• 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

3 January - 30 June
Treasures from Storage - Indonesian Bronzes

For the first time, the National Museum of Ethnology is exhibiting a unique collection of objects that are normally kept in storage: Indonesian bronzes, more than 200 of them. At first sight, they may seem unremarkable, but the size of the collection, their age and their significance make them special.

 

The bronze statues offer a wealth of information on the history of Indonesia, not only about artistic developments, but also about ritual meanings, material usage, trade relations, economic developments and the colonial past. The artefacts are small statues of Hindu and Buddhist gods and ritual objects. Most were found on Java, but, unsurprisingly given that Java has always had a scarcity of metals, they do not originate there.

The images are centuries old: they were made between the 8th and 15th century, a period when Java was a centre of Hinduism and Buddhism. From the fifth century the culture of India held a strong attraction for parts of Indonesia. Local rulers started to use Sanskrit, the elite language of India, and they founded Hindu and Buddhist empires. Between the seventh and fifteenth centuries there was a flourishing culture on Java that left behind some impressive monuments, such as the Buddhist  Borobudur and the Hindu temple of Prambanan. Cultural connections and the exchange of knowledge and trade contacts have been the order of the day in this region for a very long time.

How and why this process of cultural exchange with India came about is not clear. The Indonesian bronzes from our storage may shed new light on this question. Art historical research shows that some of the images bear a strong resemblance to Indian images and they probably originated from India. There is also a mirror that must have come from China. We know from recent research on shipwrecks in the Java Sea that metal bars were imported. Technical examination of the metal of the bronzes could help to give a more complete picture of the contacts between Indonesia and the outside world.

3 January - 11 June
Fleeting Images. Photograpic works by Casper Faassen

On display in the exhibition ‘Fleeting Images. Photographic works by Casper Faassen’ are 14 works that illustrate the transience of worldly existence.

 

Inspired by the multifaceted world of printmaking, Faassen’s creations consist of various layers of photography and painting. The fine pattern of ‘cracking’ added to illustrate the passing of time, emphasises the contrast between beauty and decay. Appearing and disappearing form the theme in this series in which the transience of art and photography is immortalised.

26 January - 9 May
A Buddha in The Backyard - Asia as Source of Inspiration

Kung fu and taekwondo, sushi and curry, Bollywood and Pokémon; they are all familiar concepts. A Buddha statue in the garden is the most natural thing in the world. The latest novel by Haruki Murakami is a bestseller. Acupuncture is a well-known form of traditional medicine. Young people read manga, and films from India get attention of film lovers. Asia is omnipresent.

 

The exhibition presents books, films and articles that originally come from and demonstrate the interaction with Asia, such as the visit of the Beatles to India. 'Asia' is also subject to reinterpretation. Buddha’s and Hindu gods are not designed as a garden decoration. Asian cuisine is more popular than ever, but in Europe generally softened in flavor. The exhibition shows some of these complex relationships.

 

Highlights include a Japanese acupuncture chart from the middle of the seventeenth century, a Hindu journey altar from India, a Chinese handwriting with massage techniques for children and an annotated edition of The Tale of Genji, the Japanese classic of the 11th century.

 

This exhibition is the first of a series of three exhibitions in Asia Leiden Year, organized by Leiden University Libraries

Start time: 16.00 p.m.

4 March - 2 April
Maartje Blans Exhibition: An imaginative line between the Netherlands and China

Maartje Blans’ “unusual paintings”, some of which are of a highly sculptural nature, play with light, shadow, line and material. Her five-year stay in China has infused her with inspiration and new dialogues, and has led to new explorations in her art.

 

Opening Saturday 4 March 15.30 hrs.

 

17 March - 11 June
EMA. Tangible Prayers

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

14 April - 8 October
Crown Jewels from Asia

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

 

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

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

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

 

Historical and contemporary

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

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

 

For fans and newcomers

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

 

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

 

Picture: Kurebayashi, 2016, Kjeld Duits

18 May - 29 August
Cultural Dynamics of Sanskrit

Sanskrit is a global phenomenon--a language that has captured the intellectual imagination of historians and linguists in nineteenth-century Europe, and contemporary students of yoga and āyurveda, alike. Yet, Sanskrit is not a language that speaks solely through texts. It has been a medium for the transmission of ideas, stories, images, and performances that together inspired a shared world of culture linking far-flung regions of Asia across the centuries. This exhibition traces some of the complexity and cultural dynamism of Sanskrit in Asia and beyond: from a language of elite culture to a language of enlightenment, from its rich storyworlds to traditions of embodied practice. Finally, it considers how and why Sanskrit matters today by looking at the debates currently surrounding its use and status. To tell the story of Sanskrit, the exhibition will incorporate a broad range of materials including rare manuscripts, vibrant photographs of Asian temples and icons, and original videos and multimedia presentations.
Start time: 16.00 p.m.

11 August - 20 August
Carnivorous Plant Exhibition and Symposium

Exhibition and symposium on carnivorous plants from the collection of the Leiden Hortus botanicus, like Indonesian pitcher plants (nepenthes), in cooperation with Bogor botanical gardens.

11 September - 21 December
Dressing Central Asia

Central Asia has long been famous for its production of textiles and garments. Located on the so-called Silk Road, it has seen and used textiles from China, Mongolia, India, Iran (Persia) as well as the Middle East and Europe. It has also developed a distinctive style of clothing that is well suited to the hot summers and freezing winters, as well as the plains and mountains of this vast region.

 

The definition of Central Asia is based on the so-called ‘Stans’, so Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. For centuries the peoples of these countries have travelled from one area to another and so created a melting pot of ethnic and cultural groups.

 

The exhibition is used to explore the various types of textiles associated with this vast region, notably the colourful ikats, velvets (plain and decorative), as well as embroideries and printed forms.

 

Among the items on display are a number of coats worn by male members of various Uzbek courts, including ikat and velvet forms, and a rare embroidered coat of a type that was presented as a gift to notables. This was a form of khilat (‘robe of honour’), an important and ancient subject that will be discussed in the exhibition.

 

 

More information on this exhibition will be available on the website of the Textile Research Centre as soon as possible. 

14 September - 16 January
Mapping Asia

Asia is home to many different cultures, which share important characteristics and are diverse at the same time. The exhibition Mapping Asia investigates a number of the most conspicuous features, such as language, education, urbanization and natural resources. Each characteristic obviously connected to the others. Politics and especially migration have been instrumental in shaping some of these features. How does migration influence the development of cities? Is globalization one the factors in the disappearance of indigenous languages? These and more questions are discussed in this exhibition.
This is not an exhibition on historical maps, but an exhibition in which various aspects of Asia will be highlighted using cartography and GIS mapping tool. The exhibition shows several attractive maps on a specific theme especially made for this exhibition, including prints, books, photographs and maps also.
If you are interested in this exhibition, please also have look at ‘Mapping Asia – Cartographic encounters between East & West. 7th international symposium on the History of Cartography’ on September 15 and 16.
Start time: 16.00 p.m.

Events

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2 January-31 December - Asian Modernities and Traditions

Leiden University profile area Asian Modernities and Traditions (AMT) commits itself to achieve by 2018 demonstrable results in enhancing the visibility of Asian research both... more

Leiden University profile area Asian Modernities and Traditions (AMT) commits itself to achieve by 2018 demonstrable results in enhancing the visibility of Asian research both within and outside the academic world, strengthened cooperation between Leiden faculties and institutes in terms of research, impact (valorisation) and teaching, the attraction of new grants or gifts for Asia research, impact activities and teaching, and the development of new courses in Asia studies, especially at the postgraduate (MA and PhD) level.

 

See AMT Agenda and stay informed.

Mon January 2nd, 2017 - Universiteit Leiden

2 January-31 December - From local expertise to knowledge of a continent

Engagement between Asia and Europe is increasing. If these continents want to build a lasting relationship, they need to understand each other better in the economic, socio-cu... more

Engagement between Asia and Europe is increasing. If these continents want to build a lasting relationship, they need to understand each other better in the economic, socio-cultural, historical and legal arena. Researchers from Leiden have already contributed to the body of knowledge on past and present Asia for decades, making Leiden a leading centre of Asia Studies.

 

Mon January 2nd, 2017 - Universiteit Leiden

15 February-14 April - 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

08|03 Ka Kin Cheuk (Postdoc Scholar in Chinese Migrations, Leiden University)
29|03 Jue Wang (University Lecturer of Chinese Political Economy, Leiden University)
14|04 Svetlana Kharakova (Lecturer of Modern China, Leiden University)

 

Time & Place
15.00–17.00 hours,
Chinese Studies, Leiden Institute for Area Studies
M. de Vrieshof 1
Leiden

 

 

 

 

6 March-31 December - 'Reistafel' uncovers Asia

A meal as a key to Asia. Eighty minor’s students will be writing a blog in the spring of 2017 about the Reistafel – a play on words in Dutch referring to travel (reis) and... more

A meal as a key to Asia. Eighty minor’s students will be writing a blog in the spring of 2017 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. The blog will be online from early March 2017; everyone is welcome to follow it.

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

25-26 March - 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 Leid... 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 first weekend will be held on saturday 25 & Sunday 26 March.


Saturday March 25 

Workshop                Time                    Studio
Sumi-e                      14:00-16:30          1.44
Yosakoi                     14:30-16:00          2.33
Javanese Dance      14:30-16:00          K.031


Sunday March 26

Workshop                Time                   Studio
Washi                        11:00-17:00         1.44
Tai Chi | Chi Kung  11:00-13:00         2.33
Bharatanatyam       15:00-16:30         2.33

 

Please make sure to register online.

 

Sat March 25th, 2017 - LAK, Lipsius Building

25 March - LAK-Workshop: Sumi-e (Japanese ink brush painting)

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 t... more

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. The 25th of March will be a 'shrimp' workshop.

 

Please visit the website of The Leiden Academic Art Centre (LAK) for more information about time and costs or to register online.

Sat March 25th, 2017 - LAK, Lipsius Building

25 March - LAK-Workshop: Yosakoi (Japanese Festival Dance)

Yosakoi is a Japanese festival dance that is originated in the 50s of the last century. The style of dance varies by team, but characteristic is the use of... more

Yosakoi is a Japanese festival dance that is originated in the 50s of the last century. The style of dance varies by team, but characteristic is the use of wooden clappers (N aruko) and the repeat of texts and motifs in the music. Yosakoi started in 1954 in the city of Kōchi. The word "yosakoi", which in Japanese means "come in the night", comes from a song that was very popular at that time in that region. Over the years the term became associated with modern folk dance. 

 

Yosakoi is performed at festivals and events. There are also special Yosakoi festivals held in Japan. The Yosakoi Soran Festival is the largest and is held annually since 1992 in Sapporo. Besides the competition and the presentation of choreographies, these festivals also offer the opportunity to dance with several teams. Sou odori are dances, which are free for everyone to learn. Through this dances, teams reinforce each other's energy. This solidarity and positive energy, is the core of what Yosakoi really is.

 

 

Please visit the website of The Leiden Academic Art Centre (LAK) for more information about time and costs or to register online.

Sat March 25th, 2017 - LAK, Lipsius Building

25 March - LAK-workshop & demonstration: Javanese Dance

During this workshop the dancers of Kuwung-Kuwung will show examples of different genres of Javanese dances, with an explaination from Clara Brakel (she studied South and Sou... more

During this workshop the dancers of Kuwung-Kuwung will show examples of different genres of Javanese dances, with an explaination from Clara Brakel (she studied South and Southeast Asian languages ​​and cultures at the University of Leiden. Her expertise lies in the field of Indian classical and Indonesian dance and music). After a short introduction by Clara Brakel and a short demonstration by the dancers there can be participated in the dance workshop.

 

Kuwung-Kuwung also shows some traditional dance costumes and bring costumes for participants who want to wear it.

Participants - women and men - should wear comfortable clothing, such as a t-shirt and leggings.

 

 

Please visit the website of The Leiden Academic Art Centre (LAK) for more information about time and costs or to register online.

Sat March 25th, 2017 - LAK, Lipsius Building

26 March - LAK-Workshop: Washi (Japanese paper making)

Handmade Japanese washi paper is known worldwide for its beauty, strength and durability. Although the origins of paper making lies in China, Japan elevated paper making to a... more

Handmade Japanese washi paper is known worldwide for its beauty, strength and durability. Although the origins of paper making lies in China, Japan elevated paper making to art. In 2014, UNESCO decided to add the traditional form of Japanese paper making to the list of intangible heritage.

During the workshop you will learn about this ancient craft by carrying out a number of steps of the creative process: preparation of raw materials, making it pulpbad and create paper. We combine Eastern and Western raw materials and use different cast and shovel techniques to obtain unique results. There will also be appealed to your creativity.

 

 

Please visit the website of The Leiden Academic Art Centre (LAK) for more information about time and costs or to register online.

Sun March 26th, 2017 - LAK, Lipsius Building

26 March - LAK-Workshop & Reading: Tai Chi | Chi Kung

Since 2002  Marc Jongsten gives Tai Chi and Chi Kung classes in Leiden. This originally Chinese martial arts, deal with the cultivation of internal and exter... more

Since 2002  Marc Jongsten gives Tai Chi and Chi Kung classes in Leiden. This originally Chinese martial arts, deal with the cultivation of internal and external processes of our body and our mind. The philosophy of Tai Chi and Chi Kung has essentially a "holistic" nature. So they acknowledge that there shouldn't be a separation  between body and mind. We should be able to function as a whole.

 

During the lessons, we work from the inside to the unification of body and mind. Through standing exercises and movements we are going to improve our health. This movements require patience and perseverance. this "internal fitness" exercises are for over thousands of years a blessing for body and mind.

 

Under the motto Zhan Zhuang "standing like a tree - development from within," we are  practicing  this fascinating Chinese martial art. The group is open to both beginners and advanced.

 

Please visit the website of The Leiden Academic Art Centre (LAK) for more information about time and costs or to register online.

Sun March 26th, 2017 - LAK, Lipsius Building

26 March - LAK-Workshop: Bharatanatyam (South Indian Temple dance)

Bharatanatyam originated more than 2000 years ago within the temple walls of South India. Practitioners and performers of this dance were the Devadasi's: attendants and dev... more

Bharatanatyam originated more than 2000 years ago within the temple walls of South India. Practitioners and performers of this dance were the Devadasi's: attendants and devotees of God. Over the years this dance expression has evolved over and has become a dance which is performed on many venues. Characteristic are the head, eye and neck movements, rhythmic footwork, hand gestures and narrative expression.

 

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the three main aspects of Bharatanatyam:
Nritta - pure technical dance without meaning.
Natya- Expressive / Narrative form of dance.
Nritya - The combination of pure technical / abstract dance and expressive / narrative dance.

 

 

Please visit the website of The Leiden Academic Art Centre (LAK) for more information about time and costs or to register online.

Sun March 26th, 2017 - LAK, Lipsius Building

29 March - Lecture: How normal is the ‘New Normal’? - Assessing the causes and implications of China’s economic slowdown

China’s economic slowdown since 2008 has given rise to multiple domestic and international concerns pertaining to China’s development model and economic future,... more

China’s economic slowdown since 2008 has given rise to multiple domestic and international concerns pertaining to China’s development model and economic future, as well as its impact on new Chinese-led initiatives and China’s role in economic governance. Yet the very nature of its economic slowdown and its transition to a ‘New Normal’ remains heavily debated.

 

This paper seeks to provide a detailed analytical assessment of China’s economic slowdown and its implications. The author scrutinizes the direct causes of slowdown in the context of China’s long-term growth trajectories, and argues that the recent economic slowdown is structural rather than cyclical. Therefore, government policies to prevent further decline should include effective instruments that tackle the long-term imbalances embedded in the Chinese economy instead of superficial cures.

30 March - Lecture by Francesca Rosati: Quranic Women's Schools in China’s Little Mecca

Francesca Rosati, born in Rome, Italy, has being doing research on Women's Quranis school in Northwestern China for ten years. She got her MA degree in Ethnology at the Nation... more

Francesca Rosati, born in Rome, Italy, has being doing research on Women's Quranis school in Northwestern China for ten years. She got her MA degree in Ethnology at the National Taiwan Cheng-chi University in 2009. In 2015 she was awarded the CEFC Doctoral Mobility Grant to carry out a nine months fieldwork research in the Linxia Huizu Autonomous Prefecture (South Gansu province).

 

This study is based on the findings of her past six fieldworks, carried out in Linxia Huizu Autonomous Prefecture (South Gansu province), with particular attention paid to Linxia city, also known as “Little Mecca”, over a ten-year time period (2006-2016). It analyses the ways local Muslim women bring together different visions of shari'a orthopraxy – derived from their exclusive affiliation to competing religious denominations (jiaopai menhuan) – within the walls of the Quranic school. The enquiry attempts to demonstrate how this “coalescence” reflects local inter-denominational tensions but also perpetrates ties of coresponsibility versus a culturally alien Other – the secular state – as a strategy for the preservation of Linxia's Muslim community as a whole, faced with modernisation, rejuvenated ties with the Middle East, and the latest CCP's policies on Islam.

Thu March 30th, 2017 - Lipsius Building Leiden University

30 March - Travels in North Korea

Utopia on earth! The last workers’ paradise on earth! A destination for people with many questions, who return with even more questions. The DPRK, Democratic People&r... more

Utopia on earth! The last workers’ paradise on earth! A destination for people with many questions, who return with even more questions. The DPRK, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, is so closed that it arouses enormous curiosity. Travel guide René Moorman shares some insights.  

 

Please consider that the program of this event is in Dutch and that Sijthof can sometimes charge an entrance fee.

Thu March 30th, 2017 - Cultuurzaal Sijthoff

30 March - Asia and the Dutch: 400 years of interactions across the globe

On the 30th of March, the Historical Study Association and Chinese Study Association will jointly organize a symposium titled: ‘Asia and the Dutch: 400 years of interaction... more

On the 30th of March, the Historical Study Association and Chinese Study Association will jointly organize a symposium titled: ‘Asia and the Dutch: 400 years of interactions across the globe’, that aims to highlight the interactions that were of major importance in shaping the heritage that is marked by a unique blend of Dutch an Asian influence and changing interactions for nearly half a century. It all began when the Dutch started sailing the seven seas and colonized the West as well as the East to ensure trade routes and partnerships, but also to culturally connect, conquer and share. This relation was deepened by further cultural, religious, military and social-economic interactions, which lead to a common heritage that is celebrated and simultaneously commemorated today, both in positive as well in negative sense. It is part of the Leiden-Asia year, that celebrates the old and enduring relationship between the Dutch and Asia. The themes that they’d like to discuss are:

 

Diplomatic relationships between Asia and the Netherlands (BuZa: Philip de Heer, former secretary-general of Foreign Relations and former ambassador of China and Japan)

 

Interactions in early modern times: VOC and Dutch trade impact on the Eastern coasts (Tristan Mostert, PhD Candidate in global and colonial history, specialised in Dutch East India Company)

 

The migration history of the Chinese Indonesians to the Netherlands (dual presentation by Kioe Bing Yap and Ing Lwan Taga-Tan, Chinese Indonesian Heritage Center)

 

World War Two and the Crisis of Empire in Asia (Dr. Ethan Mark, specialized in modern Japanse history with particular expertise in Japanse imperialism and the social and cultural history of the 1920s-1940s)

 

Time: 13.00 - 17.30

31 March-28 April - HOVO lecture series on Indonesian biogeography

Four lectures by geologist / botanist Arend Wakker on the biogeography of Indonesia. Easch spring and autumn the Hortus botanicus organises a short series HOVO courses for... more

Four lectures by geologist / botanist Arend Wakker on the biogeography of Indonesia.

Easch spring and autumn the Hortus botanicus organises a short series HOVO courses for people aged 50 and older. In spring 2017, geologist and botanist Arend Wakker will talk on the biogeography of Indonesia (in Dutch). After the lecture he shows the plants in the Hortus tropical greenhouses.

Dates: morning March 31, April 7, 21 April and 28 April always from 10.30 to 12.30. Register via HOVO organisation.

Fri March 31st, 2017 - Tuinkamer, Hortus botanicus

31 March - Lecture: Ai Weiwei – Existence as art

Anyone who follows contemporary art cannot avoid coming across Weiwei. His sculptures, his social and political activism, his efforts for refugees, his contrary voice in so... more

Anyone who follows contemporary art cannot avoid coming across Weiwei. His sculptures, his social and political activism, his efforts for refugees, his contrary voice in social debates – he regards all of these as art.  Who is this man? What does  he want? A lecture by Han van Ouwerkerk.

 

Please consider that the program of this event is in Dutch and that Sijthof can sometimes charge an entrance fee.

Fri March 31st, 2017 - Cultuurzaal Sijthoff

1 April-1 October - 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. While... 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. While walking through Leiden, short clips can be activated on a mobile device as if one looks over a distant wall. The app will offer 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 will focus 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. ‘Walking with 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 will be available from the 1st of April, 2017.

 

Sat April 1st, 2017 - Leiden streets

4 April-9 May - Studium Generale - Salon Boerhaave

Together with Museum Boerhaave, Leiden University Studium Generale organises a lecture series on Asia, related to objects and archival docments in the Boerhaave collection.... more

Together with Museum Boerhaave, Leiden University Studium Generale organises a lecture series on Asia, related to objects and archival docments in the Boerhaave collection.

 

Dates & Topics

04|04 The blind visionary of Ambon: Georg Everard Rumphius
11|04 Venus in Batavia and Réunion
18|04  W. F. Einthoven’s String galvanometer: the electrocardiograph as wireless telegraph
02|05 The Bosscha stargazer: astronomy in the Dutch East Indies
09|05 Jacob Clay’s electrometer: a story of an imperfect discovery

 

Time & Place
19.30–21.00 hours,
Room 011
Lipsius Building,
Cleveringaplaats 1
Leiden

 

Please consider that the program of these events is in Dutch

4 April - The blind visionary of Ambon: Georg Everard Rumphius

In his lecture, Tim Huisman tells the story of Georg Everard Rumphius, or the blind visionary of Ambon. As a young man, Rumphius set sail for Ambon in the Maluku Islands with... more

In his lecture, Tim Huisman tells the story of Georg Everard Rumphius, or the blind visionary of Ambon. As a young man, Rumphius set sail for Ambon in the Maluku Islands with the Dutch East India Company to study the island’s flora and fauna. Once he arrived a calamity befell him and he we stricken with blindness. But he was nonetheless determined to complete his masterwork, the six-volume Herbarium Amboinese (1741).

 

The speaker
Tim Huisman, curator at Museum Boerhaave. His specialist field is medical history in early modern times.

 

Please consider that the program of this event is in Dutch

6-7 April - Reflections on India and China: From Civilisation to Climate Change

The (re-)emergence of India and China as powerful players in the contemporary world, and particularly the miracle of their growth story, remains a puzzle for many. However,... more

The (re-)emergence of India and China as powerful players in the contemporary world, and particularly the miracle of their growth story, remains a puzzle for many. However, the contemporary story may not be adequately understood without reflecting on their civilisational past and knowledge system, ideas and ideologies, values and norms, which shaped the material, cultural and intellectual contours of the two societies.

 

This two-day seminar juxtaposes core issues related to contemporary India and China on a common scholarly platform, with presentations from invited researchers and experts from diverse disciplines, who will not only reflect on a specific  theme of their own expertise in either or both countries, but who will also offer a useful comparative perspective.

 

Convener: Prof. Pralay Kanungo, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Chair for the Study of Contemporary India at IIAS and Leiden University (Institute for Area Studies, LIAS), the Netherlands.

Thu April 6th, 2017 - Museum Volkenkunde

11 April - Venus in Batavia and Réunion

In 1761 Venus passed in front of the Sun. The planet’s transit created quite a buzz on an international scale. Using texts accessible for a lay audience, pamphlets an... more

In 1761 Venus passed in front of the Sun. The planet’s transit created quite a buzz on an international scale. Using texts accessible for a lay audience, pamphlets and beautiful etchings, adepts were able to stir up tremendous enthusiasm even outside their own circles. From a scientific point of view there was much at stake: the planet’s transit would inform us of the distances in our solar system and allow us to figure out the mass of the sun and the planets. In Batavia, where the crossing was completely visible, the phenomenon was successfully observed by preacher Johannes Mohr. Later, in 1874, when Venus was due to make a similar crossing, an expedition set sail to Réunion. Everything was ready, but at the critical moment the sky was overcast.

 

 

Speaker:     Dirk van Delft, Museum Boerhave director and extraordinary professor of Material Heritage of the Natural Sciences at Leiden University.
Time:         19.30 – 21.00 hours

 

Please consider that the program of this event is in Dutch

11 April - Global Jars: Asian Containers as (Trans)Cultural Enclosures

Vessels of all kinds have long been a favoured topic of research, but jars —vessels for storage— have rarely been studied separately. Even less attention has be... more

Vessels of all kinds have long been a favoured topic of research, but jars —vessels for storage— have rarely been studied separately. Even less attention has been paid to the connections between the jars themselves and what they contained. Various Chinese vessels found in European and North American collections are commonly referred to as “ginger jars.” The label is misleading, as it suggests a specific content, while such jars in fact could contain a variety of foreign as well as indigenous fillings or simply be left empty.

 

This workshop aims to bring together a group of scholars who will all examine jars in relation to their contents. Our approach will be transcultural, meaning that we explore not only exchanges of jars and their contents between Asia and the West but also across Eurasia, integrating aspects of inner-Asian exchanges, interactions between North and South, between the Chinese imperial court and the provinces, and between urban and rural.

18 April - W. F. Einthoven’s String galvanometer: the electrocardiograph as wireless telegraph

When Nobel prizewinner Willem Einthoven created his string galvanometer, he could never have imagined that a modified version of his invention would be used as the first Dutch... more

When Nobel prizewinner Willem Einthoven created his string galvanometer, he could never have imagined that a modified version of his invention would be used as the first Dutch wireless telegraph. Einthoven’s son, Willem Frederik Einthoven, helped his father optimise the string galvanometer by developing a vacuum version of it. Einthoven Jr. was an engineer and he used his expertise to experiment with this vacuum galvanometer to send and receive Morse code.

 

Communication between the Dutch East Indies and the Netherlands wasn’t always smooth. Maintaining contact proved particularly difficult during the First World War, when the Netherlands was a neutral country and communications with the East Indies had to pass through British territory. A telegraph capable of quickly spanning 12,000 km would be able to solve this problem. In 1924 Willem Frederik Einthoven left for the East Indies to experiment with this rapid transmitter/receiver in Bandung (West Java). Unfortunately, this system never really worked due to local weather conditions. But in spite of this, W. F. Einthoven has gone down in history as one of the founding fathers of Dutch radio-telegraphy.

 

Speaker:     Bart Grob, curator at Museum Boerhaave, a specialist in the (bio)medical sciences from 1850.
Time:         19.30 – 21.00 hours

19 April - Meet & Greet Japanese-Dutch Society of Nagasaki

On Wednesday, April 19th, a delegation of the Japanese-Dutch Society of Nagasaki will pay its traditional biennial visit to Leiden. Members will be received by the mayor, M... more

On Wednesday, April 19th, a delegation of the Japanese-Dutch Society of Nagasaki will pay its traditional biennial visit to Leiden. Members will be received by the mayor, Mr. Henri Lenferink and will call at Japan Museum Sieboldhuis, Museum for Ethnology and Hortus Botanicus.

 

Representatives from the university of Leiden; Japan studies; Student & Alumni associations, local companies and organisations and dance group Yosakoi Raiden will have ample opportunity to become acquainted and interact with their counterparts from Nagasaki at a ‘Meet and Greet Event’ organised by the Leiden Friends of Nagasaki Foundation (SLVN).

 

Time: 14.00 - 17.00

Wed April 19th, 2017 - Arsenaal

20 April - Asia Cafe

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

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

Thu April 20th, 2017 - LeidenAsiaCentre

25 April - Book Launch Held's History of Sumbawa

This book presents, for the first time, a narrative of the history of Sumbawa in English. Sumbawa is a medium-sized island in eastern Indonesia with a long and highly interest... more

This book presents, for the first time, a narrative of the history of Sumbawa in English. Sumbawa is a medium-sized island in eastern Indonesia with a long and highly interesting past. The recorded history of the island spans over a period that includes Hindu-Javanese influences, the early-modern Southeast Asian Age of Commerce, Islamization via influences from Sulawesi, Dutch colonialism, and the dramatic political changes of the twentieth century. The text was originally authored in 1955 by the Dutch Indologist Gerrit Jan Held, who died before it could be published. The original manuscript has been translated into English by the historian Hans Hägerdal, who has written an introduction and provided extensive footnotes to relate it to more recent research.

Tue April 25th, 2017 - Universiteit Leiden

2 May-27 June - Imagine Asia Today

In a series of lectures (four-six), spread over three months, the Research Center for Material Culture explores contemporary artistic production across Asia. Invited scholars... more

In a series of lectures (four-six), spread over three months, the Research Center for Material Culture explores contemporary artistic production across Asia. Invited scholars from Asia, from the Asian diaspora, and scholars working on Asian art, literature, film, fashion and design, will present on the current state of artistic practice across the region and within a global context.
Thes lecture series aims to offer a broad public of academics, students and the generally interested audiences, diverse perspectives on contemporary Asia, through a lens of artistic practices. Furthermore, this series likes to introduce the public to the works in film, art, literature and music of and about Asia, as well as to scholars and practitioners from Asia.

Each lecture will be accompanied by conservations and will focus on single works or a body of works.

2 May - The Bosscha stargazer: astronomy in the Dutch East Indies

The oldest observatory in Indonesia can be found in Lembang (West Java), on the slopes of the Tangkuban Perahu volcano. During the first meeting of the Dutch East Indies Astro... more

The oldest observatory in Indonesia can be found in Lembang (West Java), on the slopes of the Tangkuban Perahu volcano. During the first meeting of the Dutch East Indies Astronomical Society in the 1920s it was decided that an observatory needed to be built in the Dutch East Indies. The facility that resulted remains a centre for astronomical research to this very day. In this lecture, Johan van Kullenburg, guest staff member at Museum Boerhaave, tells the unique story of how this observatory came into being.

 

Speaker:     Johan van Kuilenburg, Leiden-trained astronomer. After a career in industry, he is again involved in both Leiden’s historic university observatory and Museum Boerhaave.
Time:         19.30 – 21.00 hours

3 May - War in the East Indies? The controversy surrounding the Dutch performance in the decolonization of the Netherlands – The Dutch Indies (1945 – 1949)

The Historical Study Association Leiden organizes a symposium on the struggle for independence in the Dutch East Indies (1945-1949) on Wednesday, May 3rd 2017. The starting po... more

The Historical Study Association Leiden organizes a symposium on the struggle for independence in the Dutch East Indies (1945-1949) on Wednesday, May 3rd 2017. The starting point of the symposium will be the request of the Dutch governance to re-open the research into the Dutch intervention in the decolonization of the Dutch East Indies in 1945-1949. The reason for this request was the recently published dissertation of historian Rémy Limpach. In his book ‘De brandende kampongs van Generaal Spoor’ (‘The burning kampongs of General Spoor’), he draws the conclusion that the Dutch violence against the population of its colony was more widespread than believed before.

 

The HSVL has the great honour to welcome Rémy Limpach, and he will talk about his findings concerning this matter. During the symposium, the HSAL aims to highlight various perspectives on the subject. One of the other speakers is Louis Zweers, guest curator of the ‘Colonial War’-exposition of the Resistance Museum Amsterdam. He will show us censored and uncensored images of the actions of the Dutch army in the Dutch East Indies at that time, and explain them.

 

 

Please consider that the program of this event is in Dutch.
Starting time: 19.30h

Wed May 3rd, 2017 - Hortus Botanicus, Oranjerie

9 May - Jacob Clay’s electrometer: a story of an imperfect discovery

In May 1972, scientist E. M. Bruins wrote a letter to the directors of Museum Boerhaave. In it, Bruins took issue with the bewildering measurements that physicist Jacob Clay h... more

In May 1972, scientist E. M. Bruins wrote a letter to the directors of Museum Boerhaave. In it, Bruins took issue with the bewildering measurements that physicist Jacob Clay had made during sea voyages from Java to the Netherlands from 1927 to 1932. According Clay’s measurements, cosmic radiation decreases in intensity moving towards the equator, a claim that shook the idea of cosmic radiation and the cosmos at its very foundations!

The electrometer that Clay had used to register the intensity of cosmic radiation had previously held a prominent place in the museum. But Bruins believed that Clay had falsified his findings. According to Bruins, Clay’s instruments were not in order and he had deliberately manipulated his data. Was Professor Bruins correct in his suspicions? Had Professor Clay faked his results? In this presentation, Ad Maas reveals the surprising story behind an imperfect discovery. What makes a discovery a true discovery?

 

Speaker:      Ad Maas, curator at Museum Boerhaave, a specialist in Dutch physics, the history of Dutch science from 1750, Albert Einstein and Dutch Newtonianism. He is also a book review editor for the renowned history of science journal Isis.
Time:          19.30 – 21.00 hours

 

Please consider that the program of this event is in Dutch

10 May - Yamato - Japanese drummers

YAMATO, the world-famous Japanese drummers, enchant audiences throughout the world with their creativity and innovation. The performance starts with a beat on an enormous J... more

YAMATO, the world-famous Japanese drummers, enchant audiences throughout the world with their creativity and innovation.

The performance starts with a beat on an enormous Japanese Taiko drum, made from a 400-year-old tree. The intensity of the sound makes your whole body resonate and your heart beat faster. You will find yourself transported by the ecstatic rhythm of the drumming to a world you hardly knew existed. The drummers use their whole body and soul, and every ounce of their energy for each drumbeat, sending an overwhelming wave of energy washing over you.

This traditional instrument, the ‘Wadaiko’ (Japanese drum), brings the authentic spirit of Japan to life and leads you on a journey of discovery to new experiences. The YAMATO troupe was formed in 1993; they made their debut at a Shinto temple festival taking place in their home town, where the members performed Hyuga, an original musical work they composed themselves. Now, 24 years later, YAMATO has visited 53 different countries and given over 3,000 performances for more than six million people. Their musical performances are widely acclaimed by audiences and have received a string of top reviews by critics. To reserve tickets please click here.

Wed May 10th, 2017 - Stadsgehoorzaal

12 May - Talks on ‘Azia and the Netherlands’

On Friday 12 May, the Language and Literature Committee of the Society of Dutch Literature is organising an afternoon meeting on the topic of ‘Asia and the Netherland... more

On Friday 12 May, the Language and Literature Committee of the Society of Dutch Literature is organising an afternoon meeting on the topic of ‘Asia and the Netherlands’. Europe has been fascinated by Asia for many centuries. From the 16th century, attempts have been made to bring parts of the region under Western influence and to exploit it, with varying degrees of success. Now, it appears that Asia has not only a rich past, but also a promising future.  

 

Since the Second World War and decolonisation, countries in this part of the world have undergone rapid development. China, as an example, is currently investing on a large scale in Western companies and infrastructure, and more and more students from Asia are pursuing an academic training in Europe.

 

Given the context of the Leiden Asia Year, Asia and the Netherlands seems an appropriate topic for this year’s meeting. Topics in the field of linguistics and literature - both current and historical - will be discussed in a series of five lectures. Within the Society, the Indonesian-Dutch Literature working group has been occupied for many years with the Dutch colonial and post-colonial past in Southeast Asia. Besides Indonesia, other countries such as China and Japan will also be discussed during this themed meeting.

 

Everyone is welcome to attend. Please register before 1 May to confirm your attendance via: aanmelding@library.leidenuniv.nl (mentioning MNL themed meeting 12 May)

13 May - KITLV Symposium Stories and Storytelling in the Indonesian Archipelago (with Jurnal Wacana)

Stories and Storytelling in the Indonesian Archipelago is a one-day symposium organised by KITLV. Indonesia’s oft-overlooked repertoire of storytelling traditions continues... more

Stories and Storytelling in the Indonesian Archipelago is a one-day symposium organised by KITLV. Indonesia’s oft-overlooked repertoire of storytelling traditions continues to inspire the nation’s arts, cultures and social practices. Following a successful pilot symposium in 2014, we investigate some of the archipelago’s diverse story-texts and performance practices.

 

This broad-scope symposium centres on the characteristics of Indonesian stories, their embedding in storytelling traditions, and the (ritual) contexts in which these are performed. Several presentations explore how stories were – and are – composed and disseminated. Other participants bring to the fore Indonesian perspectives on storytelling beyond the boundaries of the written word, including solo- and group-performances accompanied by music, singing and dance.

 

We hope that this event will contribute to a renewed attention to the storytelling practices of Indonesia, fostering a more nuanced understanding of “text” in all its forms, the relevance of traditional stories in a rapidly changing society, and ongoing developments in Indonesian literature and popular culture.

 

More information on this event will be available on the website of the KITLV as soon as possible.
Picture: Clara Brakel

Sat May 13th, 2017 - Museum Volkenkunde

13 May - Badakshan Ensemble - Vibrant traditional music from the Pamir Mountains

 

Vibrant traditional songs and music from the Pamir Mountains
The Badakhshan Ensemble takes its name from the mountainous region - poetically known in Pe... more

 

Vibrant traditional songs and music from the Pamir Mountains
The Badakhshan Ensemble takes its name from the mountainous region - poetically known in Persian as Bam-i Dunya, the “Roof of the World” - that comprises the sparsely populated eastern half of Tajikistan and northeast Afghanistan. There, in the Pamir Mountains, a vibrant tradition of devotional song, dance, and contemplative instrumental music has been cultivated.Trance-like rhythms and piercing melodies propel these vivid performances.

 

Badakhshani music and dance represent a distinct cultural practice within Central Asia. The so-called Pamiri languages belong to the Eastern Iranian family of languages but are distinct from Persian and are not used in a literary form.
Orally composed folksong texts in Pamiri languages are common in Badakhshan, but the literary texts typically set to music in spiritual songs are drawn from classical Persian or modern Tajik, an eastern dialect of Persian.

 

Many if not most Badakhshanis are Shia Ismaili Muslims, and the Ismaili spiritual and devotional tradition has had a strong and abiding influence on Pamiri expressive culture. Ismaili communities have existed in the Pamir Mountains for close to a millennium.

 

The Badakhshan Ensemble’s repertory encompasses a variety of musical styles and genres. The line-up is:

  • Sohiba Davlatshoeva – Vocal, Daf, Dance
  • Aqnazar Alovatov – Vocals, Pamiri Rubab
  • Mukhtor Muborakadamov – Pamiri Setar
  • Khushbakht Niyozov – Afghan Rubab, Daf

The Baakhshan Ensemble is also on youtube. You can listen to one of their songs by clicking this link. 

 

The concert of Badakhshan Ensemble is presented in collaboration with the Aga Khan Music Initiative, a program of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. 

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

 

Sat May 13th, 2017 - Qbus Muziekhuis

17-18 May - Buddhist Studies in Leiden

On this two-day long conference the University wishes to commemorate 60 years of Buddhist Studies at Leiden University, 60 years of the Indo-Iranian Journal, the publ... more

On this two-day long conference the University wishes to commemorate 60 years of Buddhist Studies at Leiden University, 60 years of the Indo-Iranian Journal, the publication of the Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism, and the 30th anniversary of Leiden University hosting the Numata Visiting Professorship in Buddhist Studies.

On this conference authoritive speakers associated with Dutch Buddhist Studies, the IIJ, the BEB, and the Numata Chair will present papers.

 

The conference will take place on 17–18 May, 2017, to coincide with the official opening of the University Library’s exhibition  'Cultural Dynamics of Sanskrit' at Leiden University Libraries on May 18, so that everyone can attend both events.

Wed May 17th, 2017 - Gravensteen Room 011

18 May - Van Vollenhoven Lecture

Van Vollenhoven Lecture 2017 by Dr Surya Tjandra. An increasing number of Indonesian legal specialists are no longer limiting themselves to a strict monodisciplinary approach... more

Van Vollenhoven Lecture 2017 by Dr Surya Tjandra.
An increasing number of Indonesian legal specialists are no longer limiting themselves to a strict monodisciplinary approach to the law, but are carrying out empirical research on how such law comes about, how it is applied and how it functions. The speaker will analyse this trend and will reflect on the future of 'socio-legal' studies in Indonesia. He will illustrate his analysis using examples from developments within Indonesian employment law. The aim is to raise awareness of these developments among the Dutch public and to stimulate them to think about a scientific and collaborative agenda for the future.

18 May - Book launch Bicentenary of Bogor Botanic Garden

This book gives an interested overview of 200 years Bogor botanic garden (Kebun Raya Bogor).

This book gives an interested overview of 200 years Bogor botanic garden (Kebun Raya Bogor).

Thu May 18th, 2017 - Hortus botanicus Leiden

22-23 May - Adat law 100 years on: towards a new interpretation?

This international conference focuses on adat law in Indonesia, a century after the Adat Law Foundation (Adatrechtstichting) was set up in Leiden in 1917 by Van Vollenhoven an... more

This international conference focuses on adat law in Indonesia, a century after the Adat Law Foundation (Adatrechtstichting) was set up in Leiden in 1917 by Van Vollenhoven and Snouck Hurgronje. The foundation would publish 43 volumes on adat law, resulting from one of the biggest law research projects ever carried out at Leiden University. Adat law is still a very topical and socially relevant theme, particularly with regard to land rights. The meeting offers an opportunity to analyse the current status of adat law and the most pertinent issues. This calls for an approach that, besides the legal perspective, also takes account of social, economic and political contexts. A comparison between the approach of the Leiden Adat Law School and the more recent approaches in academic research and in Indonesian policy practice is also in order. One of the key questions will be what prospects adat law in 2017 can offer for the numerous and widespread problems relating to access to and ownership of agricultural land for local communities.

Mon May 22nd, 2017 - Leiden Law School

23 May - Leiden Indian Philosophy Symposium - Tradition and Innovation in Indian Philosophy

This symposium brings together scholars working in the field of Indian philosophy. The present edition focuses on philosophical innovations and the role of tradition in the hi... more

This symposium brings together scholars working in the field of Indian philosophy. The present edition focuses on philosophical innovations and the role of tradition in the history of Indian philosophy. The speakers will address a variety of topics, including ethics, epistemology, and logic.

Tue May 23rd, 2017 - Leiden

4 June - Japan Market

The Japan Market (Japanmarkt) is an annual fair organised by Japanmuseum SieboldHuis. The event is a festive commemoration of the Japanese emperor’s visit to the Rapenburg i... more

The Japan Market (Japanmarkt) is an annual fair organised by Japanmuseum SieboldHuis. The event is a festive commemoration of the Japanese emperor’s visit to the Rapenburg in Leiden in the year 2000. Thousands of people gather annually to enjoy this cultural day!
Leiden has many historical ties with Japan, which is apparent in the Japanmuseum SieboldHuis, the Japanese garden in the Hortus Botanicus and various monuments throughout the city. The annual Japan Market will fill the entire Rapenburg in Leiden with bustling stalls and great performances! Japan market 2017 will offer a beautiful 400 metre-long street full of stands with Japanese cultural and culinary wares. Beautiful prints, bonsai trees and kimonos will be for sale, and you can taste goodies like sushi and takoyaki. Fans of Japanese pop culture will not want to miss this either, as there are stands focusing on cosplay, manga and anime! There will also be various cultural events and activities.

Sun June 4th, 2017 - Japanmuseum Sieboldhuis

9 June - Asia by Design - a conference and exhibition

Despite having extensive collections of textile and dress, or high quality crafted objects, ethnographic and world cultures museum are seldom if at all imagined as spaces for... more

Despite having extensive collections of textile and dress, or high quality crafted objects, ethnographic and world cultures museum are seldom if at all imagined as spaces for design or fashion. This conference will bringing together academics, curators and designers, from across the world, to critically explore historical and contemporary  histories of and trends in fashion and design, with a focus on ethnographic collections. We are interested to see the role that collections of ethnographic and world cultures can play in writing a more global history of design. Focussed on Asia, among other aims, the conference will uncover local traditions and histories of fashion and design, explore trans-Asian flows of styles, techniques, materials, and explore the works of contemporary designers and their relationship with the past.

The conference will accompany a small exhibition also entitled Asia by Design showcasing some of the internationally top collections of fashion and design held by the National Museum of World Cultures.

15 June - Congress Cosmopolis Empire and Information in Asia

Cosmopolis (2012-2017) unites several research and educational programmes into one community. It is attached to the department of Colonial and Global History at the Institut... more

Cosmopolis (2012-2017) unites several research and educational programmes into one community. It is attached to the department of Colonial and Global History at the Institute for History of Leiden University.
Cosmopolis represents a common endeavor of Leiden University and the National Archives at The Hague to extend the accessibility and study of all Dutch sources pertaining to Asia by deepening the cooperation with Asian universities, archives and local cultural institutions.
Cosmopolis seeks to explore the transnational and cultural dimensions of intra-Eurasian encounters through Dutch sources. This starts from the recognition that political, social-economic, ethnic and religious processes in Eurasia were moulded by global connections through the highly cosmopolitan middle-ground of long-distance networks and port cities.
Cosmopolis functions as a research community. This includes regular seminars and lectures at Leiden, as well as an annual conference convened in Asia. Cosmopolis further organizes visits to archives, museums and libraries, as well as social events.

Thu June 15th, 2017 - Cosmopolis

23 June - Book launch Eurasian Empires Project

The NWO Horizon Eurasian Empires Project brings together a team of senior multidisciplinary researchers based in three Dutch universities: Leiden, Amsterdam (UvA) and... more

The NWO Horizon Eurasian Empires Project brings together a team of senior multidisciplinary researchers based in three Dutch universities: Leiden, Amsterdam (UvA) and Nijmegen. Together they coach eight researchers who each focus on a specific project within the program's overall scope, covering Europe, West Asia, South Asia and East Asia. The program as a whole seeks to bridge the gap between approaches of global history distant from sources and languages and the specialised studies of regional experts.

24 June - Dragon boat races (Lakenfeesten)

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

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

Sat June 24th, 2017 - Leiden

29 June - Knowing Asia: Asian collections as modes of knowing

Where is Asia and what marks its geographic limits? Through what modes of inquiry of methodologies has Asia become known to us? Knowing Asia is an interdisciplinary, two-part... more

Where is Asia and what marks its geographic limits? Through what modes of inquiry of methodologies has Asia become known to us? Knowing Asia is an interdisciplinary, two-part symposium organised by the Research Centre for Material Culture, National Museum for Antiquities, and the Leiden Center for Heritage Studies, that focusses on the collections held in the two museums, their collection histories and modes of representation, to think critically about how ideas of Asia have been constructed through material and visual representation? Moreover, we want to understand the ways these collections and ways of knowing Asia has shaped Europe.

6 July - Asia Cafe

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

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

Thu July 6th, 2017 - Leiden Asia Centre

25-26 August - Annual conference European China Law Studies Association (ECLS)

The annual conference of the ECLS is the only regularly organised academic meeting in the field of Chinese law to be held outside China. The meeting is held in a different pla... more

The annual conference of the ECLS is the only regularly organised academic meeting in the field of Chinese law to be held outside China. The meeting is held in a different place each year where Chinese language and culture is studied. The aim of the conference is to offer a platform for researchers in the field of Chinese law to remain up to date with actual developments in the field as well as giving them the opportunity for interaction between academics, legal professionals and policy-makers.
During the two-day conference ideas will be exchanged on recent developments in Chinese law. There will be thematical sessions and opportunities for networking.
In 2017 the conference focuses on Chinese law in its region, on comparative law, legal collaboration and regional developments in East Asia.

Fri August 25th, 2017 - Leiden Law School

4 September - Opening 2017-2018 academic year

Opening ceremony of the academic year 2017-2018 with keynote speech, musical interlude and awarding science prize winner(s).

Opening ceremony of the academic year 2017-2018 with keynote speech, musical interlude and awarding science prize winner(s).

Mon September 4th, 2017 - Pieterskerk Leiden

14 September - Grand opening Asian Library

Official Opening programme 10.00 hrs.  Start opening programme in Pieterskerk Leiden 11.45 - 13.00 hrs. Lunch 13.15 - 16.15 hrs. Festive events programme w... more

Official Opening programme

10.00 hrs.  Start opening programme in Pieterskerk Leiden

11.45 - 13.00 hrs. Lunch

13.15 - 16.15 hrs. Festive events programme with music, presentations, exhibitions (pop-up), guided tours around the Asian Library, and more...

 

14-17 September - Middle Period Chinese Humanities

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

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

Thu September 14th, 2017 - Lipsius Building Leiden University

14 September - CinemAsia FilmLAB (short films)

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

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

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

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

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

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

The two-day congress Mapping Asia – Cartographic Encounters between East & West of Leiden University Libraries will be organised in cooperation with the Commission on the History of Cartography of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and will be focusing on the Asian maps collection.

The central theme of the conference is the reciprocal influence of Western and Eastern cartographical traditions. Questions and topic which will be discussed are

  • What is Asia? The arbitrarian border between Europe and Asia on the Eurasian continent.
  • Eastern cartographic traditions
  • Colonial cartography in Asia
  • Mapping of the Dutch East Indies
  • Philipp Franz von Siebold and the cartography of Japan.

The most important collections to be discussed and presented are the collections of Bodel Nijenhuis (VOC maps), KIT (colonial maps of the Dutch East Indies and contemporary maps of Asia), KITLV (colonial maps), Von Siebold (Japanese maps, catalogue of Serrurier), East Asian Library (Chinese maps).

16 September - Night of Arts and Sciences

During the Leiden Night of Arts and Sciences, the science and culture festival of South-Holland, the historical Leiden city changes in one big stage. Experience this night ful... more

During the Leiden Night of Arts and Sciences, the science and culture festival of South-Holland, the historical Leiden city changes in one big stage. Experience this night full of music, theatre, lectures, dancing performances, film, cabaret and many more acts!
In 2017 many acts and performances during the night will show Asia in all its facets.

Sat September 16th, 2017 - City of Leiden

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

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

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

Thu September 21st, 2017 - Lipsius Building Leiden University

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Call for Apllications

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

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

Mon September 25th, 2017 - Universiteit Leiden

28-30 September - Festival Voice4Thought

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

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

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

Thu September 28th, 2017 - Leiden tbc

10 October-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.

12 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.

Thu October 12th, 2017 - Leiden

16-17 October - Tusk Theatre - Kaikin

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Mon October 16th, 2017 - Theater Ins Blau

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

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

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

 

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

Picture: Coen Bastiaanssen

Fri October 27th, 2017 - Leiden International Film Festival

11-12 November - LAK workshops Asian arts and culture

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

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

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

Sat November 11th, 2017 - LAK, Lipsius Building

17 November - Open stage BplusC

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

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

Fri November 17th, 2017 - Het Leidse Volkshuis

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