017 - Gravensteen Building, Room 0.11

18 May - Van Vollenhoven Lecture: Labour law, judicialisation, and the future of socio-legal studies in Indonesia

An increasing number of Indonesian legal specialists are no longer limiting themselves to a strict monodisciplinary approach to the law, but are carrying out empirical researc... more

An increasing number of Indonesian legal specialists are no longer limiting themselves to a strict monodisciplinary approach to the law, but are carrying out empirical research on how such law comes about, how it is applied and how it functions. The speaker will analyse this trend and will reflect on the future of 'socio-legal' studies in Indonesia. He will illustrate his analysis by looking at Indonesian employment law and the development of judicial and more political forms of dispute resolution in this field. The aim is to raise awareness of these issues among the Dutch public and to stimulate them to think about a scientific and collaborative agenda for the future.

 

Surya Tjandra is a well-known Indonesian labour academic-activist. He is a lecturer at the Law Faculty of Atma Jaya Catholic University and Jentera Law School, in Jakarta, Indonesia. For many years he was associated with the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (LBH) in Jakarta, Indonesia and he is the founder of the Trade Union Rights Centre. Surya holds a bachelor degree in law from the University of Indonesia, a master degree in Law in Development from Warwick University and a PhD from Leiden University. His PhD-thesis concerned the political economy of labour law reform in Indonesia after the Reformasi. He was one of the key figures in the struggle for social security reforms in Indonesia, which led to the enactment of the Law on the Social Security Executing Agency in 2011. This Law guarantees health care to all Indonesian citizens, as well as pensions to formal workers. Surya has published widely on Indonesian labour law and trade unions issues nationally and internationally, and he has been working closely with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, the DGB Bildungswerk, and the FNV Mondiaal.
 

Time: 16:15 - 17:30  hrs.
 

Registration: Please register for this event by sending an email to: vollenhoven@law.leidenuniv.nl

18 May - Book launch Bicentenary of Bogor Botanic Garden

This book gives an interested overview of 200 years Bogor botanic garden (Kebun Raya Bogor).

This book gives an interested overview of 200 years Bogor botanic garden (Kebun Raya Bogor).

Thu May 18th, 2017 - Hortus botanicus Leiden

18 May - Symposium - Show me China: Discover four centuries of Chinese presence in the Netherlands

In 2017 no less than 6 exhibitions on China will open in Dutch museums. This provides an excellent opportunity to join forces and together explore the current art- and cultura... more

In 2017 no less than 6 exhibitions on China will open in Dutch museums. This provides an excellent opportunity to join forces and together explore the current art- and cultural-historical views on China through a Symposium. Researchers and curators form the Rijksmuseum, the Frans Hals museum, Groninger Museum, Ceramics Museum Princessehof, the LeidenAsiaCentre, Museum Prinsenhof, the National Archive, and the universities of Amsterdam, Utrecht and Leiden will take you on a dynamic journey exploring perceptions and representations of Chinese art and culture in the Netherlands from the seventeenth century to the present day. Download the full programme (in Dutch) here.

 

This symposium is an initiative of the NWO-research project The Chinese Impact in collaboration with Gemeentemuseum The Hague and Museum Prinsenhof Delft and is generously supported by the Confucius Institute, the Huizinga Institute, LeidenAsiaCentre,the Postgraduate School for Art History (OSK) and The Society of Friends of Asian Art (VVAK).

 
Time: 10.00 - 16.30 hrs

 

REGISTRATION (includes coffee and lunch)

Regular: € 10

Students: € 5

OSK- and Huizinga-students: free of charge (but registration compulsory)

 

To register send an email to info@onderzoekschoolkunstgeschiedenis.nl with the subject ‘China symposium’, then you will receive a link for the payment.

Thu May 18th, 2017 - Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

20 May - LAK-Workshop: Classical Sattriya Dance

Sattriya (pronounced ‘Hottriya’) is a classical dance form from the eastern state of Assam in India. The dance emerges from a five hundred years old compr... more

Sattriya (pronounced ‘Hottriya’) is a classical dance form from the eastern state of Assam in India. The dance emerges from a five hundred years old comprehensive theater tradition nurtured in the Vaishnavite monasteries called “Sattras” in Assam, India. Its creator a Vaishnavite saint and social reformer, Sri Sankardeva employed the art, both plastic and performance to propagate his neo-Vaishnavite movement of universal message of peace and social harmony. He eschewed the caste barriers and advocated his principle of access to the divine for all.

 

What was important to Sri Sankardeva was devotion, selflessness and commitment to Lord Krishna. He composed songs (Borgeet), dance (Sattriya), dramas (Bhaona) and stagecraft for the propagation of his new faith and to ensure effective communication to the common people.

 

The Krishna narratives were recorded not only in music, drama and dance but also in woven textile imagery, the largest surviving example is the Vrindavani Vastra, which is the centrepiece of exhibition at the British Museum and currently held in an exhibition at Chepstow Museum, United Kingdoms.

 

Sri Sankardeva set up Sattras or monasteries and namghars or community prayer halls. For years, this dance was confined to the walls of the monasteries where celibate male monks performed and practised the art as a part of the daily rituals and ceremonial offerings. Today Sattriya dance is flowing from the monasteries to the contemporary world performed widely amongst men and women.

 

Time: 14hrs-16hrs
Registration and tickets: For students: € 7,50, For staff members and others: € 12,50

22-24 May - Adat law 100 years on: towards a new interpretation?

This international conference focuses on adat law in Indonesia, a century after the Adat Law Foundation (Adatrechtstichting) was set up in Leiden in 1917 by Van Vollenhoven... more

This international conference focuses on adat law in Indonesia, a century after the Adat Law Foundation (Adatrechtstichting) was set up in Leiden in 1917 by Van Vollenhoven and Snouck Hurgronje. The foundation would publish 43 volumes on adat law, resulting from one of the biggest law research projects ever carried out at Leiden University. Adat law is still a very topical and socially relevant theme, particularly with regard to land rights. The meeting offers an opportunity to analyse the current status of adat law and the most pertinent issues. This calls for an approach that, besides the legal perspective, also takes account of social, economic and political contexts. A comparison between the approach of the Leiden Adat Law School and the more recent approaches in academic research and in Indonesian policy practice is also in order. One of the key questions will be what prospects adat law in 2017 can offer for the numerous and widespread problems relating to access to and ownership of agricultural land for local communities.

 

 

Please visit the website of KITLV to register.

Mon May 22nd, 2017 - Leiden Law School

23 May - Leiden Indian Philosophy Symposium - Tradition and Innovation in Indian Philosophy

This symposium brings together scholars working in the field of Indian philosophy. The present edition focuses on philosophical innovations and the role of tradition in the hi... more

This symposium brings together scholars working in the field of Indian philosophy. The present edition focuses on philosophical innovations and the role of tradition in the history of Indian philosophy. The speakers will address a variety of topics, including ethics, epistemology, and logic.

Tue May 23rd, 2017 - Lipsius 0.28

29 May - Round-table: zus-en-zo. A conversation between translators in Asian Literature

Why don’t we translate a 'dhoti' to 'wikkelbroek' or 'broekrok'? Mr. Sharma saw with his own two eyes that the cup had fallen down to the ground. Did Mr. Jansen see t... more

Why don’t we translate a 'dhoti' to 'wikkelbroek' or 'broekrok'? Mr. Sharma saw with his own two eyes that the cup had fallen down to the ground. Did Mr. Jansen see that too? Who is the greatest writer in history? How do you translate your eleventh century Japanese jokes? Do you need to translate Chinese first names or not? How convenient or useful is it to have contact with the writer while translating? All these questions, and more, will be answered during the round-table conversation Sister-and-so.

 

Speaker: Alexander Reeuwijk
Translators: Dick Plukker (Hindi), Jos Vos (Japanese) Silvia Marijnissen (Chinese)
Time; 20.00 hrs

 

 

Everyone is welcome to attend this evening. Please confirm your participation by May 27th by email: login@library.leidenuniv.nl (please refer to roundtable translators asiatic literature)

4 June - Japan Market

The Japan Market (Japanmarkt) is an annual fair organised by Japanmuseum SieboldHuis. The event is a festive commemoration of the Japanese emperor’s visit to the Rapenburg i... more

The Japan Market (Japanmarkt) is an annual fair organised by Japanmuseum SieboldHuis. The event is a festive commemoration of the Japanese emperor’s visit to the Rapenburg in Leiden in the year 2000. Thousands of people gather annually to enjoy this cultural day!
Leiden has many historical ties with Japan, which is apparent in the Japanmuseum SieboldHuis, the Japanese garden in the Hortus Botanicus and various monuments throughout the city. The annual Japan Market will fill the entire Rapenburg in Leiden with bustling stalls and great performances! Japan market 2017 will offer a beautiful 400 metre-long street full of stands with Japanese cultural and culinary wares. Beautiful prints, bonsai trees and kimonos will be for sale, and you can taste goodies like sushi and takoyaki. Fans of Japanese pop culture will not want to miss this either, as there are stands focusing on cosplay, manga and anime! There will also be various cultural events and activities.

Sun June 4th, 2017 - Japanmuseum Sieboldhuis

15 June - Congress Cosmopolis Empire and Information in Asia

Cosmopolis (2012-2017) unites several research and educational programmes into one community. It is attached to the department of Colonial and Global History at the Institut... more

Cosmopolis (2012-2017) unites several research and educational programmes into one community. It is attached to the department of Colonial and Global History at the Institute for History of Leiden University.
Cosmopolis represents a common endeavor of Leiden University and the National Archives at The Hague to extend the accessibility and study of all Dutch sources pertaining to Asia by deepening the cooperation with Asian universities, archives and local cultural institutions.
Cosmopolis seeks to explore the transnational and cultural dimensions of intra-Eurasian encounters through Dutch sources. This starts from the recognition that political, social-economic, ethnic and religious processes in Eurasia were moulded by global connections through the highly cosmopolitan middle-ground of long-distance networks and port cities.
Cosmopolis functions as a research community. This includes regular seminars and lectures at Leiden, as well as an annual conference convened in Asia. Cosmopolis further organizes visits to archives, museums and libraries, as well as social events.

Thu June 15th, 2017 - Cosmopolis

15 June - Reading North Korean Posters: Medium and Message

The Asian Library at Leiden University hosts a unique (online) annotated database of over 1,000 printed North Korean posters (1952-2011) from a private collection. On occasion... more

The Asian Library at Leiden University hosts a unique (online) annotated database of over 1,000 printed North Korean posters (1952-2011) from a private collection. On occasion of the launch of this database, three speakers will engage the posters from three different disciplinary angles, addressing the posters consecutively as visual art, as propaganda tools and as historical documents. In doing so, they will demonstrate how with the right set of questions and the proper methodological toolbox, something as mundane as a poster turns out to be a surprisingly rich, complex and versatile source of information.

 

These lectures show that sustained and informed scientific engagement with the available data goes a long way to lift the vail of unknowability that is often draped over North Korea. Through a deep reading of these printed posters, North Korea stops being nothing but a political headache, but also appears as a historical entity with a specific social, political, ideological and cultural identity.
Time: 14.00 - 17.00 h

 

Credits Poster:

Ch'oe Ŭn-sŏk, Let us carry out the construction of cities and farming villages as an all-people movement! (1957).
In the years following the Korean War (1950-53), a great effort went into rebuilding the country. Mass mobilisation of manual labour has been an ideologically motivated feature of economic policy throughout North Korea’s history. The poster design makes the effort palatable by drawing the eye to the promotional images of a city and countryside idyll.

Thu June 15th, 2017 - To be decided

16-17 June - International Workshop: The DPRK through its posters: De-centering North Korean Studies

Coinciding with the launch of an online annotated database of printed North Korean posters, the Asian Library hosts the first ever international workshop dedicated exclusively... more

Coinciding with the launch of an online annotated database of printed North Korean posters, the Asian Library hosts the first ever international workshop dedicated exclusively to the study of (a specific set of) North Korean posters. In this truly interdisciplinary hands-on WORK-shop, scholars from various disciplinary backgrounds (history, art history, anthropology, literature, film studies) will engage in a close reading of North Korean visual culture. This workshop is a unique opportunity to discover, discuss and apply diverse research methods and approaches to these versatile visual data and to highlight how these posters can bring new insights into how we understand North Korean history, ideology, society, visual culture and imaginary. In creatively engaging a hitherto largely disregarded body of sources, this workshop furthers reflection on conducting North Korea studies.

 

Stripped to its bare essence, the question driving this workshop is: ‘What do (these) posters tell us about North Korea?’ There is a false simplicity to this question as it opens up a rich vista of approaches. Posters are explicit propaganda tools, speaking to immediate (and highly diverse) policy concerns. As propaganda instruments, they seek to affect people in their attitudes and behaviour. As tools of mass communication and social control, they shed light on state-society relations and how these are imagined. Posters, along with slogans, are an integral part of North Korean everyday reality. They frame the social space within which North Koreans operate and make that space intelligible. At the same time, posters reflect an imaginary of the everyday and the socially accepted/expected behaviour that goes with it.

 

Close analysis of these posters reveals how social reality is constructed and framed. The effectiveness of posters as instruments of mass communication depends on the easy accessibility and readability for North Korea viewers. Analysing the visual rhetoric of posters reveals a dynamic interplay/integration of slogans/text and visuals. The legibility of a North Korean poster not only results from abiding by a specific (visual) grammar, but is further enhanced by the repetition of slogans and images over various cultural products and media. The visual language of poster art explicitly relates to North Korean fine arts (theory), while at the same time being indebted to the revolutionary poster traditions of the Soviet Union and the PRC.

 

This international workshop is in phase with a cultural turn in North Korea studies that historicizes the DPRK, acknowledges its epistemological subjectivity, and pays particular attention to the way culture (and its modes) contributes to the social construction of reality. The workshop aims in particular to highlight the potential of posters in general and this collection in particular as primary sources for this kind of innovative research on North Korea.

 

Registration only (not open yet)

 

 

 

Credits Poster:
Pak Sang-nak, Factories and machines, clean! Houses, clothes and food too, clean! (1958)
Following the nationalization of industry and the collectivization of agriculture, successive campaigns focused on promoting a sense of collective ownership and individual responsibility. Proper maintenance of scarce capital goods was the principal concern there. In this poster, the same theme is linked to the broader issue of public hygiene on the one hand and the standards of a ‘modern’ cultured life on the other. Beyond its immediate theme, this poster speaks volumes about enduring gender dynamics.

Fri June 16th, 2017 - The Asian Library

23 June - Book launch Eurasian Empires Project

The NWO Horizon Eurasian Empires Project brings together a team of senior multidisciplinary researchers based in three Dutch universities: Leiden, Amsterdam (UvA) and... more

The NWO Horizon Eurasian Empires Project brings together a team of senior multidisciplinary researchers based in three Dutch universities: Leiden, Amsterdam (UvA) and Nijmegen. Together they coach eight researchers who each focus on a specific project within the program's overall scope, covering Europe, West Asia, South Asia and East Asia. The program as a whole seeks to bridge the gap between approaches of global history distant from sources and languages and the specialised studies of regional experts.

24 June - Dragon boat races (Lakenfeesten)

The Lakenfeesten in Leiden is a yearly festival that sees a spirited celebration of creative expression and entertainment both on the water and in the inner-city. Started in... more

The Lakenfeesten in Leiden is a yearly festival that sees a spirited celebration of creative expression and entertainment both on the water and in the inner-city.
Started in 1986, the Lakenfeesten refers to a time when Leiden was home to a booming textile industry (laken meaning cloth or textile).
Having little to do with the festival itself, the name reflects the essence of the long weekend; one that seeks to integrate the beautiful back-drop that is Leiden's historical inner-city with various activities that place an emphasis on fun.

Sat June 24th, 2017 - Leiden

6 July - Asia Cafe

At the Asia Café business people meet their colleague- entrepreneurs, they can expand their network and meet alumni of Guangxi China Café and from Leiden Alumni Kai ‘Van h... more

At the Asia Café business people meet their colleague- entrepreneurs, they can expand their network and meet alumni of Guangxi China Café and from Leiden Alumni Kai ‘Van hier tot Tokyo’

Thu July 6th, 2017 - Leiden Asia Centre

25-26 August - Annual conference European China Law Studies Association (ECLS)

The annual conference of the ECLS is the only regularly organised academic meeting in the field of Chinese law to be held outside China. The meeting is held in a different pla... more

The annual conference of the ECLS is the only regularly organised academic meeting in the field of Chinese law to be held outside China. The meeting is held in a different place each year where Chinese language and culture is studied. The aim of the conference is to offer a platform for researchers in the field of Chinese law to remain up to date with actual developments in the field as well as giving them the opportunity for interaction between academics, legal professionals and policy-makers.
During the two-day conference ideas will be exchanged on recent developments in Chinese law. There will be thematical sessions and opportunities for networking.
In 2017 the conference focuses on Chinese law in its region, on comparative law, legal collaboration and regional developments in East Asia.

Fri August 25th, 2017 - Leiden Law School

4 September - Opening 2017-2018 academic year

Opening ceremony of the academic year 2017-2018 with keynote speech, musical interlude and awarding science prize winner(s).

Opening ceremony of the academic year 2017-2018 with keynote speech, musical interlude and awarding science prize winner(s).

Mon September 4th, 2017 - Pieterskerk Leiden

13 September - Leiden Asia Year Graduate Conference: De-bordering Asia

The conference celebrates 2017, Leiden Asia Year, by bringing together Master’s and PhD students from across Leiden’s many disciplinary boundaries to spend a day looking a... more

The conference celebrates 2017, Leiden Asia Year, by bringing together Master’s and PhD students from across Leiden’s many disciplinary boundaries to spend a day looking at, around, over and through Asia’s borders. With its sights set firmly on the shifting tangible and intangible borders of ancient and modern Asia, the conference invites submissions from researchers studying the myriad flows of people, capital, commodities, cultures, ideas, power, and technologies that have defined Asia in the past and that make the continent so dynamic today.

 

The conference will take place on 13 September 2017 in the Small Auditorium, Leiden University Academy Building (Rapenburg 73, Leiden), from 09:00-17:30. There is no registration fee. Food and drinks will be provided.

 

Call for abstracts

Submissions are now open for the Leiden Asia Year Graduate Conference.

 

We invite Leiden University MA and PhD students to submit abstracts of a maximum of 200 words to laygrad@leidenuniv.nl, before 6 June 2017. In addition to briefly introducing the proposed conference paper, all abstracts must include name, departmental affiliation, correspondence email address, and four keywords that best situate your research. These keywords will be used to help place successful applicants in four panels.

Wed September 13th, 2017 - Academiegebouw, klein auditorium

14 September - Grand opening Asian Library

The Executive Board of Leiden University is pleased to invite you to attend the Grand Opening of the new Asian Library on 14 September.   The morning programme in t... more

The Executive Board of Leiden University is pleased to invite you to attend the Grand Opening of the new Asian Library on 14 September.

 

The morning programme in the Pieterskerk includes a keynote speech by prominent global historian Peter Frankopan, a presentation on the Asian Library and its rich collections, musical performances, and the presentation of Voyage of Discovery. Exploring the Collections of the Asian Library.

 

After a walking lunch, there will be a Tour of Asia comprising a number of events held in parallel at different locations in Leiden, including lectures, country updates, exhibitions, tours, films, music, workshops, panel discussions and much more.

 

At the end of the programme we will have drinks in the University Library.

 

If you would like celebrate this very special day with us, please register now

 

Detailed information about the program will be available shortly.

14-17 September - Middle Period Chinese Humanities

Scholars working on all aspects of Chinese society during the period between roughly the eighth and the sixteenth centuries will come together to present and discuss new resea... more

Scholars working on all aspects of Chinese society during the period between roughly the eighth and the sixteenth centuries will come together to present and discuss new research. This is the second in a series of innovative conferences in the Chinese humanities in which papers are first submitted and commented on online before being discussed in several sessions dedicated to different dimensions of the papers during the conference. The first conference of this kind was held at Harvard University in 2014 and attended by over 200 students and researchers. For more information visit the conference site.

Thu September 14th, 2017 - Lipsius Building Leiden University

14 September - CinemAsia FilmLAB (short films)

CinemAsia is your hub to contemporary Asian cinema. CinemAsia Film Festival is the only Pan-Asian film festival in the Netherlands and shows a selection of the best commercial... more

CinemAsia is your hub to contemporary Asian cinema. CinemAsia Film Festival is the only Pan-Asian film festival in the Netherlands and shows a selection of the best commercial, independent and arthous films Asia has to offer.

CinemAsia strives to unite Dutch and Asian communities and film professionals through connections that transcend ethnic background. With the creative platform CinemAsia Film LAB Dutch and Asian filmmakers come together and stories from the Dutch Asian diaspora are told through film.

In the 2017 the programme of the 10th edition of CinemAsia the FilmLAB programme offers three young filmmakers who made a winning short film which will premiere at the CinemAsia Film Festival. We are proud to show these films at the Film Room of the The Asian Library this afternoon as part of the festivities of the official opening of The Asian Library.
CinemAsia and Leiden University's film teachers and researchers will work together more broadly throughout the 2017 Leiden Asia Year.

15-16 September - Mapping Asia – Cartographic Encounters between East & West. 7th International Symposium on the History of Cartography

The two-day congress Mapping Asia – Cartographic Encounters between East & West of Leiden University Libraries will be organised in cooperation with the Commiss... more

The two-day congress Mapping Asia – Cartographic Encounters between East & West of Leiden University Libraries will be organised in cooperation with the Commission on the History of Cartography of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and will be focusing on the Asian maps collection.

The central theme of the conference is the reciprocal influence of Western and Eastern cartographical traditions. Questions and topic which will be discussed are

  • What is Asia? The arbitrarian border between Europe and Asia on the Eurasian continent.
  • Eastern cartographic traditions
  • Colonial cartography in Asia
  • Mapping of the Dutch East Indies
  • Philipp Franz von Siebold and the cartography of Japan.

The most important collections to be discussed and presented are the collections of Bodel Nijenhuis (VOC maps), KIT (colonial maps of the Dutch East Indies and contemporary maps of Asia), KITLV (colonial maps), Von Siebold (Japanese maps, catalogue of Serrurier), East Asian Library (Chinese maps).

16 September - Night of Arts and Sciences

During the Leiden Night of Arts and Sciences, the science and culture festival of South-Holland, the historical Leiden city changes in one big stage. Experience this night ful... more

During the Leiden Night of Arts and Sciences, the science and culture festival of South-Holland, the historical Leiden city changes in one big stage. Experience this night full of music, theatre, lectures, dancing performances, film, cabaret and many more acts!
In 2017 many acts and performances during the night will show Asia in all its facets.

Sat September 16th, 2017 - City of Leiden

21 September-16 November - HOVO Chinoiseries and cliché images of Asia in the West

Chinoiseries and cliché image of Asia in the West provides a series of eight lectures, discussing the various aspects of this subject, including two exhibition visits.

Chinoiseries and cliché image of Asia in the West provides a series of eight lectures, discussing the various aspects of this subject, including two exhibition visits.

Thu September 21st, 2017 - Lipsius Building Leiden University

25-29 September - Summerschool: Asian Food: History, Anthropology, Sociology

Leiden University enjoys a world-wide reputation for its expertise on Asia and for its Asian collections. To coincide with the official opening of the Asian Library in Septem... more

Leiden University enjoys a world-wide reputation for its expertise on Asia and for its Asian collections. To coincide with the official opening of the Asian Library in September 2017, the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), LeidenAsiaCentre (LAC) and the Shared Taste Project at Leiden University are hosting a Summer School devoted to the academic study of Asian Food for MA/PhD students and early career scholars.

This unique occasion will provide wide ranging coverage of this growing interdisciplinary field with contributions from international experts with at least one of whom each student will be guaranteed an individual consultation about their own work.

 

The aim is to highlight the wide range of resources for the academic study of Asian Food, available in Leiden and to present advanced methodological approaches and research techniques, together with the hands-on experience necessary for the analysis of historical documents and artefacts.
Via a combination of expert lectures, student-led discussions, individual supervision, and local field trips, this Summer School will provide participants with an insight into the growing interdisciplinary field of Asian Food Studies, which will include sessions in history, anthropology, sociology, and material culture studies. Please visit the website of IIAS for more information on this event.

 

Call for Apllications

Application deadline: Monday 20 March 2017
Intended Audience: MA/PhD students and early career scholars

Apllications from MA/PhD students and early scholars (up to 3 years after the completion of the PhD) are very welcome.  All applicants must be committed to or actively working on original research projects that engage with the Summer School theme. For additional details on eligibility criteria and how to apply, see the online application form.

Mon September 25th, 2017 - Universiteit Leiden

28-30 September - Festival Voice4Thought

Voice4Thought is an artistic-academic project with inspiring voices from around the world. A Voice4Thought makes us rethink the world. Theirs is not a story of crisis and mise... more

Voice4Thought is an artistic-academic project with inspiring voices from around the world. A Voice4Thought makes us rethink the world. Theirs is not a story of crisis and misery, but of power and change!

In collaboration with the researchers from the Connecting in Times of Duress programme, the themes of the individuals behind the voices are thoroughly described and documented through innovative scientific methods, in which sharing this knowledge with the greater public is central.

Thu September 28th, 2017 - Leiden tbc

10 October - Introducing International Convention of Asia Scholars

In October 2017 IIAS will organise an afternoon meeting to introduce the academic community of Leiden and beyond to the biennial International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICA... more

In October 2017 IIAS will organise an afternoon meeting to introduce the academic community of Leiden and beyond to the biennial International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS), which in the summer of 2019 may be organised in Leiden. The ICAS conferences are always an unique opportunity for scholars in The Netherlands to meet and discuss their research in Asian studies, in the field of the humanities and social sciences, with colleagues from all over the world. During the Introductory Meeting we will sketch the character of the ICAS meetings, and present the various options for participation at ICAS 11, which range from individual presentations to organised panels and workshops.
 
The ICAS conferences, with a secretariat that is run by IIAS, were started in 1997, in Leiden and Noordwijkerhout, and after the second ICAS in Berlin, in 2001, all the ensuing meetings took place abroad. The ICAS conferences are the largest international gatherings in the field of Asian Studies. ICAS attracts participants from over sixty countries to engage in global dialogues on Asia that transcend boundaries between academic disciplines and geographic areas. Since 1997, ICAS has brought more than 20,000 academics together at nine conventions. ICAS 8 in Macau and ICAS 9 in Adelaide, Australia, drew more than a thousand participants, while ICAS 10, which will take place in Chiang Mai, Thailand, is expected to be attended by more than 1500 people.
 
The ICAS meetings are also the venue for the award of the ICAS Book Prize and the place where international institutes and publishers will present themselves via display booths.

 

Time: 15.00 h

Tue October 10th, 2017 - Klein Auditorium/Academy Building

10 October-14 January - Europalia-Indonesia

Since 1969, Europalia has organised some twenty-four festivals. Each has turned the spotlight on one culture in a comprehensive programme of music, fine arts, photography, cin... more

Since 1969, Europalia has organised some twenty-four festivals. Each has turned the spotlight on one culture in a comprehensive programme of music, fine arts, photography, cinema, theatre, dance, literature, architecture, design, fashion, gastronomy...

Europalia together with the Indonesian team are now fully engaged in developing the festival programme. EUROPALIA INDONESIA will run from 10 October 2017 to 21 January 2018 and will present Indonesian traditions and contemporary culture (with a special attention for creation and exchange) in numerous events.

16-17 October - Tusk Theatre - Kaikin

The title 'Kaikin' means 'lifting of the ban'. Between the 17th and 19th century, Japan was closed to foreigners, and Japanese citizens weren't allowed to leave Japan. Acco... more

The title 'Kaikin' means 'lifting of the ban'. Between the 17th and 19th century, Japan was closed to foreigners, and Japanese citizens weren't allowed to leave Japan. According to the ruling Shoguns at the time, this was done to further peace in a country that used to be wartorn; this ban was lifted in the Meiji Era, which in turn meant the end of the days for Shogun, Daimyo and Samurai.

 

The only westerners during the time of 'Sakoku' ('closed country') who were allowed to trade with the Japanese were the Dutch, and they were positioned on a small island, Dejima, near Nagasaki. The Japanese authorities kept a close check on them and rules were strict.

 

When a new head of the Dutch trading company (VOC) arrived on Dejima with his wife, this was seen as a breach of rules, and the wife was sent back. This real-life story (Titia Bergsma's story) has been reworked to show a woman arriving in Japan and trying to persuade the Daimyo to let her stay with her husband.

 

It's not only her story that develops during the play - the 5 Japanese characters are affected in different ways and some try to use the plight of Eva, the Dutch woman, to further their own causes.

 

What follows is a journey that takes the audience to witness the realisation of our own life when changes are brought about through the mere presence of a newcomer. It makes us think where we belong, where our loyalties lie, whether we need to change our minds - and who is going to comfort us when we make mistakes. Is it the search for love that drives us through every decision we take or do we need to obey and do as we're told by those 'above' us, who could possible be governed by the search for love as well?

 

Presently, the world is full of people who need to cross their borders and their boundaries to look for not just love, but a safe life. The fear that comes with encountering the new, the unexpected, the hostile, the warmth, the dreams and the nightmares, will be with these migrants forever - but with a 'global world' most of us move around and expect to find truths and love when we cross borders. How we are received at our point of destination shapes our experience, and those receiving us are equally shaped by their experiences. Where do we belong - and who can hold us back if we want to explore that idea?

 

'Kaikin' is structured in a loose format, giving space to the telling of a folktale, the introduction of mythical creatures and a thoroughly modern love scene.

 

'Kaikin' is written and directed by Ellis van Maarseveen, and has been translated into Japanese by Junro Shibata.

 

Please note that tickets for this event will not be for sale until the new cultural season of Theatre Ins Blaue is online.

Mon October 16th, 2017 - Theater Ins Blau

27 October-5 November - Asian Cinema at the Leiden International Film Festival

During the Leiden Asia Year, more than ever, Asia will be a part of the Leiden film experience. From 27 October - 5 November the Leiden International Film Festival (LIFF) will... more

During the Leiden Asia Year, more than ever, Asia will be a part of the Leiden film experience. From 27 October - 5 November the Leiden International Film Festival (LIFF) will bring you, as part of their extensive program, the very best Asian cinema has to offer. The 2016 edition screened pre-premières of Korean horror hit The Wailing and the beautifully animated Japanese film Miss Hokusai, among others. For Chinese cinema, the festival saves a special section of its program. This section, called Reel China, screens the year’s biggest Chinese blockbusters - seen by millions in their homeland, but hardly known beyond the Chinese borders. Finally, the best, most beautiful and strangest offerings of Japanse cinema have their own place in the spotlight thanks to a cross-cultural collaboration between LIFF and Japan Museum Het SieboldHuis.

 

The exact Asian films that will be screened during LIFF 2017 will remain undisclosed for now, but it’s safe to say that Asian cinema will flourish on Leiden’s silver screens this year. The festival program will be fully disclosed by mid-October, by which time the program guide as well as other information can be found on the website of Leiden Film Festival.

Picture: Coen Bastiaanssen

Fri October 27th, 2017 - Leiden International Film Festival

11-12 November - LAK workshops Asian arts and culture

The Leiden Academic Art Centre (LAK) organizes artistic courses in the field of dance, writing, photography, fine arts, singing, theatre and body&mind) for students of Le... more

The Leiden Academic Art Centre (LAK) organizes artistic courses in the field of dance, writing, photography, fine arts, singing, theatre and body&mind) for students of Leiden University and other interested groups. In spring and fall of 2017 LAK organizes workshops with a focus on Asian culture. The workshops are practiced-based and aim to learn skills to the attendees. LAK seeks cooperation with Leiden Asia Centre and students and staff members of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Indonesian Studies.
The following courses will be organized:

* Washi: paper making in Japanese style
* Manga drawing
* K-pop/J-pop
* Bollywood dance
* Indonesische dance
* Chinese calligraphy
* Yosakoi
* Chi Kung
* Wabi sabi (the art of imperfection)
* Haiku writing
* Painting in Chinese style
* Chinese poetry

Sat November 11th, 2017 - LAK, Lipsius Building

17 November - Open stage BplusC

The annual open stage of BplusC in 2017 is full with Asian cultural performances, as storytellers, Indonesian dancing group, music acts, Raiden Yosakoi dancing group, and pupp... more

The annual open stage of BplusC in 2017 is full with Asian cultural performances, as storytellers, Indonesian dancing group, music acts, Raiden Yosakoi dancing group, and puppet theatre.

Fri November 17th, 2017 - Het Leidse Volkshuis

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Leiden Asia Year 2017/2018: Leiden Celebrates ASIA, come and join us!

Leiden University is renowned throughout the world for its top-class expertise on Asia, brought together in its teaching and research. In September 2017 the University will open its new Asian Library, an internationally recognised centre of expertise on Asia, that will assemble under one roof all the University’s collections on the region, making them accessible to students, researchers and other interested parties.  The opening of the Asian Library will be one of the key events of the Leiden Asia Year 2017.

 

The aim of the Leiden Asia Year 2017 is to put Leiden (the city, its museums and the University) more firmly on the international map as one of the world’s leading knowledge hubs on Asia, covering research, teaching, collections and expertise. In close collaboration with the municipality of Leiden, the museums and other organisations and partners in the city, the University will be organising symposia, conferences, lectures and exhibitions in the city throughout 2017, all on the theme of Asia.  

 

Leiden University is one of the oldest and most respected centres in the Western world for the study of Asia. It is the only university in the Netherlands that offers an extensive programme in the languages and cultures of the Asian region. The programme can take the form of a broad study of the region with the focus on a specific region (China, Japan, Korea, India and Tibet, or Indonesia) or a study that takes a comparative perspective. Our Asian Library is unique, in terms of both the breadth and depth of its collection. The Indonesia collection, for example, is the most extensive of its kind in the world, and our Sinology collection is one of the largest in the Western world. 

The collections contain rare and valuable items, including manuscripts, books, maps, photos and prints. With this impressive library collection that has been amassed over a period of centuries, its top-quality teaching, and research focusing on and informed by the interaction between traditions and modernity, the University attracts students and researchers interested in Asia from all parts of the world.

The Asia Year will be given a strong national and international profile so that all parties who are interested in Asia, researchers and relevant partners worldwide will be aware that throughout 2017 Asia will be the focus of attention in Leiden. The University and partners hope that the Leiden Asia Year 2017, with its broad range of interesting activities for different target groups, will attract large numbers of visitors to the city.

The faculties, institutes and University library already organise a diverse range of activities every year on the theme of Asia. Next year, these activities will be brought together under the flag of the Leiden Asia Year. Besides these specific Asia activities, in 2017 Asia will  be the theme for all the regular annual events organised by the University (Dies Natalis, opening of the Academic Year, 3 October University, Cleveringa lectures, the remit of the Cleveringa professor, the Huizinga lecture and many others). And finally – together with partners from the city of Leiden – special events will be set up to mark the opening of the New Asian Library in September 2017.


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How to get there?

To travel to one of the Leiden Asia Year events, it is preferable to use public transport.

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Were to make a reservation and to buy tickets?

Please send an email to Rosalien van der Poel, Coordinator Leiden Asia Year 2017 (r.h.m.van.der.poel@bb.leidenuniv.nl), or to general email address leidenasiayear@leidenuniv.nl.

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Where to stay in Leiden?

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VENUE INFO

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T +31 71 527 2800

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Coordinator Leiden Asia Year

Rosalien van der Poel

Office: Rapenburg 70

Room B2.07 T +31 71 527 3145




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