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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 - 4 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.

17 March - 11 June
EMA. Tangible Prayers

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

For a photographic impression of the exhibition, click here.

 

 

14 April - 8 October
Crown Jewels from Asia

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

 

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

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

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

 

Historical and contemporary

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

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

 

For fans and newcomers

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

 

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

 

Picture: Kurebayashi, 2016, Kjeld Duits

18 May - 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.

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 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 - 16 January
Asia on the Move

Asia is home to many different cultures, which share important characteristics and are diverse at the same time. The exhibition Asia on the Move 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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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

2-31 May - Leiden University Libraries welcomes Antariksa as visiting researcher

Antariksa (Indonesia) is a researcher and co-founding member of KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He is the 2017 laureate of Global South(... more

Antariksa (Indonesia) is a researcher and co-founding member of KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He is the 2017 laureate of Global South(s) du Collège d'études mondiales/Fondation Maison des sciences de l'homme fellowship, Paris, and currently Associate Fellow of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore.

 
Lecture on Art Collectivism in Japanese-Occupied Indonesia
Antariksa will give a lecture on Art Collectivism in Japanese-Occupied Indonesia. The lecture will take place in the Vossius Conference Room in the University Library, Witte Singel 27 in Leiden on May 23rd 2017. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please register on beforehand by sending an e-mail to aanmelding@library.leidenuniv.nl (subject: Antariksa) or by phone: 071-527 28 32.

 

About Antariksa

He has conducted research on Indonesian art, culture and history and is the author of Tuan Tanah Kawin Muda: Hubungan Seni Rupa-LEKRA 1950–1965 (The Relation Between Art and the Institute of People’s Culture in Indonesia 1950–1965) (2005). Antariksa’s research interests lie in the complexities of the Indonesian art environment. In particular, art collectivism during Japanese occupation (1942–1945) and its impacts and influences on Indonesian art history. Currently he is working on his new book, Art Collectivism in Japanese-Occupied Indonesia.

While in residence at UBL he will engage with the Indonesian collections and archives in order to re-examine them, focusing on comparisons with other narrations outside the institution, the politics of collecting, and the way the historical context overlaps with present day perspectives. Antariksa will also use his research for an exhibition at Bozar/Paleis voor Schone Kunsten in Brussels, Belgium.

11 May-1 October - 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.  ... 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:

 
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

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

Mr. Sharma saw with his own two eyes that the cup had fallen down to the ground. Did Mr. Jansen see it in the same way? Why don’t we use ‘wikkelbroek’ or ‘broekrok’... more

Mr. Sharma saw with his own two eyes that the cup had fallen down to the ground. Did Mr. Jansen see it in the same way? Why don’t we use ‘wikkelbroek’ or ‘broekrok’ to translate the word ‘dhoti’? How do you translate eleventh century Japanese jokes? Who is the greatest female writer in history? Do you need to translate Chinese first names? How convenient or useful is it to be in touch with an author while translating their work? All of these questions, and many more, will be answered during the round-table conversation ‘The Ins and Outs of Literary Translation’.

 

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

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

 

 

Everyone is welcome to attend this evening.
Please registrate on beforehand by sending an e-mail to aanmelding@library.leidenuniv.nl, citing "Round-table 29th of May".

29 May - Korean Culture Market

No money for plane ticket to Korea? Worry no more, because the Korea Culture Market is back, organised by study association LVSJK Tanuki!

 

Come and tr... more

No money for plane ticket to Korea? Worry no more, because the Korea Culture Market is back, organised by study association LVSJK Tanuki!

 

Come and try on beautiful traditional Hanbok kindly provided by the Ambassy of Korea. Try delicious Korean food at the Korean Kitchen stall! Or get your favorite cosmetic goods at Conceptual Styles. There will also be a Hapkido demonstration by Raymond and a stall by Force One where you can buy martial arts goods! Already plenty things to do! We will also provide drinks (student-friendly prices).

Mon May 29th, 2017 - Arsenaal

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

4 June - Japanese Butoh Dance

An encounter between the worlds of Japanese Butoh dancer 'Juju Alishina' and musician 'Christiaan de Jong'. Dance and music about decay, fear and despair, eroticism and ecstas... more

An encounter between the worlds of Japanese Butoh dancer 'Juju Alishina' and musician 'Christiaan de Jong'. Dance and music about decay, fear and despair, eroticism and ecstasy. Butoh's intention is to get in touch with your inner self. A Japanese dance form originated around 1950.

 

The music is partly improvised, partly composed and inspired by the contrast between nature and human interference in the world and uses Japanese haiku. Christiaan de Jong makes use of ‘every trick in the book’ within his musical skills and combines his very special way of playing the flute and amplified  classical guitar with effects and electronics.

 

Time: 12:00 – 12:40 / 14:00 – 14:40 / 16:00 – 16:40 / 17:00 – 17:40

Sun June 4th, 2017 - Oude UB

5 June - Leidse Hofjesconcerten: Choir 'Het Zingend Hart'

Het Zingend Hart is a Dutch, Leiden based choir. With an Asian program, they join the Leiden Asia Year adressing China, Japan, Indonesia and Korea, even singing some pieces in... more

Het Zingend Hart is a Dutch, Leiden based choir. With an Asian program, they join the Leiden Asia Year adressing China, Japan, Indonesia and Korea, even singing some pieces in Chinese and Japanese. The performances are scheduled for autumn 2017, a preview will be heard during the Leidse Hofjes Concerten. Since the beginning of this year, Het Zingend Hart is led by Guido van Swieten.

 

Time: 13.00, 14.00, 15.30 and 16.30 hrs.
Picture: Petra van Marion

Mon June 5th, 2017 - St. Jacobshof Hofje

15 June - Reading North Korean Posters: Medium and Message

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

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

 

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

Everyone is welcome to attend. Please register online by clicking this link.

 

About the speakers:

Mary Ginsberg (Curator at the British Museum, editor of "Communist Posters", Reaktion books, 2017)
 
Suzy Kim (historian, assistant professor at Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, author of "Everyday Life in the North Korean Revolution, 1945–1950", 2013)
 
Koen de Ceuster (University Lecturer at Leiden University, co-author of "De-bordering Korea: Tangible and Intangible legacies of the Sunshine Policy", 2013)
 
Credits Poster:

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Registration only (not open yet)

 

 

 

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

Fri June 16th, 2017 - The Asian Library

24 June - Dragon boat races (Lakenfeesten)

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

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

Sat June 24th, 2017 - Leiden

6 July - Asia Cafe

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

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

Thu July 6th, 2017 - Leiden Asia Centre

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 - Lipsius Building Leiden University

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.   In line with tradition, the ceremony... more

The opening ceremony of Leiden University's 2017-2018 Academic Year will start on 4 September 2017 in the Pieterskerk in Leiden.
 
In line with tradition, the ceremony will be opened by the procession of students and professors, followed by several speeches and musical performances. During the ceremony, the LUS Teaching Prize for most talented lecturer and the Gratama Science Prize will be presented.

 

Time: 15.00 - 18.00 hrs.
 
More information on the program and how to attend will follow.

Mon September 4th, 2017 - Pieterskerk Leiden

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

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

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

 

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

 

Call for abstracts

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

 

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

Wed September 13th, 2017 - Academiegebouw, klein auditorium

14 September - Grand opening Asian Library

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Detailed information about the program will be available shortly.

14-17 September - Middle Period Chinese Humanities

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

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

Thu September 14th, 2017 - Lipsius Building Leiden University

14 September - CinemAsia FilmLAB (short films)

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

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

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

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

15-16 September - 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

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

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

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

Thu September 21st, 2017 - Lipsius Building Leiden University

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Call for Apllications

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

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

Mon September 25th, 2017 - Universiteit Leiden

28-30 September - Festival Voice4Thought

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

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

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

Thu September 28th, 2017 - Leiden tbc

10 October - Introducing International Convention of Asia Scholars

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

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

 

Time: 15.00 h

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

10 October-14 January - Europalia-Indonesia

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

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

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

16-17 October - Tusk Theatre - Kaikin

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Mon October 16th, 2017 - Theater Ins Blau

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

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

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

 

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

Picture: Coen Bastiaanssen

Fri October 27th, 2017 - Leiden International Film Festival

11-12 November - LAK workshops Asian arts and culture

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

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

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

Sat November 11th, 2017 - LAK, Lipsius Building

17 November - Open stage BplusC

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

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

Fri November 17th, 2017 - Het Leidse Volkshuis

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