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3 January - 29 January
Japanese Heroes in Museum Volkenkunde

The permanent exhibition on Japan & Korea in Museum Volkenkunde has been expanded to include a special print collection: Heroes in Japanese prints.This new gallery exhibition is now available for viewing.

 

Heroes play a major role in Japanese historiography. These heroes include great generals who fought important field battles and clever warriors who defended the Emperor from danger or from terrifying, often mythical beasts. The popular stories surrounding these heroes were often reflected in prints and appeared as book illustrations. The multi-coloured woodcut, as a single print or as a triptych, lend itself well to spectacular tableaux of scenes of action. Many of these prints are now on display at Museum Volkenkunde.

3 January - 22 January
Kunisada. Drama and beauty - Spirited Actors

This winter Japan Museum SieboldHuis will showcase ‘Kunisada. Elegant Geishas, Spirited Actors’, a two-part exhibition featuring a unique selection of prints by this versatile and widely acclaimed nineteenth-century print artist. This comprehensive overview of Utagawa Kunisada’s works is a European premiere for Japan Museum SieboldHuis.

 

Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865), also known as Toyokuni III, was the most productive and successful Japanese artist of the first half of the 19th century. His reputation surpassed that of his famous contemporaries Hokusai, Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi. In his lengthy career spanning more than 5 decades, Kunisada reigned as an outstanding and versatile ukiyo-e artist responsible for over 25,000 prints. A majority of the 150 prints and paintings will be on display in Leiden for the first time.

 

230 years after Kunisada’s birth, Japan Museum SieboldHuis pays homage to this extraordinary artist in an exclusive overview exhibition featuring works on loan from international public and private collections. Of particular interest are the early prints of courtisanes and geisha acquired in Japan between 1823 and 1828 by Philipp Franz von Siebold.

 

‘Kunisada, Elegant Beauties and Spirited Actors’ presents a chronological overview, in which several genres are highlighted. On display are prints of females in lavish kimonos, colourful actors, formidable heroes, breath taking landscapes and themes such as the ever popular Tales of Genji. Also featured in this exhibition are Surimono, a limited edition series of lavishly decorated prints framed in poetry as well as beautiful fan prints. Noteworthy is the detailed triptych that Kunisada made together with Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) highlighting Kunisada’s striking portraits and Hiroshige’s breathtaking landscapes.

 

The exhibition is divided into two parts, both providing ample opportunity to experience Kunisada’s artistic development. Characteristic of his early works are his use of soft natural colours and peaceful compositions. In his later works his colours became brighter and more intense and his compositions more complex.

 

Part I : 9 December 2016 – 22 January 2017 (Kunisada;’s Masterpieces from 1805-1828)

 

Part II : 24 January 2017 – 5 March 2017 (Kunisada’s Masterpieces from 1829 – 1865)

Events

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11-14 January - Beijing-Leiden Conference in Philosophy

The Leiden Institute for Philosophy is proud to host the Second Beijing-Leiden Conference in Philosophy, devoted to the topic of  Emotions in comparative perspective. &nbs... more

The Leiden Institute for Philosophy is proud to host the Second Beijing-Leiden Conference in Philosophy, devoted to the topic of  Emotions in comparative perspective.

 

Since the inception of philosophical traditions around the world, emotions have played a prominent role in philosophical thought. As a cross-cultural symposium, we welcome contributions from any time period or global philosophical tradition. Although a theme for the conference will be the value of cross-cultural exploration of emotion, participants are welcome to contribute either explicitly comparative presentations, or presentations from one of the traditions in which they work.

 

Potential topics that might be explored include: the role of emotion in knowledge and justification; the relation between emotion and virtue; the normative value of emotional response; the ontology of emotion; and emotion within aesthetic theory. Since this is a comparative conference, a natural point of discussion will also be whether and to what extent the English term emotion adequately expresses the psychological distinctions made by other global traditions.

23-27 January - Frontiers of Children’s Rights in the ASEAN Region

International Children’s Rights are still a relatively new concept, with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) entering into force only 25 years ago. Although t... more

International Children’s Rights are still a relatively new concept, with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) entering into force only 25 years ago. Although the CRC is an instrument of international law and children’s rights should in principle be universal, many of the countries that ratified the CRC submitted certain reservations.

 

In order to minimize problems of unequal treatment or discrimination caused by these reservations, it is advisable to look at implementation, impact and effect of the CRC at a regional level, in addition to the international and national level. Especially now, with growing mobility and migration, also by minors and young people, a regional approach improving harmonization and uniformity, will be beneficial.

 

This regional edition of the Leiden Summer School Frontiers of Children’s Rights, organized with the Faculty of Law of the University of Indonesia and the Human Rights Center of Ateneo de Manila University, enables participants to engage with international children’s rights and topical regional issues affecting children, families and communities.

Mon January 23rd, 2017 - Universitas Indonesia (UI)

23 January - Zhejiang Gongshang University Art Troupe - Dream of Heaven

The Zhejiang Gongshang University Art Troupe will perform ‘Dream of Heaven’. This performance is a mixture of traditional dance and music coming from different regions of... more

The Zhejiang Gongshang University Art Troupe will perform ‘Dream of Heaven’. This performance is a mixture of traditional dance and music coming from different regions of China.

Admission is free. To reserve a tickets please click here. 

Mon January 23rd, 2017 - Theater Ins Blau

26 January - Opening exhibition A Buddha in the Backyard – Asia as a Source of Inspiration

A program with dance, film, music and a sneak preview of The Asian Library! The opening of the exhibition A Buddha in the Backyard: Asia as a Source of Inspiration, will take... more

A program with dance, film, music and a sneak preview of The Asian Library!
The opening of the exhibition A Buddha in the Backyard: Asia as a Source of Inspiration, will take place on Thursday, January 26 at 17:00 hours at The Asian Library on the roof of the Leiden University Library on Witte Singel 27. During the opening visitors gain a sneak preview of one of the world’s leading centres expertise on Asia, The Asian Library, which officially opens its doors in September. The Leiden Asia Year celebrates this achievement.

 

We have put together an interesting and varied program with the following elements:

  • Bollywood dance
  • Welcome by Kurt De Belder, Librarian of Leiden University
  • Introduction to the exhibition
  • The display of compilation video with interviews of people from the academic world with Asian roots
  • Demonstration of the martial art Jeet Kune-Do

 

The admission is free. You can sign up for the opening by sending a message to aanmelding@library.leidenuniv.nl or by calling our office on 071-527 2832.

 

(Please consider that the program of this event is in Dutch. The exhibition situated in the exhibition hall of the University Library however is in English, so please feel welcome to pass by and get inspired!)

Thu January 26th, 2017 - University Library Leiden

27 January - LECTURE: ART IN CHINA, 1850 - PRESENT DAY

Historian Monique Groeneveld, a graduate of Leiden University, lives and works alternately in China and the Netherlands. International, modern Chinese art is currently 'hot... more

Historian Monique Groeneveld, a graduate of Leiden University, lives and works alternately in China and the Netherlands. International, modern Chinese art is currently 'hot' In her presentation Monique will talk about the development of Chinese modern art from 1850 to the present day.

 

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

Fri January 27th, 2017 - Cultuurzaal Sijthoff

28 January - Chinese New Year

In 2017 the Chinese New Year, also known as Spring festival is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calender. In Leiden th... more

In 2017 the Chinese New Year, also known as Spring festival is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calender. In Leiden the Chinese New Year celebrations include various events with lion dances and lighting firecrackers. These celebrations will take place in and around the Chinese restaurants Leiden has to offer.

Sat January 28th, 2017 - Leiden

31 January - BOOK PRESENTATION: CHINA, A GUIDE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

In China a guide for the 21st century, cultural anthropologist Frank Pieke takes a unique, China-centric approach rather than being led by traditi... more

In China a guide for the 21st century, cultural anthropologist Frank Pieke takes a unique, China-centric approach rather than being led by traditional Western premises, desires or fears. After the break, journalist Maarten Baanders will lead a discussion with the speaker and the audience.

 

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

Tue January 31st, 2017 - Cultuurzaal Sijthoff

3 February - Lecture: Confucianism

How can you become your best self? This lecture by Dr Paul van Els, lecturer in China Studies at Leiden University, will discuss the answer given by Chinese master Confucius a... more

How can you become your best self? This lecture by Dr Paul van Els, lecturer in China Studies at Leiden University, will discuss the answer given by Chinese master Confucius and his followers to this question.

 

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

Fri February 3rd, 2017 - Cultuurzaal Sijthoff

7 February - 1st edition Framing Asia

Framing Asia Is a monthly filmscreening within the context of the Leiden Asia Year, organised by the KITLV (Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean), the... more

Framing Asia Is a monthly filmscreening within the context of the Leiden Asia Year, organised by the KITLV (Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean), the IIAS (international Institute for Asian Studies) and the department CA-DS (Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology) of Leiden University.

 

Program 1st edition: #1 Transgender issues in Indonesia

Films
Renita, Renita (15min)
Tony Trimarsanto
Trapped in a male body, Renita wanted to be a doctor and a woman since she was a child but her parents forced her to study at a Islamic school where she was bullied and ostracised. She rebelled by becoming a prostitute in the hope of finding freedom but instead, found that it came at a cost -- she experienced brutality and was discriminated against by her family and the Indonesian society in which she lived.

 

Across Gender (24min)
Anouk Houtman
What is it like being transgender in Yogyakarta? There is no single answer to this question. This film aims to show different ways of negotiating visibility in the Indonesian society when one ‘crosses gender’. The difficulty of this negotiation becomes apparent through the anti-LGBT sentiments and actions in early 2016.

 

Discussion
Anouk Houtman is a young filmmaker with an MA in Visual Anthropology of Leiden University. She graduated with a film and thesis researching the visibility of transgenders in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Currently she is pursuing a second MA in Genderstudies and University Utrecht.

Intan Paramaditha is an Indonesian author and lecturer in media and film studies at Macquarie University, Sydney. Focusing on contemporary film practice in Indonesia, her research explores the relation between media, cultural activism, and sexual politics in the convergence and tension between national and cosmopolitan trajectories.

 

Time:         19.30h
Location:  Lipsius 028

 

Tue February 7th, 2017 - Lipsius Building Leiden University

8 February - Dies natalis

With the dies natalis Leiden University celebrates its 442nd birthday with dies lectures, music of gamelan ensemble Widosari, and the conferral of a honorary doct... more

With the dies natalis Leiden University celebrates its 442nd birthday with dies lectures, music of gamelan ensemble Widosari, and the conferral of a honorary doctorate. All components of this festive ceremony will link to Asian research subjects, music and people. Read more.

Wed February 8th, 2017 - Pieterskerk Leiden

9 February - Conference "China, the Netherlands and Europe"

The LeidenAsiaCentre will host the opening conference of the Leiden Asia Year on February 9, 2017. The theme of the conference will be “China, the Netherlands and Europe."... more

The LeidenAsiaCentre will host the opening conference of the Leiden Asia Year on February 9, 2017. The theme of the conference will be “China, the Netherlands and Europe."

 

This conference will also be the occasion where the findings of the research on “China and the Netherlands” and “the Netherlands and China”, conducted over the past 18 months, will be discussed during several break-out sessions. The findings of the research have been digested by Frank Pieke and Garrie van Pinxteren into the the book "Chinese wereldburgers in Nederland", of which copies will be handed out to the participants.

 

Additionally, the conference will host lectures and a panel discussion concerning the relationship between China, Europe and the Netherlands.

 

The online registration, is now open. Please click here to register.

Thu February 9th, 2017 - Stadsgehoorzaal Leiden

11 February - Alumni dies natalis

Leiden University is proud of her alumni. Alumni contribute in many different ways to the growth and development of the university. This special day for alumni is organised by... more

Leiden University is proud of her alumni. Alumni contribute in many different ways to the growth and development of the university. This special day for alumni is organised by the Leiden University Fund (LUF) and comprises of lectures (in Dutch) by Leiden scholars and a junior program. Read more.

Sat February 11th, 2017 - Various locations, to be confirmed.

12 February - Presentation - Interview: Living and working in China

Both Inge Jansen (sinologist) and Monique Groeneveld (historian) have lived and worked since 2007 for a large part of the year in Beijing, China. During the presentation an... more

Both Inge Jansen (sinologist) and Monique Groeneveld (historian) have lived and worked since 2007 for a large part of the year in Beijing, China. During the presentation and the interview they will talk about the company they set up in China, Mudan Consultancy,  and about life in a city like Beijing.  After the break,  journalist Maarten Baanders will lead a discussion with Inge and Monique and with the audience.

 

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

 

Sun February 12th, 2017 - Cultuurzaal Sijthoff

12 February - PPI Leiden Kunst Avond 2017: Discover the Indonesia in you

The association of Indonesian students (PPI) will host this special arts night (Kunstavond). A night with dancing, singing, musical and acting talent. Everyone is welcome t... more

The association of Indonesian students (PPI) will host this special arts night (Kunstavond). A night with dancing, singing, musical and acting talent. Everyone is welcome to join and they are looking for talent.

 

If you’re interested please visit the website or click here to visit the event on Facebook.

 

 

Time: 15.00 - 20.00 h

Sun February 12th, 2017 - Qbus Muziekhuis

14-15 February - Symposium: ‘It’s All Relative'

Do you have a broad interest in Japan or Korea and would you like to broaden your mind regarding these fascinating countries? The Leiden Study Assosciation for Japanology and... more

Do you have a broad interest in Japan or Korea and would you like to broaden your mind regarding these fascinating countries? The Leiden Study Assosciation for Japanology and Koreanology, Tanuki, organizes a symposium, where subjects related with Japan and Korea are on the agenda. The title of the symposium is 'It's All Relative' and is open for anyone who is interested in Japan and/or Korea. You are very welcome to join!

 

You are free to join separate lectures and it is not compulsory to be present at all lectures. Coffee and tea will be available during intermission. The timetable and speakers are announced on the Facebook event page and it is also where they will keep you updated on the Symposium: please click here to visit the Facebook-page.

 

Time-table:

Tue February 14th, 2017 - Museum Volkenkunde

14-15 February - Symposium: ‘It’s All Relative'

Do you have a broad interest in Japan or Korea and would you like to broaden your mind regarding these fascinating countries? The Leiden Study Assosciation for Japanology and... more

Do you have a broad interest in Japan or Korea and would you like to broaden your mind regarding these fascinating countries? The Leiden Study Assosciation for Japanology and Koreanology, Tanuki, organizes a symposium, where subjects related with Japan and Korea are on the agenda. The title of the symposium is 'It's All Relative' and is open for anyone who is interested in Japan and/or Korea. You are very welcome to join!

 

You are free to join separate lectures and it is not compulsory to be present at all lectures. Coffee and tea will be available during intermission. The timetable and speakers are announced on the Facebook event page and it is also where they will keep you updated on the Symposium: please click here to visit the Facebook-page.

 

Time-table:

Tue February 14th, 2017 - Museum Volkenkunde

15 February - Text & Image in Pre-modern Japan: From Analogue to Digital Humanities

The scholars and graduate students from the Leiden University and the Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto will discuss the advantaged and challenges related to D... more

The scholars and graduate students from the Leiden University and the Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto will discuss the advantaged and challenges related to Digital Humanities, a new research field that has been transforming humanities in the last years and which has a potential to leave a lasting impact on diverse disciplines in humanities in the years to come. Feel free to join this workshop.

 

Time: 13.00 - 17.00

Venue: Vrieshof 4/007

Organizer and Chair: Dr. Ewa Machotka, Leiden University

 

13.00-13.15: Registration

 

13.15-13.20: Opening Word, Ewa Machotka (Leiden University)

 

13.20-13.50: "Michizane through the Cracks. Rereading and Revising the Forgotten Poetry of Sugawara no Michizane"(垣間見る道真ー定説の菅原道真像の隙間を読み通すー) , Niels van der Salm (Leiden University)

 

13.50-14.20: “Court Poetry as Didactic Entertainment: Kuniyoshi’s Hyakunin isshu no uchi (歌川国芳の『百人一首の内』における注釈文と間テクスト性)  Frank Witkam (Leiden University)

 

14.20-14.50: “The representation of warrior legends in children’s reading material  and textbooks (1800-1926): the example of Yoshitsune (子どもの読み物と教科書における英雄伝説 (1800-1926) ― 義経を事例として), Aafke van Ewijk (Leiden University)

 

14.50-15.10:  Break

 

15.10-15.40: 「英雄像の変遷:渡辺綱の場合」Toyonaga Eiko (Ritsumeikan University)

 

15.40-16.10:「金太郎像の成長」, Miyazaki Saho (Ritsumeikan University)

 

16.10-16.50: 「描かれた頼光伝説 異界展デジタル展示の紹介も兼ねて」, Akama Ryō (Ritsumeikan University)

 

16.50-16.55:  Closing remarks, Ewa Machotka (Leiden University)

 

 

 

Wed February 15th, 2017 - Leiden University

17 February - Lecture: Daoism

How can you survive as a human being in a hectic world filled with setbacks? In his lecture, Dr  Paul van Els, lecturer in China Studies at Leiden University, will she... more

How can you survive as a human being in a hectic world filled with setbacks? In his lecture, Dr  Paul van Els, lecturer in China Studies at Leiden University, will shed light on how ancient Chinese philosophical texts Laozi and Zhuangzi by their eponymous authors give answers to this question.

 

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

Fri February 17th, 2017 - Cultuurzaal Sijthoff

18 February - Workshop: Chinese Literature II

Yu Hua (1960) has written a number of short stories and essays focusing on the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). Following an introduction by Inge Jansen on Yu and his work,... more

Yu Hua (1960) has written a number of short stories and essays focusing on the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). Following an introduction by Inge Jansen on Yu and his work, there will be every opportunity to exchange ideas on the content of the stories and Yu Hua’s significance for Chinese literature.

 

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

Sat February 18th, 2017 - Cultuurzaal Sijthoff

19 February - Understanding Chinese characters

Calligraphy is a highly respected skill. Liz Bijl will explain the construction of Chinese characters, both classic and simplified. How the language functions, and how to use... more

Calligraphy is a highly respected skill. Liz Bijl will explain the construction of Chinese characters, both classic and simplified. How the language functions, and how to use a dictionary. She will also show how to write.
Please consider that the program of this event is in Dutch

Start time: 14.30h

Sun February 19th, 2017 - De Boekenzolder

21-24 February - Reframing Cinema - A Festival of Neo-Realist Classics from India

A four-day film festival (21-24 Feb.) of nine films by master auteurs from India. The festival will close with a masterpiece by Sri Lankan neo-realist James Lester Peries and... more

A four-day film festival (21-24 Feb.) of nine films by master auteurs from India. The festival will close with a masterpiece by Sri Lankan neo-realist James Lester Peries and an Expert's Panel. Drinks at the ends of each day.

Venues 

21 February: Lipsius room 147, Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden
22, 23, 24 February: IIAS Conference Room, Rapenburg 59, Leiden

Registration: please let us know which days you are coming via  reframingcinema@gmail.com

Programme and information: http://iias.asia/event/reframing-cinema-festival-neo-realist-classics-india

Films
Pather Panchali/ Song of the Little Road (1955/dir. Satyajit Ray)
Mahanagar/The Big City (1963/dir. Satyajit Ray)
Bhuvan Shome (1969/dir. Mrinal Sen)
Meghe Dhaka Tara/The Cloud Capped Star (1960/dir. Ritwik Ghatak)
Pyaasa / Thirsty (1957/dir. Guru Dutt)
Titash Ekti Nadir Naam/ A River Called Titas (1973/dir. Ritwik Ghatak)
Charulata (1964/dir. Satyajit Ray)
Jalsaghar/ The Music Room (1958/dir. Satyajit Ray)
Gamperaliya/ Changes in the Village (1963/dir. Lester James Peries)

Expert’s Panel
Dr. Sanjukta Sunderason, Leiden University
Dr. Rituparna Roy, Leiden University College, The Hague
Dr. Philippe Peycam, Director, International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS)

Organisation: Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS); International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS); Asian Modernities and Traditions (AMT), Modern South Asia Seminar (MSAS)

 

Tue February 21st, 2017 - This event has several locations

22 February - Public Discussion: Ganefo - Politics and sport in the history of Indonesia

The Games of the New Emerging Forces (GANEFO) were a visible sporting manifestation of this project, an explicit attempt to link sport to the politics of anti-imperialism, ant... more

The Games of the New Emerging Forces (GANEFO) were a visible sporting manifestation of this project, an explicit attempt to link sport to the politics of anti-imperialism, anti-colonialism, and the emergence of the Third World. Approximately 3000 athletes from nearly 50 nations gathered in Jakarta in November 1963 for a multi-sport event that featured 20 sports as well as cultural festivities. Athletes hailed primarily from recently decolonized countries in Asia and Africa, which were labelled the “new emerging forces” by Indonesian President Sukarno.

 

Few analyses of GANEFO outside of those that highlight its Indonesian origins have considered whether the event achieved its aim of uniting the non-aligned world through sport. When considering GANEFO as an international event, the focus instead is on China’s financial support of the event and American opposition to it – effectively framing a Third World event firmly within the Cold War priorities of the First and Second Worlds.

 

The event, however, can also be understood within the Indonesian leader’s anti-colonial, nationalist, and Third World-ist positions as well as his efforts to promote a Java-centric sense of Indonesian identity in the face of ethnic and regional diversity. Moreover, international development was prominent in post-colonial Indonesia and the influence of First and Second World powers lent a development subtext to GANEFO. Sukarno advocated for an amicable resolution to the Sino-Soviet split in the Second World to advance Indonesia’s position in this regard and accepted assistance from both sides of the Cold War divide, which was reflected during GANEFO. International athletes and guests, financed by China, arrived in Jakarta and travelled along a highway paid for by the United States, stayed in the International Hotel constructed by Japanese investment, and competed or spectated at the massive Bung Karno sports complex originally built by the Soviet Union for the IVth Asian Games in 1962.

 

 

Program-poster:

Wed February 22nd, 2017 - Erasmus Huis Jakarta

24 February - Lecture: Buddhism

How has Buddhism evolved to become one of China’s most popular religions? Where do Chinese Buddhists hold their ceremonies? Who is their target audience? In his lectu... more

How has Buddhism evolved to become one of China’s most popular religions? Where do Chinese Buddhists hold their ceremonies? Who is their target audience? In his lecture, Dr Paul van Els will answer these and other questions.

 

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

Fri February 24th, 2017 - Cultuurzaal Sijthoff

28 February - IIAS Lunch Lecture - Opening up cartographic studies to insights from Global History: The case of Japan

In this lunch lecture, Dr Radu Leca will illustrate recent theoretical developments from global history and cartographic studies to maps of Japan held in the Leiden University... more

In this lunch lecture, Dr Radu Leca will illustrate recent theoretical developments from global history and cartographic studies to maps of Japan held in the Leiden University Libraries. By studying seals, inscriptions and other cartographic paratexts preserved on the maps, we can recover their social and material agency. This approach contributes to the decentering of the Eurocentric narrative by acknowledging the synchronicity and intermeshing of multiple ‘movable centers’.

 

Registration via webform (before 27 february) is required. Seats are reserved in order of registration date.

 

About IIAS lunch lectures
Every month, an IIAS researcher or visiting scholar will present his or her work-in-progress in an informal setting to colleagues and other interested attendees. IIAS organises these lunch lectures to give the research community the opportunity to freely discuss ongoing research and exchange thoughts and ideas.

Tue February 28th, 2017 - IIAS Conference Room

28 February - Lecture: Robert D. McChesney - An Afghan Prince at Queen Victoria’s Court

Robert D. McChesney will be the Central Asia Visiting Professor in February-March 2017. He will deliver a guest lecture on 28 February: An Afghan Prince at Queen Victoria’s... more

Robert D. McChesney will be the Central Asia Visiting Professor in February-March 2017. He will deliver a guest lecture on 28 February: An Afghan Prince at Queen Victoria’s Court.

 

 

 

1-3 March - The SVS Career Days

The Study Association of Sinology (SVS) presents the annual Careerdays. Through a variety of lectures and workshops attendants will learn about the various career opportunitie... more

The Study Association of Sinology (SVS) presents the annual Careerdays. Through a variety of lectures and workshops attendants will learn about the various career opportunities that knowledge of Chinese language and culture will bring. The event will be closed with a debat about polarizing questions regarding China followed by a closing drink.

 

Please consider that the program of this event is in Dutch

2 March - Lecture by Yuting Cao: Sino-Arab Cultural Exchanges under Cultural Policies of the Arab League

Culture is the basis of Arab national cohesion, it also explicitly reflects the long-term formation of ideas, customs and living conditions of the Arab people. Meanwhile, c... more

Culture is the basis of Arab national cohesion, it also explicitly reflects the long-term formation of ideas, customs and living conditions of the Arab people. Meanwhile, culture is an important publicity tool for the Arab League to promote Arab national image, e.g. popularize Arabic teaching in non-Arab countries, spread Arab-Islamic culture and Islam. Therefore, it is possible to gain a better understanding of the cultural relationship between China and the Arab League as well as grasping the future cultural trends between them by studying Sino-Arab cultural exchanges under cultural policies of the Arab League in the 21st century.

 

The topic will be discussed from three perspectives: 1. The China-Arab States Cooperation Forum; 2. Cultural cooperative practices under “the Belt and Road” initiative, which means “the Silk Road Economic Belt” and “the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road”; 3. Achievements and challenges of Sino-Arab Cultural exchanges.

 

3-4 March - Conference Vietnam and Korea as ‘Longue Durée’ - Negotiating Tributary and Colonial Positions

This conference is the first part of a two-parts conference In Comparison: Korea and Vietnam in History. The second part of the conference, focusing on the contempora... more

This conference is the first part of a two-parts conference In Comparison: Korea and Vietnam in History. The second part of the conference, focusing on the contemporary Korean and Vietnamese conditions, from 1945 onward, will be held in Korea in the following year. In Comparison: Korea and Vietnam in History is an initiative directed by IIAS, in partnership with a number of universities and institutions from Seoul, Hanoi, Paris, and Leiden University.

Fri March 3rd, 2017 - Hanoi, Vietnam

3 March - Kunisada Symposium

On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Society for Japanese Arts a symposium on the Japanese print designer Kunisada (1786-1865) will be organized by the Heinz Kaem... more

On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Society for Japanese Arts a symposium on the Japanese print designer Kunisada (1786-1865) will be organized by the Heinz Kaempfer Fund.

Programme 
- 12:15-13:00 Registration at the desk of the Museum Volkenkunde, Leiden, with coffee or tea
- 13:00-13:05 Welcome by Jan Dees, chairman Heinz Kaempfer Fund
- 13:05-13:20 Chris Uhlenbeck (chairman of the day): Setting the stage
- 13:20-14.05 Andreas Marks: Edo’s publishing world at the time of Kunisada
- 14.05-14:40 Robert Schaap: The 'copy & paste' tradition and Kunisada
- 14:40-15:10 Coffee/tea break
- 15:10-15:55 Paul Griffith: The world of Kabuki at the time of Kunisada
- 15:55-16:30 Henk Herwig: Mitate-e, Kunisada’s surprise prints
- 16:30-17:00 Panel discussion
- 17:00-19:00 Festive reception with a word of welcome by Henk Hoogsteden, chairman of the Society for Japanese Arts

 

For details and registration please click here.

Fri March 3rd, 2017 - Museum Volkenkunde

7 March - Discussion on art: Chinese art in a western perspective

For centuries, Chinese culture went its own way. What are the similarities and the differences between Chinese and Western art? Can we – in one evening – in dis... more

For centuries, Chinese culture went its own way. What are the similarities and the differences between Chinese and Western art? Can we – in one evening – in discussion with one another arrive at a cautious characterization of Chinese visual art? The discussion will be led by Rien Zwijnenburg and Han van Ouwerkerk.

 

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

Tue March 7th, 2017 - Cultuurzaal Sijthoff

8 March - Lecture: 'Little India' in China: Indian Traders in a Chinese Fabric Market

Keqiao, a county-level district under Shaoxing municipality in the eastern Zhejiang Province, is not only a global trading frontier, but also a ‘Little India’ in China. It... more

Keqiao, a county-level district under Shaoxing municipality in the eastern Zhejiang Province, is not only a global trading frontier, but also a ‘Little India’ in China. Its wholesale market accounts for one-third annual turnover of China-made fabrics - the semi-finished textiles that are industrially weaved, knitted, dyed, and printed in bulk before being exported. In the local market, about 5,000 Indians have established intermediary businesses, brokering fabric trade deals for their overseas buyers.
 
Drawing on long-term anthropological fieldwork (2011-2012; 2016-2017), this talk aims to explore the everyday business experience of these Indians in Keqiao. It unpacks the economic niche that they have created, as well as the global trading networks that have sustained this niche in the local market. In so doing, the talk seeks to bring attention to the significance of this group of Indians in the global fabric trade.

10 March - Lecture: the power of the paintbrush

Willem van Gulik, emeritus Professor of the Art History and Culture of East Asia, will talk about the close correlation and harmony between the tradition of calligraphy and... more

Willem van Gulik, emeritus Professor of the Art History and Culture of East Asia, will talk about the close correlation and harmony between the tradition of calligraphy and Chinese  brush painting.

 

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

Fri March 10th, 2017 - Cultuurzaal Sijthoff

12 March - Classical concert: Love between east and west

Works by Chinese composers are rarely heard in the West. Shuann Chai (piano) and Mattijs van de Woerd (baritone) will perform works by Chinese composers  Ma Shuilong a... more

Works by Chinese composers are rarely heard in the West. Shuann Chai (piano) and Mattijs van de Woerd (baritone) will perform works by Chinese composers  Ma Shuilong and Chen Yi. This Sunday afternoon concert is a unique opportunity to get to know Chinese music culture and these two exceptional musicians.  

 

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

Sun March 12th, 2017 - Cultuurzaal Sijthoff

13 March - Seminar & Opening Photographic Exhibition: Reflections on R.A. Kartini

The impact and importance of Kartini’s beliefs are still felt to the present day. In this seminar the life and works of Kartini and her impact on present day society will be... more

The impact and importance of Kartini’s beliefs are still felt to the present day. In this seminar the life and works of Kartini and her impact on present day society will be highlighted. Leading up to the celebration of Kartini day in April, the Kartini photo exhibition will be opened after the seminar. Speakers at the seminar are Paul Bijl, researcher at KITLV Leiden, Dewi Candrinungrum and Nursyahbani Katjasungkana, both women’s rights activists, and Rumail Abbas of Rumah Kartini in Jepara. Additional panelists are professor Toeti Heraty (poet, philosopher, art historian, human rights activist and also Leiden alumna) and Dian Sastrowardoyo, the actress who plays the role of Kartini in the upcoming movie about Kartini to be released in April.

 

All pictures of Kartini used in the exhibition at the Erasmushuis are from the collection of the Leiden University Libraries and will be donated on behalf of Leiden University Libraries and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Jakarta to the Kartini Museum in Jepara after the end of the exhibition.

 

Program & Speakers

Dewi Candranigrum – Jejer Wadon
Paul Bijl – Researcher KITLV Leiden
Nursyahbani Katjasungkana – Women’s Rights Activist
Rumail Abbas – Rumah Kartini

 

Time
Seminar: 14.00
Opening exhibition: 17.45

 

Mon March 13th, 2017 - Erasmus Huis Jakarta

14 March - 2nd edition Framing Asia: Disaster and the failing state

Framing Asia Is a monthly filmscreening within the context of the Leiden Asia Year, organised by the KITLV (Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean), the... more

Framing Asia Is a monthly filmscreening within the context of the Leiden Asia Year, organised by the KITLV (Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean), the IIAS (international Institute for Asian Studies) and the department CA-DS (Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology) of Leiden University.

 

Program 2nd edition: #2 Disaster and the failing state

Films

Fighting for nothing to happen (48min)

Nora Wildenauer

After the volcanic eruption of Mount Rokatenda, the people of the island Pulau Palue in east Indonesia shall be relocated. But is 'new' life at the neighboring Pulau Besar really promising? A worried host community and unclear land rights, a corrupt government and impatient refugees in temporary shelters are challenging Father Cyrillus and his companions in their attempts to make the best of the situation.

 

Waseb [Nation] (22 min)

Ali Nobil Ahmad

In 2010 catastrophic monsoon floods led to one of the worst natural disaster in Pakistan’s history. Waseb documents the response of one heavily affected community to these events. The film charts experiences of escape, survival and political mobilization through interviews with local people in the months following the disaster.

 

Discussion

Nora Wildenauer studied social and cultural anthropology in Munich and Leiden. ‘Fighting for Nothing to Happen’ is part of her master's thesis and her frst feature documentary. Currently, she is an affliated fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) in The Netherlands.

 

Ward Berenschot is a postdoc at KITLV researching local democracy, clientelism and identity politics in India and Indonesia. As a former lecturer in conflict studies, he has published broadly on the issues of ethnic violence, public service delivery and access to justice.

 

Kasia Mika is a postdoctoral researcher in Comparative Caribbean Studies at KITLV. She is currently working on postcolonial disaster studies and environmental humanities, offering an interdisciplinary and multilingual inquiry into notions of ‘disaster’, ‘reconstruction’ and ‘recovery’.

Time:         19.30h
Location:  Lipsius 003

 

Call for Submissions
Framing Asia is looking for anthropological films and documentaries with a special focus on Asia. Selected films will be screened accompanied by a Q&A with the filmmaker and/or discussion with experts on the subject of the film(s). Framing Asia will award the best films of this series at the end of this year.

Filmmaker, both student and professionals, are encouraged to submit. More information on the call for submissions can be found by clicking this link.

17 March - Collecting Asia - Symposium

The symposium Collecting Asia on Asian antiquities is organized by the Centre for Global Heritage and Development, the National Museum of Antiquities and Japan Muse... more

The symposium Collecting Asia on Asian antiquities is organized by the Centre for Global Heritage and Development, the National Museum of Antiquities and Japan Museum SieboldHuis.

 

Leiden University has longstanding relations with Asia and a tradition of academic interest in the Asian continent. Asian Modernities and Traditions is one of the eleven university research profiles in which researchers from different disciplines collaborate in specific themes concerning Asia. Leiden University also has a permanent representative in Jakarta.

 

This focus on Asia is also reflected in the collections in Leiden. 2017 will be the year in which the Leiden University Asian Library will be opened, joining the collection of KITLV and Leiden University Library. The Asian Library will be one of the major Asia libraries in the Western World. The Museum of Antiquities acquired and managed a collection of Asian antiquities in the 19th century which have been transferred to the Museum of Ethnology in the 20thcentury. The SieboldHuis offers insight into the first Dutch contacts with Japan.

 

The symposium Collecting Asia will describe this history of Asian Leiden connections and is meant to showcase that Leiden doesn’t only offer written (digitized) sources but also a wealth of material culture to study the continent. However, why were all these things collected and brought to the Netherlands? What was the rationale behind all these collecting activities? During this symposium several speakers will give a short lecture on certain Asian collections in Leiden. Read more.

 

Fri March 17th, 2017 - National Museum of Antiquities

17 March - Presentation interview: The free school in China

Since the opening of the first school in 2004, the number of Free Schools in China has risen to more than 250 infant schools and 40 junior schools. Speaker Bert Harms will... more

Since the opening of the first school in 2004, the number of Free Schools in China has risen to more than 250 infant schools and 40 junior schools. Speaker Bert Harms will discuss this strong growth and explore the possible reasons behind it. After the break, journalist Maarten Baanders will lead a discussion between the speaker and the audience.

 

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

Fri March 17th, 2017 - Cultuurzaal Sijthoff

17 March - LUCIS Annual Lecture: Matthew S. Erie - Sharia, Law, and China

Matthew S. Erie is an Associate Professor of Modern Chinese Studies in the Oriental Institute and a fellow at St. Cross College at the University of Oxford. He is an anthro... more

Matthew S. Erie is an Associate Professor of Modern Chinese Studies in the Oriental Institute and a fellow at St. Cross College at the University of Oxford. He is an anthropologist and comparativist lawyer. His book China and Islam: The Prophet, the Party, and Law (Cambridge University Press, 2016), the first ethnographic account of the contemporary practice of Islamic law by Muslim minorities in China, is based on two-years’ of fieldwork in northwest China. More broadly, Erie’s research provides ethnographic insights on problems of illiberal law. His current projects examine global anti-corruption regimes. He is a member of the Law & Society Association and the New York Bar, as well as the China Editor for SHARIAsource, a project of Islamic Legal Studies Program of Harvard Law School. In 2016, he was named a Public Intellectual Fellow by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

 

Time: 16.15 - 17.15 hours.

Fri March 17th, 2017 - Sterrewacht

18 March - Chinese and Japanese calligraphy workshop (First of Three)

In a brief series of workshops (3 Saturday afternoons) you will get to know the basis techniques of Chinese and Japanese calligraphy. Under the supervision of  Owen Tj... more

In a brief series of workshops (3 Saturday afternoons) you will get to know the basis techniques of Chinese and Japanese calligraphy. Under the supervision of  Owen Tjon Sie Fat, you can experience how working with brush and rice paper gives rise to the characteristic aesthetic rules of Chinese and Japanese art and penmanship.  Further sessions on 25 March and 1 April.

 

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

Sat March 18th, 2017 - Cultuurzaal Sijthoff

19 March - Classical concert by Maki Tasaka, Natalia Pérez Rodriguez, Viktoria Nikolova & Adina Rojas Oprean

A Japanese spring concert! Four excellent young musicians explore the land of the rising sun. With their performance of different compositions, including Ghibli and folk lu... more

A Japanese spring concert! Four excellent young musicians explore the land of the rising sun. With their performance of different compositions, including Ghibli and folk lullabies, they introduce their audience to the culture of Japanese music.

 

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

Sun March 19th, 2017 - Cultuurzaal Sijthoff

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