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LeidenGlobal Graduate Workshop | Embedding Global Diversity

On May 15th LeidenGlobal hosts its Annual Event in collaboration with LGI (Leiden Global Interactions). The event consists of a closed session for invited PhD and ResMA students only (Graduate Student Workshop), followed by an open plenary session, the LeidenGlobal Annual Lecture by dr. Haroon Sheikh.

The Graduate Workshop is chaired by Dr. Sheikh and moderated by members of the LGI Board.During the workshop selected groups of (PhD & ResMA) students will critically discuss parts of Dr. Sheikh’s recent book entitled Embedding Technopolis as well as other articles relevant to the subject. Subsequently they will be invited to discuss the notion of ‘embedding global diversity’ in relation to their own research. The workshop will be held on the Leiden University Humanities campus, and followed by the public annual LeidenGlobal lecture by dr. Haroon Sheikh, to which workshop participants will have guaranteed access. All participants are warmly invited for drinks afterwards.

Embedding Diversity

We have always struggled with both the empowerment and the vulnerability of being connected, so it seems, and therefore societies through time and all around the globe have developed coping practices to embed the global diversity they are all, in one way or another, confronted with.

Embedding or, in other words, working across diversity is one of the main societal challenges at present – but that has probably always been the case. The concept thus provides an overarching research question for all research in the Leiden Social Sciences and Humanities but even beyond those domains. What makes it particularly fitting and useful is that through the concept of diversity we will also be able to investigate our scholarly practices themselves. Presenting boundaries between humans and animals, or between humans and things or even between the Hard Sciences and the SSH are all attempts at embedding diversity– but these attempts might not be as robust as they are often presented.

Programme (with reservation)

Graduate Workshop: " Embedding Global Diversity: The Return of History in the Global Order"

Location: Matthias de Vrieshof , Leiden

13:00 – 13:30: Critical Introduction by dr. Haroon Sheikh

13:45 – 15:30: Split sessions, moderated by prof. Miguel John Versluysdr. Haroon Sheikh and prof. Petra Sijpesteijn.

15:45 – 16:30: Session reports + discussion, chaired by dr. Sheikh*

16:30 Transfer to the Annual LeidenGlobal Lecture in Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

Further information on the programme and location will be circulated later.

Registration is required: As we have set a maximum number of participants to the Graduate Workshop, we urgently advice you to register a.s.a.p. providing us your name, email address, faculty, advisor and study area (email to