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    5 October - INDIA PUBQUIZ

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  • October 19 - Managing Alliances: Plant Science at Bogor Botanical Gardens, 1817‐2017

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  • This summer Japanmuseum Sieboldhuis will host approximately three hundred traditional wooden dolls from Japan.

    23 June - 27 August: Tōhoku Girls. Kokeshi dolls from Japan

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    11 May-31 December - Walk-App: Envisioning Indonesia

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  • A major exhibition entitled COOL JAPAN: Worldwide Fascination in Focus at Museum Volkenkunde highlights the popularity of contemporary Japan, and place it in a historical context.

    14 April – 17 Sept
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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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Exhibitions

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 - 5 September
Sanskrit – Across Asia and Beyond

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: 17.00 p.m.

23 June - 27 August
Tōhoku Girls. Kokeshi dolls from Japan

This summer Japanmuseum Sieboldhuis will host approximately three hundred traditional wooden dolls from Japan. These pretty 'kokeshi', with their brightly painted clothes and expressive faces, were all hand-made in the north-east of Japan, in a region of volcanic mountains,  hotsprings and forests called Tohoku.

 

 

These dolls are widely collected for their simple charm and the variety of character shown in their different facial expressions. There are several kokeshi museums in Japan with very large collections  but few really old dolls survive, and the ones in this exhibition were all made in the 20th century. There are currently about 150 kokeshi artisans  and during the exhibition a film will be shown of one famous maker,  demonstrating how these special dolls are made.

 

1 September - 1 October
Traditionel Japanese Art & Paintings

Gallery Amber has been doing traditional Japanese art since 1988. In thirty years, the direction of the gallery changed from East (Japan) to Middle East (Syria).

 

The first love, Japan, has remained alive. With a lot of passion, Gallery Amber organizes this special exhibtion in honour of the Leiden Asia Year. A large collection of paintings from the twelfth to the early twentieth century, including a scroll (+1710) with paintings of 'Kano Tsunenobu' and calligraphy of the imperial family court calligraphs. There is also a showcase with netsuke, inro, tsuba and ojime.
 
Please feel free to visit this special exhibtion from tuesdays to sundays (11.00 - 17.00 hrs).

11 September - 21 December
Dressing the “Stans”. Textiles, dress and jewellery from Central Asia

As part of the 2017 Asia Year celebrations in Leiden, the Textile Research Centre, Hogewoerd 164, Leiden, is presenting a fascinating and colourful exhibition about textiles, dress and jewellery from Central Asia: the so-called ‘Stans’ (‘Land of…’), namely Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

The exhibition will include traditional textiles, garments and accessories for men, women and children, from all parts of this vast and relatively unknown part of the world. On display there will be many items including ikats, velvets and embroideries from the ‘Stans’ in general. But there will also be more specific items, such as Afghan chapans (the type of coat made famous by ex-President Hamid Karzai, and which he wore during his visit to Leiden in 2008), buzkashi apparel (used in the "goat-grabbing" game of Central Asia) , as well as hunting hoods and cloths, used to 'hide' the hunter. From Uzbekistan there will be examples of the famous suzani embroideries and ikat dresses and coats, while the Turkmen will be represented by a range of traditional and silver jewellery and garments for women.

The exhibition will be open to the general public from 11th September until 22nd December 2017.

For more information about the exhibition and the Textiles Research centre, see www.trc-leiden.nl.

 

The illustration shows a hunting cloth from Nuristan, in modern Afghanistan, used to disguise the hunter. The cloth dates to the mid-20th century. TRC 2016.1773.

14 September - 14 January
Urban Jungle – Megacities in Asia

The majority of the world’s fastest growing cities are located in Asia. Home to more than 10 million people, they are today’s megacities. The riveting images of Dutch photographer Martin Roemers, and additional photographs from the nineteenth and twentieth century, represent some of Asia’s busiest urban centers: Guangzhou, Jakarta, Karachi, Mumbai and Tokyo.

 

Picture by: Martin Roemers 

 

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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

11 May-31 December - Walk-App: 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. Download... 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. Download the Walk-app:

 

IOS
Android

 

While walking through Leiden, short clips can be activated on a mobile device as if one looks over a distant wall. The app offers 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 focuses 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. ‘Envisioning 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 is now available online for android and IOS. Download the walk-app for IOS or download the walk-app for Android.

Thu May 11th, 2017 - Leiden streets

12-24 August - Ikats and ikat weaving from Kalimantan/Borneo

The Textile Research Centre (TRC Leiden) is very proud to announce a visit by craftswomen from Kalimantan/Borneo, Indonesia, between 12 and 24 August 2017. The artists come fr... more

The Textile Research Centre (TRC Leiden) is very proud to announce a visit by craftswomen from Kalimantan/Borneo, Indonesia, between 12 and 24 August 2017. The artists come from the Sintang Regency (Kabupaten Raya), West Kalimantan. At the TRC they will mount a small exhibition of their local traditional products, and organise a series of workshops on the dyeing of the threads and the weaving of the traditional ikat cloths from their region, and give other workshops on traditional basketry weaving and cotton spinning.

 

Programme:
• Saturday 12th, 13.00- 16.00: Workshop ikat binding and dyeing
• Sunday 13th, 13.00 - 16.00: Workshop ikat weaving
• Tuesday 15th, 12.00 - 15.00: Workshop basketry weaving
• Wednesday 16th, 14.00 - 16.00: Introducing Indonesian ikats (free)
• Thursday 17th, 12.00 - 15.00: Workshop cotton spinning
• Saturday 19th, 12.00 - 15.00: Workshop ikat binding and dyeing
• Sunday 20th, 12.00 - 15.00: Workshop ikat weaving
• Tuesday 22nd, 12.00 - 15.00: Workshop cotton spinning
• Wednesday 23rd, 12.00 - 15.00: Workshop basketry weaving
• Thursday 24th, 14.00 - 16.00: Introducing world-wide ikats (free)

 

Registration in advance is required. Please visit the website of the Textile Research Centre for more information on the workshops and to register. Visiting the exhibition between 12th and 24th August and the two Wednesday sessions are free of charge.

Sat August 12th, 2017 - Textile Research Centre

23 August - China in Global Governance: Bridging Domestic Interests and Outward Actions Debate

At this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Chinese president Xi Jinping made a forceful speech in defence of free trade. Some saw this speech as signalling Beijing’s de... more

At this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Chinese president Xi Jinping made a forceful speech in defence of free trade. Some saw this speech as signalling Beijing’s desire to play a greater global role. But is China really aspiring for global leadership? What role does Beijing want to play in the international arena and what might be the implications of this for other nations?

 

Many puzzles and contentions exist about China’s changing role in global governance across a range of areas from regional financial integration to global climate change. The recent political changes in the world, including last year’s electoral results in the US, Brexit, the European migrant crisis, and the US retreatment from the Paris Agreement, have triggered heated debates about the changing structure of global governance.
 
What opportunities and challenges do these changes bring China as it strives to solidify its leadership role in global governance? How do China’s domestic interest groups perceive such opportunities and challenges? How do China’s domestic political preferences and economic interests match the country’s active outward expansion during the time of the above-mentioned changes in international politics? What implications does China’s evolving role in global governance have for Europe?
 
This roundtable discussion, organised by the LeidenAsiaCentre at Leiden University Campus The Hague will bring together China experts from academia, think tanks, and government to discuss these questions and assess China’s global ambitions.
 
The speakers will be:
 
Shaun Breslin, Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick.
Frans-Paul van der Putten, Senior Research Fellow at Clingendael (Netherlands Institute of International Relations).
Sandra Heep, Independent Scholar.
 
We invite you to join the discussion together with our speakers. If you would like to attend, please send an email to events@leidenasiacentre.nl to register.

Wed August 23rd, 2017 - Wijnhaven Complex Room 3.60

24-25 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.

Thu August 24th, 2017 - Leiden Law School

2-3 September - Shilin Rombouts Graduate Conference

On September 2 and 3, the Shilin Journal of Young Sinology will host the third Rombouts Graduate Conference at Leiden University. The Rombouts Conference is a two-day conferen... more

On September 2 and 3, the Shilin Journal of Young Sinology will host the third Rombouts Graduate Conference at Leiden University. The Rombouts Conference is a two-day conference organised by and for Master and PhD students with a particular focus on China. Its goal is to provide budding China specialists with a platform to present and discuss their work in a familiar yet professional environment. The Rombouts Conference also offers participants the opportunity to meel local and international scholars from their respective fields.

 

Through a series of panels, workshops, guest lectures, discussions, and keynote speeches, the Rombouts Conference will examine the use of primary sources in China Studies. As the most fundamental aspect of any Sinological inquiry, source materials and the way we use them greatly determine the direction, scope, and findings of our research. Besides the opportunities they can provide, they also pose distinct challenges, inevitably touching on questions of access, interpretation, and contextualization. Related developments, such as the digitization of source materials and the methodologies used analyze them, further inform these issues. These and similar questions will be at the heart of this year's conference.

 

The Rombouts conference welcomes submissions from a diverse range of disciplines and interests, including politics, digital communication, literature, art, history, and many more.

 

Everyone is invited to send their abstract (300 words), departmental affiliation, and 4 keywords before the 1st of July. Submissions can be sent to: romboutsconference@gmail.com.

Sat September 2nd, 2017 - Academiegebouw, klein auditorium

4 September - Opening Academic Year 2017-2018

The opening ceremony of Leiden University's 2017-2018 Academic Year will start on 4 September 2017 in the Pieterskerk in Leiden.   Programme:

    ... more

    The opening ceremony of Leiden University's 2017-2018 Academic Year will start on 4 September 2017 in the Pieterskerk in Leiden.
     

    Programme:

    • Welcome by Professor Carel Stolker, Rector Magnificus and President of the Executive Board
    • The opening address will be given by Merijn Tinga, Leiden alumnus Biology, Plastic Soup Surfer and forerunner of a sustainable world, in which we recycle everything.
    • Musical interlude performed by the Choir of the Leiden Student Choir and Orchestra Collegium Musicum.
    • Learning@LeidenUniversity by Professor Hester Bijl, Vice-Rector Magnificus.
    • Ghislaine Voogd, Chair of the Leiden University Student Platform, will present the 2017 Leiden Teaching Prize.
    • This will be followed by the conferral of the 2017 Gratama Science Prize.
    • Closing remarks by Professor Carel Stolker.

     
    You are kindly requested to be seated before 14.55 hrs. The programme will commence at 15.00 hrs. promptly. The ceremony will be followed by a reception in the Pieterskerk, at approximately 16.30 hrs.
     
    A simultaneous English translation of the speeches will be provided. If you wish to be present at the ceremony, please register before 25 august by clicking this link. Personal entrance cards will not be issued on this occasion.
     
    Time: 15.00 - 18.00 hrs.
     

    Mon September 4th, 2017 - Pieterskerk Leiden

11 September-31 December - Leiden University Libraries welcomes Peter Frankopan as Visiting Scaliger professor

Historian Peter Frankopan has been appointed Visiting Scaliger professor at Leiden University for 2017. The holder of this chair is affiliated both to the Sca... more

Historian Peter Frankopan has been appointed Visiting Scaliger professor at Leiden University for 2017. The holder of this chair is affiliated both to the Scaliger Institute of Leiden University Libraries and to the Faculty of Humanities. Former holders of the chair include Anthony Grafton (Princeton University) and François Déroche (Collège de France). Frankopan is Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research.

 

Peter Frankopan
Dr. Peter Frankopan is a historian at the University of Oxford, where he is Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research and a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society. He works on the history of the Mediterranean, Russia, the Middle East, Persia Central Asia and beyond, and on relations between Christianity and Islam. He also specializes in medieval Greek literature. He is the author of The First Crusade: the call from the East (2012) which Times Literary Supplement called 'The most significant contribution to re-thinking the origins and causes of the First Crusade for a generation', and of The Silk Roads: A New History of the World (2016), an international bestseller, described by William Dalrymple as a ‘historical epic of dazzling range, ambition and achievement’.
 
Teaching, Research and Keynote speech
As Visiting Scaliger professor, Dr. Frankopan will stay at Leiden University in September and December 2017 and will be engaged with teaching and research. On 14 September Dr. Frankopan will deliver the keynote speech on Asia and the making of the Modern World in the Pieterskerk on the occasion of the grand opening of Leiden University’s Asian Library.
 

Scaliger Institute

The Scaliger Institute, founded in 2000,  promotes teaching and research that uses the Special Collections held at Leiden University Libraries. Since its inception the Institute has received more than 270 fellows and has organized symposia, masterclasses, and special lecture series. The Institute takes its name from Josephus Justus Scaliger (1540-1609), the best known Leiden academic in the early years of the university. Scaliger was also a patron of the University Library.

Mon September 11th, 2017 - Universiteitsbibliotheek Leiden

12 September - Interpreting the Dao de jing: the Lao Tzu, the Path of virtue and many others.

Johan Peter Gumbert was an internationally renowned professor of Latin palaeography and codicology. His fascination for the translation of the Dao de jing into western languag... more

Johan Peter Gumbert was an internationally renowned professor of Latin palaeography and codicology. His fascination for the translation of the Dao de jing into western languages gave birth to a unique collection of several hundred volumes published in more than thirty languages. Collected over decades, this unique ensemble of books is now included in the holdings of Leiden University Library. On the occasion of this acquisition the Library organizes lectures on the Dao de jing and its translation.

 

The lectures will be followed by an exhibition of selected books from the Gumbert collection.

 

Schedule:
- 13:30-14:00: Welcome coffee
- 14:00-14:10: Welcome speech, brief introduction to the Gumbert collection – Marc Gilbert
- 14:10-14:50: The Dao of War (De Dao van oorlog) – Paul van Els
- 14:50-15:30: The Hidden Role of Commentaries in Translating the Dao de jing (De verborgen rol van commentaren in het vertalen van de Dao de jing) - Burchard Mansvelt Beck
- 15:30-16:10: The How-Manieth Translation...of the How-Manieth Original? (De hoeveelste vertaling...uit het hoeveelste origineel?) – Lloyd Haft
- 16:10-16:40: Exhibition – selected books from the Gumbert collection.
- 16:30-17:30: Drinks
 

Everyone is welcome to attend these lectures. Please consider that the program of this event is in Dutch.
 

Please register beforehand by clicking this link.

Tue September 12th, 2017 - University Library Leiden, Vossiuszaal

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.
 
Attendance is free. If you wish to be present at this conference, please register online before 11 September by clicking this link. Personal entrance cards will not be issued on this occasion. Food and drinks will be provided.
 
Programme
 
09.15–09.45    Introduction by Peter Frankopan (University of Oxford), author of The Silk Roads: A New History of the World and visiting Scaliger Professor at Leiden University.
 
09.45–10.00    Coffee Break

 

10.00–12.00    Panel 1 - Moderator Chris Green - State and Society: Local Contestation in the Countries of Asia

10.00–10.30    Marte Boonen (Asian Studies, Humanities, ResMA): Borders Within Borders: The Japanese Government’s Response to North Korean Education in Japan.

10.30–11.00    Francesca Ghiretti (International Relations and Diplomacy, Institute for Security and Global Affairs (Faculty Governance and Global Affairs), Institute of Political Science (Faculty of Social Sciences, MSc): Forms of Resistance on the Chinese Web.

11.00–11.30    Benedetta Mantoan (Politics, Society and Economy of Asia Department of Asian Studies, MA): Efficacy of Community-based Management System to Preserve the Access of Small-scale Fishermen to Coastal Marine Area.

11.30–12.00    Nelly Samosir (Institute of Public Administration, Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs): Public Sector Reform and Corruption in Indonesia (1998 – present): A working Paper.
 
12.00–13.00    Lunch
 
13.00–15.00    Panel 2 -Moderator Arianne Sacco- Changing Identities: The Shifting Discourses of Asian Life

13.00–13.30    Guan Zexu (Film and Literary Studies, Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society): Fluid Aesthetics: Transnational Communication of Beauty in China’s Social Media.

13.30–14.00    Aafke van Ewijk (LIAS): The Modern Identities of Pre-modern Heroes in Japanese Children’s Literature.

14.00–14.30    Amit Sampat (Theology and Religious Studies, MA): The Message of Modern India: The Spiritual Thought of Vaswani at The Welt Congress of Religious Liberals (Berlin, 1910).

14.30–15.00    Victor Xu Guanmian (Leiden Institute for History, MA): Are China Seas Part of the Indian Ocean? The Social Life of Terms in the Fragmented Studies of the Maritime History of Early Modern Asia.
 
15.00–15.30    Coffee Break
 
15.30–17.30    Panel 3 -Moderator Joshua Chan- Changing Perceptions: Progression and Regression in Modern Asia

15.30–16.00    Aurelie Van ‘t Slot (Asian Studies, Res.MA): Murakami Haruki’s Gross Transnational Cool: The Commodification of a Celebrity Author.

16.00–16.30    Maaike Evelien de Vries (LIAS Korean Studies): Cocaine and Colonial Korea (1910-1945).

16.30–17.00    Yujing Tan (LIAS): “Open the City Through De-bordering It/IT”: the Production of Contemporary Innovation City in China.

17.00–17.30    Pieter Velghe (Chinese Studies, MA): The Future of Authoritarian Resilience? Technology Policy in China and the IoT.
 
17.30–18.30    Drinks

 

 

Wed September 13th, 2017 - Academiegebouw, klein auditorium

13 September - Buddhism in India

The Buddhist tradition begins in India round about the 5th to 4th century BCE, and continues with various degrees of vibrancy until around the 13th century CE. We know somethi... more

The Buddhist tradition begins in India round about the 5th to 4th century BCE, and continues with various degrees of vibrancy until around the 13th century CE. We know something about the circumstances of the arisal of this tradition, and something about its end, but details of both remain shrouded in uncertainty. Likewise, we know something of the literature produced over the centuries by Indian Buddhists, something of the architecture and art, but it is very difficult to piece together an overall picture. Despite this challenge, the lecture will attempt an overall sketch of Indian Buddhist traditions, what we can know, and what we are less sure about.

 

The speaker 
Jonathan Silk, Professor of Buddhist Studies, Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), Leiden University

Time, venue, practical information
Wednesday 13 September
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Room 019
Lipsius Building
Cleveringaplaats 1
Leiden

All welcome!
Entrance is free.
No prior registration required.

13 September-18 October - Studium Generale - India in Leiden

On the occasion of the Leiden Asia Year 2017, Studium Generale organizes lectures which present research about India that is being conducted in Leiden.   Dates &... more

On the occasion of the Leiden Asia Year 2017, Studium Generale organizes lectures which present research about India that is being conducted in Leiden.

 

Dates & Topics
13|09 Buddhism in India
20|09 Mujarewali: Couresans and their art of seduction
27|09 The Indian Ocean World / Decolonization in South Asia
04|10 Hindu Nationalism in Indian Politics (Different time and location)
11|10 Community through Custom?
18|10 Mapping the Śaiva 18 | 10 Mapping the Śaiva Landscape

 

Time & Place
7.30–9.00 pm
Room 019
Lipsius Building,
Cleveringaplaats 1
Leiden

Please consider that the program of these events is in Dutch.

 

13 September - China Seminar Lecture Series - Going South or going sour? Chinese pressure on Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy

Programme Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen has renewed calls for Taiwanese businesses to invest in Southeast Asia rather than China. Building on attempts... more

Programme

Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen has renewed calls for Taiwanese businesses to invest in Southeast Asia rather than China. Building on attempts by previous presidents to encourage Taiwanese businesses to diversify their investments, Tsai’s New Southbound policy aims to transform not only Taiwan’s economic relations, but also its political role in the East Asian region. Investing in Southeast Asia is not without risk, however, and critics assert that if mainland China does not acquiesce to this policy then Tsai’s efforts could well ‘go sour’.
 
The success of the New Southbound policy therefore depends on how well the Tsai administration responds to domestic concerns and manages cross-Straits relations. This research will contextualize Taiwan’s new regional strategy and assess the impact of Chinese pressure on the New Southbound policy.

 

Speaker
Dr. Lindsay Black, Assistant Professor, Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS)
 
Time

15.15 to 17.00 hrs.

14 September - Grand opening Asian Library

Come and celebrate the opening of the new Asian Library with us!   This festive day gives you the opportunit... more

Come and celebrate the opening of the new Asian Library with us!

 

This festive day gives you the opportunity to discover the wide variety of knowledge on Asia held in Leiden, covering research, teaching, collections and expertise and provides you with the newest insights on Asia.

 

The event consists of three parts:

 

10:00 - 12:30 hrs • Opening Ceremony
During the morning programme in the Pieterskerk (Pieterskerkhof 1), Her Majesty Queen Máxima will officially open the Asian Library. The programme also includes:

  • keynote speech Asia and the making of the modern world by Peter Frankopan (University of Oxford), author of The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, and visiting Scaliger Professor at Leiden University
  • a presentation on the collections of the Asian Library
  • a musical performance
  • launch of the book Voyage of Discovery. Exploring the Collections of the Asian Library
  • a walking lunch

 

12:45 - 16:30 hrs • Tour of Asia
In the afternoon there will be a Tour of Asia with something for everyone. The programme comprises a number of events to be held in parallel sessions at different locations, including lectures, country updates, exhibitions, tours, films, music, workshops, panel discussions and much more.
Check the schedule for Tour of Asia

 

16:30 - 18:30 hrs • Afterparty & Reception
At the end of the tour, join us for drinks and canapés in the University Library/Asian Library.

 

Registration
Due to great interest, we encourage you to register as soon as possible. Please fill in this form to register.

 

 

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

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

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

The two-day congress Asia on the Move – 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

16 September-14 October - LAK-Course - Sumi-e (Japanese Ink Brush Painting) | English spoken

For whom  Everybody welcome (for advanced participants and for beginners).   Content  Sumi-e means Japanese ink brush painting. Th... more

For whom 
Everybody welcome (for advanced participants and for beginners).
 
Content 
Sumi-e means Japanese ink brush painting. The pictures drawn by Sumi (black ink) are generally called ‘Suiboku-ga’ or ‘Sumi-e’ in Japan. It is said that ‘Sumi-e is the most popular way of saying overseas. Sumi-e basically uses only black ink but sometimes uses a little bit of other pigments as well. Sumi-e with other pigments is called Bokusaiga in particular. By the way, Sumie uses various techniques of gradation, shading, bleeding, blur and so on. . Such techniques can be obtained through changing the amount of water added to the ink. At this time, you can learn many basic techniques of brush and lines through depicting things in the workshops.
 
In sumi-e is using space is as important or perhaps more important than the objects. It is so-called “the beauty of blank space”. In sumi-e, the white space or “emptiness” completes the painting. This point is one of the most different between Sumie and the western methods.  Sumie is an art deeply rooted in Zen, embodying many of the tenets of the Zen finding beauty in blank space.
 
Each course date has his own theme:
1. 'shrimp' - 16th Sep
2. 'pine tree' - 23rd Sep
3. 'lotus' - 30th Sep
4. 'monkey' - 7th Oct
5. 'peony' - 14th Oct
 
Teacher 
Yuka Kakō:
-Education : Tsukuba University in grad school (Master course) in Japan
-Licence : registered teacher in International Sumi-E Association in Japan First-class registered architect in Japan
-Career : 2010 the incentive award in the international public exhibition of The International Sumi-e Association (display in The National Art Center, Tokyo) in Japan
2011 the display in the international public exhibition of ‘Encre et papierid; versite’s asiatiques’ (at Espace des Blancs-Manteaux de la Mairie du 4e arrondissement) in Paris
2011 the prize in the international public exhibition of Salon des Artistes Francais (display in Grand Palais national museum) in Paris
2015 the Semi-grand Prize in the international public exhibition of The International Sumi-e Association (display in The National Art Center, Tokyo) in Japan
2016 the Cyuugokubijutuhousya Prize in the international public exhibition of The International Sumi-e Association (display in The National Art Center, Tokyo) in Japan
 
Registration
 
Please register online by visiting this link.
 
Isn’t the registration link working? Please contact the LAK via info@lakcursussen.nl or tel: 071 – 5272314 | 5272317
 
Anyone who registers for a LAK course, thereby agrees to the LAK term and conditions.

18 September-20 November - LAK-Course - Visual arts Chinese Calligraphy

For whom This course is open to anyone over the age of 16. No prior experience is needed in order to participate. It consists of 10 classes.   Content... more

For whom
This course is open to anyone over the age of 16. No prior experience is needed in order to participate. It consists of 10 classes.
 
Content

The oldest known annals of Chinese history were written in calligraphy. Chinese calligraphy is thus as old as the Chinese writing system. Calligraphy is an important part of China's cultural heritage and is seen as one of the most important art forms. Due to the spread of China's influence in the world, Chinese calligraphy is now part of other country's cultures as well, such as Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam. In 2009, UNESCO included Chinese calligraphy in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The tools calligraphers use, define Chine calligraphy as an art. The 'Four Treasures' of Calligraphy are: the paintbrush, ink, paper, and inkstone. With these tools, you'll gradually learn the basic techniques and rools of Chinese calligraphy, which you will use both in class and at home while practicing. Apart from being an art form, Chinese calligraphy is also a form of meditation, soothing the mind and spirit.
 
Teacher
Cara Yuan, an experienced and enthusiastic teacher, is an established Chinese calligrapher. Her work was already exhibited in China and Japan before she had reached the age of 20. Due to her vast experience in teaching Chinese calligraphy, Cara Yuan will create a comfortable atmosphere in which you can learn the ins and outs of this art. All participants will get personal assistance and the opportunity to fulfill their own wishes within this course.

Cara Yuan was born and raised in China. Her father is an artist, specialized in Chinese painting. Her grandfather was a Chinese calligrapher. In 1998, Cara moved to the Netherlands to study at the Amsterdam University of the Arts and become a teacher. She has been teaching Chinese calligraphy since 1999.
 
Registration

Please register online by visiting this link. Isn't the registration link working? Please contact the LAK via info@lakcursussen.nl or tel: 071 - 5272314 | 5272317

 

Anyone who registers for a LAK course, thereby agrees to the LAK term and conditions.

 

20 September - Chinese Author Yu Hua in Leiden

Yu Hua (1960) is one of China’s most important contemporary writers. He gained fame with his novel To Live, made into a film by Zhang Yimou, and caused a furor wi... more

Yu Hua (1960) is one of China’s most important contemporary writers. He gained fame with his novel To Live, made into a film by Zhang Yimou, and caused a furor with his magnum opus Brothers, in which he draws stark parallels between the collective craze of the Cultural Revolution and narcissistic consumerism in present-day China. His widely read book of essays China In 10 Words was based on his columns for The New York Times.

 

Yu Hua will be interviewed by Mark Leenhouts, literary translator and author of Chinese Literature Today: Down to Earth but Inspired

 

Everyone is welcome to attend. Please consider that the program of this event is in Dutch and Chinese, not English.

Wed September 20th, 2017 - De Burcht

20 September - Mujarewali: Courtesans and their art of seduction

Mujara is a North-Indian entertainment genre performed by courtesans (the ‘mujarewali’) that combines singing and dancing. The art was originally based on the classical Hi... more

Mujara is a North-Indian entertainment genre performed by courtesans (the ‘mujarewali’) that combines singing and dancing. The art was originally based on the classical Hindustani music tradition. Dancing girls have long been a part of Indian public life and were already mentioned in Vedic times ( 1000 B.C.). Courtesan arts flourished under royal patronage and had its heydays about 200 years ago. This splendour abruptly came to an end with the arrival of the British who despised and next stigmatised it as mere prostitution. In present day India, Mujara as a consequence is hence still severely tabooed. However, there are still small pockets of practitioners of this ancient art, powerful women who still consider themselves as heir to the mujarewali. Jolanda Boejharat will present some of her materials that she collected during previous fieldwork trips among the mujarewali of Safedabad and will demonstrate what this former art of seduction may have looked and sounded like.

The speaker
Drs. Jolanda Boejharat, dance scholar, choreographer, artistic director of the Monsoon Foundation.

Time, venue, practical information
Wednesday 20 September
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Room 019
Lipsius Building
Cleveringaplaats 1
Leiden

All welcome!
Entrance is free.
No prior registration required.

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

22 September - 'The future of the Postcolonial Past: beyond representation' by Elleke Boehmer

In this lecture Elleke Boehmer proposes to share her interest in new moves in the postcolonial field to direct attention to the communicative and interpretative ‘how&... more

In this lecture Elleke Boehmer proposes to share her interest in new moves in the postcolonial field to direct attention to the communicative and interpretative ‘how’ rather than the themed ‘what’ of representation; to the process of reading and reception rather than the political ‘objects of difference’ that are represented in texts. It is this move beyond the phenomenology of ‘code’ that she believes maps the postcolonial future.

 

Through a reinvigoration of postcolonial poetics and reader reception, it may be possible to shift our concerns away from the topic- and agenda- based discussions that have dominated the field to date and through which its politics have largely been understood. This approach recognizes, radically for the field, that postcolonial writing has, on its own terms, like all writing, the power to shock, resist, overturn, subvert, and kick back against the various exoticizing limitations of the postcolonial or decolonial condition.

 

Please register on beforehand by sending an e-mail to secr.indischeletteren@gmail.com

Time: 16.00 hrs.

Fri September 22nd, 2017 - Academiegebouw, Klein auditorium

22 September - Symposium East Asian Book History

On the occasion of the opening of Leiden University’s Asian Library on 14 September 2017 and Leiden Asia Year 2017, Brill publishes a walking guide to Asian Leiden. This wal... more

On the occasion of the opening of Leiden University’s Asian Library on 14 September 2017 and Leiden Asia Year 2017, Brill publishes a walking guide to Asian Leiden. This walking guide will be launched at Brill on Friday 22 September in conjunction with a symposium on East Asian Book History.

 

Programme

12:30-13:00 registration

13:00-13:20 welcome and introduction Brill

13:20-14:20 Hilde De Weerdt: Collecting and Reading in the Early Chinese Print Age

14:20-14:50 Ellis Tinios: An introduction to Edo period books of illustrations

14:50-15:20 coffee/tea break

15:20-16:20 Laura Moretti: Tales of Ise and children’s literature in Japanese book publishing in the Edo period

16:20-16:50 Ellis Tinios: Adapting Chinese books for the Japanese Market

16:50-17:00 presentation 1st copy of the Walking Guide to Asian Leiden and concluding remarks

17:00-18:00 drinks
 
Registration
Send your name, email address, telephone number to logeman@brill.com before 14 September 2017

Fri September 22nd, 2017 - Brill Publishing

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.

 

Mon September 25th, 2017 - Universiteit Leiden

27 September - The Indian Ocean World / Decolonization in South Asia

Lecture 1: The Indian Ocean World in the 18th and 19th century Forced Journeys, Unfree Labor, Marginal Stories Turning away from histories of territories, t... more

Lecture 1: The Indian Ocean World in the 18th and 19th century
Forced Journeys, Unfree Labor, Marginal Stories
Turning away from histories of territories, this lecture recounts the forced journeys of peoples from India and Sri Lanka/Ceylon across the Indian Ocean. These marginal stories of subaltern individuals shipped and trans-shipped between the Dutch and British colonial territories of India, Sri Lanka/Ceylon, Mauritius and the Cape in the 18th and 19th century give insights into the various forms of mobility that shaped the making of societies in the Indian Ocean world. They also help us capture the remarkable capacity of some of these involuntary migrants to forge fragile communities, preserve practices of meaning and resist the predation of masters and rulers.
 
The speaker
Nira Wickramasinghe, Professor of Modern South Asian Studies, LIAS, Leiden University
 
Lecture 2: Shadow-Lines
Re-framing Decolonization in South Asia
This talk will go back to the transitional decades of decolonization in South Asia, to rethink the meanings of freedom that accompanied anti-colonial struggle. Using visual art and aesthetics, I will try to de-center and re-frame the arrival of independence in post-colonial South Asia by foregrounding stories of displacement that accompanied the retreat of empire, and the incompleteness of decolonization that continued beyond the arrival of freedom in 1947. Pursuing ‘shadow-lines’ that lie beneath the more visible histories of 20th-century South Asia, this talk will ask how cultural imagination became and remains a site for alternative imaginations of histories and futures.
 
The speaker
Dr Sanjukta Sunderason, Assistant Professor of Modern South Asian Studies, LIAS, Leiden University
 
Time, venue, practical information
Wednesday 27 September
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm with break
Room 019
Lipsius Building
Cleveringaplaats 1
Leiden
 
All welcome!
Entrance is free.
No prior registration required.

28-29 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

28 September - Good Governance in Asia and the West: What is the Difference?

Professionals on good governance, politics and civil servants. Are prejudices confirmed by research? And what can we learn from each other? Among others: Prof.dr. Frits... more

Professionals on good governance, politics and civil servants. Are prejudices confirmed by research? And what can we learn from each other?

Among others:

Prof.dr. Frits van der Meer

Prof. dr. Zeger van der Wal

Prof. dr. Mark Rutgers

dr. Caspar van den Berg

dr. Toon Kerkhoff

 

Time: 12.30 - 15.00 hrs

Thu September 28th, 2017 - Wijnhaven

4 October - Gandhinama: Mahatma Gandhi’s personal and public life

A champion of civil rights and a leading light in India's struggle for independence, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an icon of the 20th century. The Mahatma was a man of extra... more

A champion of civil rights and a leading light in India's struggle for independence, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an icon of the 20th century. The Mahatma was a man of extraordinary courage and vision, a born leader and a revolutionary, relentless in his pursuit of equality and justice.

 

Gandhi is best remembered for continually challenging the injustices of British colonial rule through acts of non-violent civil disobedience. Willing to subject himself to prison for his beliefs, he was a complicated and sometimes controversial figure. A master of conflict resolution, he was adept at forging alliances with his fiercest critics, yet he could be uncompromising in his treatment of family members and followers.

 

In this lecture, biographer Pramod Kapoor unpicks the nuances of Gandhi's life and character, charting his evolution from fun-loving schoolboy to the man revered throughout India as 'Father of the Nation'. Drawing on contemporary accounts and a myriad of letters, documents, illustrations and photographs - including many which have rarely, if ever, been published - he reveals a man of contradictions, a fascinating personality whose complexities are often obscured by the scale of his achievements, yet who remains a continuing source of inspiration to those struggling for freedom all over the world.
 
Pramod Kapoor is the founder and publisher of Roli Books. In 2016, he was conferred with the prestigious Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur, for his contribution towards producing books that have changed the landscape of Indian publishing. His first book as author, Gandhi: An Illustrated Biography is the result of years of painstaking research on a subject close to his heart. Kapoor is dedicated towards decoding Gandhi for modern generations.

 

Time: 16.00 - 17.00 hrs
 
Sign up by sending an email to info@lup.nl

Wed October 4th, 2017 - Academiegebouw, Great Auditorium

4 October - Hindu Nationalism in Indian Politics

Past, Present and Future Hindu nationalism, once peripheral, has now become the mainstream as well as the ruling dispensation in India. The hegemonic rise of... more

Past, Present and Future
Hindu nationalism, once peripheral, has now become the mainstream as well as the ruling dispensation in India. The hegemonic rise of Hindu nationalism is seen by some as a challenge to India’s liberal, secular, plural and diverse traditions. This lecture, traversing through the evolution of Hindu nationalism and analyzing the contour of its ideology and practice, will make an attempt to anticipate the future possibilities.
 
The speaker
Pralay Kanungo, Professor of Contemporary India Studies, International Institute for Asian Studies/Leiden University Institute for Area Studies, Leiden University
Discussant
To be announced
 
Please note the different venue (The Hague) and timings ​​​​​​for this lecture (see information below)!
This lecture is​ also part of our series 'Global Challenges'.
 
Time, venue, practical information
Wednesday 4 October
7:00 pm (!) to 8:30 pm
Auditorium
Leiden University College
Anna van Buerenplein 301
The Hague
 
For this lecture limited seats are available.
Please register in advance through the website of Studium Generale!

Wed October 4th, 2017 - Auditorium Leiden University College

5 October - INDIA PUBQUIZ

What do you know about India? Demonstrate and enrich your knowledge in the India Pubquiz on October 5th.   Leiden University, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and t... more

What do you know about India? Demonstrate and enrich your knowledge in the India Pubquiz on October 5th.

 

Leiden University, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Embassy of India organise a pubquiz together to celebrate the warm relations between India and the Netherlands. 2017 marks an extraordinary year for all of us as we celebrate the Leiden Asia Year, the opening of the Asian Library, 70 years of Indian independence, as well as 70 years of bilateral ties between India and the Netherlands.
 

The pubquiz will not only feature questions on India from a wide range of themes, but also participants from a wide variety of backgrounds. Are you interested in India and do you want to expand your social and professional network in a fun and playful way? Do not miss out on this unique event where knowledge, competitiveness, diplomacy, and fun meet: join us on October 5th in the India Pubquiz!
 

The India Pubquiz will last from 17.00hrs – 19.30hrs, starting off with an official welcome in the University Library, followed by a short guided tour through the Asian Library, and subsequently the pubquiz itself in Café Noord.
 

Sign up by sending an email to indiapubquiz@gmail.com

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.

11 October - Changing through Custom?

Changing Perspectives on Tribe in South Asia The sociological relevance of categories such as ‘tribe’ and ‘indigeneity’ is increasingly being contest... more

Changing Perspectives on Tribe in South Asia
The sociological relevance of categories such as ‘tribe’ and ‘indigeneity’ is increasingly being contested, and that certainly holds for its applicability in South Asia. It seems almost unavoidable that in South Asia a notion such as tribe (and the related adivasi) invokes a hierarchical perspective on culture. What is the political and cultural relevance of ‘tribe’ in India today, and how does it have a bearing on everyday life? Erik de Maaker will address these questions, drawing on his long-time ethnographic involvement with the Garo community of North East India.

The speaker
Dr Erik de Maaker, Assistant Professor, Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University

Time, venue, practical information
Wednesday 11 October
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Room 019
Lipsius Building
Cleveringaplaats 1
Leiden

All welcome!
Entrance is free.
No prior registration required.

14 October - Travel Information Day | Djoser

On Saturday 14 October Djoser welcomes you to their travel information day. Travel specialists are ready to advise and answer your questions or to tell you about their own exp... more

On Saturday 14 October Djoser welcomes you to their travel information day. Travel specialists are ready to advise and answer your questions or to tell you about their own experiences on traveling to Asia. Several filmpresentations on Asia and other continents will be shown.
 
Programme:

Room 1:
13.00 - 13.45 hrs: Asia
13.45 - 14.30 hrs: Central America & South America
14.30 - 15.15 hrs: Africa
15.15 - 16.00 hrs: Asia

Room 2:
13.15 - 14.00 hrs: North-America & Oceania
14.00 - 14.45 hrs: Middle East
14.45 - 15.30 hrs: Europe
15.30 - 16.15 hrs: Hike & Bike

 

Access is free, but Djoser prefers if you sign up.
 
 
About Djoser Travel Agency

Far away or closer to home, you’re always in the right place with Djoser.  Their group travel combines individual freedom with the ease of well-organised transport and accommodation. Most journeys start in a big city. The journeys through Thailand, for example, start with a few days in Bangkok, in India the trip often begins in Delhi, and for most journeys through China we arrive in Beijing. Travelling throughout Asia with Djoser means not just experiencing the country through the window of a bus, but really getting to know the friendly local people. To make this possible, they use different modes of transport, from their own buses to boats, and from camels to the train – and sometimes even the traditional Dutch bicycle! It’s the ideal way to enjoy the countryside and the find out about daily life in the region.
 
There’s often the opportunity for a walk in a village, a cycle tour of the surrounding area or a visit to a museum or local market. Meeting and talking to the locals is easy. You will travel in a small group with your own bus, which makes it easier to leave the more well-trodden paths. And that’s what leads to those unexpected moments that make your trip an unforgettable experience. You can rely on the enthusiastic Dutch travel guides to make sure  that everything goes smoothly. Your best trips are made with Djoser!  For more information, go to www.djoser.nl  or visit them on 14 September during Tour of Asia at the Books and Workshop Fair in the Academy Building, Rapenburg 73. 

Sat October 14th, 2017 - Djoser Travel Agency

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

18 October - Mapping the Śaiva Landscape

Text and Temple In this combined lecture Peter Bisschop and Elizabeth Cecil will introduce the study of religious landscapes in South Asia using ancient Sans... more

Text and Temple
In this combined lecture Peter Bisschop and Elizabeth Cecil will introduce the study of religious landscapes in South Asia using ancient Sanskrit texts and the remains of temples and other important archaeological sites. The first half of the lecture will focus on a text called the Skandapurāṇa, dedicated to the mythology and ritual worship of the Hindu god Śiva. The second half will work to connect the textual and the historical landscape by sharing fieldwork done on key sites associated with this text.

The speakers
Peter Bisschop, Professor of Sanskrit and Ancient Cultures of South Asia, LIAS, Leiden University
Dr Elizabeth Cecil, Postdoctoral Researcher in South Asian Religions and Material Culture, LIAS, Leiden University

Time, venue, practical information
Wednesday 18 October
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Room 019
Lipsius Building
Cleveringaplaats 1
Leiden

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19 October - Interdisciplinary symposium - Managing Alliances: Plant Science at Bogor Botanical Gardens, 1817‐2017

In 2017, the Botanical Gardens in Bogor, Indonesia, celebrate their 200th anniversary. This interdisciplinary symposium examines plant science at the garden in Bogor by asking... more

In 2017, the Botanical Gardens in Bogor, Indonesia, celebrate their 200th anniversary. This interdisciplinary symposium examines plant science at the garden in Bogor by asking how changing local and global alliances shaped the study of plants in Indonesia from the early 1800s under Dutch rule to the age of decolonization. What emerges is a picture of the Garden that constantly had to renew itself. Plant science at the Garden was the product of coordination and competition between different disciplines, institutes, communities and networks in Asia and beyond.

However, although Bogor plant science altered over time partly thanks to the dynamics of global and local alliances it built on, there were continuities too. Since its establishment in 1817, the Garden formed part of a colonial an imperial bureaucracy which considered knowledge about nature as an extension of the emerging colonial state.

In order to provide a fresh view on the Gardens’ entangled past, this interdisciplinary symposium brings together historians and biologists from Europe and the US whose research concern the history of plant science and neigboring disciplines in Bogor and the Indonesian Archipelago.

 

Convenors:
Andreas Weber (University of Twente)
Robert-Jan Wille (Utrecht University)
Paul Keßler (Hortus Botanicus Leiden)

Symposium programme:

13:00-13:10 Opening

13.10-13:50 Andreas Weber, University of Twente
Establishing a Niche: Imperial Horticulture in the Early Nineteenth century Indonesian Archipelago

13:50-14:15 Justin Jansen, Naturalis Biodiversity Center
The bird collections of the Baudin expedition 1800-1804

14:15 - 14.45 Coffee break

14.45 -15.25 Robert-Jan Wille, Utrecht University
From Chemical Experiments to Biological Development: Changing Repertoires of Technocracy in the Dutch Indies, 1868‐1909

15.25-15.50 Eulàlia Gassó Miracle, Naturalis Biodiversity Center
Collecting butterflies in the early twentieth century Indonesian Archipelago: the J.M.A. van Groenendael collection disclosed

15.50-16.10: Short break (offers a chance to have look at historical photo albums of the garden in Bogor)

16.10-16.55 Andrew Goss, Augusta University, US
Inventing the Kebun Raya in the New Republic: Scientific Cooperation at the Bogor Botanical Gardens in the Age of Decolonization

16.55 -17.10 Robert Jan Wille
Questions and closing remarks

17.10-18.00 Borrel

 

Conference fee €10,-. Link to buy ticket

Thu October 19th, 2017 - Bogor Botanical Gardens

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

29 October - Fables and facts about Chinese language and writing at the Taalmuseum

Is Chinese the world’s most difficult language? And how many  Chinese characters are there? Discover facts and fables about Chinese language and script at the China theme d... more

Is Chinese the world’s most difficult language? And how many  Chinese characters are there? Discover facts and fables about Chinese language and script at the China theme day at the Taalmuseum in Leiden on 29 October at BplusC.

 

This year, Leiden’s key focus is on Asia. In terms of Asian languages, there is one thing that immediately catches your attention: they often have their own type of script. This makes it difficult for us to understand the language, and it leads to all kinds of myths, such as that Asian languages are more difficult to understand than European languages. The Taalmuseum and BplusC are joining forces on Sunday 29 October to show visitors the wealth of Chinese language traditions and writing culture.

 

Speed lectures
You can attend a speed lecture to find out about the languages of China and what there is to see and do in Leiden on the theme of China. Three experts will tell you about their research areas and about the relationship between language and characters, about Chinese both inside and outside China, and about design and development.

 
Learn calligraphy
For centuries, Chinese calligraphy has been one of the most important expressions of Chinese art and culture. At the theme day you can take part in a free workshop on Chinese calligraphy given by Cara Yuan. Using a Chinese calligraphy brush, she will teach you the principles of this art form. There will be two workshops, one for adults and one for children.
 
Leiden and China
For more than 150 years, Leiden University has been the place in the Netherlands for knowledge of Chinese languages and cultures. This long tradition will be the basis for an exhibition.

 

The China theme day will take place on 29 October from 13.00 to 17.00 hrs. If you want to make sure you have a place, sign up now via info@taalmuseumleiden.nl

 

Visit www.taalmuseumleiden.nl/china for the complete programme.

Sun October 29th, 2017 - BplusC

7-10 November - 17th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights – Human Rights and Children

The 17th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights will take place from the 7th until the 10th of November 2017 in Sofia, Bulgaria and focus on the theme of... more

The 17th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights will take place from the 7th until the 10th of November 2017 in Sofia, Bulgaria and focus on the theme of "Human Rights and Children". Prof. Dr Ton Liefaard, Professor of Children’s Rights and UNICEF Chair in Children’s Rights at Leiden University, Leiden Law School, will act as one of the seminar’s main rapporteurs.

 

This Seminar series is co-organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (nominated by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs), the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The 17th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights will be hosted by the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Tue November 7th, 2017 - Sofia

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

11-19 November - Call for Actors: Wanted Students from Japan, Indonesia and/or China who like to be part of a theatrical performance

The chamber choir 'Het Zingend Hart' is looking for students from Japan, Indonesia and/or China for the performance of ‘Von Siebold en het echte Oosten’ (Von Sieb... more

The chamber choir 'Het Zingend Hart' is looking for students from Japan, Indonesia and/or China for the performance of ‘Von Siebold en het echte Oosten’ (Von Siebold en the real East). Students who like to take part in a performance, a theatrical discussion in front of an audience. 'Het Zingend Hart' will sing Asian songs, and an actor will play the role of Von Siebold and tell the story of his life. In this role he will try to correct the stereotypes westerners have, and tell what he knows about the real Asia. The students will react and correct his views.

 

The performances will take place in Leiden in the weekends of 11, 12 and 18, 19 November this year, probably in the afternoon. There will be several rehearsals in October and November: around three in which the students will take part. The rehearsals will be on Wednesday evenings and in the weekends.

 

Please contact Laetitia Smit by phone: 071 527 7297 or e-mail: l.c.m.smit@sea.leidenuniv.nl

Sat November 11th, 2017 - Several locations

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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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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