• Asia has been an inspiration to the Western world since ages.

    26 Jan – 9 May
    Exhibition A Buddha in The Backyard

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  • With the dies natalis Leiden University celebrates its 442nd birthday with the dies lecture, an Asian musical interlude, and conferral of honorary doctorates.

    8 Feb
    Dies natalis

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  • Treasures
    Museum Volkenkunde

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  • Treasures
    The Asian Library

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  • The opening conference of Leiden Asia Year 2017 "China, the Netherlands and Europe" focuses on connections between China, the Netherlands and Europe. (ENG)

    9 Feb
    Conference China, the Netherlands and Europe

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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.

    14 Apr - 8 Oct
    Crown Jewels from Asia

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  • Treasures
    Japan Museum SieboldHuis

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  • 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.

    25-26 March
    LAK workshops Asian Arts and Culture

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  • The symposium Collecting Asia on Asian antiquities is organised by the Centre for Global Heritage and Development, the National Museum of Antiquities, National Museum of World Cultures/Museum Volkenkunde, KITLV, IIAS, Japanmuseum SieboldHuis and Leiden Asia Centre.

    17 March
    Collecting Asia – Symposium

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  • Treasures
    Hortus botanicus Leiden

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    The Asian Library

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  • Hello Kitty, samurai, manga, comic strips, films, robots and other technological innovations, crazy games, extreme youth fashion and ecstatic fan culture… All in Museum Volkenkunde.

    14 April – 17 Sept
    Exhibition Cool Japan

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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 - 29 January
Japanese Heroes in Museum Volkenkunde

The permanent exhibition on Japan & Korea in Museum Volkenkunde has been expanded to include a special print collection: Heroes in Japanese prints.This new gallery exhibition is now available for viewing.

 

Heroes play a major role in Japanese historiography. These heroes include great generals who fought important field battles and clever warriors who defended the Emperor from danger or from terrifying, often mythical beasts. The popular stories surrounding these heroes were often reflected in prints and appeared as book illustrations. The multi-coloured woodcut, as a single print or as a triptych, lend itself well to spectacular tableaux of scenes of action. Many of these prints are now on display at Museum Volkenkunde.

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.

3 January - 22 January
Kunisada. Drama and beauty - Spirited Actors

This winter Japan Museum SieboldHuis will showcase ‘Kunisada. Elegant Geishas, Spirited Actors’, a two-part exhibition featuring a unique selection of prints by this versatile and widely acclaimed nineteenth-century print artist. This comprehensive overview of Utagawa Kunisada’s works is a European premiere for Japan Museum SieboldHuis.

 

Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865), also known as Toyokuni III, was the most productive and successful Japanese artist of the first half of the 19th century. His reputation surpassed that of his famous contemporaries Hokusai, Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi. In his lengthy career spanning more than 5 decades, Kunisada reigned as an outstanding and versatile ukiyo-e artist responsible for over 25,000 prints. A majority of the 150 prints and paintings will be on display in Leiden for the first time.

 

230 years after Kunisada’s birth, Japan Museum SieboldHuis pays homage to this extraordinary artist in an exclusive overview exhibition featuring works on loan from international public and private collections. Of particular interest are the early prints of courtisanes and geisha acquired in Japan between 1823 and 1828 by Philipp Franz von Siebold.

 

‘Kunisada, Elegant Beauties and Spirited Actors’ presents a chronological overview, in which several genres are highlighted. On display are prints of females in lavish kimonos, colourful actors, formidable heroes, breath taking landscapes and themes such as the ever popular Tales of Genji. Also featured in this exhibition are Surimono, a limited edition series of lavishly decorated prints framed in poetry as well as beautiful fan prints. Noteworthy is the detailed triptych that Kunisada made together with Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) highlighting Kunisada’s striking portraits and Hiroshige’s breathtaking landscapes.

 

The exhibition is divided into two parts, both providing ample opportunity to experience Kunisada’s artistic development. Characteristic of his early works are his use of soft natural colours and peaceful compositions. In his later works his colours became brighter and more intense and his compositions more complex.

 

Part I : 9 December 2016 – 22 January 2017 (Kunisada;’s Masterpieces from 1805-1828)

 

Part II : 24 January 2017 – 5 March 2017 (Kunisada’s Masterpieces from 1829 – 1865)

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.

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 - Japanese visual culture around the world

Hello Kitty, samurai, manga, comic strips, films, robots and other high-tech gadgets, incredible games, highly styled youngsters and a frenzied fan culture…. people all over the world associate these things with Japan. Japan has a strong image: it is rich in tradition, yet also hip and happening, with occasional extravagant visual excesses.
 

In COOL JAPAN we will showcase a popular form of culture that is present all around us, closer than we think – right under our noses, in fact – and yet is not always recognised as such by the public at large. The exhibition will explore whether there is such a thing as ‘typically Japanese’, and why we regard certain things as such.

 

This major exhibition will be a voyage of discovery. We will take visitors to all these expressions of culture, put them in context in terms of time and tradition and show how, despite the differences, Japan and the rest of the world are actually very closely linked.

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.

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2 January-31 December - Asian Modernities and Traditions

Leiden University profile area Asian Modernities and Traditions (AMT) commits itself to achieve by 2018 demonstrable results in enhancing the visibility of Asian research both... more

Leiden University profile area Asian Modernities and Traditions (AMT) commits itself to achieve by 2018 demonstrable results in enhancing the visibility of Asian research both within and outside the academic world, strengthened cooperation between Leiden faculties and institutes in terms of research, impact (valorisation) and teaching, the attraction of new grants or gifts for Asia research, impact activities and teaching, and the development of new courses in Asia studies, especially at the postgraduate (MA and PhD) level.

 

See AMT Agenda and stay informed.

Mon January 2nd, 2017 - Universiteit Leiden

2 January-31 December - From local expertise to knowledge of a continent

Engagement between Asia and Europe is increasing. If these continents want to build a lasting relationship, they need to understand each other better in the economic, socio-cu... more

Engagement between Asia and Europe is increasing. If these continents want to build a lasting relationship, they need to understand each other better in the economic, socio-cultural, historical and legal arena. Researchers from Leiden have already contributed to the body of knowledge on past and present Asia for decades, making Leiden a leading centre of Asia Studies.

 

Mon January 2nd, 2017 - Universiteit Leiden

15 January-31 December - Framing Asia - Call for Submissions

Framing Asia will be a monthly filmscreening during the Leiden Asia Year, organised by the KITLV (Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean), the IIAS (i... more

Framing Asia will be a monthly filmscreening during the Leiden Asia Year, organised by the KITLV (Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean), the IIAS (international Institute for Asian Studies) and the department CA-DS (Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology) of Leiden University.

 

Framing Asia is looking for anthropological films and documentaries with a special focus on Asia. Selected films will be screened accompanied by a Q&A with the filmmaker and/or discussion with experts on the subject of the film(s).

 

Framing Asia will award the best films of this series at the end of this year.

 

Filmmaker, both student and professionals, are encouraged to submit. Please send an email with the title, a description (max. 300 words), a still and a link with the trailer to : steijlen@kitlv.nl and lisezurne@gmail.com.

 

From February onward, the screenings are planned to be held at Lipsius 28, Leiden University. The complete program for the screenings will be online at the beginning of February. Feel free to join!

Sun January 15th, 2017 - Lipsius Building Leiden University

23-27 January - Frontiers of Children’s Rights in the ASEAN Region

International Children’s Rights are still a relatively new concept, with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) entering into force only 25 years ago. Although t... more

International Children’s Rights are still a relatively new concept, with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) entering into force only 25 years ago. Although the CRC is an instrument of international law and children’s rights should in principle be universal, many of the countries that ratified the CRC submitted certain reservations.

 

In order to minimize problems of unequal treatment or discrimination caused by these reservations, it is advisable to look at implementation, impact and effect of the CRC at a regional level, in addition to the international and national level. Especially now, with growing mobility and migration, also by minors and young people, a regional approach improving harmonization and uniformity, will be beneficial.

 

This regional edition of the Leiden Summer School Frontiers of Children’s Rights, organized with the Faculty of Law of the University of Indonesia and the Human Rights Center of Ateneo de Manila University, enables participants to engage with international children’s rights and topical regional issues affecting children, families and communities.

Mon January 23rd, 2017 - Universitas Indonesia (UI)

23 January - Zhejiang Gongshang University Art Troupe - Dream of Heaven

The Zhejiang Gongshang University Art Troupe will perform ‘Dream of Heaven’. This performance is a mixture of traditional dance and music coming from different regions of... more

The Zhejiang Gongshang University Art Troupe will perform ‘Dream of Heaven’. This performance is a mixture of traditional dance and music coming from different regions of China.

Admission is free. To reserve a tickets please click here. 

Mon January 23rd, 2017 - Theater Ins Blau

26 January - Opening exhibition A Buddha in the Backyard – Asia as a Source of Inspiration

A program with dance, film, music and a sneak preview of The Asian Library! The opening of the exhibition A Buddha in the Backyard: Asia as a Source of Inspiration, will take... more

A program with dance, film, music and a sneak preview of The Asian Library!
The opening of the exhibition A Buddha in the Backyard: Asia as a Source of Inspiration, will take place on Thursday, January 26 at 17:00 hours at The Asian Library on the roof of the Leiden University Library on Witte Singel 27. During the opening visitors gain a sneak preview of one of the world’s leading centres expertise on Asia, The Asian Library, which officially opens its doors in September. The Leiden Asia Year celebrates this achievement.

 

We have put together an interesting and varied program with the following elements:

  • Bollywood dance
  • Welcome by Kurt De Belder, Librarian of Leiden University
  • Introduction to the exhibition
  • The display of compilation video with interviews of people from the academic world with Asian roots
  • Demonstration of the martial art Jeet Kune-Do

 

The admission is free. You can sign up for the opening by sending a message to aanmelding@library.leidenuniv.nl or by calling our office on 071-527 2832.

 

(Please consider that the program of this event is in Dutch. The exhibition situated in the exhibition hall of the University Library however is in English, so please feel welcome to pass by and get inspired!)

Thu January 26th, 2017 - University Library Leiden

28 January - Chinese New Year

In 2017 the Chinese New Year, also known as Spring festival is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calender. In Leiden th... more

In 2017 the Chinese New Year, also known as Spring festival is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calender. In Leiden the Chinese New Year celebrations include various events with lion dances and lighting firecrackers. These celebrations will take place in and around the Chinese restaurants Leiden has to offer.

Sat January 28th, 2017 - Leiden

8 February - Dies natalis

With the dies natalis Leiden University celebrates its 442nd birthday with dies lectures, music of gamelan ensemble Widosari, and the conferral of a honorary doct... more

With the dies natalis Leiden University celebrates its 442nd birthday with dies lectures, music of gamelan ensemble Widosari, and the conferral of a honorary doctorate. All components of this festive ceremony will link to Asian research subjects, music and people. Read more.

Wed February 8th, 2017 - Pieterskerk Leiden

9 February - Conference "China, the Netherlands and Europe"

The LeidenAsiaCentre will host the opening conference of the Leiden Asia Year on February 9, 2017. The theme of the conference will be “China, the Netherlands and Europe."... more

The LeidenAsiaCentre will host the opening conference of the Leiden Asia Year on February 9, 2017. The theme of the conference will be “China, the Netherlands and Europe."

 

This conference will also be the occasion where the findings of the research on “China and the Netherlands” and “the Netherlands and China”, conducted over the past 18 months, will be discussed during several break-out sessions. The findings of the research have been digested by Frank Pieke and Garrie van Pinxteren into the the book "Chinese wereldburgers in Nederland", of which copies will be handed out to the participants.

 

Additionally, the conference will host lectures and a panel discussion concerning the relationship between China, Europe and the Netherlands.

 

The online registration, is now open. Please click here to register.

Thu February 9th, 2017 - Stadsgehoorzaal Leiden

11 February - Alumni dies natalis

Leiden University is proud of her alumni. Alumni contribute in many different ways to the growth and development of the university. This special day for alumni is organised by... more

Leiden University is proud of her alumni. Alumni contribute in many different ways to the growth and development of the university. This special day for alumni is organised by the Leiden University Fund (LUF) and comprises of lectures (in Dutch) by Leiden scholars and a junior program. Read more.

Sat February 11th, 2017 - Various locations, to be confirmed.

15 February-14 April - China Seminars

In the China Seminar/Lecture series every three weeks, Leiden University Chinese Studies invite speakers from Leiden University and elsewhere to give a presentation on thei... more

In the China Seminar/Lecture series every three weeks, Leiden University Chinese Studies invite speakers from Leiden University and elsewhere to give a presentation on their ongoing research.

 

Dates & Program

Wednesday 15 February 2017 | 15.00 - 17.00 hrs
Rogier Creemers (Postdoc Scholar in Law and Governance of China, Leiden University)

 

Wednesday 8 March 2017 | 15.00 - 17.00 hrs.
Ka Kin Cheuk (Postdoc Scholar in Chinese Migrations, Leiden University)

 

Wednesday 29 March 2017 | 15.00 - 17.00 hrs.
Jue Wang (University Lecturer of Chinese Political Economy, Leiden University)

 

Wednesday 19 April 2017 | 15.00 - 17.00 hrs.
Svetlana Kharakova (Lecturer of Modern China, Leiden University)

 

22 February - Japan-Korea Company Day

The Japan-Korea Company Day will offer the opportunity for Japanese and Korean companies and students to meet each other.

The Japan-Korea Company Day will offer the opportunity for Japanese and Korean companies and students to meet each other.

Wed February 22nd, 2017 - Arsenaal

22 February - Korea-Japan Company Day

The Korea-Japan Company Day will offer the opportunity for Korean and Japanese companies and students to meet each other.

The Korea-Japan Company Day will offer the opportunity for Korean and Japanese companies and students to meet each other.

Wed February 22nd, 2017 - Arsenaal

1-3 March - The SVS Career Days

The Study Association of Sinology (SVS) presents the annual Careerdays. Through a variety of lectures and workshops attendants will learn about the various career opportunitie... more

The Study Association of Sinology (SVS) presents the annual Careerdays. Through a variety of lectures and workshops attendants will learn about the various career opportunities that knowledge of Chinese language and culture will bring. The event will be closed with a debat about polarizing questions regarding China followed by a closing drink.

This event is in Dutch.

3-4 March - Conference Vietnam and Korea as ‘Longue Durée’ - Negotiating Tributary and Colonial Positions

This conference is the first part of a two-parts conference In Comparison: Korea and Vietnam in History. The second part of the conference, focusing on the contempora... more

This conference is the first part of a two-parts conference In Comparison: Korea and Vietnam in History. The second part of the conference, focusing on the contemporary Korean and Vietnamese conditions, from 1945 onward, will be held in Korea in the following year. In Comparison: Korea and Vietnam in History is an initiative directed by IIAS, in partnership with a number of universities and institutions from Seoul, Hanoi, Paris, and Leiden University.

Fri March 3rd, 2017 - Hanoi, Vietnam

3 March - Kunisada Symposium

On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Society for Japanese Arts a symposium on the Japanese print designer Kunisada (1786-1865) will be organized by the Heinz Kaem... more

On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Society for Japanese Arts a symposium on the Japanese print designer Kunisada (1786-1865) will be organized by the Heinz Kaempfer Fund.

Programme 
- 12:15-13:00 Registration at the desk of the Museum Volkenkunde, Leiden, with coffee or tea
- 13:00-13:05 Welcome by Jan Dees, chairman Heinz Kaempfer Fund
- 13:05-13:20 Chris Uhlenbeck (chairman of the day): Setting the stage
- 13:20-14.05 Andreas Marks: Edo’s publishing world at the time of Kunisada
- 14.05-14:40 Robert Schaap: The 'copy & paste' tradition and Kunisada
- 14:40-15:10 Coffee/tea break
- 15:10-15:55 Paul Griffith: The world of Kabuki at the time of Kunisada
- 15:55-16:30 Henk Herwig: Mitate-e, Kunisada’s surprise prints
- 16:30-17:00 Panel discussion
- 17:00-19:00 Festive reception with a word of welcome by Henk Hoogsteden, chairman of the Society for Japanese Arts

 

For details and registration please click here.

Fri March 3rd, 2017 - Museum Volkenkunde

6 March-31 December - 'Reistafel' uncovers Asia

A meal as a key to Asia. Eighty minor’s students will be writing a blog in the spring of 2017 about the Reistafel – a play on words in Dutch referring to travel (reis) and... more

A meal as a key to Asia. Eighty minor’s students will be writing a blog in the spring of 2017 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. The blog will be online from early March 2017; everyone is welcome to follow it.

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

17 March - Collecting Asia - Symposium

The symposium Collecting Asia on Asian antiquities is organized by the Centre for Global Heritage and Development, the National Museum of Antiquities, National Muse... more

The symposium Collecting Asia on Asian antiquities is organized by the Centre for Global Heritage and Development, the National Museum of Antiquities, National Museum of World Cultures/Museum Volkenkunde, KITLV, IIAS, and Japan Museum SieboldHuis.

 

Leiden University has longstanding relations with Asia and a tradition of academic interest in the Asian continent. Asian Modernities and Traditions is one of the eleven university research profiles in which researchers from different disciplines collaborate in specific themes concerning Asia. Leiden University also has a permanent representative in Jakarta.

 

This focus on Asia is also reflected in the collections in Leiden. 2017 will be the year in which the Leiden University Asian Library will be opened, joining the collection of KITLV and Leiden University Library. The Asian Library will be one of the major Asia libraries in the Western World. The Museum of Antiquities acquired and managed a collection of Asian antiquities in the 19th century which have been transferred to the Museum of Ethnology in the 20thcentury. The SieboldHuis offers insight into the first Dutch contacts with Japan.

 

The symposium Collecting Asia will describe this history of Asian Leiden connections and is meant to showcase that Leiden doesn’t only offer written (digitized) sources but also a wealth of material culture to study the continent. However, why were all these things collected and brought to the Netherlands? What was the rationale behind all these collecting activities? During this symposium several speakers will give a short lecture on certain Asian collections in Leiden. Read more.

 

Fri March 17th, 2017 - National Museum of Antiquities

25-26 March - 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 Leid... 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
* Indonesian dance
* Chinese calligraphy
* Yosakoi
* Chi Kung
* Wabi sabi (the art of imperfection)
* Haiku writing
* Painting in Chinese style
* Chinese poetry

Sat March 25th, 2017 - LAK, Lipsius Building

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

1 April-1 October - Walking with Indonesia

Walking with Indonesia is a walk through Leiden starting from Leiden Central Station to the Asian Library along various sites around the historical city centre. At your tou... more

Walking with Indonesia is a walk through Leiden starting from Leiden Central Station to the Asian Library along various sites around the historical city centre.

At your tour around town you may identify a series of sites which you follow by a special walking-with-Indonesia-app. With your own smart phone you may access information that is related to the various sites, e.g.:

  • On a crossroads you will hear the sounds and see the images of an Indonesian crossroads. Here we make use of the KITLV audiovisual archive Recording the future.
  • At the market we display sounds and images from an Indonesian market. Same goes for public transport, food stalls etc.
  • At the monument for Dutch military victims in Asia 1945-1952, we present images plus text from a war memorial in Sumatra commemorating Indonesian victims of the revolution.
  • We can identify sites where (academic) migrants (students) from Asia (including Indonesian nationalists!) settled in Leiden with sounds and images from their Asian hometowns. See KITLV-publication In het Land van de Overheerser, and city walk organized by Instituut voor Indonesische Studies some years ago.
  • Using expertise and documentation from the Chinese Indonesian Heritage Centre we can also focus on Chinese migrations from Indonesia to the Netherlands.
  • Another connection that may be highlighted is between migrant researchers presently working at UBL/University and migrant communities living in Leiden.

Many more topics, relationships and connections will be elaborated along this walk.

Sat April 1st, 2017 - Leiden streets

20 April - 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 April 20th, 2017 - Leiden Asia Centre

25 April - Book Launch Held's History of Sumbawa

This book presents, for the first time, a narrative of the history of Sumbawa in English. Sumbawa is a medium-sized island in eastern Indonesia with a long and highly interest... more

This book presents, for the first time, a narrative of the history of Sumbawa in English. Sumbawa is a medium-sized island in eastern Indonesia with a long and highly interesting past. The recorded history of the island spans over a period that includes Hindu-Javanese influences, the early-modern Southeast Asian Age of Commerce, Islamization via influences from Sulawesi, Dutch colonialism, and the dramatic political changes of the twentieth century. The text was originally authored in 1955 by the Dutch Indologist Gerrit Jan Held, who died before it could be published. The original manuscript has been translated into English by the historian Hans Hägerdal, who has written an introduction and provided extensive footnotes to relate it to more recent research.

Tue April 25th, 2017 - Universiteit Leiden

2 May-27 June - Imagine Asia Today

In a series of lectures (four-six), spread over three months, the Research Center for Material Culture explores contemporary artistic production across Asia. Invited scholars... more

In a series of lectures (four-six), spread over three months, the Research Center for Material Culture explores contemporary artistic production across Asia. Invited scholars from Asia, from the Asian diaspora, and scholars working on Asian art, literature, film, fashion and design, will present on the current state of artistic practice across the region and within a global context.
Thes lecture series aims to offer a broad public of academics, students and the generally interested audiences, diverse perspectives on contemporary Asia, through a lens of artistic practices. Furthermore, this series likes to introduce the public to the works in film, art, literature and music of and about Asia, as well as to scholars and practitioners from Asia.

Each lecture will be accompanied by conservations and will focus on single works or a body of works.

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.

 

During the symposium, the HSAL aims to highlight various perspectives on the subject. One of the 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.

Wed May 3rd, 2017 - Hortus Botanicus, Oranjerie

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

13 May - KITLV Symposium Stories and Storytelling in the Indonesian Archipelago

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

17-18 May - Buddhist Studies in Leiden

On this two-day long conference the University wishes to commemorate 60 years of Buddhist Studies at Leiden University, 60 years of the Indo-Iranian Journal, the publ... more

On this two-day long conference the University wishes to commemorate 60 years of Buddhist Studies at Leiden University, 60 years of the Indo-Iranian Journal, the publication of the Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism, and the 30th anniversary of Leiden University hosting the Numata Visiting Professorship in Buddhist Studies.

On this conference authoritive speakers associated with Dutch Buddhist Studies, the IIJ, the BEB, and the Numata Chair will present papers.

 

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 Room 011

18 May - Van Vollenhoven Lecture

Van Vollenhoven Lecture 2017 by Dr Surya Tjandra. An increasing number of Indonesian legal specialists are no longer limiting themselves to a strict monodisciplinary approach... more

Van Vollenhoven Lecture 2017 by Dr Surya Tjandra.
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 using examples from developments within Indonesian employment law. The aim is to raise awareness of these developments among the Dutch public and to stimulate them to think about a scientific and collaborative agenda for the future.

Thu May 18th, 2017 - Hortus Botanicus, Oranjerie

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

22-23 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 an... 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.

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 - Leiden

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

9 June - Asia by Design - a conference and exhibition

Despite having extensive collections of textile and dress, or high quality crafted objects, ethnographic and world cultures museum are seldom if at all imagined as spaces for... more

Despite having extensive collections of textile and dress, or high quality crafted objects, ethnographic and world cultures museum are seldom if at all imagined as spaces for design or fashion. This conference will bringing together academics, curators and designers, from across the world, to critically explore historical and contemporary  histories of and trends in fashion and design, with a focus on ethnographic collections. We are interested to see the role that collections of ethnographic and world cultures can play in writing a more global history of design. Focussed on Asia, among other aims, the conference will uncover local traditions and histories of fashion and design, explore trans-Asian flows of styles, techniques, materials, and explore the works of contemporary designers and their relationship with the past.

The conference will accompany a small exhibition also entitled Asia by Design showcasing some of the internationally top collections of fashion and design held by the National Museum of World Cultures.

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

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

29 June - Knowing Asia: Asian collections as modes of knowing

Where is Asia and what marks its geographic limits? Through what modes of inquiry of methodologies has Asia become known to us? Knowing Asia is an interdisciplinary, two-part... more

Where is Asia and what marks its geographic limits? Through what modes of inquiry of methodologies has Asia become known to us? Knowing Asia is an interdisciplinary, two-part symposium organised by the Research Centre for Material Culture, National Museum for Antiquities, and the Leiden Center for Heritage Studies, that focusses on the collections held in the two museums, their collection histories and modes of representation, to think critically about how ideas of Asia have been constructed through material and visual representation? Moreover, we want to understand the ways these collections and ways of knowing Asia has shaped Europe.

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

14 September - Grand opening Asian Library

Official Opening programme 10.00 hrs.  Start opening programme in Pieterskerk Leiden 11.45 - 13.00 hrs. Lunch 13.15 - 16.15 hrs. Festive events programme w... more

Official Opening programme

10.00 hrs.  Start opening programme in Pieterskerk Leiden

11.45 - 13.00 hrs. Lunch

13.15 - 16.15 hrs. Festive events programme with music, presentations, exhibitions (pop-up), guided tours around the Asian Library, and more...

 

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

20 September-6 December - Studium Generale - Salon Boerhaave

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

Together with Museum Boerhaave and at their premises, Leiden University Studium Generale organises a lecture series on Asia, related to objects and archival docments in the Boerhaave collection. Topics:
- Rumphius
- Jacob Clay and the cosmic radiation
- Mohr and the Venus transition of 1781
- Christiaan Eijkman, beri beri and the Nobel Prize
- The Bosscha Observatory in Lembang Indonesia
- and more...

Wed September 20th, 2017 - Museum Boerhaave

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

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-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.

12 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.

Thu October 12th, 2017 - Leiden

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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Visitors info

How to get there?

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

To get there by train

To get there by car

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.

Contact info Calendar event

See for contact details at the page of Calendar event you like to visit, at the website of the organizing party.

Where to stay in Leiden?

For Leiden hotel information look at Leiden, here I come!

Visitors info

The Leiden Tourist Information Centre has all the answers to your questions about Leiden.

VENUE INFO

Leiden University Libraries

Witte Singel 27 - Leiden

T +31 71 527 2800

Office address organisation

Rapenburg 70




CONTACT INFO

Coordinator Leiden Asia Year

Rosalien van der Poel

Office: Rapenburg 70

Room B2.07 T +31 71 527 3145




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