• Leiden University runs world class research and unique teaching programmes in the field of Asian area studies. Leiden University is the only university in The Netherlands which offers a BA and MA in Chinese, Japanese or Korean Studies. Leiden nurtures its tradition of multidisciplinary research on China, Japan, India, Korea and Indonesia and has a long history of research and teaching in Asian traditions. In the last thirty years, Leiden University has built up an equally impressive track record in the study of modern and contemporary Asia. Additionally, The Asian Library, part of Leiden University Libraries, maintains one of the foremost Asia collections, including special and digital collections and materials inscribed in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. The Asian Library sponsors the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) Book Prizes. The university’s world class research, teaching and information resources combined with a closely knit network of academic and cultural organizations makes Leiden University a major international knowledge hub on Asia.


    Leiden University’s Asia Research Dossier

  • Leiden forms a knowledge hub on Asia. Leiden University Libraries houses one of the largest Asian collections in the Western world. In the field of Asian area studies, Leiden University collaborates intensively with renowned research and heritage institutions here in Leiden. Leiden University maintains close links with the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) and collaborates intensively with the National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden), the National Museum of Ethnology (Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde), Naturalis Biodiversity Centre and Japan Museum SieboldHuis. Amongst others, these institutions have in-depth expertise in the broad field of Asian area studies, including countries of interest like Tibet, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia en many other countries in Asia featured in the Leiden Asia Year. The Leiden Asia Year programme therefore offers lectures and events considering Asia in general, a set of countries, and lectures and events concerning individual countries. For more information on China, India, Indonesia, Japan or Korea in specific, please consider the programme overview per country.

  • Building on the Netherlands’ uniquely long and intimate relations with East Asia, Leiden University is one of the oldest and most established centres of East Asian and Chinese Studies in the Western world. The Asian Library houses the largest Chinese collection in Europe.


    Leiden University’s relationship with China
    Leiden University’s interest in and cooperation with China has a long history. In 1857 the first two students from Leiden went to China to study the Chinese language. Leiden was the first university in the Netherlands to establish a Chair in Chinese Language in 1877, and the only Dutch university that developed a department of Sinology and a library for Chinese Studies. The University also hosts a Confucian Institute. During the last two decades, Leiden University has invested heavily in creating a strong research profile in modern East Asian Studies that rests on this solid and renowned foundation. Leiden University has also broadened its scope and now we see Dutch-Chinese relations in basically all disciplines that Leiden offers: Law, Social Sciences, Humanities, Medicine, Natural Sciences and Life Sciences. This has led to the establishment of formal partnerships with more than 20 Chinese universities. Currently the University is developing a long term programme for cooperation with China, covering collaborative activities in fields such as Data Science & Big Data, Law, Governance and International Relations, Sustainability, Drug Development and Art & Culture.


    Largest Chinese collection in Europe
    The Asian Library is one of the leading Chinese libraries in the Western world. It has the largest Chinese collection in Europe. This includes special collections, in-depth research collections and a vast collection of digital material. The Asian Library is also designated as a Taiwan Resource Centre for Chinese Studies by the National Central Library of Taiwan.
    > Special Chinese collections
    > Asian Library Chinese


    Studies unique in The Netherlands
    Today, Leiden is still the only Dutch university that offers a Bachelor’s programme and a Master’s programme in Chinese Studies. Leiden University offers a broad Bachelor’s programme on China in order to study this fascinating country in several disciplines: economy, filosophy, history, culture, language, the community and politics. Students also develop expertise in contemporary developments in the world’s most dynamic and fastest-growing region. It is one of the best programmes in Europe and has the finest collections on China within a hand’s reach. The Master’s programme in Asian Studies offers an outstanding qualification from one of the leading centres for Asian studies in Europe.
    > BA Chinese Studies (in Dutch)
    > MA Asian Studies specialization Chinese Studies

    > Read more...

  • Leiden University is the only place in The Netherlands where you can study the languages and cultures of South and Southeast Asia at an academic level. The university has traditional strengths in Sanskrit and Buddhist Studies and is further advancing its expertise on modern India. The Asian Library houses one of the largest collections of South Asian materials in Europe.


    Research on modernities and traditions
    eiden University’s expertise on India is located in the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Social Sciences (Anthropology). The study of India is also included in one of the University’s research profiles: Asian Modernities and Traditions. The University has traditional strengths in Sanskrit and Buddhist Studies and is further advancing its expertise on modern India. The ICCR Chair for the Study of Contemporary India has an important role in this. Chairholders from Indian universities visit Leiden University for a two year term to teach and conduct research on modern India. The chair is made possible by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and is embedded in the Leiden Institute of Area Studies.


    South and Southeast Asian Studies unique in The Netherlands
    South and Southeast Asian Studies is the only Bachelor’s progamme in Europe that expressly integrates the study of South and Southeast Asia. The teaching in this programme is based on top level scientific research and stands in a long and venerable tradition of Leiden scholarship of the region. Leiden University offers various Master’s programmes that follow after finishing the Bachelor’s programme..
    > BA South and Southeast Asian Studies
    > MA South and Southeast Asian Studies


    One of the largest collections of South Asian materials in Europe
    The South and Central Asia special collections include manuscripts and block prints, photographs, archival materials, miniatures and drawings, rubbings and estampages, maps as well as rare printed books. A considerable part of the collected materials consists of the special collections of the former library of Kern Institute which was merged in 2010 with the central Leiden University Library. The Kern collection offers excellent resources for a broad range of approaches to the study of India and neighboring countries. The Kern collection, available in The Asian Library, is one of the largest collections on Indology in Europe.
    > South and Central Asia Collections
    > The Asian Library
    > Kern Institute

    > Read more...

  • Indonesia is, and has long been, an important object of study for academics in Leiden. Together with colleagues from KITLV (Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies), IIAS and other partners, researchers from Leiden University have always had a genuine and broad interest in Indonesia. The largest collection worldwide on Indonesia is situated in The Asian Library of Leiden University. This includes the collection of the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), which has been transferred to Leiden University Libraries in 2013, and the KITLV collection since 2014. The Asian Library collects Indonesian materials through the KITLV-Jakarta office. Leiden University Libraries is also designated as a Malaysian Resource Centre by the National Library of Malaysia. Together with the collections of the National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden truly forms a unique center on Indonesian art and material culture in the world.


    Leiden University’s relationship with Indonesia

    There has been a long tradition of studies in history, language and culture of Indonesia and parts of the archipelago (e.g. Javanese language and culture, Austronesian languages) by researchers from the Leiden Institute of Area Studies, the Institute of History, the Leiden University Center for Linguistics and other parts of the Faculty of Humanities. In the fields of anthropology and sociology, Leiden’s social scientists have since long had a special interest in Indonesia’s cultural and religious diversity and pluralist society. The fact that Indonesian Law has its roots in Dutch Law makes the Indonesian legal system an interesting topic for Leiden’s legal scholars at the Van Vollenhoven Institute. Scientists of Leiden University’s Medical Center share an interest in Indonesia because it enables them to study specific diseases and infections. Indonesia’s unique ecological diversity has triggered the interest of environmental scientists and biologists. Clearly, Leiden’s wide range of disciplines provides many opportunities to study Indonesia, its society, people and environment.


    Development of a Leiden-Indonesia Programme

    Leiden University recently developed a Leiden-Indonesia Programme. The objective of this programme is to strengthen long term cooperation between Leiden University and its Indonesian partner universities, and to intensify the relation with Indonesian governmental organizations and the Embassies in Jakarta and The Hague. The programme coordinates collaborative activities in research, education, student mobility, library collections and alumni relations.


    Largest Indonesian collection in the world

    The Asian Library has the largest and most in-depth collection on Indonesia in the world. It now also includes all the important Dutch collections on Indonesia: the heritage collections formerly of the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam and the collections of the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV). The Asian Library owes its worldwide fame partly to the Indonesian and Southeast Asian special collections. With the support of and in collaboration with external partners, Leiden University Libraries will create an Indonesian Digital Library that will bring together extensive digital collections on Indonesia. Many thousands of books, journals and magazines, as well as many kilometers worth of digital files of dailies and grey literature are acquired, catalogued and sent to The Asian Library by our KITLV office in Jakarta. KITLV-Jakarta is part of Leiden University Libraries and has a staff of 10 fte working on collection development, publishing and facilitating research.

    > KITLV-Jakarta

    > The Southeast Asian Collections of Leiden University

    > The Asian Library


    Study Indonesia in the programme South and Southeast Asian Studies

    The Bachelor’s programme South and Southeast Asian Studies integrates the study of South and Southeast Asia. The programme offers the possibility to study Indonesia and/or neighboring countries and specialize in the parts and aspects of the region that interest you most. The teaching in this programme is based on top level scientific research and stands in a long and venerable tradition of Leiden scholarship of the region.

    > BA South and Southeast Asian Studies

    > MA South and Southeast Asian Studies

    > Read more...

  • For centuries the Netherlands has a special diplomatic and commercial relationship with Japan. This has resulted in a unique collection of books, art and other objects that have been brought to The Netherlands. The majority of these collections are within one’s reach in Leiden due to the special Japanese collection at The Asian Library of Leiden University, and the Japanese collections at Japan Museum SieboldHuis, National Museum of Ethnology and the National Museum of Natural History.


    Leiden University & Japan
    Due to the long and close relationship between the Netherlands and Japan, Leiden University is one of the oldest and most famous centers for Japanese Studies in the Western world. Research on Japan takes place within the profile area Asian modernities and traditions. The main focus within this profile is the interaction between modernity and tradition, viewed from various regions, disciplines and faculties. Leiden researchers are regularly asked for their expertise and to comment on (current) events in Japan. Topics range from politics, the 3/11 tsunami and earthquake disaster, Manga (Japanese comics) and subcultures, Japanese cuisine, film and religions. In addition to investigating traditional and modern Japan, Leiden University cooperates with Japanese universities in several other scientific fields. University Hospital LUMC for example has good relations with the University of Nagasaki.


    Japanese Studies at Leiden University
    Leiden University is the only university in the Netherlands that offers Japanese Studies. Education in Japanese language en culture is being offered since 1855. During the Bachelor’s programme many students have the opportunity to stay in Japan for about three months up to a year. The two-year Master's programme is internationally oriented and attracts students from all over the world.
    > BA Japanstudies
    > MA Asian Studies specialization Japanese Studies


    Japan Museum SieboldHuis
    Von Siebold studied the flora and fauna of Japan. Siebold not only collected many plants, animals and artifacts, but also came into the possession of maps of Japan. The maps were discovered by the Japanese authorities and Siebold was subsequently accused of high treason and for being a spy for Russia. The possession of maps was strictly forbidden, so in 1829 Siebold was expelled from Japan. After leaving Japan Siebold decided to move to Leiden and settled in a canal house on Rapenburg 19. Since 1837, the house of Siebold in Leiden was the place where he showed his collection of objects and artifacts to the public.. The Japan Museum SieboldHuis opened in this same house on the Rapenburg street and it became the first official Japanese center in the Netherlands. Leiden University cooperates closely with the SieboldHuis. The majority of the Japanese collections that are housed at several academic institutions were originally brought to Leiden by Siebold or were compiled by him later.
    > Japan Museum SieboldHuis
    > Treasures Japan Museum SieboldHuis

    > Read more...

  • Leiden University is a leading center of teaching and research in Korean Studies in Europe. Confronted with a politically divided research area, Leiden-based scholars study Korea in the longue durée, reading Korea beyond the division. The large and growing collection of The Asian Library of Leiden University Libraries is a crucial asset in the continued development of Korean studies expertise.



    Research excellence and expanding Korean collections at The Asian Library.

    The leading position of Leiden University in the field of Korean studies is exemplified by Prof. Dr. Remco Breuker’s ERC project on the uses and abuses of Northeast Asian history in both South and North Korea. The University further initiated major research projects in North Korean poster art, and North Korean history writing and human rights. Such research would not be possible without the sizable Korean collections at The Asian Library consisting of a large body of rare Korean books, journals, DVD’s, digital newspapers and images. The Asian Library prides itself in its extensive South and North Korean collections. Acquiring and making available rare North Korean publications gives this library a particularly unique position outside of the Korean peninsula, drawing international North Korea experts to Leiden. A flagship project is a fully digitalized and searchable North Korean printed poster collection.

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Exhibitions

14 April - 8 October
Crown Jewels from Asia

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

 

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

1 August - 31 December
Photo exhibition “The North Koreans. Glimpses of daily life in the DPRK”

The photos in this exhibition do not show parades and mass events of official DPRK propaganda. “The North Koreans” shows how people in the DPRK live their daily lives against the backdrop of totalitarian ideology – lives of a bizarre otherworldliness within the 21st century.

 

This selection of photographs - made by people who visited the DPRK several times; one of the photographers even lived there for several years - 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.

 

Though the definition "forbidden photographs" is an elastic concept we can with certainty state that the photographs in this exhibition are not approved by the North Korean authorities. The book "The North Koreans" contains c. 320 photographs, of which 30 are exhibited.
 
Please note that the language of this exhibtion is in Dutch. The accompanying book is in English.

1 September - 1 October
Traditional Japanese Art & Paintings

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

14 September - 14 January
Urban Jungle – Megacities in Asia

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

 

Picture by: Martin Roemers 

 

16 September - 26 November
Mapping Japan

This autumn Japan Museum SieboldHuis will present highlights from the Leiden University Library Collection in the exhibition ‘Mapping Japan’. With its travel logs, illustrated atlases, colourful maps, travel routes, etches and a host of other historic documents, this exhibition will take you on a journey to the Japan of the 18th and 19th centuries.

 

 

For more information visit the website of Japan Museum SieboldHuis

16 September - 26 November
Modern Japanese Lacquerware

Japan Museum SieboldHuis is pleased to present the exhibition: ‘Modern Japanese Lacquerware’. From 16 September to 26 November eleven renowned Japanese artists will display a selection of their works depicting the adaptation of this classic lacquerware technique to contemporary art.

 

These artists are established names in the Japanese art world and their works reflect the lacquerware culture in Japan today. Many are eminent lecturers at Japanese art academies dedicated to training the next generation of artists who will determine the future of urushi.

 

For more information on this special exhibition we invite you to visit the website of Japan Museum SieboldHuis. 

 

Lacquerware on the picture:
Murata, Kōken
Titel: Spirit of life (命の煌めき)

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6 March-31 December - 'Reistafel' uncovers Asia

A meal as a key to Asia. Eighty minor’s students are writing blogs about the Reistafel – a play on words in Dutch referring to travel (reis) and rice (rijst) that serves a... more

A meal as a key to Asia. Eighty minor’s students are writing blogs about the Reistafel – a play on words in Dutch referring to travel (reis) and rice (rijst) that serves as a metaphor for the political, economic, cultural and social diversity of Asia. The blog is part of the minor Journalism and New Media that trains students for a career in (cross-medial) journalism.

 

The Reistafel is the winner of a competition that was finalised early in September 2016. Other ideas put forward were about doing business in Asia, backpacking in Asia and integrating Chinese students in Leiden.

 

The Reistafel is based on an Asian meal, the rijsttafel. Students will analyse in different editorial teams all the conceivable aspects of the meal: What does it cost? What kind of diet is it? Who eats together with whom and how are they related to one another? What is the cultural-historical significance of food in different cultures?

 

The aim of the blog is to use the example of a meal to convey differences and similarities between Western and Eastern cultures and the way they influence one another. The communication will be cross-medial, featuring written articles and videos, data journalism and podcasts. Visit the blog here.

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

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

Envisioning Indonesia is an extraordinary walk-app that allows users to connect the cityscape of Leiden with similar places on the other side of the world: Indonesia. Download... more

Envisioning Indonesia is an extraordinary walk-app that allows users to connect the cityscape of Leiden with similar places on the other side of the world: Indonesia. Download the Walk-app:

 

IOS
Android

 

While walking through Leiden, short clips can be activated on a mobile device as if one looks over a distant wall. The app offers two routes. The first one focuses on the landmarks of Leiden. The textile history of Leiden will be connected to moving images of a textile factory in Delanggu on Java, and the Leidense Burcht, the fortress in the city centre, will be linked to ‘Fort Oranje’ on the Moluccan Island of Ternate. The second route focuses on daily life by showing the Indonesian version of the student dormitory, a kos, and the oldest market of Jakarta in reference to the main shopping street of Leiden. All clips come from ‘Recording the Future’, an audio-visual project of KITLV recording daily life in Indonesia. ‘Envisioning Indonesia’ enables the walker to combine the business of street life in Leiden with glimpses of Indonesia, making strolling through Leiden a global experience.

 

The Envisioning Indonesia app provides a short (4km) and a long (6km) walk and is now available online for android and IOS. Download the walk-app for IOS or download the walk-app for Android.

Thu May 11th, 2017 - Leiden streets

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

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

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

 

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

Scaliger Institute

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

Mon September 11th, 2017 - Universiteitsbibliotheek Leiden

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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.

 

Mon September 25th, 2017 - Universiteit Leiden

26 September - Lunch Lecture: Music, Religion, and Politics – Doing Fieldwork in Xinjiang

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).

 

Registration (required)

Please register by sending an email to h.m.van.der.minne@iias.nl 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)

Speaker
Professor Ge Jianxiong - Fudan University

Time
15.15 - 17.00 hrs.

This China-seminair is co-organized with Ministry of Culture of China and China Cultural Center in Den Haag.

 

Tue September 26th, 2017 - Geesteswetenschappen, Zaal 001

26 September-13 December - China Seminars

In the China Seminar/Lecture series every three weeks, Leiden University Chinese Studies invite speakers from Leiden University and elsewhere to give a presentation on 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
15.15–17.00 hours,
Chinese Studies, Leiden Institute for Area Studies
Different locations in Leiden

 

 

 

 

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

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

Lecture 1: The Indian Ocean World in the 18th and 19th century
Forced Journeys, Unfree Labor, Marginal Stories
Turning away from histories of territories, this lecture recounts the forced journeys of peoples from India and Sri Lanka/Ceylon across the Indian Ocean. These marginal stories of subaltern individuals shipped and trans-shipped between the Dutch and British colonial territories of India, Sri Lanka/Ceylon, Mauritius and the Cape in the 18th and 19th century give insights into the various forms of mobility that shaped the making of societies in the Indian Ocean world.

They also help us capture the remarkable capacity of some of these involuntary migrants to forge fragile communities, preserve practices of meaning and resist the predation of masters and rulers.

 
The speaker
Nira Wickramasinghe, Professor of Modern South Asian Studies, LIAS, Leiden University

 
Lecture 2: Shadow-Lines
Re-framing Decolonization in South Asia
This talk will go back to the transitional decades of decolonization in South Asia, to rethink the meanings of freedom that accompanied anti-colonial struggle. Using visual art and aesthetics, I will try to de-center and re-frame the arrival of independence in post-colonial South Asia by foregrounding stories of displacement that accompanied the retreat of empire, and the incompleteness of decolonization that continued beyond the arrival of freedom in 1947. Pursuing ‘shadow-lines’ that lie beneath the more visible histories of 20th-century South Asia, this talk will ask how cultural imagination became and remains a site for alternative imaginations of histories and futures.

 
The speaker
Dr Sanjukta Sunderason, Assistant Professor of Modern South Asian Studies, LIAS, Leiden University

 
Time, venue, practical information
Wednesday 27 September
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm with break
Room 019
Lipsius Building
Cleveringaplaats 1
Leiden

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

28-29 September - Festival Voice4Thought

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

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

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

Thu September 28th, 2017 - Leiden tbc

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

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

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

Among others:

Prof.dr. Frits van der Meer

Prof. dr. Zeger van der Wal

Prof. dr. Mark Rutgers

dr. Caspar van den Berg

dr. Toon Kerkhoff

 

Time: 12.30 - 15.00 hrs

Thu September 28th, 2017 - Wijnhaven

28 September - Film Screening and Discussion ‘Last Train Home’

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

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, 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).
 

Time
14.30 -17.00 hrs.

Thu September 28th, 2017 - Kijkhuis Leiden

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Wed October 4th, 2017 - Academiegebouw, Great Auditorium

4 October - Hindu Nationalism in Indian Politics

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

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

Wed October 4th, 2017 - Auditorium Leiden University College

4 October - China Seminar: You Must Create! Rethinking the Creativity Discourse in China

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.

Speaker

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

Time

15.15 - 17.00 hrs

10 October - Introducing International Convention of Asia Scholars

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

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

 

Time: 15.00 h

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

10 October-14 January - Europalia-Indonesia

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

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

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

11 October - Community Through Custom?

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

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

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

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

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

picture by Vishma Thapa

14 October - Travel Information Day | Djoser

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Sat October 14th, 2017 - Djoser Travel Agency

18 October - Mapping the Śaiva Landscape

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

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

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

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

All welcome!
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.

 

Speaker
Christopher Rea - University of British Columbia

 

Time
15:15-17:00 hrs.

Wed October 18th, 2017 - LIAS, Room 004

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Symposium programme:

13:00-13:10 Opening

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

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

14:15 - 14.45 Coffee break

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

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

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

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

16.55 -17.10 Robert Jan Wille
Questions and closing remarks

17.10-18.00 Borrel

 

Conference fee €10,-. Link to buy ticket

Thu October 19th, 2017 - Bogor Botanical Gardens

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

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

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

 

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

Picture: Coen Bastiaanssen

Fri October 27th, 2017 - Leiden International Film Festival

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

Sun October 29th, 2017 - BplusC

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

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

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

 

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

Tue November 7th, 2017 - Sofia

11-12 November - LAK workshops Asian arts and culture

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

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

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

Sat November 11th, 2017 - LAK, Lipsius Building

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Sat November 11th, 2017 - Several locations

17 November - Open stage BplusC

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

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

Fri November 17th, 2017 - Het Leidse Volkshuis

23-24 November - International Symposium: Rethinking the VOC

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.

 

Registration

You can register for this symposium via this link.

 

Programme

To view the full programme please visit the programme-page

 

Thu November 23rd, 2017 - National Archives in The Hague

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pw5uo2UEjsg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3VQJy2kErU

 

Entrance: 15 (door) / 12.50 (pre sale, via internet only)

 
This concert is organised together with Europalia Indonesia Arts Festival.

Fri December 8th, 2017 - Qbus Muziekhuis

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