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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.


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 and a master class within the Central Asia Initiative at Leiden University.


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.


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.


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’.


9 December: Lecture Becoming a 'Capable' Man in China

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.


7 December: IIAS Lunch Lecture Rings of Desire - Beijing as an Ordinary City

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.


Bakhtiyar Babadjanov will be Leiden Erasmus Fellow in November-December 2016

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.


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.


7 November: VVI Seminar: Academic research and evidence-based policies in Timor-Leste and Indonesia

The evidence-based policymaking model argues that policy decisions should be based on scientific research that identifies and fills the gaps in knowledge necessary for developing a specific policy decision. The assumption of this model is that, through scientific research, it is possible to find adequate solutions to a policy problem. This model for policymaking has gained traction over the last two decades and has been used in the preparation and financing of aid projects to developing counties, but also in the policymaking process of more developed countries. But how should this model be applied in practice? How can non-normative research be converted into normative products? Who defines the policy problems that evidence addressed? And, how should the research approaches be decided?