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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)

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.

 

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2 January - 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 - 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

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-19 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)
19|04 Svetlana Kharakova (Lecturer of Modern China, Leiden University)

 

Time & Place
15.15–17.00 hours,
Chinese Studies, Leiden Institute for Area Studies
M. de Vrieshof 1
Leiden

 

 

 

 

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

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

28 March - Lecture on Slavery under the Dutch East India Company in the Dutch Indies

From the 15th century, different regions of the world were colonised by western powers aiming to exploit raw materials. In some colonies slaves were used for this work. In the... more

From the 15th century, different regions of the world were colonised by western powers aiming to exploit raw materials. In some colonies slaves were used for this work. In the course of the 19th century more and more countries halted slavery and in the 20th century many countries also divested their colonies. Whereas the colony of the Dutch Indies  was once regarded as a high point of our history, this period is currently regarded as a dark era in our history.

 

Matthias van Rossum will discuss in his lecture how we should understand the history of the East India Company and the place we should give this in our thinking on the Dutch past. He will address the role of the East India Company and the part paid by slavery. The Leiden Asia Year is a fitting opportunity to focus attention on this issue.

Please consider that this lecture will be given in Dutch

Time: 19.30h

Tue March 28th, 2017 - Kooikapel

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 - 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

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 - 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.

 

Time: 15.30h

Tue April 11th, 2017 - IIAS Conference Room

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.

11 April - 3rd edition Framing Asia: Popcultures and Subcultures

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 3rd edition: #3Popcultures and Subcultures

Films

 

That’s wicked! (11 min)

Joycelyn Lee

This short documentary follows the 15-year old Martin who introduces the viewer to the world of beatboxing in Singapore. The many beatboxers in Singapore are struggling to have their passion and talent recognized by Singaporeans who dismiss beatboxing as ‘noise’. In competitions, they have to show who is best capable of producing drumbeats only with their mouths, lips and tongue.

 

The Silk Road of Pop (53 min)

Sameer Farooq, Ursula Engel & Stijn Deklerck

On the north-west edge of China lies Xinjiang. Here, along the ancient Silk Road, music is vibrant, infectious, and far-reaching, permeating every corner of the province. Yet, around the music lies a troubling reality. The Uyghur Muslims are watching their populations dwindle as they are engulfed by a Han-Chinese settlement. The Silk Road of Pop captures the challenges of a minority group in China and the explosive music scene which results.
 
Discussion

Ursula Engel (co-director The Silk Road of Pop) studied Graphic Design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and later environmental studies at University Utrecht. In 2010, she established a production company for documentaries that has produced several films on China.

 

Bart Barendregt is an associate professor at the Leiden Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology. Bart has an interest in popular and digital culture, and has published on Southeast Asian performance, new and mobile media, and (Islamic) pop music.

 

 

Time:         19.30h
Location:  Lipsius 028

 

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.

11 April - 4th edition Framing Asia: Cityscapes: Home and Urbanisation

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.
 


Films

Home on Display (18 min)

Nina Gschloessl & Laura Engelhardt

Home on Display is an experimental documentary that examines the construction of homes for China’s new rich. It focuses on the desire and search for an ‘ideal’ home and the growing commercialisation of this process. As this takes place, (bad) dreams and reality start to blur.

 

An Empty Home (17 min)

Willy Sier & Sanderien Verstappen

In contemporary China, cities are growing fast. For people from rural areas, buying a house in the city has become an important symbol of success. Yet, the houses they are able to afford are often located in city outskirts with few labour opportunities. Therefore many are unable to stay long-term and instead furnish and store it for the future. This film is about such a house. It is empty most of the year, but the owners still consider it their home.

 

The Vanishing Village (24 min)

John Kleinen

This documentary is shot around the village of La Tinh that currently lies on the outskirts of greater Hanoi. Because of the rapid urbanisation it is probably a matter of time before the city will take over the village. Local villagers and embedded researchers tell what happened in the area when the encroachment of the city of Hanoi changed the rural life of many. How did they react? What did they feel? And what do they see as their future?

 

Discussion:

Willy Sier & Sanderien Verstappen: Willy Sier is currently a PhD student at the AISSR. Her research focuses on the experience of rural students following education in Wuhan, China. Sanderien Verstappen works as a lecturer in (visual) anthropology at the University of Amsterdam.

 

John Kleinen taught anthropology and history of Southeast Asia, and visual anthropology for BA and MA students. His current research interests include the history of Vietnam, the institutional dynamics of French colonial expansion, and theory and practice of visual anthropology.

 

Freek Colombijn works as an associate professor at the VU Amsterdam. His current research is the nexus between urban social inequality, environmental awareness, consumptive behaviour and urbanism in Indonesia.

 

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

19 April - Lecture: Dealing with a new market: the case of the emerging contemporary art market in China - by Svetlana Kharchenkova

In the 1980s there was barely an art market in China and now it is one of the world’s largest. Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in the Beijing contemporary art mark... more

In the 1980s there was barely an art market in China and now it is one of the world’s largest. Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in the Beijing contemporary art market and interviews with artists, art dealers, collectors, museum directors, auction house employees and others, this talk will discuss how market emergence is done and perceived by its participants. In particular, it will address how the valuation of art happens in this new market, how this market’s participants perceive their market, and how the contemporary art market in China relates to established art markets in Europe and the US.

19 April - Lecture and singing performance Sumithra Vasudev – Rediscovering an Indian musical tradition

'A journey from melody of the present to notation of the past'

 

On April 19th, well-known Indian singer and scholar Sumithra Vasud... more

'A journey from melody of the present to notation of the past'

 

On April 19th, well-known Indian singer and scholar Sumithra Vasudev will give a unique lecture and singing performance at the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (National Antiquities Museum) at Rapenburg 28 in Leiden. This event is organized by Leiden University’s Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA), Leiden University’s Classics Department and Sophia Aeterna (association of Leiden students of Classics).

Wed April 19th, 2017 - National Museum of Antiquities

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 - Oranjerie, Hortus Botanicus Leiden

20 April - Tackling the growing flood risk in the Pearl River Delta: urban climate change adaptation with Chinese characteristics?

The cities of the Pearl River Delta (PRD) in China are among the most exposed to flooding caused by climate change in the world. Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong, three maj... more

The cities of the Pearl River Delta (PRD) in China are among the most exposed to flooding caused by climate change in the world. Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong, three major cities in the PRD, face severe and increasingly frequent flooding events, particularly water logging, which stem from a rapid urban development that prioritizes real estate and infrastructural development, while neglecting the centuries-long traditions of urban design and living in harmony with the omnipresent water in the delta. This legacy and ancestral wisdom has been mostly forgotten in the pursuit of urban expansion and growth.

 

In this lecture, Marcin Dąbrowski (TU Delft) will attempt to take stock of emergent innovations in the three differentiated PRD cities, which share some common traditions in managing and living by the water, yet operate in different governance contexts of mainland China and Hong Kong. Using the conceptual framework of the 'three I’s’ (institutions, interests, ideas) as a heuristic device, Dąbrowski will attempt to shed light on the factors affecting the capacity of the PRD cities to adapt to the flood risk exacerbated by climate change.

 

The lecture will primarily focus on the tensions between the priorities in urban development, spatial planning and water management, as well as on the ways in which these are shaped. On the one hand, by the said departure from the historical practices that helped build resilient cities in the delta in the past, and, on the other, by the peculiarities of the current Chinese system of territorial governance and its urbanisation process taking place at break-neck speed.

 

This is a lunch lecture. Registration by 19 April is required due to limited seating and lunch arrangements.

 

Thu April 20th, 2017 - IIAS Conference Room

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