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.
The Textile Research Centre (TRC Leiden) is very proud to announce a visit by craftswomen from Kalimantan/Borneo, Indonesia, between 12 and 24 August 2017. The artists come fr... more
The Textile Research Centre (TRC Leiden) is very proud to announce a visit by craftswomen from Kalimantan/Borneo, Indonesia, between 12 and 24 August 2017. The artists come from the Sintang Regency (Kabupaten Raya), West Kalimantan. At the TRC they will mount a small exhibition of their local traditional products, and organise a series of workshops on the dyeing of the threads and the weaving of the traditional ikat cloths from their region, and give other workshops on traditional basketry weaving and cotton spinning.
• Saturday 12th, 13.00- 16.00: Workshop ikat binding and dyeing
• Sunday 13th, 13.00 - 16.00: Workshop ikat weaving
• Tuesday 15th, 12.00 - 15.00: Workshop basketry weaving
• Wednesday 16th, 14.00 - 16.00: Introducing Indonesian ikats (free)
• Thursday 17th, 12.00 - 15.00: Workshop cotton spinning
• Saturday 19th, 12.00 - 15.00: Workshop ikat binding and dyeing
• Sunday 20th, 12.00 - 15.00: Workshop ikat weaving
• Tuesday 22nd, 12.00 - 15.00: Workshop cotton spinning
• Wednesday 23rd, 12.00 - 15.00: Workshop basketry weaving
• Thursday 24th, 14.00 - 16.00: Introducing world-wide ikats (free)
Registration in advance is required. Please visit the website of the Textile Research Centre for more information on the workshops and to register. Visiting the exhibition between 12th and 24th August and the two Wednesday sessions are free of charge.
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.
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: email@example.com.
The opening ceremony of Leiden University's 2017-2018 Academic Year will start on 4 September 2017 in the Pieterskerk in Leiden. Programme:
- Welcome by Professor Carel Stolker, Rector Magnificus and President of the Executive Board
- The opening address will be given by Merijn Tinga, Leiden alumnus Biology, Plastic Soup Surfer and forerunner of a sustainable world, in which we recycle everything.
- Musical interlude performed by the Choir of the Leiden Student Choir and Orchestra Collegium Musicum.
- Learning@LeidenUniversity by Professor Hester Bijl, Vice-Rector Magnificus.
- Ghislaine Voogd, Chair of the Leiden University Student Platform, will present the 2017 Leiden Teaching Prize.
- This will be followed by the conferral of the 2017 Gratama Science Prize.
- Closing remarks by Professor Carel Stolker.
The opening ceremony of Leiden University's 2017-2018 Academic Year will start on 4 September 2017 in the Pieterskerk in Leiden.
You are kindly requested to be seated before 14.55 hrs. The programme will commence at 15.00 hrs. promptly. The ceremony will be followed by a reception in the Pieterskerk, at approximately 16.30 hrs.
A simultaneous English translation of the speeches will be provided. If you wish to be present at the ceremony, please register before 25 august by clicking this link. Personal entrance cards will not be issued on this occasion.
Time: 15.00 - 18.00 hrs.
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.
Johan Peter Gumbert was an internationally renowned professor of Latin palaeography and codicology. His fascination for the translation of the Dao de jing into western languag... more
Johan Peter Gumbert was an internationally renowned professor of Latin palaeography and codicology. His fascination for the translation of the Dao de jing into western languages gave birth to a unique collection of several hundred volumes published in more than thirty languages. Collected over decades, this unique ensemble of books is now included in the holdings of Leiden University Library. On the occasion of this acquisition the Library organizes lectures on the Dao de jing and its translation.
The lectures will be followed by an exhibition of selected books from the Gumbert collection.
- 13:30-14:00: Welcome coffee
- 14:00-14:10: Welcome speech, brief introduction to the Gumbert collection – Marc Gilbert
- 14:10-14:50: The Dao of War (De Dao van oorlog) – Paul van Els
- 14:50-15:30: The Hidden Role of Commentaries in Translating the Dao de jing (De verborgen rol van commentaren in het vertalen van de Dao de jing) - Burchard Mansvelt Beck
- 15:30-16:10: The How-Manieth Translation...of the How-Manieth Original? (De hoeveelste vertaling...uit het hoeveelste origineel?) – Lloyd Haft
- 16:10-16:40: Exhibition – selected books from the Gumbert collection.
- 16:30-17:30: Drinks
Everyone is welcome to attend these lectures. Please consider that the program of this event is in Dutch.
Please register beforehand by clicking this link.
The conference celebrates 2017, Leiden Asia Year, by bringing together Master’s and PhD students from across Leiden’s many disciplinary boundaries to spend a day looking a... more
The conference celebrates 2017, Leiden Asia Year, by bringing together Master’s and PhD students from across Leiden’s many disciplinary boundaries to spend a day looking at, around, over and through Asia’s borders. With its sights set firmly on the shifting tangible and intangible borders of ancient and modern Asia, the conference invites submissions from researchers studying the myriad flows of people, capital, commodities, cultures, ideas, power, and technologies that have defined Asia in the past and that make the continent so dynamic today.
Attendance is free. If you wish to be present at this conference, please register online before 11 September by clicking this link. Personal entrance cards will not be issued on this occasion. Food and drinks will be provided.
09.15–09.45 Introduction by Peter Frankopan (University of Oxford), author of The Silk Roads: A New History of the World and visiting Scaliger Professor at Leiden University.
09.45–10.00 Coffee Break
10.00–12.00 Panel 1 - Moderator Chris Green - State and Society: Local Contestation in the Countries of Asia
10.00–10.30 Marte Boonen (Asian Studies, Humanities, ResMA): Borders Within Borders: The Japanese Government’s Response to North Korean Education in Japan.
10.30–11.00 Francesca Ghiretti (International Relations and Diplomacy, Institute for Security and Global Affairs (Faculty Governance and Global Affairs), Institute of Political Science (Faculty of Social Sciences, MSc): Forms of Resistance on the Chinese Web.
11.00–11.30 Benedetta Mantoan (Politics, Society and Economy of Asia Department of Asian Studies, MA): Efficacy of Community-based Management System to Preserve the Access of Small-scale Fishermen to Coastal Marine Area.
11.30–12.00 Nelly Samosir (Institute of Public Administration, Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs): Public Sector Reform and Corruption in Indonesia (1998 – present): A working Paper.
13.00–15.00 Panel 2 -Moderator Arianne Sacco- Changing Identities: The Shifting Discourses of Asian Life
13.00–13.30 Guan Zexu (Film and Literary Studies, Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society): Fluid Aesthetics: Transnational Communication of Beauty in China’s Social Media.
13.30–14.00 Aafke van Ewijk (LIAS): The Modern Identities of Pre-modern Heroes in Japanese Children’s Literature.
14.00–14.30 Amit Sampat (Theology and Religious Studies, MA): The Message of Modern India: The Spiritual Thought of Vaswani at The Welt Congress of Religious Liberals (Berlin, 1910).
14.30–15.00 Victor Xu Guanmian (Leiden Institute for History, MA): Are China Seas Part of the Indian Ocean? The Social Life of Terms in the Fragmented Studies of the Maritime History of Early Modern Asia.
15.00–15.30 Coffee Break
15.30–17.30 Panel 3 -Moderator Joshua Chan- Changing Perceptions: Progression and Regression in Modern Asia
15.30–16.00 Aurelie Van ‘t Slot (Asian Studies, Res.MA): Murakami Haruki’s Gross Transnational Cool: The Commodification of a Celebrity Author.
16.00–16.30 Maaike Evelien de Vries (LIAS Korean Studies): Cocaine and Colonial Korea (1910-1945).
16.30–17.00 Yujing Tan (LIAS): “Open the City Through De-bordering It/IT”: the Production of Contemporary Innovation City in China.
17.00–17.30 Pieter Velghe (Chinese Studies, MA): The Future of Authoritarian Resilience? Technology Policy in China and the IoT.
Come and celebrate the opening of the new Asian Library with us! This festive day gives you the opportunit... more
Come and celebrate the opening of the new Asian Library with us!
This festive day gives you the opportunity to discover the wide variety of knowledge on Asia held in Leiden, covering research, teaching, collections and expertise and provides you with the newest insights on Asia.
The event consists of three parts:
10:00 - 12:30 hrs • Opening Ceremony
During the morning programme in the Pieterskerk (Pieterskerkhof 1), Her Majesty Queen Máxima will officially open the Asian Library. The programme also includes:
- keynote speech Asia and the making of the modern world by Peter Frankopan (University of Oxford), author of The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, and visiting Scaliger Professor at Leiden University
- a presentation on the collections of the Asian Library
- a musical performance
- launch of the book Voyage of Discovery. Exploring the Collections of the Asian Library
- a walking lunch
12:45 - 16:30 hrs • Tour of Asia
In the afternoon there will be a Tour of Asia with something for everyone. The programme comprises a number of events to be held in parallel sessions at different locations, including lectures, country updates, exhibitions, tours, films, music, workshops, panel discussions and much more.
Check the schedule for Tour of Asia
16:30 - 18:30 hrs • Afterparty & Reception
At the end of the tour, join us for drinks and canapés in the University Library/Asian Library.
Due to great interest, we encourage you to register as soon as possible. Please fill in this form to register.
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.
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).
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.
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.
In this lecture Elleke Boehmer proposes to share her interest in new moves in the postcolonial field to direct attention to the communicative and interpretative ‘how&... more
In this lecture Elleke Boehmer proposes to share her interest in new moves in the postcolonial field to direct attention to the communicative and interpretative ‘how’ rather than the themed ‘what’ of representation; to the process of reading and reception rather than the political ‘objects of difference’ that are represented in texts. It is this move beyond the phenomenology of ‘code’ that she believes maps the postcolonial future.
Through a reinvigoration of postcolonial poetics and reader reception, it may be possible to shift our concerns away from the topic- and agenda- based discussions that have dominated the field to date and through which its politics have largely been understood. This approach recognizes, radically for the field, that postcolonial writing has, on its own terms, like all writing, the power to shock, resist, overturn, subvert, and kick back against the various exoticizing limitations of the postcolonial or decolonial condition.
Please register on beforehand by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Time: 16.00 hrs.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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)
- 13:00-13:15 Opening
- 13.15-14:00 Andreas Weber, University of Twente
Establishing a Niche: Imperial Horticulture in the Early Nineteenth century Indonesian Archipelago
- 14:00-14:30 Justin Jansen, Naturalis Biodiversity Center
The bird collections of the Baudin expedition 1800-1804
- 14:30 -15.00 Coffee break
- 15.00-15.45 Robert-Jan Wille, Utrecht University
From Chemical Experiments to Biological Development: Changing Repertoires of Technocracy in the Dutch Indies, 1868‐1909
- 15.45-16.15 Eulàlia Gassó Miracle, Naturalis Biodiversity Center
Collecting butterflies in the early twentieth century Indonesian Archipelago: the J.M.A. van Groenendael collection disclosed
- 16.15-17.00 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
- 17.00-17.10 Robert Jan Wille
- 17.10-18.00 Borrel
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
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.
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