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 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.