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LeidenGlobal offers internship

21 July 2015

LeidenGlobal is looking for an intern who is interested in website and social media management and event organizing. Please email for details. | 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

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

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

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

New Exhibition

GRRR... Machtige Dieren Wereldwijd

25 June 2015

The Museum of Ethnology will open a new exhibition entitled: "Grrr... Worldwide Mighty Animals". The Exhibition will show various powerfull animals and monsters from all over the world. | 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

Call for applications

Mapping the Aesthetics of Urban Life in Asia: A Dialogue with the Arts IIAS-CSEAS Winter School 2016

10 July 2015

IIAS invites applications from PhD students - and especially students following a combined PhD/art, music and / or sound art track - for a unique IIAS-CSEAS coordinated international Winter School. The school will explore the theme of “mapping the aesthetics of urban life” in South, Southeast and Northeast Asia by examining how the Arts can contribute to the re-conceptualization of urban spaces. 25 - 30 January 2016, Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto, Japan. | 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 app

Download the Mendeley app for Android

19 June 2015

The Mendeley app is now available for Android. Download the app to easily access your library, to annotate pdf’s and to sync with Mendeley Web. | full story


Archeologie op vakantie

23 June 2015

Ga je deze zomer op vakantie en kom je iets archeologisch tegen? Maak een selfie of een foto met je reisgeno(o)t(en) erop, en stuur die naar het RMO. Meedoen kan van 23 juni t/m 31 augustus 2015. | full story

Elected to Comité International de Paléographie Latine

Erik Kwakkel

22 June 2015

On 18 June, 2015, Erik Kwakkel was elected to the Comité International de Paléographie Latine (CIPL), a scholarly committee that specialises in the study of the medieval book. | 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

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

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

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


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

PhD Defence

A PhD from two universities on drug abuse

13 May 2015

Stimulating drugs, such as khat and cocaine, have a negative impact on everyday activities such as driving a car and working, as well as on social behaviour. That’s because these drugs seriously damage control centres in a user’s brain. Psychologist Manuel Ruiz’s research aims to increase understanding, and improve treatment, of drug addiction. His PhD defence at both Leiden University and the University of Granada took place on May 12. | 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


Article by Jan Abbink about Ethiopian Israelis protesting against their 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

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


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

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