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LeidenGlobal Day

27 November 2014

On 27 November we will mark the one year anniversary of LeidenGlobal with an interesting program featuring a keynote speech by Cleveringa Professor Carol Gluck, the presentation of the project Voice4Thought and a panel debate on New Manipuledia. | 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

Lecture series

Investigating Indonesia

27 November 2014

During November Leiden University Libraries and Studium Generale organise a series of 4 lectures to accompany the exhibition Investigating Indonesia at Leiden University Library. The exhibition is part of the Asian Library Event. With this event Leiden University celebrates the development of the world’s largest research library on Indonesia and the Caribbean. | 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


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


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

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


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

Archeologische vondsten terug naar Leiden

Leids erfgoed

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

China Education Expo 2014

Meet our faculty in China

22 October 2014

This autumn Leiden University will visit China to attend the China Education Expo 2014 and join the education fair in Beijing on 25 and 26 October and in Shanghai on 1 and 2 November. Representatives of Leiden University, and the Faculty of Humanities, will be present at the Dutch pavilion to inform visitors about the bachelor’s and master’s programmes and student life in Leiden. | full story


Imagined Selves: Photography, Self-Fashioning and the Archive

28 & 29 November 2014

The new National Museum of World Cultures has one of the largest photographic collections in the Netherlands. During the conference, scholars, curators and artists will pose new questions regarding photography's histories and practices. | full story

IIAS Lunch Lecture

The Community Home-based Care Service for the Aged: Practice and Exploration of Shanghai

4 December 2014

This lecture aims to provide a more in-depth understanding of the whole development process of Shanghai's community home-based care service for the aged. It will show the policies introduced, the measures taken and the achievements obtained, and will reveal the prominent problems and their causes, and, finally, explore possible future counter-measures. | full story

ASC Annual Public Event

Performance by Phillippa Yaa de Villiers (South Africa)

8 December 2014

Phillippa Yaa de Villiers has created Shades, a lecture-cum-poetry recital-cum-performance that explores race, identity and politics in present-day South Africa. | full story

KITLV Symposium

Conflict and conscience: the Indonesian decolonization and the uncomfortable past of the Netherlands

10 December 2014

Frequently the decolonization war in Indonesia surfaces in media coverage, often causing emotional debates. There is a clear social and political demand for a thoroughly researched account of the Dutch military operations. On 10 December 2014, KITLV organizes an afternoon with lectures and a debate, where we share the developments from our research, and where we discuss the use and need for further historical research. | 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

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

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

Dynamic new museum

New language museum for Leiden

29 September 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 were presented on 29 September. | full story


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

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

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

De Olinda a Holanda: o gabinete de curiosidades de Nassau

New book

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

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

New Book

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lara Weiss nieuwe conservator Egyptische collectie

30 September 2014

Het Rijksmuseum van Oudheden heeft dr. Lara Weiss (1980) per 1 oktober 2014 aangesteld als conservator van de Egyptische afdeling van het museum. Weiss is de opvolger van dr. Christian Greco, die directeur is geworden van het Egyptisch Museum in Turijn. | 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

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