GLASS Masterclasses

GLASS will offer masterclasses on subjects chosen by the scholars. These classes will be open to all Masters-level students and higher from Leiden and other universities. Students should submit a short application online.

Masterclass with Clare Harris

Instructor: Clare Harris (Professor of Visual Anthropology and Pitt Rivers Museum Curator for Asian Collections at the University of Oxford)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Time: 1-4pm
National Museum of Ethnology (Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde)
Steenstraat 1
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This class invited reflection on topics that address the global modalities of museum practice, object circulation and visual economy and their intersections, with a special focus on Tibet.

Part 1 (60-90 minutes)
Discussions focused on the first four chapters of Professor Harris's book The Museum on the Roof of the World: Art, Politics and the Representation of Tibet (University of Chicago Press, 2012):

- Chapters 1 & 2: colonial constructions of knowledge and the politics of possession: object extraction and museum representation

- Chapters 3 & 4: photography: the archival, the historic and the afterlives of photographs when circulated in the 'visual economy' and/or in digital distribution

Students will be asked to prepare a critical response to one chapter of the book and use it to make comparisons with their own research.

Part 2 (60 minutes)
In the second part of the class Professor Harris lead an informal discussion using the Tibetan exhibits at the Ethnological museum.


Harris, Clare E (2012) The Museum of the Roof of the World: Art, Politics, and the Representation of Tibet. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

1 The Tibet Museum in the West
2 The Younghusband Mission and Tibetan Art
3 Picturing Tibet for the Imperial Archive
4 Photography and the Politics of Memory


The Challenge of Equity and Justice in the Shariah - Jonathan Brown

Instructor: Jonathan Brown (Associate Professor, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization, Georgetown University).

Date and Time
Thursday 30 October, 12.00-15.00 hours.
Location: Johan Huizinga Building
Doelensteeg 16, Leiden
Room 008B.

This seminar looked at the institution of the mazalim (equity) court in Islamicate legal history, with a focus on how it fit into or shaped notions of justice.

This masterclass was organised by LUCIS in cooperation with GLASS (Global Asia Scholar Series).


Masterclass with Caroline Humphrey

Instructor: Caroline Humphrey (MIASU, Anthropology, Cambridge University)

Date & Time
6 March 2014
Johan Huizinga Building
Conference Room (2nd Floor)
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden

Caroline Humphrey lead a small workshop in which students had the opportunity to present and get feedback on their own research projects. Students prepared and pre-circulated a text on their own research; these were presented and discussed in the workshop.

- Asian perspectives on borders / sovereignty
- 'Post-socialism' - including comparative studies
- Spatiality and mobility
- Asian cultural influences, borrowings from country to country
- Exceptional and closed spaces within states
- Gendered practices at borders


Writing Global Narratives: The Promise and Challenge of Different Scales of Analysis - Mrinalini Sinha

Instructor: Mrinalini Sinha (Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of History, University of Michigan)

Wednesday, April 24th
2-5pmGravensteen Room 11
Pieterskerkhof 6

Class Description
This class invites reflection on the organization of knowledge into different units and scales of analyses. How has the "global turn" in academic scholarship influenced the way we think about the units and scales of our scholarly enquiry? What are the issues at stake in these questions? How are these modes of thinking relevant to a wide-range of scholarship? MA students and PhDs from Leiden and elsewhere are encouraged to apply.

1. M. Sinha, “Introduction,” Specters of Mother India (Duke University Press, 2006), pp. 1-22

2. Barbara Weinstein, “History Without a Cause? Grand Narratives, World History, and the Postcolonial Dilemma,” International Review of Social History 50.1 (2005): 71-93

3. Barbara Anadaya, “Oceans Unbounded: Transversing Asia Across “Area Studies”,” Journal of Asian Studies, 65:4 (2006): 669-690

4. Lisa Lowe, “The Intimacy of Four Continents” in Ann L. Stoler ed. Haunted by Empire: Geographies of Intimacy in North American History (Duke University Press, 2006), pp. 192-212


Nations from the Outside In: Religious, Political and Commercial Entanglements between Diasporas and Empires - Engseng Ho

November 22, 2012
9.30am - 5pm
Green Room of the East Asian Library
WSD Complex, Het Arsenaal
Arsenaalstraat 1
Leiden University

Class Information:
The class is open to MA to PhD-level students. The class will be divided into two sessions. The morning session will be a seminar discussion on a selection of articles chosen by Professor Ho, and the afternoon session will focus on the discussion of student research. The class will be limited to 15-20 students. MA students and PhDs from Leiden and elsewhere are encouraged to apply.

Morning Session (Two 1.5 hour sessions)
Part 1. Disussion of the work of Engseng Ho:
a) The Graves of Tarim (2006)
b) Inter-Asian Research and the Theoretical Challenges of Doing Thick Transnationalism (forthcoming).

Part 2. Discussion of other works:
a) Kuo, Huei-Ying, Transnational Business Networks and Sub-ethnic Nationalism: Chinese Business and Nationalist Activities in Interwar Hong Kong and Singapore, 1919-1941. Unpublished 2007 dissertation, SUNY Binghamton
b) Ralph Croizier, Koxinga and Chinese Nationalism: History, Myth, and the Hero. Selections Harvard U. Press 1977
c) Oliver August, Inside the Red Mansion: On the Trail of China's Most Wanted Man. Selections. Mariner Books, 2008

Afternoon Session (3 Hours)
Selected student papers will be discussed. If you have a paper you wish to be considered for this part of the class, please submit it along with your abstract (see application). Students whose papers are selected will be expected to present their work (15 minutes) and will be allotted 30 minutes of discussion time (10 minutes for Engseng Ho, 20 minutes for general discussion).



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