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.
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.
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.
The deadline for the next round of AMT2 Research Funding is 15 June 2017, 17 hrs CET. Application is open to all academic staff of Leiden University.
Below you can find an overview of our past events.
In the documentary film Wisdom of the Mountains Daan Jongbloed travels through the Pamir Mountains together with Frederik van Oudenhoven, author of ‘With our own hands’, a book about traditional dishes and farming culture of the Pamiri people. Followed by drinks. All welcome!
31 March: Gravensteen Lecture Escape from Rome: The Death of an Empire and the Birth of the Modern West
This lecture connects ancient and modern history in a novel way. The main argument is straightforward: the fact that nothing like the Roman Empire ever again appeared in Europe was a crucial precondition for modern economic growth, the Industrial Revolution and the global preeminence of Western colonial powers.
Based on the applications received for the second round of AMT Phase 2, two projects received funding: "The globalised politics of connectivity and governance in the South-to-West Asian Migration Corridor" and "CANAME".
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.
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.
Robert D. McChesney will be the Central Asia Visiting Professor in February-March 2017. Professor McChesney will deliver a guest lecture on 28 February and a master class on 6 March within the Central Asia Initiative at Leiden University.
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 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.
The film festival will engage with neo-realism in Indian cinema through works of master filmmakers who were ahead of their time.
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’.
Rural-urban migration has resulted in a series of socio-cultural transformations in China, including changing geographical re-locations, living arrangements, as well as interpersonal relations. The lecture addresses my on-going study on male migrant workers in China. It pays particular attention to the negotiation and enactment of singlehood, against the dominant cultural discourse of heteronormativity. This discussion aims critically to examine the western notion of a crisis of masculinity, and to question the meanings of masculinity in China, which is beyond a Eurocentric perspective.
An IIAS/UKNA lunch lecture by Professor Jeroen de Kloet. “The city,” so does Robert Park argue in his seminal essay from 1915, “shows the good and evil in human nature in excess.” Which inspires him to read the city as a laboratory to study human behaviour. In my talk I want to connect the notion of excess to the significance of the ring roads in Beijing – an excessive city par excellence , too big, too polluted, too crowded, too ugly, and changing too fast, making one lose his way time and again.
Dr. Bakhtiyar Babadjanov is the first Erasmus Fellow within the Erasmus Mobility Plus Project between Leiden University and the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies, in particular the Al-Biruni Centre of Oriental Manuscripts. The two-year project (2016-2018) envisages exchange of teaching staff between the two universities. Dr. Babadjanov will deliver two lectures and a masterclass.
Wen-chin Ouyang, Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature (SOAS London) will give a lecture on "Reading Arabic Literature in a Global Context: Silk and Spice in Literary Writings." Gravensteen 11, 3-5pm. All are welcome.
Winnie Won Ying Wong will be the Hulsewé-Wazniewski Stichting Visiting Professor from 23 November to 2 December 2016
Winnie Won Ying Wong will be the Hulsewé-Wazniewski Stichting Visiting Professor from 23 November to 2 December 2016. She will deliver several guest lectures on 26 November and 1 December and will be the keynote speaker of the HWS Symposium Chinese Export Paintings: Studies and Interpretations on 29 November 2016. All are welcome to visit the events. All events are free, please register.