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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
For whom Everybody welcome (for advanced participants and for beginners). Content Sumi-e means Japanese ink brush painting. Th... more
Everybody welcome (for advanced participants and for beginners).
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
-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
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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
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
A lecture by Mu Qian, PhD candidate at SOAS, University of London. Lunch is provided. Registration is required From July 2015 to August 2016, Mu Qi... more
A lecture by Mu Qian, PhD candidate at SOAS, University of London.
Lunch is provided. Registration is required
From July 2015 to August 2016, Mu Qian did fieldwork in Northwestern China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region for his PhD research on music and meaning in Uyghur Sufism. Sufism has played an important role in the history of Islamisation of Xinjiang, and is today an important part of the identities of some Uyghur people. Sounded practices such as the "hälqä-sohbät", a ritual that derived from Sufi traditions of samāʿ and dhikr, still take place among the pious locals against governmental ban. Music, religion, and politics thus constitute Mu Qian’s field research and become key words of his dissertation. In this presentation, he is going to talk about his research from these aspects, and show some rare footages from his fieldwork.
MU Qian is an ethnomusicologist, performing arts curator and writer. He is currently a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology at SOAS, University of London.
Mu is working on his PhD dissertation titled Experiencing God in Sounds: Music and Meaning in Uyghur Sufism, after a year’s fieldwork among the Uyghur Sufis in Xinjiang, Northwestern China. His research is part of Sounding Islam in China, a multi-sited ethnographic study project of SOAS supported by the Leverhulme Trust.
Mu has presented papers at Islamic Soundscapes of China Conference (2013, London), World Conference of International Council for Traditional Music (2013 Shanghai, 2015 Astana), International Conference on Islamic Arts in Intercultural Perspective (2016, Hong Kong), Annual Meeting of Society for Ethnomusicology (2016, Washington D.C.), and Ethnography of Islam in China conference (2017, London). He has been a guest lecturer at UCLA, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Maryland, and Royal Holloway, University of London.
As a producer, Mu has produced concerts of world music in Asia, Europe and North America. Supported by the Asian Cultural Council, Mu conducted research on world music in the US for seven months in 2014, during which he served as a presenter at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C. and worked on several projects of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance in New York. He is a member of jury of the Transglobal World Music Chart.
Mu has written over 1,000 articles on culture and art for various publications, especially China Daily and the Chinese website of the Financial Times. He is also the Chinese translator of Alan P. Merriam’s book Anthropology of Music (People’s Music Publishing House, Beijing, 2010).
Please register by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend this lecture.
26 September - China Seminar: Re-discover China: the people, land, agriculture and traditional wisdom
Most Chinese regard themselves as descendants of Emperors Huangdi and Yandi. It is not a unified bloodline-based identity, but a cultural concept. Actually, China is always a... more
Most Chinese regard themselves as descendants of Emperors Huangdi and Yandi. It is not a unified bloodline-based identity, but a cultural concept. Actually, China is always a nation made of multiethnic groups, and the term Huaxia (Han) is also a product of ethnic amalgamation. By the end of the Western Han, nearly all arable land had been cultivated and administered under the government registration.
As the foundation, agriculture provided China with enough food to deal with its tremendous population growth. A lunisolar calendar also ritualized the daily life of this agrarian society. History, ethnic diversity and cultural traditions formed the fountainhead of contemporary China’s reforms and openness. (Talk will be in Chinese)
Professor Ge Jianxiong - Fudan University
15.15 - 17.00 hrs.
This China-seminair is co-organized with Ministry of Culture of China and China Cultural Center in Den Haag.
In the China Seminar/Lecture series every three weeks, Leiden University Chinese Studies invite speakers from Leiden University and elsewhere to give a presentation on their o... more
In the China Seminar/Lecture series every three weeks, Leiden University Chinese Studies invite speakers from Leiden University and elsewhere to give a presentation on their ongoing research.
Dates & Topics
26|09 Professor Ge Jianxiong (Fudan University)
04|10 Jeroen de Kloet (University of Amsterdam)
18|10 Christopher Rea (The University of British Colombia)
25|10 Ching-Ling Wang (Rijksmuseum)
15|11 Daniel Stumm (Leiden University)
07|12 James Benn (McMaster University)
13|12 Rongdao Lai (University of Southern California)
Time & Place
Chinese Studies, Leiden Institute for Area Studies
Different locations in Leiden
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.
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.
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
Entrance is free.
No prior registration required.
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.
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?
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
About The filmscreening and Discussion is part of the 3rd edition of the Voice4Thought Festival Leiden, that brings together voices from the fields of arts,... more
The filmscreening and Discussion is part of the 3rd edition of the Voice4Thought Festival Leiden, that brings together voices from the fields of arts, education, activism, and the academic world.
The Last Train Home is a documentary set against the backdrop of the world's largest annual human migration. It spotlights married couple Chen and Zhang, factory workers who travel home once a year on Chinese New Year to reunite with their family. They struggle to reconnect with their children, whom they see only once a year. When they discover that their daughter has decided to drop out of school to work at a factory herself, they begin questioning the value of their sacrifice.
Anne Sytske Keijser, lecturer of Leiden University, will provide an introduction to the film and will lead the discussion afterwards. (In dutch).
14.30 -17.00 hrs.
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
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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.
Pralay Kanungo, Professor of Contemporary India Studies, International Institute for Asian Studies/Leiden University Institute for Area Studies, Leiden University
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
Leiden University College
Anna van Buerenplein 301
For this lecture limited seats are available.
Please register in advance through the website of Studium Generale!
The demand to be or become creative is currently haunting urban youth worldwide. In China’s wish to become a creator, rather than manufacturer, this demand is turned into go... more
The demand to be or become creative is currently haunting urban youth worldwide. In China’s wish to become a creator, rather than manufacturer, this demand is turned into government documents, policy plans and urban regeneration projects. The overcoded language of creativity, innovation and sustainability are part of a governmental logic in which not only the Chinese state but also the local, regional and global cultural industries are complicit. But what does it mean to be creative? And is being creative different in China than elsewhere? Are there possible line of flight to escape from creativity?
While quite a large body of work analyses creativity as a governmental tool, producing a new class called the precariat, consisting of subjectivities that are used as a flexible labor force that is deeply implicated in neoliberalism, the question of what we consider to be creative is by and large ignored. In my talk, drawing from examples from calligraphy, cinema, art, television and shanzhai culture, I aim to sidetrack current debates on creativity as a governmental tool, and instead zoom in on this rather empirical question: what does it mean to be creative in China in 2017? I hope to show that in particular in the art of copying, an art that resonates uncomfortably with global stereotypes about China, one can glimpse traces of creativity that are all too often discredited and ignored.
Jeroen de Kloet is Professor of Globalisation Studies and Director of the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies (ACGS) at the University of Amsterdam and PI of the project ChinaCreative funded by the European Research Council (ERC). His work focuses on cultural globalisation, in particular in the context of East Asia. In 2010 he published China with a Cut - Globalisation, Urban Youth and Popular Music (Amsterdam UP). He wrote, together with Yiu Fai Chow, Sonic Multiplicities: Hong Kong Pop and the Global Circulation of Sound and Image (Intellect, 2013), he edited together with Lena Scheen Spectacle and the City – Chinese Urbanities in Art and Popular Culture (Amsterdam UP, 2013) and with Robin Celikates, Esther Peeren and Thomas Poell Global Cultures of Contestation (Palgrave, 2018). He wrote, together with Anthony Fung, Youth Cultures in China (Polity, 2017). See also www.jeroendekloet.nl and www.chinacreative.humanities.uva.nl
15.15 - 17.00 hrs
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
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.
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.
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
Entrance is free.
No prior registration required.
picture by Vishma Thapa
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Entrance is free.
No prior registration required.
18 October - China Seminar: Of Spongers, Sharpers, and Cannibal Eunuchs: The Swindle Story around the World
Why do collections of swindle stories appear at certain times and places? In China, for example, the swindle story has experienced bursts of popularity during the late Ming, t... more
Why do collections of swindle stories appear at certain times and places? In China, for example, the swindle story has experienced bursts of popularity during the late Ming, the early Republican era, the early Mao era, and during the last 20 years. And comparable works exist around the world. What, for example, do Zhang Yingyu’s Book of Swindles(Ming China, 1617),Richard King’s The New Cheats of London Exposed (Georgian England, 1792), and P.T. Barnum’s The Humbugs of the World (Reconstruction-era United States, 1867) have in common—and how do they differ?
Swindle stories, clearly, serve a double purpose: they teach techniques for navigating perilous social environments, and they entertain. But theirs authors tend to frame these narratives within a questionable claim: that ours is an age of unprecedented peril. Focusing on the example of China, this talk will highlight one thread running through literary history: connoisseurship of the swindler’s ingenuity.
Christopher Rea - University of British Columbia
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.
Andreas Weber (University of Twente)
Robert-Jan Wille (Utrecht University)
Paul Keßler (Hortus Botanicus Leiden)
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
Conference fee €10,-. Link to buy ticket
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit www.taalmuseumleiden.nl/china for the complete programme.
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.
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
* Bollywood dance
* Indonesische dance
* Chinese calligraphy
* Chi Kung
* Wabi sabi (the art of imperfection)
* Haiku writing
* Painting in Chinese style
* Chinese poetry
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: email@example.com
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.
Recently academic programs increasingly focus on the negative sides of VOC history. During this symposium experts will give an analysis of their new insights. What is the curr... more
Recently academic programs increasingly focus on the negative sides of VOC history. During this symposium experts will give an analysis of their new insights. What is the current state of research? How can this be helped forward by a non-western approach? And where will it go – or does it need to go – in the future?
National Archives, Leiden University and Leiden Asia Year invite you to join them at this excitatory symposium to attend a variety of lectures, discussions and a round table on various subjects seen from new perspectives.
Because of the digitisation of the VOC Archives, the National Archives of the Netherlands are showcasing the Dutch East India Company in 2017.During the symposium, you are welcome to visit their exhibition on the VOC too.
You can register for this symposium via this link.
To view the full programme please visit the programme-page
8 December - Salawat Dulang: Sinar Barapi & Kilek Barapi - Trance-like vocals and percussion from West Sumatra, Indonesia
Salawat dulang is a religious muic style from Minangkabau, an area in West Sumatra, Indonesia. Two vocalists sing a kind of sufi lyrics while at the same time beating a brass... more
Salawat dulang is a religious muic style from Minangkabau, an area in West Sumatra, Indonesia. Two vocalists sing a kind of sufi lyrics while at the same time beating a brass tray. But mostly the chanting goes beyond sufi texts, all kind of stories are being improvised by the singers. The two singers sometimes sing together, sometimes allternately, while developing a trance-like cadence by the percussion rhythms on their brass trays.
Salawat dulang are usually performed at weddings, circumcissions, religious and national holidays. For Minang audience, where the tradition is being practiced, they prefer salawat dulang performed alternately by two pairs, in a kind of battle. In this case, each pair would create and improvise stories. The theme depends on the occasion in which salawat dulang is being performed.
Also tonight two pairs of artists will play alternately, Sinar Barapi and Kilek Barapi. Salawat dulang is traditionally performed all night long, but here it will be approximately 60 minutes. 🙂
Before the performance Dr. Suryadi will give an introduction in english. Dr. Suryadi himself is from Minangkabau and works at Leiden University. He has written a lot about music from West Sumatra, and he will give the audience more cultural and musical context.
The music of Sinar Barapi & Kilek Barapi is also on youtube. You can listen to one of their songs by visiting Youtube.
Entrance: 15 (door) / 12.50 (pre sale, via internet only)
This concert is organised together with Europalia Indonesia Arts Festival.
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