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ASC Seminar

Post-colonial cultural relations and the return of art objects

12 March 2015

In the 1970s, Indonesia and the Netherlands, and Belgium and Zaire agreed upon new cultural relations, including the transfer of a number of museum items. Both agreements were lauded at the time for being a model for relations between a former coloniser and colony. PhD researcher Jos van Beurden (VU University) will analyse the creation, the content and the consequences of the two agreements of the 1970s. | full story

GLASS-Islam lecture

From Evangelical Empires to Global Islam: Mosques, Missions and Religious Economies

19 March 2015

How did Islam become a truly global religion in the early twentieth century? And who were its impresarios as it moved into new religious marketplaces as far apart as America and Japan? | full story

IIAS Lunch Lecture

Cultural Interpretations of the Spaces in Dong Villages in Southeast of Guizhou Province, China

6 March 2015

Based on the long-time fieldwork in several Dong villages around Zhaoxing settlement in Southeast of Guizhou Province, the lecture will discuss the cultural interpretations of the spaces, either by the changes of the spaces themselves or by the locals’ activities in the spaces. | full story

Call for papers

Sharpening the edges: Instating state and power in Indian Ocean history. An agenda for critical research and teaching

20 February 2015

The workshop is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and enabled by the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS). It will bring together a group of fifteen scholars, some invited and others selected through this call for papers to discuss the state of research and teaching in the burgeoning field of Indian Ocean history. Deadline 15 March. | 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

Humanities Career Event 2015

Sign up now for the Humanities Career Event on 9 April 2015!

19 February 2015

Join us on Thursday 9 April (no classes!) from 12.30 hrs in the afternoon onwards for the Humanities Career Event (in the Arsenal). You will be introduced to national and international organisations and companies. You will discover interesting professions and make useful network contacts. You can also attend workshops and presentations by organisations such as the NOS, the Student Career Service, China Ways, De Kleine Consultant and translation agency Wilkens and partners. | 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

New Exhibition at Volkenkunde


10 October 2014 - 25 May 2015

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

Like: Oude Geschiedenis

Sectie Oude Geschiedenis richt Facebookpagina op

3 December 2014

Oude Geschiedenis begeeft zich in de voorhoede van online profilering. Sinds een week heeft de sectie een Facebookpagina opgericht: Ancient History Leiden. 399 volgers heeft de pagina al. “Op naar de 500!”, aldus Kim Beerden, universitair docent Oude Geschiedenis en medebeheerder van de pagina. | full story

Recordaantal bezoekers

Rijksmuseum van Oudheden ontvangt 210.000 bezoekers in 2014

8 January 2015

Het Rijksmuseum van Oudheden heeft het jaar 2014 afgesloten met een recordaantal bezoekers van 210.332. Daarmee was 2014 het succesvolste jaar in de bijna tweehonderdjarige geschiedenis van het museum. Nooit eerder werd de grens van 200.000 gepasseerd. Het beste jaar tot nu toe was 2013, met een bezoekersaantal van 173.000. | full story

Academic Award

'Asian Tigers, African Lions' wins Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award 2014

9 January 2015

Asian Tigers, African Lions: Comparing the Development Performance of Southeast Asia and Africa, published by Brill in 2013 and coordinated by the African Studies Centre and the Royal Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), both in Leiden, has won a Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award 2014! | full story

Online lecture

Online lecture on frugal innovations by André Leliveld

9 January 2015

ASC senior researcher André Leliveld, who is also a researcher within the Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa (CFIA), gave a web lecture about frugal innovations and inclusive economic growth. Watch his lecture here. | 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

New Book

Exploring and Explaining Diversity in Agricultural Technology

13 January 2015

This volume is the outcome of collaborative European research among archaeologists, archaeobotanists, ethnographers, historians and agronomists, and frequently used experiments in archaeology. t aims to establish new common ground for integrating different approaches and for viewing agriculture from the standpoint of the human actors involved. | 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

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

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

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