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LeidenGlobal PhD & (Res)MA course

Mixed Methods in the Social Sciences and the Humanities

16 December 2014

Mixed Methods will help students in the Social Sciences and the Humanities (including Archaeology and Law) to turn theory into practice. How do you get from a prospectus to actual research activities? How do you make your ideas work? Registration deadline: January 14, 2015, 12:00 PM. | full story

New Exhibition

Carthage

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

Research Funding

AMT Research Funding: Round December 2014

25 November 2014

AMT Funding for individual research up to €2,000 and network research up to €5,000. Application is open to all academic staff of Leiden University. Next deadline is: 8 December 2014, 17 hrs (CET). | full story

ASC & UvA lecture series:

Deadline registration ASC & UvA lecture series: And Now Africa!

1 December 2014

The Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of the University of Amsterdam and the African Studies Center in Leiden are organizing the lecture series And Now Africa! for students and professionals who are interested in understanding more about the continent. The course will provide food for thought about the context of 'Africa rising' or 'emerging Africa'. Deadline registration: 26 January 2015. | full story

Workshop

Foreign capital in colonial Southeast Asia

16 & 17 December 2014

On 16 and 17 December there will be a conference held entitled “Foreign capital in colonial Southeast Asia: Profits, economic growth and indigenous society”. In this project the impact of foreign investment on development in Indonesia during the years 1910 to 1960. Point of departure is that the colonial setting, arguably prevailing until the late 1950s, offered an environment highly conducive to investment by foreign firms, in particular from the (one-time) metropolitan mother-country. | full story

Workshop

Female Islamic Authority in Comparative Perspective

8 & 9 January 2015

On Thursday 8 and Friday 9 January the workshop 'Female Islamic Authority in Comparative Perspective: Exemplars, Institutions, Practices' will be organised at the KITLV. This interdisciplinary workshop looks at forms of, and changes in, female Islamic authority in comparative perspective, with particular focus on modern Asia. | 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

Interview

South Africa after Mandela

8 December 2014

ASC senior researcher Ineke van Kessel was interviewed by Dutch press agency ANP about the state of South Africa one year after Nelson Mandela died. Read the article titled 'Zuid-Afrika in tijdperk na Mandela nog steeds verdeeld'. | full story

Evolution of human behaviour

Oldest ever engraving discovered on 500,000-year-old shell

8 December 2014

Homo erectus on Java was already using shells of freshwater mussels as tools half a million years ago, and as a 'canvas' for an engraving. An international team of researchers, led by Leiden archaeologist José Joordens, published this discovery on 3 December in Nature. The discovery provides new insights into the evolution of human behaviour. | full story

Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding success for Menno ter Braak library

9 December 2014

Thanks to a successful crowfunding project, Leiden University Libraries can acquire the library of Menno ter Braak, one of the most important Dutch critics (1902-1940). Between April and December 2014, 126 interested people have adopted books from the collection for over €19,000. | full story

ASC Seminar

Anticipating the Revolt: A New View of Military Mutinies in West and Central Africa

29 January 2015

Moving away from the more standard approach that views mutinies as singular, exceptional events, this project observes mutinies as a recurring phenomenon in the region. | full story

LUCAS International Graduate Conference 2015

Breaking the Rules! Cultural Reflections on Political, Religious and Aesthetic Transgressions

29 & 30 January 2015

During the conference, 45 early career researchers from fifteen different countries will present their original research. Topics range from Socrates to Edward Snowden and include the classical figure of Oedipus, medieval iconoclasm, early modern libertine novels, twentieth-century Deviant Art and moral transgressions in videogames. As such, this multi-disciplinary conference deals with the wide range of cultural reflections on the violation of laws, traditions and conventions. | 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

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

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

Interview

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

Interview

How mobile phones change lives in Africa

3 November 2014

Mirjam de Bruijn was interviewed about how mobile phones change the lives of many people in Africa, and what these phones are used for. Read the interview on the VPRO Buitenland website. | full story

New Book

Religion and Trade: Cross-Cultural Exchanges in World History, 1000-1900

22 October 2014

This book focuses on trade across religious boundaries around the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic and Indian Oceans during the second millennium. Written by an international team of scholars, the essays in this volume examine a wide range of commercial exchanges, from first encounters between strangers from different continents to everyday transactions between merchants who lived in the same city yet belonged to diverse groups. | full story

New book

'Sacred Spaces and Contested Identities: Space and Ritual Dynamics in Europe and Africa'

24 October 2014

The fundamental changes in society and culture are forcing us to reconsider the position of sacred space, and to do this within the broader context of ritual and religious dynamics and what is called a ‘spatial turn’. | full story

Interview

US-Liberia relations and ebola

23 October 2014

ASC senior researcher Stephen Ellis was interviewed by radio show 'Met het oog op morgen' about the US-Liberia relations and the fight against Ebola. | full story

Opening GEISHA

Koninklijke onderscheiding tijdens opening

22 October 2014

Tijdens de officiële opening van de tentoonstelling GEISHA, werd onze Japanconservator Matthi Forrer door burgemeester Lenferink, benoemd tot Officier in de Orde van Oranje Nassau! De koninklijke onderscheiding werd verstrekt voor het vele werk dat hij de afgelopen jaren binnen zijn vakgebied heeft verricht. | full story

Sinology collection

Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies in Leiden

28 October 2014

The Sinology collection gets a boost thanks to the opening of a Taiwan Resource Centre for Chinese Studies at Leiden University Libraries. Kurt De Belder, university librarian: ‘By opening a TRCCS in Leiden the Leiden University’s internationally renowned Sinology collection is both confirmed and reaffirmed.’ | full story

New Exhibition at Volkenkunde

GEISHA

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

Leids Erfgoed

Archeologische vondsten terug naar Leiden

30 October 2014

Op 30 oktober 2014 heeft de gedeputeerde van de Provincie Zuid-Holland, mr. Han Weber, de provinciale collectie archeologische vondsten uit Leidse bodem overgedragen aan Robert Strijk, wethouder Bereikbaarheid, Economie, Binnenstad en Cultuur  van de gemeente Leiden. Weber deed dit door Strijk symbolisch een replica van chocolade van het Romeinse ruitermasker van Matilo te overhandigen. Het bronzen ruitermasker is te zien in het Rijksmuseum van Oudheden. | full story

New Book

De Olinda a Holanda: o gabinete de curiosidades de Nassau

30 October 2014

Book by Dr. Mariana Françozo resulting from her research into the collection of count Johan Maurits of Nassau-Siegen, governor of the Dutch colony in Northeastern Brazil between 1637 and 1644. De Olinda a Holanda focuses on the circulation of people, artifacts and knowledge in the Dutch Atlantic during the 17th century. | full story

New Book

Shining a new light on the Roman world: Keys to Rome

30 October 2014

This richly illustrated edition, which is one of the (publically accessible) products of the VIDI project 'Cultural innovation in a globalising society: Egypt in the Roman world', illuminates the Roman world from a new perspective. It goes beyond stereotypes and entrenched ideas, and shows how diverse the Roman Empire really was. | full story

Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

Bijna duizend gasten op opening tentoonstelling 'Carthago'

2 December 2014

Op donderdag 27 november 2014 is de tentoonstelling Carthago geopend met een drukbezochte avond voor genodigden. Een kleine duizend gasten kwamen de splinternieuwe tentoonstelling bekijken. Ze genoten bovendien van de extra activiteiten in het hele museum. | full story

Thesis award

Quentin Bourgeois, winner of the W.A. van Es Prize 2014!

25 November 2014

The prestigious W.A. van Es Prize for Archaeology has been won by Quentin Bourgeois for his thesis: Monuments on the horizon: the formation of the barrow landscape throughout the 3rd and 2nd millennium BC. | 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

Gongslag

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