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‘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


GRRR... Machtige Dieren Wereldwijd

25 June 2015

The latest exhibitions of the Museum of Ethnology focuses on various powerful animals and monsters from all over the world. | full story


Global Imaginations

27-06-15 until 04-10-15

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

NWO Veni Grant

Dr. Lucien van Beek and Ancient Greek dialects

20 July 2015

The awarded research proposal focuses on the Ancient Greek dialects' contribution in the Homeric epics. It approaches the composite language of the Homeric epics with an innovative model of language change: sound changes in Epic Greek worked differently from those in the everyday dialect, the vernacular. | full story

Archeologie op vakantie


16 July 2015

Stuur ons je leukste, gekste, mooiste of verrassendste 'archeologische' vakantiefoto en maak kans op een cadeaubon voor onze pop-up Museumshop ter waarde van € 75. Meedoen kan t/m 31 augustus 2015. | full story

NWO funding

History research into Siva Religion in Asia

24 July 2015

Congratulations for Professor Peter Bisschop, lecturer in Sanskrit and Ancient Cultures of South Asia. He has been awarded a grant by the NWO Free Competition to fund his research into the rapid growth of Saivism in the sixth and seventh centuries in South and Southeast Asia. | full story

ASC Infosheet

Bangladesh, Benin and Ethiopia

26 June 2015

'Defining, targeting and reaching the very poor in Bangladesh, Benin and Ethiopia'. Anika Altaf and Ton Dietz write that if NGOs want to include the ultra-poor in economic programmes, they need to emphasize social protection and human rights approaches that go beyond those programs. | full story

In Memoriam

Stephen Ellis 1953-2015


We are very sad to report that Prof. Stephen Ellis died on 29 July 2015. Stephen had leukemia, a disease that first manifested itself three years ago, and was treated effectively until four weeks ago. If you wish to share your feelings, please post a message on the online book of condolence or send a mail to the ASC ( and/or to Stephen's wife Gerrie ter Haar ( | full story


International Call for Postdocs

1 September 2015

GI is looking to hire up to three postdocs for 2016. Contract lengths will range from 6 to 12 months at 0.6 fte (3 days/week). GI seeks to support researchers who have a promising junior/mid-career research idea to develop into a NWO or ERC grant proposal. | full story

The Green Treasure Trove

425 Years Hortus botanicus Leiden

12 June 2015

This year Holland's oldest botanical garden, commonly known as Hortus botanicus, celebrates its 425th anniversary with an exhibition at the Leiden University Library. | full story


Leiden University Libraries donates 2400 historical photos of Asia to Wikipedia

17 June 2015

The importance of the donation is improved access to the history of Indonesia and India. The photos may be used in Wikipedia articles and are easily accessible to an international public. | full story


David Fontijn made Professor of the Archaeology of Early Europe at Leiden University

18 June 2015

Congratulations to David Fontijn, who has been recognized by the University with the title of full Professor of the Archaeology of Early Europe. | full story


Dzodzi Tsikata newly elected CODESRIA president

18 June 2015

The ASC congratulates Prof. Dzodzi Tsikata as the newly elected president of CODESRIA (Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa). | full story

New exhibition at the ASC

The Spiritual Highway: Religious World Making in Megacity Lagos

25 June 2015

Together with the award-winning Nigerian photographer Akintunde Akinleye, anthropologist Dr. Marloes Janson hit the road in the summer of 2013 to map the most important and busiest Nigerian road - the 120-kilometer long Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. | full story

Museum of Ethnology

Mistake in LG News

27 June 2015

In the last LeidenGlobal newsletter we accidentally wrote "museum of ethnicity" instead of "Museum of Ethnology". We apologize for the mistake. | full story

Call for proposals

Call for proposals

29 June 2015

The Profile Area 'Language Diversity in the World' has sources available for young, talented researchers who want to invest in their academic career. Until 15 September you are invited to send in your proposal. | full story

MoU signed by African Studies Centre and Beijing Foreign Studies University

MoU signed by African Studies Centre and Beijing Foreign Studies University

29 June 2015

The African Studies Centre in Leiden and the Beijing Foreign Studies University signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Monday 29 June 2015 in Leiden. In the MoU the ASC and BFSU declare that they want to cooperate in order to enhance the quality and relevance of African Studies. | 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


LU library is renovating

18 May 2015

In the week of the 18th of May we will start clearing out the Open Stacks area! The Open Stacks will totally be refurbished and renovated, with more space for books and study places. We are working towards the start of the construction of The Asian Library, which will start in the first half of 2016. | full story

New book

Recently published: Bloot of bedekt, by Mineke Schipper

12 May 2015

On May 1 Mineke Schipper’s 'Bloot of bedekt, Van niets om het lijf tot strak in het pak' came out, published by Prometheus-Bert Bakker. In this book, Mineke Schipper sheds a surprising light on the history of our naked or covered visibility. | full story


The first Global Interactions Annual Event

June/November 2015

Global Interactions is please to annouce our first annual event, co-organized with the new Research Center for Material Culture (NMWV) and the KITLV. This two part event takes up the topic of Global Slavery. The June 11-12th workshop, 'Global Slavery and the Exhibitionary Impulse', will foster discussions around the histories, definitions and representations of slavery. In November, we will follow up this event with a more focused discussion on the Politics and Poetics of Redress. | full story


Jaarlijkse opgraving in Sakkara met opvallende vondsten

22 May 2015

Het jaarlijkse archeologische onderzoek in Sakkara (Egypte) is begin mei 2015 begonnen en duurt tot het eind van deze maand. Elke week stuurt het opgravingsteam vanuit Sakkara een verslag van de opgravingen die ze hebben uitgevoerd. | full story


Ethiopian Israelis protesting discrimination

1 June 2015

ASC senior researcher Jan Abbink wrote an article about Ethiopian Israelis protesting against their discrimination in Israel. Read the article 'Contestation as claim to integration: the May 2015 public protest movement of Ethiopian Israelis', published on the anthropology blog 'Standplaats Wereld' of the Faculty of Social Sciences of VU University Amsterdam. | full story

New website

Flying start for Athena’s Angels website

4 June 2015

On the new website Athena’s Angels, four female Leiden professors address the unequal treatment of women in academia. ‘Since we launched the website, our mailboxes have exploded,’ says Judi Mesman, Professor of Child and Family Studies and one of the initiators. | 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

New Book

Conversations of Motherhood

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

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

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

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

In Memoriam

Chenjerai Hove (1956-2015)

14 July 2015

On 12 July 2015 Zimbabwean writer Chenjerai Hove died in Norway, at the age of 59. Widely considered a leading figure of Zimbabwean literature, Hove leaves an oeuvre of novels, poetry, plays, essays and journalistic articles. | full story

Leidse Onderwijsprijs

‘Ik wil kritische geesten kweken’

14 January 2015

Een marineofficier laten vertellen over piraterij, kritisch doorvragen en hulp bieden bij stages. Studenten waarderen dat en daarom nomineerden zij Anita van Dissel, docent maritieme geschiedenis, voor de Leidse Onderwijsprijs. | full story


Tell Balata Archaeological Park project

13 January 2015

On January 15th the cooperation project of the Faculty of Archaeology with the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities (Department of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage) and the Ramallah office of UNESCO was officially closed. At the same time the Archaeological Park of Tell Balata was opened. | full story

Charlie Hebdo

Launch of the World Affairs Forum Leiden (WAFL)

26 January 2015

On Tuesday 27 January 2015, the Institute for Philosophy will launch the World Affairs Forum Leiden (WAFL), a series of philosophically-informed debates of current global concerns. The first WAFL will discuss implications of the Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris. | full story

Best MA Thesis of Leiden University 2015

Who’s the real ‘nomad’ in Afghanistan?

20 February 2015

Annika Schmeding's MA thesis entitled 'Who's the real 'nomad' in Afghanistan? Socio-political status, legal rights and the differences between peripatetic and pastoral nomads' wins the prize for the Best MA Thesis of Leiden University 2015. The thesis also won the IIAS Master's Thesis Prize in December 2014. | full story

VICI Grant for Dr. David Fontijn

Economies of Destruction. The emergence of metalwork deposition during the Bronze Age in Northwest Europe, c. 2300-1500 BC.

19 February 2015

The accumulation of wealth is generally regarded as a universal way of achieving power and prestige. How can a society function when its members systematically destroy wealth? This will be the focus of the new research by Dr. David Fontijn. | full story

440 years

Special anniversary celebration for Leiden University

9 February 2015

The celebration of Leiden's Dies Natalis on Monday 9 February in the Pieterskerk was extra special this year and was attended by many prominent guests. This was the kick-off of the special 88th Lustrum (five-year) celebrations in 2015. | full story

ICAS Book Prize

IIAS and The Asian Library join forces for ICAS Book Prize

10 February 2015

The ICAS Book Prize is a global competition that seeks to honour the best of Asian studies. It is awarded for outstanding Asian studies works and dissertations in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Founded in 2005, it is the only book prize with a global scope, providing an international focus for publications on Asia while at the same time increasing their visibility worldwide. | full story