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LeidenGlobal lecture

The Devil in the Audit: Self-Knowledge, the Assault on Universities, and the Franchising of Ideas

May 12

Michael Herzeld (Harvard University) argues that in the face of a brutal assault by the forces of neoliberalism, universities the world over need to bolster teaching and research on ancient and ‘obscure’ cultural traditions, and to recover lost capacities in the dominant ones. This is necessary to safeguard basic academic skills as well as the very ability to know ourselves -- and thereby to sustain our independence, intellect, and integrity. | full story

Paper presentation

Practical Philosophy Colloquium: Morally Bankrupt

7 May 2015

The Spring series of Practical Philosophy Colloquia, organised by the Institute for Philosophy in collaboration with the Centre for Political Philosophy, continues on Thursday, 7 May 2015 with a talk of Prof. dr. Gabriel Wollner (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin). | full story


Urban Asia

7 May

This is the latest in a series of spring seminars that explores the urban environment of Asia from a variety of different multidisciplinary perspectives. This particular seminar, entitled ‘Urban Asia’, will look at a number of different themes, including the urban transformation that took place in Japan after World War II; conditions in the slums of Mumbai, particularly the plight of Dalit women there; Hong Kong’s urban identity; and the related topic of the emergence of a Chinese urban subjecti | full story

Lecture Series

Jessica Rawson on The Steppe and the Silk Roads, China’s Interactions with its neighbors

4-9 May 2015

Professor Dame Jessica Rawson, DBE, DLitt, FBA Professor of Chinese Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford will deliver a series of lectures in Leiden and Amsterdam on the Steppe and the Silk Roads, China’s Interactions with its neighbours. The events are organized by Asian Modernities and Traditions. | full story

Africa Thesis Award

Deadline submission Africa Thesis Award 2015

12 July 2015

The winning thesis will be published in the ASC's African Studies Collection and win € 500. Any final-year student who has completed his/her Masters thesis with distinction (80% or higher or a Dutch rating of at least an 8) at a university in Africa or the Netherlands may apply. Deadline: 12 July 2015. | full story


AfricaBib indexed by Google Scholar, and one-stop search introduced

9 April 2015

Google Scholar approached the African Studies Centre and got permission to index the AfricaBib database and use the metadata in Google Scholar. This means that more than 216,000 records in AfricaBib will be more visible to scholars and other interested persons. | full story

Guest lecturer

Professor Dame Jessica Rawson guest lecturer at Leiden University

May 4-9

Professor Dame Jessica Rawson, DBE, DLitt, FBA Professor of Chinese Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford will deliver a series of lectures in Leiden and Amsterdam between 4-9 May 2015. | full story

PhD Vacancy

Vacancy for PhD at LUCAS/LUIH

15 April 2015

Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) and the Leiden University Institute for History (LUIH) are looking for a PhD in the History and Culture of Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity. Deadline: July 1, 2015. | full story


Outstanding Dissertation Award to psychologist Hanneke Hendriks

10 April 2015

Interpersonal communication plays a vital role for the prediction of health behaviours and health campaign effects. That's the way Social and Organisational Psychologist Hanneke Hendriks put it in her dissertation. Hendriks has been awarded the Outstanding Dissertation Award of the International Communication Association. | full story

Call for Papers

Language, Power and Identity in Asia: Creating and Crossing Language Boundaries

May 15

The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden, The Netherlands, is hosting an international conference to explore the interrelations between language, power and identity in Asia. Participants are invited to submit a paper to address aspects of this topic. Deadline: May 15, 2015. Conference dates: 14-16 March 2016 | full story


Federalism & Decentralisation: Evaluating Africa's Track Record

8 june 2015

What is federalism; what are the implications of decentralisation? Do federalism and decentralisation contribute to democratisation, governance, and diversity? Virtually all African countries south of the Sahara are now either federal or decentralised—but how do their systems of governance perform? These questions will be addressed in the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) 'Federalism & Decentralisation: Evaluating Africa's Track Record'. Enrollment for this free online course is open. | full story

Honorary Member

Geert Booij elected as Honorary Member of the Linguistic Society of America

22 April 2015

As of this January, linguist Geert Booij is appointed Honorary Member of the Linguistic Society of America. | full story

New Book

From Idol to Art. African ‘objects-with-power’: a challenge for missionaries, anthropologists and museum curators

29 April 2015

Objects with power, so common in Africa, are neither beautiful nor easy to understand, and as such were a challenge for missionaries, anthropologists and curators of ethnographic museums from the moment they got involved with Africa, in the middle of the 19th century. | full story

Report online

Conference The Islamic State and Jihad in Africa

30 April 2015

The report of the conference The Islamic State and Jihad in Africa is now online. The African Studies Centre Leiden organized a conference about the nature and extent of connections between Islamic State - generally known as IS or ISIS or Da’esh - in Iraq and Syria and various jihadi movements in Africa on 27 March 2015. | full story

New Book

Conversations of Motherhood: South African Woman's Writing Across Traditions

6 March 2015

Ksenia Robbe comparatively explores seminal novels by South African authors written in English and Afrikaans from the 1970s to 2010 through the prism of motherhood. Drawing on the work of theorist Mikhail Bakhtin, this book develops a transcultural approach to the study of literature and literary culture in postcolonial multilingual societies. | full story

ERC Grant

Using an ERC grant to study languages with beans and millet

7 March 2015

Japanologist and linguist Martine Robbeets is going to use her newly acquired ERC Consolidator Grant to study the origins and spread of Trans-Eurasian languages, which include Japanese and Turkish. With it, she’s tackling one of the most controversial subjects in language history. | full story

Collaboration with Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Leiden University will train Dutch civil servants for working in Asia

7 March 2015

Leiden University will develop summer courses that will be given for 3 years to Dutch civil servants working at the Asia and Oceania Department (DAO) of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Each year the courses will be tailored to the needs of the civil servants and updated according to recent political, economical and cultural developments in Asia. | full story

Unique insight into North Korea

Dissident Jang Jin-sun guest lecturer at Leiden University

12 March 2015

North Korean dissident Jang Jin-sun has been appointed guest lecturer on 'speaking truth to power' - in particular with regard to North Korea - at Leiden University.  Over the coming half year he will give a number of lectures on the inner workings of the North Korean regime. | full story


The Orpheus Institute is looking for a researcher-assistant

2 April 2015

The Orpheus Institute is looking for a researcher at pre-doc or post-doc level who has strong research, organizational and writing skills, who has a technical interest in the making of pianos, and who is interested in taking on a key role in a collaborative project to reconstruct and manufacture an early nineteenth-century piano of historical and artistic significance. Deadline: May 1, 2015. | full story

Nicholas Vrousalis elected to Princeton fellowship

Princeton fellowship

20 April 2015

Nicholas Vrousalis, lecturer in Political Philosophy at the Institute of Political Science of Leiden University, has been elected to a fellowship at Princeton University. During the academic year 2015/16, Vrousalis will be based at Princeton University's Center for Human Values, where he will write a book on exploitation and power. | full story

Symposium and Exhibition

Manchu in Leiden

7 mei 2015

Manchu symposium and exhibition at the East Asian Library in Leiden. Everyone is welcome! | 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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Unique collection

New Asian Library for Leiden University

15 October 2014

Leiden University is to have a unique expertise centre on Asia. This centre, the Asian Library, will hold extremely rare Asian collections and offer new opportunities for teaching and research. | 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

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

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