• 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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Program

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China
India
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Exhibitions

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

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

 

This selection of photographs - made by people who visited the DPRK several times; one of the photographers even lived there for several years - not only has a documentary value; the lines and colours of architecture, landscape and the calligraphy of the ubiquitous slogans and announcements are often strangely aesthetic.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

13 September - 14 January
Gallery Exhibition: Mapping Asia

The Museum of Anthropology (Museum Volkenkunde) organizes a special card exhibition this fall. The reason is that Leiden University, the City of Leiden and all its partners are celebrating Leiden Asia Year. About 30 objects, maps and objects on which Asian countries are depicted illustrate that cards are much more than you would think at first sight.

 

Cards are not objective. We assume that they only show how an area looks. But what you see is the vision of man behind it, the creator and the client. They have portrayed how to think about a particular area: what is to be found and who is the boss for example.

 

Read more about this special exhibition on the website of the Museum. 

14 September - 14 January
Urban Jungle – Megacities in Asia

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

 

Picture by: Martin Roemers 

 

16 September - 26 November
Mapping Japan

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

 

 

For more information visit the website of Japan Museum SieboldHuis

16 September - 26 November
Modern Japanese Lacquerware

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

21 October - 28 May
Exhibition: Mentawai from indonesia

Thanks to the recent donation of Mentawai specialist and ancient professor of anthropology from Indonesia to Leiden University, Reimar Schefold, Museum of Anthropology has a special collection of Mentawaiers art and utensils in Indonesia to offer. A great opportunity to focus on these world-inhabitants during the Leiden Asia Year and during the Europalia Indonesia Arts festival in Leiden. On the basis of unique objects and stories, visitors will learn about ancient traditions and contemporary culture.

29 October - 12 January
Exhibition: Full of Character

For over 150 years, Leiden has been doing and carrying out research on Chinese languages and cultures. There is only a few places, with the exception of China, where there I as much knowledge and expertise available as in Leiden. In the context of the Leiden Asia Year, The Leiden Language Museum (Het Taalmuseum) has put its efforts to making this knowledge visible for the crowd.
 
Het Taalmuseum asked researcher Jeroen Wiedenhof to select a few items that show how China and Leiden handle the Chinese Language. The result is a photo exhibition with unique objects and everyday objects from Wiedenhofs own collection and from the Leiden streetscape.
 
The festive opening of the exhibition will take place during the China Theme Day: Fables and facts about Chinese language and writing at the Taalmuseum.
 
For more information we kindly ask you to visit the website of the Taalmuseum.

 

Picture by: Pim Top. "Sportshirt" brought from Peking by dr. Jeroen Wiedenhof.

1 November - 31 December
Exhibition: Kumikai group| Sumi-e

Kumikai is the name of a group of practitioners of sumi-e. The name means "company around Kumi" and was chosen in memory of her Japanese teacher Kumi Kuwamura. Sumi-e is a relatively unknown painting technique that originates in China, but is further refined in Japan. Sumi-e is the Japanese word for "ink image". Its basis lies in Zen Buddhism. The first practitioners of sumi-e were monks who devoted themselves to a strict schedule of meditation in preparation for painting. This was at the root of the creative process, which further consists of rubbing the ink, brushing the brush and releasing the brush stroke on the rice paper. The rice paper allows the ink to flow smoothly and improvement of the line is impossible. The drawing is completed by placing one or more stamps. The characters in these stamps are the name and thus the signature of the artist.

 

You are very welcome to visit this expo during openinghours.
 

3 November - 31 December
Exhibition: A Wink to Asia

For this exhibition, students of Sculpture and Ceramics have made a selection of their works of the last two years, with a wink to Asia. Our students from the Masterclass Painting Voorschoten have started with Asia as a starting point. Also the teachers have chosen their own works to be on discplay that are related to the subject. Therefore you have the opportunity to admire the work of Elly van Leeuwen, Jacqueline Petit, Helene Doornebal and Netty van Osch.

 

You are very welcome to visit this expo during openinghours.
 
Work displayed on picture by: Jacqueline Petit

Events

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

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

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

 

IOS
Android

 

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

 

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

Thu May 11th, 2017 - Leiden streets

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

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

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

 

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

Scaliger Institute

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

Mon September 11th, 2017 - Universiteitsbibliotheek Leiden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

26 September-13 December - China Seminars

In the China Seminar/Lecture series every three weeks, Leiden University Chinese Studies invite speakers from Leiden University and elsewhere to give a presentation on their o... more

In the China Seminar/Lecture series every three weeks, Leiden University Chinese Studies invite speakers from Leiden University and elsewhere to give a presentation on their ongoing research.

 

Dates & Topics

26|09 Professor Ge Jianxiong (Fudan University)
04
|10 Jeroen de Kloet (University of Amsterdam)
18|10 
Christopher Rea (The University of British Colombia)
01
|11 Ching-Ling Wang (Rijksmuseum)
15|11 Daniel Stumm (Leiden University)
07|12 James Benn (McMaster University)
13|12 Rongdao Lai (University of Southern California)

 

Time & Place
15.15–17.00 hours,
Chinese Studies, Leiden Institute for Area Studies
Different locations in Leiden

 

 

 

 

23 October-31 December - 'Reistafel' uncovers Asia

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Mon October 23rd, 2017 - Journalism and New Media offices

11-19 November - Von Siebold in search of the real East Asia: musical exploration with Leiden’s Het Zingend Hart

For many centuries, East Asia has attracted western scientists like a magnet. On Deshima, peninsula off the coast near Nagasaki, the famous Leiden-based surgeon-major Philip... more

For many centuries, East Asia has attracted western scientists like a magnet. On Deshima, peninsula off the coast near Nagasaki, the famous Leiden-based surgeon-major Philipp Franz von Siebold (1796-1866) experienced the happiest years of his life. His western knowledge of medicine enabled him to cure Japanese patients. In return, he received Japanese artefacts, plants and animals. It resulted in a world-famous collection, nowadays on show in the Leiden Japan Museum SieboldHuis. Von Siebold lectured in Nagasaki, lived with a Japanese woman, was admitted to the capital Edo (forbidden territory for foreigners), and secretly produced maps of Japan. Then his luck turned. He was accused of espionage.

 

In November 2017, a colourful performance will revive Von Siebold’s story. The Leiden chamber choir Het Zingend Hart, conducted by Guido van Swieten, will vocalize and re- enact Von Siebold’s dramatic walk of life with matching Japanese, Chinese and Indonesian songs (by composers such as Osamu Shimizu and He Lüting). Some oriental texts and themes (such as Balinese kecak) will sound to music by western composers. Thus, the audience will relive Von Siebold’s history to a caleidoscope of tunes honouring the rich cultures of East Asia. From authentic folk music to striking western orientalisms.
ようこそ, Yōkoso (be welcome!)

Details

This performance will take place on:

  • Saturday 11 November 2017, 20.00 hrs
  • Sunday 12 November 2017, 15.00 hrs
  • Saturday 18 November 2017, 20.00 hrs
  • Sunday 19 November 2017, 15.00 hr

 

Venue: P.J. Veth building, which can be reached through the new main entrance on the side of the Hortus botanicus in Leiden (Rapenburg 73).

Directed by: Nicoline van de Beek, Ton van Kempen and Eva van der Weerd
Conductor: Guido van Swieten
Production: Coby van der Weerd
With Arie Pos as Philipp Franz von Siebold

In cooperation with dancing group Raiden Yosakoi and students Hiyori Suzuki, Raudya Amalia, Rani Krisnamurthi, Sangqiao Li and Her Gao.

Songs in original languages, spoken texts in Dutch.

World premiere of “Kexi”, a composition by Guido van Swieten.

Tickets

Book a seat at this event in Leiden’s Asia Year. Tickets are available through info@hetzingendhart.nl. A regular ticket can be purchased at € 15; discount tickets for children under 12 and students (student ID to be shown at the entrance) are available for € 10. A ticket includes one coffee or tea. The number of ticket is limited so do not wait too long to book your ticket!

Sat November 11th, 2017 - P.J. Veth building

23-24 November - International Symposium: Rethinking the VOC

Recently academic programs increasingly focus on the negative sides of VOC history. During this symposium experts will give an analysis of their new insights. What is the curr... more

Recently academic programs increasingly focus on the negative sides of VOC history. During this symposium experts will give an analysis of their new insights. What is the current state of research? How can this be helped forward by a non-western approach? And where will it go – or does it need to go – in the future?

 

National Archives, Leiden University and Leiden Asia Year invite you to join them at this excitatory symposium to attend a variety of lectures, discussions and a round table on various subjects seen from new perspectives.

 

Because of the digitisation of the VOC Archives, the National Archives of the Netherlands are showcasing the Dutch East India Company in 2017.During the symposium, you are welcome to visit their exhibition on the VOC too.

 

Registration

You can register for this symposium via this link.

 

Programme

To view the full programme please visit the programme-page

 

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

23 November - BplusC | Dr. Rogier Creemers | China: What a challenge!

About the interaction between law, governance and information technology in China and the Chinese political-legal ideology. Rogier Creemers is researcher at the Van Vollenh... more

About the interaction between law, governance and information technology in China and the Chinese political-legal ideology.

Rogier Creemers is researcher at the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Management and Society, Faculty of Law at Leiden University
 

All lectures (except for lectures in Leiderdorp) take place in BplusC, Location Nieuwstraat, starting at 20.00-20.45, free admission.

Thu November 23rd, 2017 - BplusC Leiderdorp

7 December - Studium Generale | Buddhist Aspects of Health and Welness in Premodern Chinese Tea Culture

Buddhist ideas, institutions and individuals were influential in the creation of Chinese tea culture from at least the eighth century onwards. Given that tea was often promote... more

Buddhist ideas, institutions and individuals were influential in the creation of Chinese tea culture from at least the eighth century onwards. Given that tea was often promoted by Buddhists as an alternative to alcohol, and that it was extolled for its abilities to support strenuous meditation practice, were there particular Buddhist discourses of health and wellness with regard to tea drinking?
 
In this lecture, organized by Studium GeneraleHonours Academy Leidenand Humanities Lab, we will explore the surviving textual, artistic and material evidence in order to understand better some of the virtues of tea consumption from a Chinese Buddhist perspective.

 

Speaker
James A. Benn received his PhD from UCLA in 2001 and is now Professor of Buddhism and East Asian Religions at McMaster University. He studies Buddhism and Daoism in medieval China. To date, he has focused on three major areas of research: bodily practice in Chinese Religions; the ways in which people create and transmit new religious practices and doctrines; and the religious dimensions of commodity culture. He has published on self-immolation, spontaneous human combustion, Buddhist apocryphal scriptures, and tea and alcohol in medieval China in journals such as History of Religions, T’oung Pao, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies and Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies. He is the author of Burning for the Buddha: Self-immolation in Chinese Buddhism (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2007) and Tea in China: A Religious and Cultural History(University of Hawai‘i Press, 2007). He is currently working on a translation and study of the Śūramgama sutra, a Chinese Buddhist apocryphon.
 
Time: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
 
All welcome!
Entrance is free.
No prior registration required.

Thu December 7th, 2017 - Oude Sterrewacht, Room B104

8 December - Salawat Dulang: Sinar Barapi & Kilek Barapi - Trance-like vocals and percussion from West Sumatra, Indonesia

Salawat dulang is a religious muic style from Minangkabau, an area in West Sumatra, Indonesia. Two vocalists sing a kind of sufi lyrics while at the same time beating a brass... more

Salawat dulang is a religious muic style from Minangkabau, an area in West Sumatra, Indonesia. Two vocalists sing a kind of sufi lyrics while at the same time beating a brass tray. But mostly the chanting goes beyond sufi texts, all kind of stories are being improvised by the singers. The two singers sometimes sing together, sometimes allternately, while developing a trance-like cadence by the percussion rhythms on their brass trays.

 

Salawat dulang are usually performed at weddings, circumcissions, religious and national holidays. For Minang audience, where the tradition is being practiced, they prefer salawat dulang performed alternately by two pairs, in a kind of battle. In this case, each pair would create and improvise stories. The theme depends on the occasion in which salawat dulang is being performed.

 

Also tonight two pairs of artists will play alternately, Sinar Barapi and Kilek Barapi. Salawat dulang is traditionally performed all night long, but here it will be approximately 60 minutes. 🙂

 

 

Before the performance Dr. Suryadi will give an introduction in english. Dr. Suryadi himself is from Minangkabau and works at Leiden University. He has written a lot about music from West Sumatra, and he will give the audience more cultural and musical context.

 

The music of Sinar Barapi & Kilek Barapi is also on youtube. You can listen to one of their songs by visiting Youtube.

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

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

 

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

 
This concert is organised together with Europalia Indonesia Arts Festival.

Fri December 8th, 2017 - Qbus Muziekhuis

12 December - Film: On The Track Of Robert van Gulik

On The Track Of Robert van Gulik is a documentary quest about one of the most read Dutch writers in the world, Robert van Gulik (1910-1967). This diplomat, author and scholar... more

On The Track Of Robert van Gulik is a documentary quest about one of the most read Dutch writers in the world, Robert van Gulik (1910-1967). This diplomat, author and scholar was a highly versatile man and a connoisseur of Japanese and Chinese languages and cultures. He owes his fame to his detective fiction starring Judge Dee. The filmmaker Rob Rombout follows in his footsteps to discover the author’s legacy in his diaries, the people he inspired and the witnesses to his life. During Rombout’s years-long travels through the Netherlands, Indonesia, Japan, the U.S. and China he located many of van Gulik’s contemporaries and devotees of both Judge Dee and van Gulik: people whose lives changed after entering his universe. These are unique people who emulate the writer, the scholar and the diplomat.

 

Made possible with the kind support of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Chinese Embassy in the Netherlands, Leiden Asia Year, The Van Gulik Family, Het Springergenootschap, DEE Projects and Filmhuis Den Haag.

Tue December 12th, 2017 - Filmhuis Den Haag

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