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Our world is here, there, and everywhere. If you want to go places – read, connect, visit, dig deeper – where do you start? Through LeidenGlobal, academic and cultural institutions connect with local communities, media, government, business, and NGOs. We want to raise the impact of scholarship across the board, from cultural events and public debate to government policy and education. We know about Africa, Asia & Oceania, Europe, Latin America & the Caribbean, the Middle East, North America, Russia & the Caucasus, and the Circumpolar Regions. LeidenGlobal is a meeting place built for people interested in places around the world, and the dynamics between them, their histories, and their cultures. From the Pyramids to the Great Firewall, from language to warfare, from religion to finance, from politics to poetry, from earthquakes to elections. Meet the experts when you’re making sense of the world.

Keizer Augustus-avond

Terugblik op leven en nalatenschap van keizer Augustus

19 Augustus 2014

Op 19 augustus 2014 is het precies tweeduizend jaar geleden dat de Romeinse keizer Augustus stierf. Op deze avond staan liefhebbers en specialisten stil bij zowel de verdiensten als de eigenaardigheden van een van de beroemdste leiders van het Romeinse Rijk. | 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

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

Exhibition: Inuit Art

The wall-tapestries of Inuit women.

16 May 2014

The Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde opened a small exhibition with colourful wall tapestries made by Inuit women from the village Baker Lake in Canada. The art pieces show symbols and depictions characteristic of Inuit culture in Baker Lake. | 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

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

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

Dynamic new museum

New language museum for Leiden

15 July 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 will be presented on 29 September. | 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

LUCIS/MOS lecture series

Lecture: 'ISIL: From a Jihadist Group to Jihadist State.'

11 September 2014

This talk focuses on the historical emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and its establishment as a group. The powerful rise of ISIL threatens the very “shape” of the Middle East that we have known ever since the Sykes-Picot agreement in 1916. Hoshang Waziri will explore how this development grew out of geographic and ideological aims that transcend the traditional definition of an armed group. | 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

Faculty of Archaeology moves to new building

Symposium: Archaeology in transition - The Future of the Past

25 & 26 September 2014

In September 2014 the Faculty of Archaeology of Leiden University will move to the newly renovated ‘Van Steenis’-building. To celebrate the move to our new Faculty building, we wish to mark this transition with a symposium on the 25th and 26th of September 2014 in which we highlight a number of issues that we feel are of crucial importance for archaeology as a discipline, and for us as the Faculty of Archaeology of Leiden University. | 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

Elections in Indonesia

'Red Fury in Lampung' by Ward Berenschot

8 July 2014

KITLV researcher Ward Berenschot wrote an article in New Mandala on the elections in Indonesia. | 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

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


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

Summer School

Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics

11 July 2014

The 9th Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics will be held from 14 July till 25 July. The participants come from all over the world: from China to the United States and from Iran to Russia. The oldest participant has even passed the age of 80! | 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

Spinoza award winner Hofman

'Now more research possible into the hidden history of the American Indians'

5 June 2014

Corinne Hofman, Leiden professor of Caribbean archaeology, receiving the NWO-Spinoza prize of 2.5 million euros. This was announced by the NWO on 6 June. What is she going to do with this sum? ‘We could use some good archaeozoologists and paleobotanists.’ | full story

Recently published

Dossier in Tydskrif vir Letterkunde by Daniela Merolla

6 June 2014

The Dossier 'Orality and Technauriture of African Literatures’ edited by Daniela Merolla was published in the last volume of Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, the oldest literary journal in South Africa. | full story

Football in Africa

New web dossier

6 June 2014

To mark the Football World Cup 2014 the Library of the African Studies Centre has compiled a web dossier on football in Africa. It contains titles from the library's collection published since 2004 including monographs, articles, films and web resources. | full story

Jan-Bart Gewald on Radio 1

On the history of South Africa

12 June 2014

ASC researcher Jan-Bart Gewald was interviewed by Coen Verbraak for radio show 'De Kennis van Nu' on the occasion of his appointment as a Professor of History of Southern Africa at Leiden University. Listen to the interview (starts at 3.00 min). | full story

Breaking and making the ancestors

The social and ideological aspects of Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age cremation graves

11 June 2014

Arjan Louwen (MA) will start a PhD research project on the social and ideological aspects of Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age cremation graves in continental Northwest Europe (1100-500 BC) | full story

Apply for IIAS Summer School

IIAS Summer School 2014 in Thailand

21 May 2014

The IIAS Summer School at Chiang Mai will focus on the theoretical issue of the knowledge production, transmission and practice of culture against the backdrop of historically contingent case studies featuring transnational circulations of craft. Dates: 18-22 August 2014. | full story

Africa Thesis Award 2014

Deadline for Submission is 11-07-2014

11 July 2014

Are you interested in Sub-Saharan Africa and is your Masters thesis on a related subject? If so, the African Studies Centre in Leiden is offering you the chance to win € 1.000 through its Africa Thesis Award plus publication of the winning thesis in the ASC’s African Studies Collection. | full story

Exclusive book launch

H.J. van Mook (1894-1965) – Een vrij en gelukkig Indonesië

14 May 2014

On 14 May Tom van den Berge, researcher at KITLV, will present the first copies of his book H.J. van Mook (1894-1965) – Een vrij en gelukkig Indonesië to historian Cees Fasseur and to Wouter van der Star, H.J. van Mook’s son. The book is the biography of the last governor general of Netherlands East Indies, H.J. van Mook, who in July 1947 started a major military action against the Republic of Indonesia, which was in contradiction with his motto 'a free and happy Indonesia'. According to Van Moo | full story

COST network subsidy

'E-READ: Evolution of Reading in the Age of Digitization’

16 May 2014

Adriaan van der Weel: ‘We are especially pleased with this COST network subsidy because COST's selection process is highly competitive: the grant is a recognition not just of the quality of the team and its proposal, but also of the subject's urgency.’ | full story

Leiden Museumnight Succes

More than 2.300 visitors at RMO for Museumnight

19 May 2014

De fifth edition of Leiden Museumnight was a great success. The 'medieval activities' at the Museum for Antiquities received more than 2300 visitors. The other museums were successful as well. The National Museum of Ethnology (Volkenkunde) drew thousands of visitors with the passionate lectures of photographer and world traveller Jimmy Nelson and the music of Kraak & Smaak. | full story

Global land grab

Mayke Kaag (ASC) interviewed by OneWorld about the global land grab

8 May 2014

ASC researcher Mayke Kaag and Annelies Zoomers of Utrecht University were interviewed by OneWorld about their book The Global Land Grab, beyond the Hype. Read the interview (Dutch). | full story

Volkskrant on Boko Haram

ASC researcher Akinyinka Akinyoade interviewed by Volkskrant about Boko Haram in Nigeria. Read the interview.

10 May 2014

ASC researcher Akinyinka Akinyoade was interviewed by de Volkskrant about Boko Haram in Nigeria. Read the interview (Dutch). | full story

Yannis Kyriakides first prize

International Rostrum for Composers Award

6 June 2014

Yannis Kyriakides, PhD student at Academy of Creative and Performing Arts , has received the prestigious International Rostrum for Composers award, in the category over 30 years, for his cello, video and electronics piece: Words and Song Without Words. | full story

Acquisition Highlight

Prof. Sjoerd Hofstra’s Mende fieldwork notes

23 June 2014

The ASC Library has been given valuable archival material from the estate of the Dutch anthropologist Sjoerd Hofstra (1898-1983), appointed Professor of African Anthropology at the University of Leiden in 1947. Hofstra did research among the Mende in Sierra Leone. | full story

ASC wins two NWO grants

ASC awarded two research grants on Inclusive Development

13 June 2014

The African Studies Centre has been awarded two research grants in the framework of the NWO-WOTRO programme on Inclusive Development. The first research project focuses on increasing the political leverage of informal and formal workers’ organisations for inclusive development in Ghana and Benin. The second research project explores how Dutch multinationals can help promote sustainable productive employment and inclusive growth in Sub-Sahara Africa, in particular Kenya and Nigeria. | full story

KITLV wins NWO grant

€ 750,000 Grant for Professor G.J. Oostindie

13 May 2014

Gert Oostindie, director KITLV and professor of Caribbean History at Leiden University, will receive a € 750,000 grant for the research project 'Confronting Caribbean challenges: hybrid identities and governance in small-scale island jurisdictions' from the NWO. The funding comes from the 'Caribbean Research: A Multi-disciplinary approach' scheme. | full story