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NINO lecture

Een biertje bij het balsemingshuis door Koen donker van Heel

21 May 2015

De spreker gaat in op de inhoud, en de moeilijkheden bij het ontcijferen van twee papyri geschreven in het abnormaal hiëratisch. Ze maken deel uit van het archief van de dodenpriester Petebaste uit Thebe. | 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


5 June: Safety and Disaster in Japanese Popular Culture after Fukushima

5 June 2015

The workshop is part of the project “How popular culture in Japan, specifically manga, has framed discourse on Japan’s Self Defense Forces (SDF) after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami”, run by Dr. Bryce Wakefield and funded by the Modern East Asia Research Centre (MEARC). | 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


Religious violence in South(East) Asia: domestic and transnational drivers of intolerance against Muslim minorities

15 June 2015

The majority Buddhist and Hindu societies of South(East) Asia are not traditionally associated with conflict and intolerance. Yet recent years have seen a surge in international reports of religious tensions and violence by Buddhist and Hindu majorities towards Muslim minorities in the region. | 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

Call for papers

Ocean of Law: Intermixed Legal Systems across the Indian Ocean World, 1550-1950

10 June 2015

This conference will bring together scholars working on the legal histories of the Indian Ocean World (1550-1950), Leiden University, 7-9 December, 2015. Deadline for abstracts:  10 June, 2015. Keynote speakers: Prof. Paul Halliday, University of Virginia and Prof. Engseng Ho, Duke University and National University Singapore. | full story

Food for Thought on the Leiden Manifesto

On the Leiden Manifesto

4 June 2015

The Dean of the Graduate School invites you to attend the next Food for Thought on Thursday 4 June. It is hoped this meeting will see a fruitful interdisciplinary interaction. CWTS' presenters Paul Wouiters, Ludo Waltman and Sarah de Rijcke will discuss the background of the Leiden Manifesto and will engage in exploring how research evaluation may develop, especially in the social and behavioural sciences. The meeting is chaired by prof. Paul Wouters. | full story


AMT Research Funding

15 June 2015

The deadline for the next round of AMT Research Funding is 15 June 2015, 17 hrs CET. | 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

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


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

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

Honorary Member

Geert Booij elected as Honorary Member of the Linguistic Society of America

22 April 2015

As of this January, linguist Geert Booij is appointed Honorary Member of the Linguistic Society of America. | full story

New Book

From Idol to Art. African ‘objects-with-power’: a challenge for missionaries, anthropologists and museum curators

29 April 2015

Objects with power, so common in Africa, are neither beautiful nor easy to understand, and as such were a challenge for missionaries, anthropologists and curators of ethnographic museums from the moment they got involved with Africa, in the middle of the 19th century. | full story

Report online

Conference The Islamic State and Jihad in Africa

30 April 2015

The report of the conference The Islamic State and Jihad in Africa is now online. The African Studies Centre Leiden organized a conference about the nature and extent of connections between Islamic State - generally known as IS or ISIS or Da’esh - in Iraq and Syria and various jihadi movements in Africa on 27 March 2015. | 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

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

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

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