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3 January - 30 June
Treasures from Storage - Indonesian Bronzes

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

 

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

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

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

3 January - 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 - 4 June
Fleeting Images. Photograpic works by Casper Faassen

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

 

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

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)

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Start time: 16.00 p.m.

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

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

 

Opening Saturday 4 March 15.30 hrs.

 

17 March - 11 June
EMA. Tangible Prayers

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

3 April - 29 June
From Kaftan to Kippa: Dress and Diversity in the Middle East

When thinking of the Middle East, stereotype images of bearded men and veiled women tend to come to mind. But this neighbour of Europe is far more diverse than we think. In the past few years, media coverage of the Arab Spring​ and​ the dramatic war in Syria​ and Iraq​ has placed groups such as the Copts and Kurds in the limelight, but there are many more ethnic and religious groups that are similarly not defined by national borders.

 

This exhibition showcases the rich dress traditions of some of the groups living in the Middle East, highlighting the intricate history of this region. They include Copts, Bedouin,​​​ Palestinians, ​Druze, ​Orthodox Jews, Samaritans, ​Kurds and Zoroastrians. The dress​ traditions of these groups are displayed and discussed​ in relation to 'mainstream' Middle Eastern dress​. The​ ​​exhibition displays more than forty complete outfits for men, women​,​ and children, together with ​individual garments, footwear, headgear and​ prayer beads​. It also includes an historical section on Ottoman-style clothing, such as the kaftan and the fez, which so often has influenced contemporary clothing traditions in the Middle East. ​​Many of the items ​​on display encompass​ traditionally woven and embroidered decorative forms.

 

The exhibition forms part of the Fitting In / Standing Out project of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.

 

For a photographic impression of the exhibition, click here.

 

 

Events

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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-28 April - HOVO lecture series on Indonesian biogeography

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

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

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

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

Fri March 31st, 2017 - Tuinkamer, Hortus botanicus

31 March - Lecture: Ai Weiwei – Existence as art

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

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

 

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

Fri March 31st, 2017 - Cultuurzaal Sijthoff

4 April-9 May - Studium Generale - Salon Boerhaave

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

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

 

Dates & Topics

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

 

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

 

Please consider that the program of these events is in Dutch

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

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

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

 

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

 

Please consider that the program of this event is in Dutch

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Thu April 6th, 2017 - Museum Volkenkunde

11 April - 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

29 April - HistoRUN 2017 - Rumah Kaca - Living under Colonial Surveillance

"Travel back to the 1920's to discover and get inspired by Indonesian history in Leiden.."

 

HistoRUN is an annual event of PPI Leiden since 2013. ... more

"Travel back to the 1920's to discover and get inspired by Indonesian history in Leiden.."

 

HistoRUN is an annual event of PPI Leiden since 2013. It is a guided-tour around the city of Leiden focusing on telling Indonesian history within the city. The audience of HistoRUN are Indonesian and international students from Leiden and other cities in the Netherlands, as well as the Indonesian diasporas in the Netherlands.

 

This year's HistoRUN's theme will be Rumah Kaca: Living Under Colonial Surveillance. “Rumah Kaca” or house of glass is a term to describe the activity of Dutch intelligence police within the colonial era when they investigate the life of Indonesian nationalists, even of Indonesian students in the Netherlands during the 1910s-1940s.

 

 

Sat April 29th, 2017 - Lipsius Building Leiden University

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

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

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

 

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

2-31 May - Leiden University Libraries welcomes Antariksa as visiting researcher

Antariksa (Indonesia) is a researcher and co-founding member of KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He is the 2017 laureate of Global South(... more

Antariksa (Indonesia) is a researcher and co-founding member of KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He is the 2017 laureate of Global South(s) du Collège d'études mondiales/Fondation Maison des sciences de l'homme fellowship, Paris, and currently Associate Fellow of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore.

 
Lecture on Art Collectivism in Japanese-Occupied Indonesia
Antariksa will give a lecture on Art Collectivism in Japanese-Occupied Indonesia. The lecture will take place in the Vossius Conference Room in the University Library, Witte Singel 27 in Leiden on May 23rd 2017. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please register on beforehand by sending an e-mail to aanmelding@library.leidenuniv.nl (subject: Antariksa) or by phone: 071-527 28 32.

 

About Antariksa

He has conducted research on Indonesian art, culture and history and is the author of Tuan Tanah Kawin Muda: Hubungan Seni Rupa-LEKRA 1950–1965 (The Relation Between Art and the Institute of People’s Culture in Indonesia 1950–1965) (2005). Antariksa’s research interests lie in the complexities of the Indonesian art environment. In particular, art collectivism during Japanese occupation (1942–1945) and its impacts and influences on Indonesian art history. Currently he is working on his new book, Art Collectivism in Japanese-Occupied Indonesia.

While in residence at UBL he will engage with the Indonesian collections and archives in order to re-examine them, focusing on comparisons with other narrations outside the institution, the politics of collecting, and the way the historical context overlaps with present day perspectives. Antariksa will also use his research for an exhibition at Bozar/Paleis voor Schone Kunsten in Brussels, Belgium.

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

Wed May 3rd, 2017 - Hortus Botanicus, Oranjerie

6 May - Chef ' s BOAT - Singapore - Malay Street Food & Boat trip through the canals of Leiden

Did you know that tonic water is generally used for its preventive properties especially against malaria ?! When we lived in Singapore (and then in Sierra Leone), we have much... more

Did you know that tonic water is generally used for its preventive properties especially against malaria ?! When we lived in Singapore (and then in Sierra Leone), we have much to drink this drink. It is especially popular with Gin.

 

Nasi Lemak is a street food in Singapore and Malaysie. It is a dish consisting of rice in the middle, beef or chicken rendang, boiled egg, pickled cucumber, ikan bilis (fried dried anchovies), prawn sambal and possibly fried fish etc. One eats this especially for breakfast! Really!

 

I'm going to make something good here! At my studio we will then collect us and get on the boat. You get a Gin & Tonic as a welcome drink with some appetizers and while we sail, you can expect a buffet with all the other goodies.

 

At the end of the ride, I can drop you at Grill BBQ Festival at the Rembrandt else you can stay in the atmosphere of the cozy boat ride!

 

The price includes trips of 1.5 hours, welcome GT, appetizers and meals.
Deadline for registration: April 29, 2017 !!

Sat May 6th, 2017 - Mai & Me

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Please consider that the program of this event is in Dutch

10 May - Yamato - Japanese drummers

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

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

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

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

Wed May 10th, 2017 - Stadsgehoorzaal

12 May - Talks on ‘Asia and the Netherlands’

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Programme          (click here to view the programme in Dutch)

13:00
Doors open

13:30-13:40 - André Bouwman
Opening

13.40-14.10 - Tom Hoogervorst
Four centuries of Dutch Malay-language contact

14:15-14:45 - Peter van Zonneveld
Indo travelogues, 1800-1945

14:50-15:20 - Harm Beukers
Cross Written words. How and why the Japanese learned Dutch

15:25-15:55
Pause

15.55-16.25 - Mark Leenhouts
States of confusion. Chinese literature in Dutch

16:30-17:00 - Sofie Sun
Tradition or innovation? Dutch literature in Chinese

17.05-18:00
Drinks

 

Please consider that the program of this event is in Dutch.

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Sat May 13th, 2017 - Museum Volkenkunde

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Sat May 13th, 2017 - Qbus Muziekhuis

13 May - ISN Cultural Festival 2017

Would you like to travel the world in one day? ISN Leiden is proud to organize the 11th edition of the International Cultural Festival in collaboration with Leiden Asia Year.... more

Would you like to travel the world in one day?
ISN Leiden is proud to organize the 11th edition of the International Cultural Festival in collaboration with Leiden Asia Year. The Festival will take place on Saturday, 13th May at Scheltema Leiden. The Cultural Festival is the biggest annual event organized by the international students to showcase their culture and heritage. The festival aims to serve the purpose of proper integration between the internationals, the local students and the Dutch community.

 

During the Cultural Festival, international students form ‘Country Teams’ represent their country’s music, dance, food, art and languages. During the festival, visitors will get the opportunity to talk with the respective country representatives, join workshops, taste traditional dishes and discover the culture of your fellow students.

 

The Festival shall start with a spectacular opening at 12:00 hrs on Saturday 13th May at Scheltema Leiden (Marktsteeg 1). After the opening, you get the chance to join exclusive workshops, interactive open mic stage and performances throughout the day. After the day program, we are hosting an after-party at Scheltema, which starts at 21:00. Live bands and dj’s shall entertain you all night long with international music.

 

Whether you are an international student or a local Dutch student or a local resident – We invite you to the ISN International Cultural Festival 2017. A perfect event to visit with your parents, family and friends!

 

Tickets are € 5. You can buy them at the ISN Common Room, doorsale or go to www.culturalfestival.nl

Sat May 13th, 2017 - Scheltema

13 May - Xu Zechen and Floris-Jan van Luyn about migration in China and ‘Rennend door Beijing’

On Saturday May 13th, Chinese writer Xu Zechen will be visiting Sijthof in Leiden. Journalist, filmmaker and former correspondent for NRC Handelsblad Floris-Jan van Luyn will... more

On Saturday May 13th, Chinese writer Xu Zechen will be visiting Sijthof in Leiden. Journalist, filmmaker and former correspondent for NRC Handelsblad Floris-Jan van Luyn will talk with him about migration in China. Every year, huge numbers of Chinese people from rural areas travel to the big cities hoping to find better work to support their families and a better lifestyle. This causes a lot of problems in the Chinese society. Also, Xu's book ‘Rennend door Beijing' will be discussed by Beijing (2016).
 
Time: 15.00 hrs
 
The admission is free. You can sign up on the website of Sijthof.
 
Please consider that the program of this event is in Dutch.

Sat May 13th, 2017 - Cultuurzaal Sijthoff

17-18 May - Conference Buddhist Studies in Leiden

On 17-18 May 2017 Leiden University will host a conference, organized by Prof. dr. Jonathan Silk, to commemorate 60 years of the Chair in the study of Buddhism, 60 years of th... more

On 17-18 May 2017 Leiden University will host a conference, organized by Prof. dr. Jonathan Silk, to commemorate 60 years of the Chair in the study of Buddhism, 60 years of the Indo-Iranian Journal, the 30th anniversary of Leiden University hosting the Numata Visiting Professorship in Buddhist Studies and the publication of the first volume of Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism.

 

Authoritative speakers associated with Dutch Buddhist Studies, the IIJ, the BEB, and the Numata Chair will present papers. Please see the program for further details of the speakers, the presentation topics and the time schedule.

 

 

The conference will take place on 17–18 May, 2017, to coincide with the official opening of the University Library’s exhibition  ‘Cultural Dynamics of Sanskrit’ at Leiden University Libraries on May 18, so that everyone can attend both events. Please note that the second day (May 18th) of this event will take place on a different location (Matthias de Vrieshof 2).
 
May 17: Hortus Botanicus, Oranjerie building (Rapenburg 73, 2311 GJ Leiden)
May 18: M. de Vrieshof 2 room 0.02

 

Wed May 17th, 2017 - Hortus Botanicus, Oranjerie

17 May - Lecture: Changing US Foreign Policy toward India

During this lecture, the Research Group on Diplomacy and Global Affairs will host a book launch of Dr. Carina van de Wetering's new monograph “Changing US Foreign Policy tow... more

During this lecture, the Research Group on Diplomacy and Global Affairs will host a book launch of Dr. Carina van de Wetering's new monograph “Changing US Foreign Policy toward India: US-India Relations since the Cold War”, which has recently been published by Palgrave Macmillan.

 

Program

- Introductory remarks by Prof. Madeleine Hosli, Professor of International Relations at Leiden University
- Presentation by Dr. Carina van de Wetering, author of “Changing US Foreign Policy toward India: US-India Relations since the Cold War"
- Comment by Dr. Nicolas Blarel, Assistant Professor at Leiden University
- Comment by Dr. Jeff Bridoux, Assistant Professor at Aberystwyth University
- Comment by Dr. Santimo Regilme, Assistant Professor at Leiden University
- Questions and discussion

 

Everyone is welcome to attend. Please register online by clicking this link.

 
Time: 11.15 - 12.45 hrs.

Wed May 17th, 2017 - Wijnhaven, room 3.46

18 May - Van Vollenhoven Lecture: Labour law, judicialisation, and the future of socio-legal studies in Indonesia

Labour is back as a significant social and political force in Indonesia, as was shown in the recent 1 May trade union demonstrations in Jakarta. Over the past years major chan... more

Labour is back as a significant social and political force in Indonesia, as was shown in the recent 1 May trade union demonstrations in Jakarta. Over the past years major changes have taken place in Indonesian labour law, leading to new forms of judicial and political resolution of labour disputes. In this Van Vollenhoven Lecture Surya Tjandra will analyse the current situation of labour dispute resolution and how this affects the position of workers in Indonesia. He will demonstrate how for a fruitful analysis of such issues a mono-disciplinary approach is too limited, what we can learn from this for the future of socio-legal studies in Indonesia, and what this means for Indonesian-Dutch research agendas in the field of law.

 

Surya Tjandra is a well-known Indonesian labour academic-activist. He is a lecturer at the Law Faculty of Atma Jaya Catholic University and Jentera Law School, in Jakarta, Indonesia. For many years he was associated with the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (LBH) in Jakarta, Indonesia and he is the founder of the Trade Union Rights Centre. Surya holds a bachelor degree in law from the University of Indonesia, a master degree in Law in Development from Warwick University and a PhD from Leiden University. His PhD-thesis concerned the political economy of labour law reform in Indonesia after the Reformasi. He was one of the key figures in the struggle for social security reforms in Indonesia, which led to the enactment of the Law on the Social Security Executing Agency in 2011. This Law guarantees health care to all Indonesian citizens, as well as pensions to formal workers. Surya has published widely on Indonesian labour law and trade unions issues nationally and internationally, and he has been working closely with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, the DGB Bildungswerk, and the FNV Mondiaal.

 

Time: 16:15 - 17:30  hrs.

 

Registration: Please register for this event by sending an email to: vollenhoven@law.leidenuniv.nl

18 May - Symposium - Show me China: Discover four centuries of Chinese presence in the Netherlands

In 2017 no less than 6 exhibitions on China will open in Dutch museums. This provides an excellent opportunity to join forces and together explore the current art- and cultura... more

In 2017 no less than 6 exhibitions on China will open in Dutch museums. This provides an excellent opportunity to join forces and together explore the current art- and cultural-historical views on China through a Symposium. Researchers and curators form the Rijksmuseum, the Frans Hals museum, Groninger Museum, Ceramics Museum Princessehof, the LeidenAsiaCentre, Museum Prinsenhof, the National Archive, and the universities of Amsterdam, Utrecht and Leiden will take you on a dynamic journey exploring perceptions and representations of Chinese art and culture in the Netherlands from the seventeenth century to the present day. Download the full programme (in Dutch) here.

 

This symposium is an initiative of the NWO-research project The Chinese Impact in collaboration with Gemeentemuseum The Hague and Museum Prinsenhof Delft and is generously supported by the Confucius Institute, the Huizinga Institute, LeidenAsiaCentre,the Postgraduate School for Art History (OSK) and The Society of Friends of Asian Art (VVAK).
Time: 10.00 - 16.30 hrs

 

REGISTRATION (includes coffee and lunch)

Regular: € 10

Students: € 5

OSK- and Huizinga-students: free of charge (but registration compulsory)

 

To register send an email to info@onderzoekschoolkunstgeschiedenis.nl with the subject ‘China symposium’, then you will receive a link for the payment.

Thu May 18th, 2017 - Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

20 May - LAK-Workshop: Classical Sattriya Dance

Sattriya (pronounced ‘Hottriya’) is a classical dance form from the eastern state of Assam in India. The dance emerges from a five hundred years old compr... more

Sattriya (pronounced ‘Hottriya’) is a classical dance form from the eastern state of Assam in India. The dance emerges from a five hundred years old comprehensive theater tradition nurtured in the Vaishnavite monasteries called “Sattras” in Assam, India. Its creator a Vaishnavite saint and social reformer, Sri Sankardeva employed the art, both plastic and performance to propagate his neo-Vaishnavite movement of universal message of peace and social harmony. He eschewed the caste barriers and advocated his principle of access to the divine for all.

 

What was important to Sri Sankardeva was devotion, selflessness and commitment to Lord Krishna. He composed songs (Borgeet), dance (Sattriya), dramas (Bhaona) and stagecraft for the propagation of his new faith and to ensure effective communication to the common people.

 

The Krishna narratives were recorded not only in music, drama and dance but also in woven textile imagery, the largest surviving example is the Vrindavani Vastra, which is the centrepiece of exhibition at the British Museum and currently held in an exhibition at Chepstow Museum, United Kingdoms.

 

Sri Sankardeva set up Sattras or monasteries and namghars or community prayer halls. For years, this dance was confined to the walls of the monasteries where celibate male monks performed and practised the art as a part of the daily rituals and ceremonial offerings. Today Sattriya dance is flowing from the monasteries to the contemporary world performed widely amongst men and women.

 

Time: 14hrs-16hrs
Registration and tickets: For students: € 7,50, For staff members and others: € 12,50

22-24 May - Adat law 100 years on: towards a new interpretation?

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

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

 

 

Please visit the website of KITLV to register.

Mon May 22nd, 2017 - Leiden Law School

22 May - Lecture: Ron Sela: Turkic Identities in Pre-modern Central Asia

Turkic identities signified compelling and powerful symbols, relationships and loci of association in Central Asia. They embodied – whether by clear and confident assertions... more

Turkic identities signified compelling and powerful symbols, relationships and loci of association in Central Asia. They embodied – whether by clear and confident assertions or by subtle implications – political constructs; “ethnic” designations, as well as religious distinctiveness, and sometimes served as testimonies to a preferred (nomad or sedentary) way of life.

 

Turkic-speaking peoples in Central Asia – particularly in the region’s urban centers – defined themselves in multiple ways: by establishing boundaries (clear at times, ambiguous on occasion) in relation to Iranian peoples or Mongol prestige groups; by supporting particular Islamic and Sufi delineations; by constructing lineages and by celebrating myths of origin. They adopted and developed modes of history-writing; they produced and refined historiography and literature in Turkic (Chaghatay); they instigated or co-opted customs and rituals, and they created unique narratives. These boundaries of self-characterization, whether premeditated or not, also built on centuries of being defined by others.

 

The abundance of scholarship about Turks in the region has tended to concentrate on the question of their origins and the geopolitical distribution of their sub-groups; about the relations of Turks with Tajiks, or about ethno-genesis and the formation of Turkic nationalities in the modern era. However, the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries have been, for the most part, left outside of scholarly inquiry. In this talk, I offer ways of filling this substantial gap
 

Ron Sela, the Central Asia Visiting Professor in May 2017

Ron Sela, Associate Professor of Central Asian History in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University – Bloomington, will be the Central Asia Visiting Professor from 19 until 25 May 2017. Ron Sela will deliver a guest lecture on Monday, 22 May and a masterclass on Tuesday, 23 May within the Central Asia Initiative at Leiden University.
 
Time: 15.15 - 17.00 hrs.

Mon May 22nd, 2017 - Lipsius Building, Room 147

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

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

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

Tue May 23rd, 2017 - Lipsius 0.28

23 May - Masterclass: Approaches to Ritual and Power in Central Asian History

The master class on "Approaches to Ritual and Power in Central Asian History" is open to MA/MA research and PhD students.   Ron Sela, Associate Professor of Central... more

The master class on "Approaches to Ritual and Power in Central Asian History" is open to MA/MA research and PhD students.
 

Ron Sela, Associate Professor of Central Asian History in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University – Bloomington, will be the Central Asia Visiting Professor from 19 until 25 May 2017. Ron Sela will deliver a guest lecture on Monday, 22 May and a masterclass on Tuesday, 23 May within the Central Asia Initiative at Leiden University.
 

Readings
Ron Sela, Ritual and Authority in Central Asia: The Khan’s Inauguration Ceremony (Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies; Papers on Inner Asia no. 37, 2003).

 

Ron Sela, “The ‘Heavenly Stone’ (Kök Tash) of Samarqand: A Rebels’ Narrative Transformed.” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 17/1 (January 2007).

 

Richard S. Wortman, Scenarios of power: myth and ceremony in Russian monarchy from Peter the Great to the abdication of Nicholas II (New abridged 1-volume; Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2006), 1-30.
 
Attendance
If you would like to attend and receive copies of the readings, please contact Elena Paskaleva at: e.g.paskaleva@hum.leidenuniv.nl before 19 May 2017.
 
Time
13.15-16.00 hrs

Tue May 23rd, 2017 - Lipsius Building, Room 208

29 May - Round-table: zus-en-zo. A conversation between translators in Asian Literature

Mr. Sharma saw with his own two eyes that the cup had fallen down to the ground. Did Mr. Jansen see it in the same way? Why don’t we use ‘wikkelbroek’ or ‘broekrok’... more

Mr. Sharma saw with his own two eyes that the cup had fallen down to the ground. Did Mr. Jansen see it in the same way? Why don’t we use ‘wikkelbroek’ or ‘broekrok’ to translate the word ‘dhoti’? How do you translate eleventh century Japanese jokes? Who is the greatest female writer in history? Do you need to translate Chinese first names? How convenient or useful is it to be in touch with an author while translating their work? All of these questions, and many more, will be answered during the round-table conversation ‘The Ins and Outs of Literary Translation’.

 

Moderator: Alexander Reeuwijk
Translators: Dick Plukker (Hindi), Jos Vos (Japanese), Silvia Marijnissen (Chinese)
Time: 20.00 hrs

Please consider that the program of this event is in Dutch.

 

 

Everyone is welcome to attend this evening.
Please registrate on beforehand by sending an e-mail to aanmelding@library.leidenuniv.nl, citing "Round-table 29th of May".

29 May - Korean Culture Market

No money for plane ticket to Korea? Worry no more, because the Korea Culture Market is back, organised by study association LVSJK Tanuki!

 

Come and tr... more

No money for plane ticket to Korea? Worry no more, because the Korea Culture Market is back, organised by study association LVSJK Tanuki!

 

Come and try on beautiful traditional Hanbok kindly provided by the Ambassy of Korea. Try delicious Korean food at the Korean Kitchen stall! Or get your favorite cosmetic goods at Conceptual Styles. There will also be a Hapkido demonstration by Raymond and a stall by Force One where you can buy martial arts goods! Already plenty things to do! We will also provide drinks (student-friendly prices).

Mon May 29th, 2017 - Arsenaal

1-3 June - Slavery and Forced Labour In Asia, c. 1250-c.1900: Continuities and Transformations in Comparative Perspective

Slavery and Forced Labour In Asia, c. 1250-c.1900: Continuities and Transformations in Comparative Perspective This 2nd biennal Leiden Slavery Studies Association conferenc... more

Slavery and Forced Labour In Asia, c. 1250-c.1900: Continuities and Transformations in Comparative Perspective

This 2nd biennal Leiden Slavery Studies Association conference includes keynotes of the world’s most distinguished scholars on the history of slavery in Asia. Anthony Reid will open the conference with a keynote entitled: Slavery and Forced Labour in Asia: Status Quaestionis’

and on Friday afternoon James Warren will deliver a second keynote entitled: ‘Slavery and Pearling in the Sulu Zone, 1881-1886 –The Letters of Thomas Haynes’

The other papers in this conference will cover the majority of the sub-regions of Asia, from Russia through India, Sri Lanka, China, Korea, Southeast Asia, the Philippines, and Indonesia, and as such we hope it will be a groundbreaking forum for galvanizing slavery studies in this region.

Conference themes include degrees of unfreedom, slavery and the state, borderlands, European colonialism, Asian abolitionism; and the conference will conclude with a round table discussion headed by Joseph Miller on the future of slavery studies in Asia.

Thu June 1st, 2017 - Gravensteen Building, Room 0.11

4 June - Japan Market

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

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

Sun June 4th, 2017 - Japanmuseum Sieboldhuis

4 June - Japanese Butoh Dance

An encounter between the worlds of Japanese Butoh dancer 'Juju Alishina' and musician 'Christiaan de Jong'. Dance and music about decay, fear and despair, eroticism and ecstas... more

An encounter between the worlds of Japanese Butoh dancer 'Juju Alishina' and musician 'Christiaan de Jong'. Dance and music about decay, fear and despair, eroticism and ecstasy. Butoh's intention is to get in touch with your inner self. A Japanese dance form originated around 1950.

 

The music is partly improvised, partly composed and inspired by the contrast between nature and human interference in the world and uses Japanese haiku. Christiaan de Jong makes use of ‘every trick in the book’ within his musical skills and combines his very special way of playing the flute and amplified  classical guitar with effects and electronics.

 

Time: 12:00 – 12:40 / 14:00 – 14:40 / 16:00 – 16:40 / 17:00 – 17:40

Sun June 4th, 2017 - Oude UB

5 June - Leidse Hofjesconcerten: Choir 'Het Zingend Hart'

Het Zingend Hart is a Dutch, Leiden based choir. With an Asian program, they join the Leiden Asia Year adressing China, Japan, Indonesia and Korea, even singing some pieces in... more

Het Zingend Hart is a Dutch, Leiden based choir. With an Asian program, they join the Leiden Asia Year adressing China, Japan, Indonesia and Korea, even singing some pieces in Chinese and Japanese. The performances are scheduled for autumn 2017, a preview will be heard during the Leidse Hofjes Concerten. Since the beginning of this year, Het Zingend Hart is led by Guido van Swieten.

 

Time: 13.00, 14.00, 15.30 and 16.30 hrs.
Picture: Petra van Marion

Mon June 5th, 2017 - St. Jacobshof Hofje

6 June - The Complexity and Structure of Modern & Contemporary Art History in Asia

  A lecture by Nobuo Takamori, Curator at Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan.   The narratives of local art histories in East and Southeast Asia a... more

 

A lecture by Nobuo Takamori, Curator at Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan.

 

The narratives of local art histories in East and Southeast Asia are divided by national boundaries and shaped deeply by colonisation, cold war structures and globalisation/global-liberalism. The forms of modern and contemporary art histories are juxtapositions of a series of national narratives without consideration of their integration with each other, although these national narratives follow similar structures and models: the pioneer artists who travel back from their enlightened journeys in Europe, the struggle between Western and local traditions, and the heroic narratives of great success in international events. These art history narratives reflect the historical progress of Asian countries and the self-consciousness of their identities and self-depictions. Most of the time, the arguments and questions of the basic definition of art also play an important part in these narratives.

 

Today, the globalised contemporary art scene evokes the imagination of “Asian Art”. However, the presentations of contemporary Asian art from the perspective of globalisation create an isolated context without the narratives of modern Asian art histories. These phenomena create dual or multiple systems in the art scenes of Asian countries, which make the reality of Asian art scenes, and narratives of art theories/histories, become the sum of fragile collectives. The discontinuous narratives in Asian art are not only the shape of regional artistic psyches, but also the fables and difficulties of modernity in the region.

 

Nobuo Takamori
A Taiwanese curator of Japanese descent, Nobuo Takamori’s curatorial practices focus on cultural, historical and interdisciplinary experiences through contemporary art, which emphasize the importance of cross-boundary practices and reflection of Asian culture. As the curator of Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Takamori works on International Curatorial Network Project of Visual Arts, which assigned by National Culture and Arts Foundation. He was the committee member of Southeast Asia Affair in the Ministry of Culture (Taiwan) since 2015 to 2016.

 

Takamori has been curated several international exhibitions in Taiwan, Vietnam, Germany and Mexico. Such as “Post-Actitud” (2011, Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico DF), “South country, South of Country” (2012, Zero Station, Ho Chi Minh City & Howl Space, Tainan), Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition 2014 “The Return of Ghosts” (Hong Gah Museum, Taipei) and “Blue Bird in the Labyrinth: A Walk from Japanese Modern Art to Asia Contemporary Art Scene” (2016, Galerie Nichido Taipei). He is also a writer which contributed several essay and critic for national and international magazines and journals.

 

Time: 11.00 - 12.15 hrs.

 

Registration
If you would like to attend this lecture, please register by sending an email to: h.m.van.der.minne@iias.nl

Tue June 6th, 2017 - IIAS

7 June - Channeling Ho Chi Minh: Portrait of two spirit mediums

Presentation by Prof. Hue-Tam Ho Tai (Harvard) and Dr. Tam Ngo (Max Planck Institute). Drinks afterwards.   Since his death in 1969, Ho Chi Minh has become the obje... more

Presentation by Prof. Hue-Tam Ho Tai (Harvard) and Dr. Tam Ngo (Max Planck Institute). Drinks afterwards.

 

Since his death in 1969, Ho Chi Minh has become the object of widespread veneration in Vietnam. The state considers itself the guardian and the only legitimate interpreter of his legacy. However, the state has not been able to exercise complete control over how his life and especially afterlife are interpreted by ordinary Vietnamese.

 

The Religion of Ho Chi Minh forms part of the resurgence of popular that emerged gradually in the mid-1990s following the adoption of economic reforms and loosening of political control over cultural life. Ho has been deified. His devotees consider him the reincarnation of military heroes and Buddhist rulers and liken him to both the mythical ancestors of the Vietnamese nation and the Buddha of the Future.

 

In this talk, Hue-Tam Ho Tai will introduce two female spirit mediums who are believed to be able to channel Ho Chi Minh. As such, they enjoy the support of powerful men and attract followers from all walks of life. While they are careful to always assert that they “wholeheartedly follow Uncle Ho and the Party,” the belief that Ho Chi Minh speaks through them subtly challenges the state’s monopoly on the legacy of Ho Chi Minh and hence the moral authority it derives from being its inheritor.

 

Hue-Tam Ho Tai is Kenneth T. Young Professor of Sino-Vietnamese History at Harvard University. She is the author of Millenarianism and Peasant Politics in Vietnam (1983), Radicalism and the Origins of the Vietnamese Revolution (1992) and Passion, Betrayal and Revolution in Colonial Saigon (2010) and numerous articles and review essays. In addition, she edited The Country of Memory: Remaking the Past in Late Socialist Vietnam (2001). She is currently investigating the Religion of Uncle Ho in collaboration with Dr. Tam Ngo of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity.

 

Dr. Ngo (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Goettingen, Germany) received her Ph.D. from the Free University in Amsterdam. She is the author, among other publications of:
The New Way. Protestantism and the Hmong in Vietnam. University of Washington Press.
[2015] (edited with Justine Buck Quijada) Atheist Secularism and its Discontents. A Comparative Study of Religion and Communism in Eurasia. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
She is currently doing research on the social memory of the Sino-Vietnamese Border War of 1979.

 

Time: 15:30 – 16:30. Drinks afterwards

 

Registration (required)

Please send an email to h.m.van.der.minne@iias.nl if you would like to attend this lecture.

Wed June 7th, 2017 - IIAS

7 June - 5th edition Framing Asia: #5 Decolonisation and revolution: veterans and re-enactment

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 5th edition: #5 Decolonisation and revolution: veterans and re-enactment

Films

 

Libera Me (30 min)

By:  Martin van den Oever & Jos Janssen

Libera Me is a transnational approach to the colonial war between Indonesia and the Netherlands. With personal reflections of some veterans of war from both sides a concentrated circular and shared history of 30 minutes is constructed, merging and reconciling both perspectives. We meander between past and present and between two nations that came to be further apart then they already were.

 

Looking Back Now (18 min)

By: Marjolein van Pagee

A sequence of videos made between 2013-2015 that show the people that Van Pagee interviewed, all related to memories of the Indonesian independence war in East-Java and Madura. In this 18 minute video-compilation we will see the people behind the portraits of photo-project 'Kembang Kuning - Yellow Flower'.

Stories about war and destruction are usually sad, yet, the compilation ends with a video that will make you laugh for sure.

 

The Feel of History (29 min)

By: Lise Zurne

Each year, a historical society called the Komunitas Djokjakarta 1945 re- enacts one of the last battles with the Dutch colonizers of 1949 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Following their preparations, this film seeks to portray this community and its main members. By focussing on the material culture of re-enactment, one learns how these re-enactors create a spectacular and romanticized re-presentation of the past that allows them to temporarily be the warheroes that they worship so much.

Discussion

Martin van den Oever & Jos Janssen (Libera Me): Martin van den Oever studied at the art academy in Arnhem and The Hague and works as a photographer and filmmaker. Jos Janssen is specialized in sound engineering. They worked on several projects together, almost always focussing on Indonesian society.

Marjolein van Pagee (Looking Back Now) graduated as a photographer from AKV St. Joost and currently studies Colonial History at Leiden University.

Lise Zurne (The Feel of History) has an MA in Visual Anthropology and is now working as a teaching assistant at the course Media Worlds at Leiden University.

Bart Luttikhuis is a researcher at KITLV in late colonial history and the history of decolonization, with a particular empirical focus on early to mid-twentieth century Indonesia.

 

 

Time:         19.30 -21.30 hrs.
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.

15 June - Reading North Korean Posters: Medium and Message

UPDATE: due to the overwhelming interest for this lecture afternoon, the location has been changed to the Academy Buidling on Rapenburg 73. The... more

UPDATE: due to the overwhelming interest for this lecture afternoon, the location has been changed to the Academy Buidling on Rapenburg 73. The name of the room is 'Klein Auditorium'.

The drinks after the lecture will be held in the University library, which is a 3 min. walk from the Academy building. We hope to see you there on Thursday! If you haven't registered yet through the ticket link, please do not forget to do so!

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The Asian Library at Leiden University hosts a unique (online) annotated database of over 1,000 printed North Korean posters (1952-2011) from a private collection. On occasion of the launch of this database, three speakers will engage the posters from three different disciplinary angles, addressing the posters consecutively as visual art, as propaganda tools and as historical documents. In doing so, they will demonstrate how with the right set of questions and the proper methodological toolbox, something as mundane as a poster turns out to be a surprisingly rich, complex and versatile source of information.

 

These lectures show that sustained and informed scientific engagement with the available data goes a long way to lift the vail of unknowability that is often draped over North Korea. Through a deep reading of these printed posters, North Korea stops being nothing but a political headache, but also appears as a historical entity with a specific social, political, ideological and cultural identity.

Time: 14.00 - 17.00 h

Everyone is welcome to attend. Please register online by clicking this link.

 

Programme & Speakers:

Mary Ginsberg (Curator at the British Museum, editor of "Communist Posters", Reaktion books, 2017)
Presentation: ‘Mixed Metaphors: North Korean Posters in an International Context.’

Suzy Kim (historian, assistant professor at Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, author of "Everyday Life in the North Korean Revolution, 1945–1950", 2013)
Presentation: ‘Aesthetics of High Socialism in North Korean Posters, 1950s-1970s.’

Koen de Ceuster (University Lecturer at Leiden University, co-author of "De-bordering Korea: Tangible and Intangible legacies of the Sunshine Policy", 2013)
Presentation: ‘Pointing Fingers: The Visual Rhetorics of North Korean Posters.’

Credits Poster:

Ch'oe Ŭn-sŏk, Let us carry out the construction of cities and farming villages as an all-people movement! (1957).
In the years following the Korean War (1950-53), a great effort went into rebuilding the country. Mass mobilisation of manual labour has been an ideologically motivated feature of economic policy throughout North Korea’s history. The poster design makes the effort palatable by drawing the eye to the promotional images of a city and countryside idyll.

Thu June 15th, 2017 - Academiegebouw, klein auditorium

15-16 June - Tibetan Buddhists and the Law: a workshop

This conference, lasting two whole days, will bring together scholars and experts who work on the way in which Tibetan Buddhists (which means to include various Himalayan peop... more

This conference, lasting two whole days, will bring together scholars and experts who work on the way in which Tibetan Buddhists (which means to include various Himalayan peoples, Tibetans, and Mongolians, but also ‘converts’) interact with legal issues. The contemporary situation and the historical context will be given equal attention. Topics that regard the existence or extent of a ‘Tibetan Buddhist legal system’; the relationship between Buddhist believers and a non-Buddhist legislative body; the role of Buddhists as (legal) mediators; the possible socio-legal influence of Buddhism on local government; religious vis á vis legal conflicts with regard to the ‘Tibet issue’ will all be addressed.

 

This conference is open to a wider audience, consisting of students of Asian Studies and Religious Studies, Tibetan Buddhists (both Western and Tibetan), legal specialists, and the general interested public. While the main aim is to contextualize and discuss materials and ideas, we will not shy away from raising important political issues, when relevant.

 

Programme

 

09:00-09:30 Coffee and Registration

Morning Session
Chair: Berthe Jansen

09:30-09:45 Opening Remarks 09:45-10:30 Fernanda Pirie: Buddhist Law and Morality in Medieval Tibet 10:30-11:15 Kunsang Thokmay: The Debate on the New Ten Virtues from Serta Larung

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11:15-11:30 Tea/coffee

11:30-12:15 Hanna Schneider: Buddhist Terms and Concepts Within the Terminology and Language of Tibetan Diploma and Official Letters of the Ganden Phodrang-era

12:15-13:45 Lunch

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Afternoon Session
Chair: Yangdon Dhondup
13:45-14:30 Richard Whitecross: Dharma, Language and Legal Language: Creating a Legal Lexicon in Bhutan
14:30-15:15 Berthe Jansen: The Monks’ Rule of Law during the Great Prayer Festival
15:15-15:30 Peter Verhagen: The ‘Law’ of Translators

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15:45-17:00 Special exhibition of the Tibetan manuscripts in the Johan van Manen collection. Grotius Room, University Library

17:00 onwards: Drinks at IIAS, Rapenburg 59

This event is open to all. Please sign up by sending an email to: events@leidenasiacentre.nl

Thu June 15th, 2017 - Gravensteen Building, Room 0.11

16-17 June - International Workshop: The DPRK through its posters: De-centering North Korean Studies

*See below for full programme or registration*   Coinciding with the launch of an online annotated database of printed North Korean posters, the Asian Lib... more

*See below for full programme or registration*

 

Coinciding with the launch of an online annotated database of printed North Korean posters, the Asian Library hosts the first ever international workshop dedicated exclusively to the study of (a specific set of) North Korean posters. In this truly interdisciplinary hands-on WORK-shop, scholars from various disciplinary backgrounds (history, art history, anthropology, literature, film studies) will engage in a close reading of North Korean visual culture. This workshop is a unique opportunity to discover, discuss and apply diverse research methods and approaches to these versatile visual data and to highlight how these posters can bring new insights into how we understand North Korean history, ideology, society, visual culture and imaginary. In creatively engaging a hitherto largely disregarded body of sources, this workshop furthers reflection on conducting North Korea studies.

 

Stripped to its bare essence, the question driving this workshop is: ‘What do (these) posters tell us about North Korea?’ There is a false simplicity to this question as it opens up a rich vista of approaches. Posters are explicit propaganda tools, speaking to immediate (and highly diverse) policy concerns. As propaganda instruments, they seek to affect people in their attitudes and behaviour. As tools of mass communication and social control, they shed light on state-society relations and how these are imagined. Posters, along with slogans, are an integral part of North Korean everyday reality. They frame the social space within which North Koreans operate and make that space intelligible. At the same time, posters reflect an imaginary of the everyday and the socially accepted/expected behaviour that goes with it.

 

Close analysis of these posters reveals how social reality is constructed and framed. The effectiveness of posters as instruments of mass communication depends on the easy accessibility and readability for North Korea viewers. Analysing the visual rhetoric of posters reveals a dynamic interplay/integration of slogans/text and visuals. The legibility of a North Korean poster not only results from abiding by a specific (visual) grammar, but is further enhanced by the repetition of slogans and images over various cultural products and media. The visual language of poster art explicitly relates to North Korean fine arts (theory), while at the same time being indebted to the revolutionary poster traditions of the Soviet Union and the PRC.

 

This international workshop is in phase with a cultural turn in North Korea studies that historicizes the DPRK, acknowledges its epistemological subjectivity, and pays particular attention to the way culture (and its modes) contributes to the social construction of reality. The workshop aims in particular to highlight the potential of posters in general and this collection in particular as primary sources for this kind of innovative research on North Korea.
 
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You can register for this workshop via this link.
 
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PROGRAMME
 
Friday, 16 June 2017
 
9.00-9.15: Opening Remarks: Koen De Ceuster (Leiden University)
 
9.15-10.00: Carey Park (Ehwa Women's University)
‘북한 선전화와 직관선동 (直觀煽動)’ (North Korean posters and ‘intuitive agitation’)
Discussant: Benjamin Joinau (Hongik University/EHESS)
 
10.00-10.45: Koen De Ceuster (Leiden University)
‘Pointing Fingers: The Visual Rhetorics of North Korean Posters’
Discussant: Adam Cathcart (Leeds University)
 
- coffee break -
 
11.00-11.45: Suzy Kim (Rutgers University)
‘Aesthetics of High Socialism in North Korean Posters, 1950s-1970s’
Discussant: Stefan Landsberger (Leiden University)
 
11.45-12.30: Andre Schmid (University of Toronto)
‘Rabbits and Pre-fab: Visualizing the economy in the 1950s and 60s.’
Discussant: Adam Cathcart (Leeds University)
 
12.30-14.30: lunch break
 
14.30-15.15: Benoît Berthelier (Sorbonne/INALCO)
‘Solving the Labor-Leisure Trade-off: Fun and Games in Post-War North Korea.’
Discussant: Adam Cathcart (Leeds University)
 
15.15-16.00: Immanuel Kim (Binghamton University)
‘No Comrade Left Behind: Imagining the Future of the Educated Masses’
Discussant: Benjamin Joinau (Hongik University)
 
- coffee break -
 
16.15-17.00: Maaike de Vries (University of Strathclyde/Leiden University)
‘Gazing Back, Looking Forward: The 'Re-presentation' of Gender Dynamics in North Korean Posters.’
Discussant: Stefan Landsberger (Leiden University)
 
Saturday, 17 June 2017
 
9.15-10.00: Mary Ginsberg (British Museum)
‘Mixed Metaphors: North Korean Posters in an International Context’
Discussant: Stefan Landsberger (Leiden University)
 
10.00-10.45: Dmitry Mironenko (Hebrew University),
‘Comic elements in North Korean propaganda posters’
Discussant: Benjamin Joinau (Hongik University)
 
- coffee break -
 
11.00-11.45: Jeon Young-sun (Dongguk University)
‘전쟁 드라우마와 적대감 (敵對感)의 탄생: 삐라와 포스터 속의 적대 이미지’ (War trauma and the birth of hostility: Enemy images in posters and leaflets)
Discussant: Benjamin Joinau (Hongik University)
 
11.45-12.30: Sonia Ryang (Rice University)
‘Evil and the enemy: one to live with, another to kill.’
Discussant: Adam Cathcart (Leeds University)
 
12.30-13.00: General discussion
 
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This workshop is made possible through the generous support of the Leiden Asia Centre, Leiden Asia Year, Leiden University Library, International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS).
 
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Credits Poster:
Pak Sang-nak, Factories and machines, clean! Houses, clothes and food too, clean! (1958)
Following the nationalization of industry and the collectivization of agriculture, successive campaigns focused on promoting a sense of collective ownership and individual responsibility. Proper maintenance of scarce capital goods was the principal concern there. In this poster, the same theme is linked to the broader issue of public hygiene on the one hand and the standards of a ‘modern’ cultured life on the other. Beyond its immediate theme, this poster speaks volumes about enduring gender dynamics.

Fri June 16th, 2017 - The Asian Library

19-23 June - Bollywood Blockbuster Programme

During this week you'll have the change to watch Bollywood Classics at the Asian Library's Cinema Room. Practice your Hindi language skills (English subtitles provided). &nbs... more

During this week you'll have the change to watch Bollywood Classics at the Asian Library's Cinema Room. Practice your Hindi language skills (English subtitles provided).
 
Programme:
Monday: Madhumati, 1958
Tuesday: Shahenshah, 1988
Wednesday: Devdas, 2002
Thursday: Bobby, 1973
Friday: Sholay, 1974
 
Daily: 14.00 - 17.00 PM, free entrance. Be sure to bring your library card for entering downstairs.

Mon June 19th, 2017 - University Libraries Leiden

24 June - Dragon boat races (The Leidse Lakenfeesten)

Every year, the Dragon boat races make for an exciting spectacle in the water at the Boommarkt and the Apothekersdijk. Fanatical teams of rowers compete with one another, spur... more

Every year, the Dragon boat races make for an exciting spectacle in the water at the Boommarkt and the Apothekersdijk. Fanatical teams of rowers compete with one another, spurred on by enthusiastic drummers.

Which team will be the first to edge its dragon’s head across the finishing line?

Time: 11.00 to 17.00 hrs.

Sat June 24th, 2017 - Leiden

24 June - World Elite University Football Tournament (WEUFT) 2017

The Leiden University Football team (LVV Football Factory) will be taking part in the second World Elite University Football Tournament (WEUFT) in China. Starting on June 24 t... more

The Leiden University Football team (LVV Football Factory) will be taking part in the second World Elite University Football Tournament (WEUFT) in China. Starting on June 24 they will compete against teams from University of Oxford, University of British Columbia, University of Southern California, The University of Melbourne, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Tsinghua University, Peking University, Renmin University.

 

The tournament will open "Olympic-like", with flags, university songs and the cheers of several thousand spectators. We wish the Leiden team best of luck in China!

Sat June 24th, 2017 - Tsinghua University

24 June - Yin, Yang, and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a style of traditional medicine informed by modern medicine but built on a foundation of more than 2,500 years of Chinese medical practi... more

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a style of traditional medicine informed by modern medicine but built on a foundation of more than 2,500 years of Chinese medical practice that includes various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage (tui na), exercise (qigong), and dietary therapy.  It is primarily used as a complementary alternative medicine approach.
 

Tong Ren Tang (Chinese:同仁堂), is a Chinese pharmaceutical company founded in 1669, which is now the largest producer of traditional Chinese medicine. Beijing Tong Ren Tang Pudu Health Center in Den Haag is the first and only official Beijing Tong Ren Tang Partner in the Netherlands.
 
ACSSNL-Leiden together with Tong Ren Tang Pudu Health Center organizes this event for Chinese students, Scholars and those who are interested in Chinese culture.
 
Programme:
 
14.00-15.00 Lecture (Chinese), Student Insurance, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tips for Medical Care in the Netherlands, Neck-shoulder Healthcare Methods.
 
Discussion
 
15.00-17.00 Free Clinic (Chinese, English or Dutch), Diagnosis via tongue, wrist and face, Treatment (acupuncture, tui na or cupping)

6 July - Dance performance: The Golden Fruit

The Golden Fruit is a dance performance created in commemoration of the treaty of Breda (1667). In that year, Banda Island (Indonesia) was in the hands of the Dutch East Compa... more

The Golden Fruit is a dance performance created in commemoration of the treaty of Breda (1667). In that year, Banda Island (Indonesia) was in the hands of the Dutch East Company (NL) and was handed to the British in exchange for Manhattan Island.

 

The dance performance tells the story of two men from opposed/different worlds arguing about nutmeg ownership. Both fought for their land and honor.

 

Please note that tickets for this performance can be bought online or at the theatre.

Thu July 6th, 2017 - Theater Ins Blau

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