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Leiden International Film Festival

LeidenGlobal @ LIFF

4 & 5 November 2014

LeidenGlobal will organize a filmprogram in the National Museum of Ethnology, in collaboration with the Leiden International Film Festival (LIFF). Tuesday 4 November has the theme of 'migration', Wednesday 5 November is dedicated to 'Geishas'. | 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

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

New Exhibition at Volkenkunde


10 October 2014

Geisha is a world-renowned style icon. A stereotype of Japanese aesthetics, surrounded by mysticism and misunderstandings. But what does her daily life look like? Is it a profession or a calling? | full story

LUCIS conference

"Jihad and other uses of Islam in World War I"

13 & 14 November

In November 2014, the 5th annual LUCIS conference entitled "Jihad and other uses of Islam in World War I: Instrumentalization of Regilion by the Ottoman Empire, its Allies, and its Enemies" will be organised in Leiden. | full story

GLASS Masterclass

The Challenge of Equity & Justice in the Shariah

30 October 2014

Professor Jonathan Brown will offer a masterclass on 'The Challenge of Equity & Justice in the Shariah.' MA students and PhDs from Leiden and elsewhere are encouraged to apply. Deadline 20 October. | full story

Dynamic new museum

New language museum for Leiden

29 September 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 were presented on 29 September. | full story


Africa flourishes, Africa bleeds

15 October 2014

ASC director Ton Dietz and ASC researcher Mirjam de Bruijn were interviewed by de Volkskrant in an article about the two sides to Africa: the one of wars and diseases, and the one of economic growth. Also about the Africa Works Conference. | 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

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

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

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

International cooperation

Visit delegation Indonesian National Library to KITLV

16 September 2014

On 15 September, a delegation of the Indonesian National Library - Perpustakaan Nasional Republik Indonesia (PNRI)) - led by Mr. Dedy Junaedi (prime secretary of the PNRI) visited KITLV. The delegation members will visit several institutes in the Netherlands, to talk about cooperation in the field of collection practices, for example digitizing and training. | full story

North Korean exile

'The North Korean regime will collapse within five to seven years’

28 September 2014

The greatest threat to the North Korean regime is not the outside world but its own developing private market and the growing frictions at the top. This was the argument put forward by North Korean exile Jang Jin-sung in his lecture in Leiden. | full story

Faculty of Archaeology moves to new building

Sword-swinging Rector opens Archaeology’s new Faculty building

30 September 2014

With a skillful, professional slash of a sword (a replica of an original 3600-years-old, Bronze Age example), University Rector ,Carel Stolker, hacked through the Gordian knot of the Faculty’s  relocation. With this gesture, the radically-renovated  Van Steenis Building was officially opened. | full story

New Exhibition


27 November 2014 - 10 May 2015

This major exhibition on Carthage will introduce you to the illustrious history and archaeological treasures of one of the ancient world’s most legendary cities. Never before has there been such a large exhibition about Carthage in the Netherlands. | full story

Rare find

Rare medieval bookmark found in Leiden University Library

6 October 2014

A rare medieval bookmark emerged in Leiden University Library. Book historian Erik Kwakkel found the disk in an archive of manuscript descriptions called the Bibliotheca Neerlandica Manuscripta. It was likely put their in the early twentieth century by Willem de Vreese, who made the descriptions. The presence of the bookmark was not known to the library. Only thirty-five bookmarks of this type have been identified worldwide. | full story

Top Ranking

Humanities Leiden ranked 25th in THE world ranking

6 October 2014

The Faculty of Humanities is ranked 25th within the subject area 'Arts and Humanities' in the Times Higher Education Ranking (THE) of 2014-2015. The faculty scores particularly high in teaching, research and international outlook. | 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

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

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

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

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

Lara Weiss nieuwe conservator Egyptische collectie

30 September 2014

Het Rijksmuseum van Oudheden heeft dr. Lara Weiss (1980) per 1 oktober 2014 aangesteld als conservator van de Egyptische afdeling van het museum. Weiss is de opvolger van dr. Christian Greco, die directeur is geworden van het Egyptisch Museum in Turijn. | 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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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