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10 November: AMT Panel discussion | Looking back at the Leiden Asia Year, Studying in/at Leiden from an Asian Perspective

Now we are slowly moving into the last months of what is the Leiden Asia Year, it is about time we also listen to some of our very own Asian students and how they have experienced the year so far but also asking them what it feels like to be “Asian” in Leiden: What is it like working with collections from your home country whilst being abroad? How do you deal with sometimes whole different approaches to your own various cultural legacies or ways of studying their world? And how easy is it to have your own research interests speak back to somehow similar issues that your guest society is facing? Today we listen to some of the experiences of our Master and PhD students coming from different Asian societies to pursue their scholarly career in Leiden.


Round November 2017: Central Asia Fieldwork Grants for Leiden MA/MA Research Students

In 2017 the Central Asia Initiative at Leiden University offers several fieldwork grants to a max of 7,500 EUR. Only MA or MA Research students enrolled at Leiden University are eligible. The fieldwork should be carried out in one of the Central Asia countries by the end of 2018. The money can be used to fund research related to your MA thesis or to develop a PhD proposal related to Central Asia. Application deadline: 15 November 2017.


12 September-22 December: TRC exhibition Dressing the "Stans": Textiles, dress and jewellery from Central Asia

On 12 September the new TRC Gallery exhibition 'Dressing the Stans: Textiles, dress and jewellery from Central Asia' was opened by the famous Oxford scholar, Dr. Peter Frankopan, the author of the widely acclaimed book The Silk Roads: A New History of the World (2015). The exhibition is co-funded by the Central Asia Initiative at Leiden University and will run until 22 December.


Ron Sela will be the Central Asia Visiting Professor in May 2017

Ron Sela, Associate Professor of Central Asian History in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University – Bloomington, will be the Central Asia Visiting Professor from 19 until 25 May 2017. Ron Sela will deliver a guest lecture on Monday, 22 May and a masterclass on Tuesday, 23 May within the Central Asia Initiative at Leiden University.


17-18 May: Conference Buddhist Studies in Leiden

On 17-18 May 2017 Leiden University will host a conference, organized by Prof. dr. Jonathan Silk, to commemorate 60 years of the Chair in the study of Buddhism, 60 years of the Indo-Iranian Journal, the 30th anniversary of Leiden University hosting the Numata Visiting Professorship in Buddhist Studies and the publication of the first volume of Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism.


12 May: Gravensteen Lecture Archives, Materiality, and Unthought Knowns

On May 12th 2017, Lisa Lowe (Tufts University) reflects on the possibilities and limits of both archives and objects in the exploration of historical links between Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, observing that European liberal narratives of freedom overcoming slavery often obscure their embeddedness within colonial conditions.


23 March: Modern South Asia Seminar Becoming Global Hindus: Hindu Nationalist Training Camps and the Indian Diaspora

In recent years the influence of Hindu nationalism amongst India’s substantial diaspora has garnered increasing attention. Hindutva ideology and organisations – which have developed transnationally since the mid-twentieth century – both influence Indians overseas, and in turn produce spaces for the diaspora to engage with the homeland. This paper will consider an important but under-researched aspect of this relationship: Hindu nationalist training camps. These have played a key role in the growth of the Hindu nationalist movement in India. But overseas, they perform specific functions for diaspora populations, and have developed innovative, syncretic new forms.


New courses Buddhist Studies by dr. Helmut Tauscher

In the Spring semester of 2017, two courses will be offered by the Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies, Dr. Helmut Tauscher. One is oriented at the BA level, the other at the MA level. The two courses start in Week 8, the MA-course starts on Monday 20 February, 19:00-21:00 in Lipsius 235b. The BA-course starts on Thursday 23 February, 19:00-21:00 in Lipsius 030.


Central Asia Fieldwork Grants for Leiden MA/MA Research Students

In 2017 the Central Asia Initiative at Leiden University will offer several fieldwork grants to a max of 7,500 EUR. Only MA or MA Research students at Leiden University are eligible. The fieldwork should be carried out in one of the Central Asia countries by the end of 2018. The money can be used to fund research related to your MA thesis or to develop a PhD proposal related to Central Asia. Application deadline: 1 March 2017.


Yusen Yu wins MEM Graduate Student Prize

Yusen Yu wins the prestigious Graduate Student Prize of the Middle East Medievalists (MEM) with his article "Chinese Gold-decorated Paper and the Persianate Book Arts". The paper was presented at the Timurid conference in Leiden in May 2016.


February 3 | Gravensteen Lecture | Rationality, Alienation, and the Political Enlightenment: Themes from Gandhi

In this lecture, Professor Akeel Bilgrami will explore the chief ideals of the political Enlightenment by asking what underlies the assumption that what happened in Europe must happen everywhere else in the world, including its erstwhile colonies. The themes will range from notions of rationality, alienation, liberty and equality to doctrines and arguments such as the ‘social contract’ and ‘the tragedy of the commons’.