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Leiden Week of Religion

Launch of the Leiden University Centre for the Study of Religion (LUCSoR)

19 - 26 September 2014

“Religion is everywhere” – thus begins the mission statement of the new Leiden University Centre for the Study of Religion (LUCSoR), which will start in September 2014. To mark the occasion LUCSoR will organize the Week of Religion from 19 September until 26 September 2014, in cooperation with the Religion & Philosophy network. The program features lectures, a live show and a master class. All are welcome. | full story

Faculty of Archaeology moves to new building

Symposium: Archaeology in transition - The Future of the Past

25 & 26 September 2014

In September 2014 the Faculty of Archaeology of Leiden University will move to the newly renovated ‘Van Steenis’-building. To celebrate the move to our new Faculty building, we wish to mark this transition with a symposium on the 25th and 26th of September 2014 in which we highlight a number of issues that we feel are of crucial importance for archaeology as a discipline, and for us as the Faculty of Archaeology of Leiden University. | full story

Bretton Woods Conference

The UN and the Post-War Global Order: Bretton Woods in Perspective

17 & 18 September 2014

In September 2014 it is the intention to hold a major international conference to mark the 70th anniversary, to assess the legacy of Bretton Woods in the postwar period, and to consider its ongoing relevance in the global economic system of the 21st century. This is part of the wider 'UN at 70' project that the RSC is running together with SOAS in London, which looks at the formation of the UN system during WW II and its lasting legacies. | full story

Persoonlijke verhalen

De Nederlandse koopvaardij in oorlogstijd

27 August 2014

Tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog speelde de Nederlandse koopvaardij een cruciale rol bij het transport van troepen en materieel; de inzet van de koopvaardij was zonder twijfel de belangrijkste Nederlandse bijdrage aan de geallieerde eindoverwinning. De prijs daarvoor was hoog. Waar in bestaande boeken in de regel de scheepvaart centraal staat, gaat het in dit boek om de ervaringen van de zeevarenden zelf. | full story

Historisch belang Eerste Wereldoorlog

Sprong in het duister. Duitsland en de Eerste Wereldoorlog

28 August 2014

Begin september verschijnt het nieuwe boek van Patrick Dassen. Centraal in dit boek staat de vraag naar de plaats van de Eerste Wereldoorlog in de Duitse geschiedenis. Hoe heeft de oorlog Duitsland veranderd en in welk opzicht zijn er wel of juist geen breuken met de periode voor en na de oorlog? | full story

Understanding North Korea

Conference | A State of Legitimacy: North Korean Voices in Exile

17 & 18 September 2014

Seven prominent North Korean exiles shed new light on the dictatorial state in a conference hosted by Leiden University on 17 and 18 September. All of the speakers once held high-ranking positions in the regime and now reveal its inner workings. | full story

KITLV-Jakarta

Opening new location KITLV-Jakarta

15 September 2014

On 12 September 2014 H.E. the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Mr. Tjeerd de Zwaan and the director of KITLV-Jakarta, Dr. Roger Tol signed the agreement confirming the relocation of KITLV-Jakarta to the premises of the Dutch Embassy in Jakarta. In a short ceremony, De Zwaan and Tol opened the new location by cutting a ribbon. Among those attending were officials from the Embassy, the staff of KITLV-Jakarta as well as KITLV's director Prof. Gert Oostindie. | full story

Unieke aanwinsten

Rijksmuseum van Oudheden koopt twee Egyptische faraobeeldjes

8 September 2014

Het Rijksmuseum van Oudheden heeft twee oud-Egyptische faraobeeldjes gekocht, waaronder het oudste beeldje ter wereld met een faraonaam. Het is een zittend figuur van farao Ninetjer, een van de eerste koningen van het oude Egypte (ca. 2785-2742 v.Chr.). Daarnaast kocht het museum een grafbeeldje van farao Taharka (690-664 v.Chr.), een van de 'zwarte farao’s' uit de Soedan. | full story

Symposium

‘Digital Scholarship and the Role of the Library'

22 September 2014

What are the new, digital methods in research? What is the role of the library in this? On September 22, UBL will organize the symposium 'Digital Scholarship and the Role of the Library'. | full story

NWO Spinoza Prize

Dirk Bouwmeester and Corinne Hofman receive NWO Spinoza Prize

15 September 2014

On 9 September, in the presence of King Willem Alexander, Secretary of State Sander Dekker presented the Spinoza Prize to four researchers, including two researchers from Leiden: archaeologist Corinne Hofman and physicist Dirk Bouwmeester. In the Nieuwe Kerk in The Hague, they unveiled their plans for the future. | full story

Transfer KITLV collection

Indonesian and Caribbean collection transferred from KITLV-KNAW to Leiden University

30 June 2014

With effect from 1 July 2014, the KNAW is transferring management of the extensive collections on Indonesia and the Caribbean previously held by the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV-KNAW) to Leiden. 'The University has struck gold with this extensive collection.' | full story

Poldermodel nog springlevend

De overlegeconomie internationaal vergeleken

8 July 2014

De overlegeconomie is nog springlevend, concludeert Jeroen Touwen in een studie naar de geschiedenis van zestig jaar overleg en onderhandelen in de Nederlandse economie. Touwen analyseerde niet alleen de arbeidsverhoudingen, maar bestudeerde ook de samenwerking tussen bedrijven onderling, het economisch effect van de verzorgingsstaat, en de wijze waarop het economisch beleid van de overheid tot stand komt. | full story

Dutch Atlantic Connections

Dutch Atlantic Connections, 1680-1800: Linking Empires, Bridging Borders

15 July 2014

New edited volume by Gert Oostindie and Jessica V. Roitman on the integral role the Dutch played in linking Atlantic empires in the early modern period. In recent years, it has increasingly become clear that Dutch activities in this Atlantic world were of far greater significance than historians hitherto assumed. | full story

KITLV gaat door!

Interview met Gert Oostindie: 'De ambities van het KITLV in Leiden'

17 July 2014

''Het KITLV? Dat bestaat toch niet meer?’ Die opmerking hoort Gert Oostindie, directeur van het KITLV, regelmatig. Hij zou wel van de daken willen schreeuwen: 'We zijn er nog!’’. Op 14 en 15 oktober zal er een publiekssymposium over de KITLV-collectie zijn. Sprekers zijn o.a. Adriaan van Dis en de Indonesische ambassadeur. | full story

Veni grant for Quentin Bourgeois

Archeological research on north-western Europe

22 July 2014

Quentin Bourgeois’ project investigates the landscape organization of Corded Ware groups in north-western Europe during the 3rd Millennium BC. The basic premise is that this - often overlooked - organization of space is crucial to understanding the emergence of such pan-European groups. The primary aim of the project is to provide a new perspective on the organization of the landscape in this period. | full story

Dynamic new museum

New language museum for Leiden

15 July 2014

Leiden is to have a new language museum in 2015, a public institute focusing on language in all its facets and where science and social developments come together for a broad public. It won't be in a building, but at different places in the city. Dynamic, contemporary, flexible and affordable. The details of the plan will be presented on 29 September. | full story

Veni grants

Researchers Humanities receive Veni grants

30 July 2014

Three scholars of the Faculty of Humanities, Ahmad Al-Jallad, Thomas Fossen, and Tsolin Nalbantian, have received a Veni grant to implement their research plans over the coming years. | full story

Vroege Christendom

Constantijn en de christelijke revolutie in het Romeinse rijk

12 August 2014

Nieuw boek van Henk Singor over keizer Constantijn en de religieuze omwenteling in het Romeinse Rijk. Dr. Henk Singor was tot 2012 als docent Oude Geschiedenis verbonden aan het Instituut voor Geschiedenis. | full story

Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

Succes voor reizende tentoonstellingen

27 August 2014

De verkoop van reizende tentoonstellingen is een groot succes voor het Rijksmuseum van Oudheden in Leiden. Het museum verkocht de afgelopen vijf jaar zeven tentoonstellingen aan eenentwintig musea in binnen- en buitenland. De exposities trekken honderdduizenden bezoekers per jaar. De expositie ‘Fascinating Mummies’ stevent inmiddels af op een miljoen bezoekers en is daarmee de succesvolste tentoonstelling uit de geschiedenis van het museum. | full story

Best teacher

Thijs Porck wins Faculty Teaching Prize

3 September 2014

Thijs Porck, teacher at English Language and Culture,  has won the faculty teaching prize. He was lauded for his enthousiasm, his creative ways of teaching, and his commitment to his students. | full story

Fulbright Distinguished Research Chair

Professor Harris is the new fulbright scholar at the RSC

4 September 2014

Professor William Harris (Department of History at the University of New Hampshire) is the Fulbright Distinguished Research Chair at the Roosevelt Study Center in the fall semester of 2014. From September through December he will be working on his book project "The South Since the Civil War: A History." | full story

Beste masterscriptie

Matilda Greig winnaar Fruinprijs 2014

3 September 2014

Tijdens het openingscollege van de opleiding Geschiedenis op dinsdag 2 september is de jaarlijkse Fruinprijs voor beste masterscriptie van het afgelopen jaar uitgereikt. Winnaar is Europaeum studente Matilda Greig met haar scriptie ‘Narrating war and nationality: Identity as presented in the memoirs of Grande Armee veterans of the 1807-1814 Peninsular War’. | full story

Exhibition: Inuit Art

The wall-tapestries of Inuit women.

16 May 2014

The Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde opened a small exhibition with colourful wall tapestries made by Inuit women from the village Baker Lake in Canada. The art pieces show symbols and depictions characteristic of Inuit culture in Baker Lake. | full story

Anti-Communism & the Cold War

Transnational Anti-Communism and the Cold War: Agents, Activites, and Networks

24 June 2014

How was anti-communism organized in the West? Was it all run by the CIA? This book covers the aims, arguments and associations of a range of transnational anti-communist activists during the Cold War. New volume edited by Giles Scott-Smith, Luc van Dongen and Stephanie Roulin. | full story

Cleveringa professor

Historian Carol Gluck is Leiden's new Cleveringa professor

16 June 2014

The American historian and Japan specialist Carol Gluck is the new Leiden Cleveringa professor for the 2014–2015 academic year. On 26 November 2014 she will give the Cleveringa inaugural lecture, in which she will examine how World War II is commemorated in Asia. | full story

Zeldzame vondst

Unieke zilveren schaal uit vroege Middeleeuwen gevonden

1 July 2014

Bij opgravingen in Oegstgeest hebben archeologen van de Universiteit Leiden een zeer zeldzame zilveren schaal uit de eerste helft van de zevende eeuw gevonden. De schaal is t/m 26 oktober te zien in de tentoonstelling Gouden Middeleeuwen in het Rijksmuseum van Oudheden. De vondst wijst op de aanwezigheid in Oegstgeest van een rijke elite met een wijdvertakt internationaal netwerk. | full story

Zwarte piet racistisch?

Gert Oostindie in EenVandaag 2 juli 2014

3 July 2014

Gert Oostindie in EenVandaag van 2 juli jl., waarin kort aandacht wordt besteed aan het bezoek van VN-onderzoekster Verene Shepherd, die vorig jaar kritiek had op het Sinterklaasfeest. | full story

Mekka-tentoonstelling in de prijzen

Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde onvangt de SEGD Merit Award!

11 June 2014

De tentoonstelling ‘Verlangen naar Mekka’, die lang in het museum te bewonderen was, heeft een prijs gewonnen: de SEGD Merit Award! We zijn uiteraard trots op deze Amerikaanse aanmoedingsprijs en het jurycommentaar.Lees hier meer. (Engels) | full story

Danish award for Leiden lecturer

Marie Louise Stig Sørenson awarded a Rigmor and Carl Holst-Knudsen 2014 award

5 June 2014

The award is made without application as a token of respect to a Danish researcher who mainly works or has worked in connection with Aarhus University, and who is involved in scientific work, including the presentation of one or more significant results that hold great promise for future work. It is considered 'one of the oldest and most prestigious prizes in Denmark'. | full story

Mau Mau rebellion

Seminar: Guilty secrets: Torture, Abuse and the British in Africa

6 November 2014

Kenya’s Mau Mau rebellion was the most brutal and savage of all Britain’s wars of decolonisation, and has generated a deeply contested history. In 2013, it was revealed that a further secret archive exists in the catacombs of the British Foreign Office. Do these records contain more guilty secrets of Britain’s imperial past? | full story

Gongslag

Museumdirecteur Stijn Schoonderwoerd opent handelsdag AEX

8 July 2014

Met een slag op de gong opende museumdirecteur Stijn Schoonderwoerd vanochtend de handelsdag in de Beurs van Amsterdam. Hiermee markeerde hij de recente fusie van het Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde in Leiden en Afrika Museum in Berg en Dal tot het Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen. | full story

Japans-Nederlandse betrekkingen

Postzegelvel: 'Grenzeloos Nederland-Japan 2014'

18 July 2014

Het Haarlemse ontwerpbureau Beukers Scholma heeft een postzegelvel samengesteld met als thema de unieke, al vier eeuwen durende relatie tussen Nederland en Japan: ‘Grenzeloos Nederland-Japan 2014’. KITLV heeft een bescheiden rol gespeeld in het aanleveren van bronnen. | full story

Surprising discovery

Leiden’s oldest Koran fragments more than a century older than previously believed

23 July 2014

The very oldest Koranic fragments owned by the Leiden University Libraries date back to the second half of the seventh century, between 30 and 70 years after the death of the Prophet Muhammad. This has been shown by newly conducted radiocarbon analyses. This finding agrees with official Islamic teachings. | full story

Archeological monuments

The Early Iron Age cemeteries of Oss-Paalgraven and –Vorstengraf ‘transformed’ into archeological monuments

10 June 2014

Between 1997 and 2007 the Faculty of Archaeology carried out excavations at Oss-Vorstengraf and -Paalgraven (Zevenbergen). At both cemeteries burial mounds from the Bronze and Iron Age including three extraordinary Hallstatt C-elite burials were found. The different excavations resulted in unique scientific results, the preservation of the remaining parts of the mound for future research and the opening of two iconic archaeological monuments, representing the scientific and social importance of | full story

Spinoza award winner Hofman

'Now more research possible into the hidden history of the American Indians'

5 June 2014

Corinne Hofman, Leiden professor of Caribbean archaeology, receiving the NWO-Spinoza prize of 2.5 million euros. This was announced by the NWO on 6 June. What is she going to do with this sum? ‘We could use some good archaeozoologists and paleobotanists.’ | full story

Recently published

Dossier in Tydskrif vir Letterkunde by Daniela Merolla

6 June 2014

The Dossier 'Orality and Technauriture of African Literatures’ edited by Daniela Merolla was published in the last volume of Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, the oldest literary journal in South Africa. | full story

Football in Africa

New web dossier

6 June 2014

To mark the Football World Cup 2014 the Library of the African Studies Centre has compiled a web dossier on football in Africa. It contains titles from the library's collection published since 2004 including monographs, articles, films and web resources. | full story

Jan-Bart Gewald on Radio 1

On the history of South Africa

12 June 2014

ASC researcher Jan-Bart Gewald was interviewed by Coen Verbraak for radio show 'De Kennis van Nu' on the occasion of his appointment as a Professor of History of Southern Africa at Leiden University. Listen to the interview (starts at 3.00 min). | full story

Breaking and making the ancestors

The social and ideological aspects of Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age cremation graves

11 June 2014

Arjan Louwen (MA) will start a PhD research project on the social and ideological aspects of Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age cremation graves in continental Northwest Europe (1100-500 BC) | full story

Exclusive book launch

H.J. van Mook (1894-1965) – Een vrij en gelukkig Indonesië

14 May 2014

On 14 May Tom van den Berge, researcher at KITLV, will present the first copies of his book H.J. van Mook (1894-1965) – Een vrij en gelukkig Indonesië to historian Cees Fasseur and to Wouter van der Star, H.J. van Mook’s son. The book is the biography of the last governor general of Netherlands East Indies, H.J. van Mook, who in July 1947 started a major military action against the Republic of Indonesia, which was in contradiction with his motto 'a free and happy Indonesia'. According to Van Moo | full story