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Voice4Thought festival 2016: ‘People in Motion’

11 July 2016

After last year’s successful edition Voice4Thought is back with its second annual festival. This year’s theme is: ‘People in Motion’. Between September 21-24, 2016, there will be public dance performances, movies, debates and concerts in the city of Leiden. Check out the program and join us! | full story

RMO Tentoonstelling

Archeologie uit je achtertuin

14 June 2016

De presentatie Archeologie uit je achtertuin bestaat uit een tien meter lange ladenkast met daarin de meest uiteenlopende archeologische vondsten uit meer dan 120 Nederlandse gemeenten. Uit elke gemeente is één object te zien. | full story

LeidenGlobal Lecture

Translation and the Human Condition

24 May 2016

The annual LeidenGlobal lecture will this year be given by Prof. Susan Bassnett of Warwick University, the founding mother of translation studies. The lecture will discuss the ways in which translation is fundamental to our understanding of other cultures. After the lecture everyone is warmly invited for drinks at the faculty club. | full story

Dansers gezocht voor Voice4Thought Festival 2016

Doe mee aan de dansvoorstelling van het Leidse Voice4Thought Festival

16 augustus 2016

Ben jij creatief, expressief en hou je van dansen? Wij zoeken enthousiaste (amateur)dansers van alle niveaus en leeftijden uit Leiden die samen op 21/9 in het Rijksmuseum van Oudheden een dansvoorstelling opvoeren bij de lancering van het Voice4Thought Festival 2016. Schrijf je snel in voor de auditie op 27 augustus om 14.00 uur via De repetities zijn op 28 augustus, 4, 11 & 18 september van 12:00-16:00 uur. | full story


V4T lanceert nieuwe website

29 February 2016

Voice4Thought (V4T) lanceert vandaag haar vernieuwde website. De nieuwe, overzichtelijke site is de centrale plek van het project, waar kunst en kennis samen komen en die de ideologie van V4T weergeeft: de productie van alternatieve kennis en het delen daarvan. | full story

ASC Lecture Series

African Arts and Literatures Today

6 April 2016

Together with Studium Generale, Leiden University, the Research Centre for Material Culture and the University of Amsterdam we proudly present a lecture series on African Arts and Literatures. Renowned authors and art scholars will speak during eight Wednesday evenings. | full story

8th Southeast Asia Update

New Call

16 June 2016

The Update offers especially a platform for young researchers in the Netherlands and neighboring countries to present their work to larger audience. We invite young scholars to present their research. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get a quick update on new research on Southeast Asia and to meet new colleagues and old friends! | full story

Museum Volkenkunde


2 May 2016

De Museum Explorer app van Museum Volkenkunde is de ideale museumgids. Volg een route of kies je eigen pad. Met de Museum Explorer houd je het museumbezoek in eigen hand. | full story


Doing Gender in The Netherlands

9 June 2016

On Thursday June 9, 2016 Dr. Salah, scholar and poet, will conduct a workshop on the politics of cultural translation and the aesthetics of minority and diasporic literature, that will include a creative writing exercise. Registration for the workshop before Thursday May 26. | full story

RMO News

Syrische vluchtelingen bezoeken museum

22 March 2016

Op woensdag 9 maart bezocht een groep Syrische vluchtelingen op uitnodiging het Rijksmuseum van Oudheden. Pieter ter Keurs, hoofd afdeling Collecties & Onderzoek, gaf een korte inleiding over de geschiedenis van het museum. | full story


Nothing is what it seems in Cuba

29 March 2016

Communist Cuba is changing at an unprecedented pace. But nothing is what it seems in Cuba. Gert Oostindie reports after making a short television documentary on the eve of president Obama’s visit. | full story


Nieuwe tentoonstellingen

29 March 2016

'Egypte, Land van onsterfelijkheid' laat zien hoe de oude Egyptenaren zich voorbereiden op het eeuwige leven in het hiernamaals. De tentoonstelling 'Romeinse kust' gaat over het leven aan de Nederlandse kust in de Romeinse tijd. 'Vlijmscherp verleden' vertelt het verhaal over de geschiedenis van het zwaard en de rituele en symbolische betekenis ervan. | full story


Master Class Southeast Asia

1 April 2016

On June 17 EuroSEAS and Leiden University organize a Master Class for PhD students from European universities who work on Southeast Asia. During this day participants present their research proposal which will be discussed by a panel of senior scholars from Leiden. Application deadline: April 1. Contact: Professor Henk Schulte Nordholt | full story

Article of Remco Breuker in NRC

North Korea is not a state, it's a company

25 February 2016

How to deal with the Pyongyang regime? Is North Korea irrational? In Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad Prof. Remco Breuker says the way to deal with North Korea is to approach it as a neoliberal conglomerate which has succeeded to privatize the state. | full story


Unlocking historical maps of Dutch East Indies

29 February 2016

Leiden University Libraries (UBL) has started the project Maps in the Crowd. Nearly 7,000 digitized maps of the Dutch East Indies will be unlocked with help from visitors, students and others who are interested. The project started on the 12th of February and will continue until December 2016. | full story

New web dossier

Web dossier | African women and Sustainable Development Goals

7 March 2016

Each year on 8 March special attention is paid to the position of women worldwide. This year’s UN theme for International Women's Day is directly related to the Sustainable Development Goals. In this context, the ASCL Library has compiled a web dossier containing titles from the catalogue published after 2011. | full story

Artiesten Akwasi en Bokoesam in Leiden

Historische relatie tussen Ghana en Nederland

14 March 2016

Artiesten Akwasi en Bokoesam onderzochten bij het Afrika-Studiecentrum en de Universiteit Leiden de historische relatie tussen Ghana en Nederland. Beide artiesten hebben (deels) Ghanese roots, maar zeggen op school niets over die geschiedenis te hebben geleerd. Nederland telt meer dan 200 nationaliteiten, maar wat is hun relatie met Nederland en wat weten de artiesten van hun afkomst? | full story

8th Southeast Asia Update

Regionalism, Climate Change, and Religious Renewal

16 June 2016

The Southeast Asia Update offers scholars and those interested in the region a platform to meet colleagues and to discuss current issues and new trends. If you want to give a presentation on one of the three themes, please contact Bart Barendregt at: | full story

Museum Volkenkunde


7 April 2016

Elke eerste donderdag van de maand is er tussen 12.00 en 13.00 uur museumspreekuur. Onze specialisten staan klaar voor de bezoekers om vragen als 'wat is het precies?', 'waar komt het vandaan?', 'is het authentiek of namaak?' en 'hoe oud is het?' te beantwoorden.Om er zeker van te zijn dat de juiste specialist aanwezig is, dient u zich van tevoren aan te melden via 088 0042 830. | full story

Universiteit Leiden Nieuws

Leidse universiteitsdelegatie smeedt banden in Brazilië

16 March 2016

Van 14 tot 18 maart bracht een delegatie van de Universiteit Leiden een bezoek aan Brazilië. Het bezoek stond in het teken van samenwerking met wetenschappers in São Paolo. Rector magnificus Carel Stolker leidde de delegatie. | full story

150th anniversary of Von Siebold's death

A piece of Japan in Leiden

11 April 2016

He was the man who introduced Western medicine into Japan. Philipp Franz Von Siebold also brought Japanese plants and artefacts to Leiden, and so to Europe. Come to one of the many events being organised by the Hortus to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Von Siebold's death. | full story

RMO museumwandeling

Tentoonstelling | Vlijmscherp Verleden

24 April 2016

Tijdens deze wandeling over de nieuwe tentoonstelling Vlijmscherp Verleden leidt conservator Luc Amkreutz u langs vierduizend jaar zwaardengeschiedenis. Centraal staat de ontwikkeling van dit eerste unieke vechtwapen. De vervaardiging, de verschillende manieren van gebruik en de rollen die het zwaard speelde, komen uitgebreid aan bod. | full story

LeidenGlobal Online

LeidenGlobal Youtube Kanaal

5 Oktober 2015

LeidenGlobal has its own youtube channel with small movies of LeidenGlobal activities and events. Check us out! | full story

LeidenGlobal media

LeidenGlobal in NRC

1 November 2015

At the beginning of this month LeidenGlobal was featured in NRC. A special part of the paper was dedicated to Leiden and different institutions in Leiden. It talked about the events LeidenGlobal and partners organized and the expertbank. The whole article is featured on page 8. | full story

Launch LeidenAsiaCentre

Netherlands' expertise centre for knowledge on modern East Asia

8 February 2016

The LeidenAsiaCentre is the Netherlands’ expertise centre for socially relevant and applicable knowledge on modern East Asia, including Singapore. The LeidenAsiaCentre actively aims to expand its expertise and to use this in collaboration with a growing number of diverse societal partners. | full story

Tentoonstelling museum Volkenkunde

Vanaf 12 februari: De Boeddha

9 February 2016

De Boeddha is een van de meest inspirerende figuren uit de wereldgeschiedenis. Wat maakt het levensverhaal van deze spirituele leider zo intrigerend? Wat zoeken mensen in het boeddhisme? Kom het allemaal ontdekken in de grote tentoonstelling DE BOEDDHA. | full story

VVI News

Environmental regulation in Indonesia

25 February 2016

The coming two years the Van Vollenhoven Institute (VVI, Leiden University) and ICEL (the Indonesian Center for Environmental Law) will collaborate to improve environmental regulation in Indonesia. | full story

New book

Japanese Confucianism by Kiri Paramore

26 February 2016

The book discusses the multiple manifestations of Confucianism throughout Japanese history. It is published by Cambridge University Press. | full story


Fotowedstrijd Antropologie Streetlife

28 April 2016

Ben jij een geboren straatfotograaf? Of juist helemaal niet, maar heb je wel een briljante foto die het dagelijks leven op straat verbeeldt? Doe dan mee aan de ‘Street Life’ fotowedstrijd en stuur vóór 20 april je foto in. | full story

Leiden University Libraries

Making Oriental manuscripts accessible via online catalogue

29 February 2016

Leiden University Libraries is internationally renowned for, among others, its rich Middle Eastern & Asian Special Collections. Since the famous bequest of Josephus Justus Scaliger in 1609 the number of so-called “Oriental” manuscripts have added up to over 27,000. | full story


Global Imaginations

27 June 2015 until 04 October 2015

Museum the Lakenhal presents a modern art exhibition in the industrial building 'Meelfabriek' in Leiden. The exhibition shows the artists' views on globalisation with sculptures, video projects, installations and participatory artworks. | full story

Global Imaginations

Videos High School Student Conference

23 September 2015

Different videos were made of the workshops and discussions during the Global Imaginations High School Student Conference. The students also pitched their ideas and thoughts during an Artist dinner to encourage guests to think and talk about these ideas. | full story

New Exhibition ASCL

Scenes of Dogon Life

11 January 2016

The Dogon of Mali form one of the visual highlights of West Africa. With the spectacular setting of their villages against the Bandiagara cliff, their iconic mask performances and their ethnographic fame, they form a core attraction in West African culture tourism. In this exhibition the brilliance of Dogon ritual performances is complemented by the visual appeal of their everyday village life. | full story

ASC Infosheet

South Africa's foreign policy shift

8 February 2016

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa and President Vladimir Putin of Russia attended China’s victory parade on 3 September 2015. Zuma’s visit reflected a broader shift in South Africa’s foreign policy in favour of China and Russia. | full story

New Aquisition of ASC

The Courage of Ilkabbo

31 August 2015

The courage of ǁkabbo: celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of Specimens of Bushman folklore (2014) is the ASC library’s most recent acquisition relating to the famous ǀxam and ǃkung archive of Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd. ǁkabbo was the oldest of the speakers of the ǀxam language that stayed in the Bleek household at different times during the 1870s. He expressed the wish that the stories of his people would be known through books. | full story

Scholierenconferentie Global Imaginations

Global Imaginations filmpjes

5 oktober 2015

Tijdens de scholierenconferentie zijn een aantal opnames gemaakt van de workshops en de pitches. Deze zijn te bekijken op het LeidenGlobal youtube kanaal. | full story


‘Being young is our crime!’

28 August 2015

‘Le crime est d’être jeune!’ ‘Being young is our crime!’ On Friday 28 August 2015 the Voice4Thought festival presents a debate which explores the theme of the Voice4Thought project. Young leaders and inspirers from West and Central Africa and The Netherlands enter into a dialogue about the rise of youth protest in central Africa and the Western ‘export’ of human rights. | full story

Voice4Thought in Volksrant!


01 September 2015

Sophie van Leeuwen heeft naar aanleiding van het Voice4Thought festival een blog geschreven voor de Volkskrant! | full story

Festival Voice4Thought


23-29 August 2015

Voice4Thought (V4T) is an artistic-academic project of Leiden University, the African Studies Centre and LeidenGlobal based on inspiring voices from all over the world. These voices do not tell stories of crisis and misery, but of strength and change! | full story

Verbouwing RMO

Een kijkje tijdens de verbouwing

03 September 2015

Directeur Wim Weijland nam op 2 september 2015 de Leidse tv-zender Unity TV mee het museumgebouw in. Hij liet zien wat er momenteel gebeurt in het Rijksmuseum van Oudheden en vertelde over de stand van zaken rond de verbouwing. | full story