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Keynote lecture by Carol Gluck

Our World Today: Why Modernity Matters More in Lesotho than in London

5 March 2015

On LeidenGlobal Day Cleveringa Professor Carol Gluck held a keynote lecture titled "Our World Today: Why Modernity Matters More in Lesotho than in London". A transcript of her wonderful lecture is now available on our website... | full story


Oorlogsjournalistiek - oudheid vs. actueel

24 maart 2015

Panel-avond met enerzijds specialisten in klassieke geschiedschrijving en anderzijds moderne oorlogsverslaggevers. Zij gaan met elkaar in gesprek over hoe moeilijk het is om verslag te doen van een oorlog. Allen zijn afhankelijk van hun bronnen, zoals Romeinse en Griekse geschiedschrijvers (toen) of ooggetuigen (nu). Maar de vraag is hoe betrouwbaar die bronnen zijn. | full story

Docenten conferentie

Studiemiddag Islam voor docenten

20 april 2015

Op 20 april organiseren de VGN en de Universiteit Leiden in samenwerking met het Rijksmuseum van Oudheden in Leiden een studiemiddag voor docenten voortgezet onderwijs over dit thema. In plenaire zittingen en in werkgroepen zullen onderwerpen als de geschiedenis van de islam, de positie van de vrouw binnen de islam, ontwikkelingen in het Midden-Oosten en radicalisering worden besproken. Lees verder voor programma en registratie. | 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

ASC Seminar

Reassessing fortress conservation? New media and the politics of distinction in Kruger National Park

2 April 2015

This seminar contributes to discussions that aim to reassess fortress conservation ideas and practices by analyzing how new online media are changing the politics of access to and control over increasingly militarized protected areas. | full story

Cannes Film Festival

Leiden University Film at Short Film Corner Cannes Festival

6 March 2015

The short documentary film was selected to the short film corner of the Cannes Film Festival. The documentary was made by Itandehui Jansen and Armando Bautista Garcia in the context of the ERC project Time in Intercultural Context, led by Prof. Dr. Maarten Jansen. | full story

IIAS Conference

Perspectives on Contemporary India

16 & 17 April 2015

IIAS conference about the multiple and contesting perspectives of present day India. Scholars from India and Europe, who have been seriously engaged in research and writing on these issues, have been invited to this conference to make their presentations. | full story

MEARC PhD Research Grants

Call for applications

8 March 2015

In 2015 MEARC will offer PhD Field research grants to external PhD researchers at Leiden University who conduct research on modern East Asia. The application deadline is 1 April 2015. | full story

Unique photo collection

Special photo collection Dutch East Indies now available online

12 March 2015

Antique dealer and collector Hans van der Kamp collected more than 6,000 photographs made in the Dutch East Indies. More than a year after this unique and diverse photo collection was purchased by the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) the pictures became available online via the Digital Media Library. | full story

Lecture Series

Jessica Rawson on The Steppe and the Silk Roads, China’s Interactions with its neighbors

4-9 May 2015

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 on the Steppe and the Silk Roads, China’s Interactions with its neighbours. The events are organized by Asian Modernities and Traditions. | full story

Africa Thesis Award

Deadline submission Africa Thesis Award 2015

23 March 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

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

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

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

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

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

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