News & events

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’.


1-2 November | Global Earth Matters - Gold

Materiality plays an important role in shaping our understanding of the world around us. Global Earth Matters: Mining, Materiality and the Museum is a series of seminars that seek to re-center scholarly interest in the materiality of objects, opening onto broader questions of labor and making, skills and craftsmanship, on issues surrounding the (exploitative) economies from which these objects emerge. This second workshop will host keynote speakers Rosalind Morris (Columbia University) and Elizabeth Emma Ferry (Brandeis Unversity). RCMC, Steenstraat 1, Leiden. Registration is required. Open to all.


19-20 October | 4th International Colloquium on ‘Heritage and Rights of Indigenous Peoples’

The 4th International Colloquium on ‘Heritage and Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ will take place at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University. This event is supported by the Faculties of Archaeology and Humanities, the profile area 'Global Interactions' of Leiden University and the research program 'Time in Intercultural Context', financed by the European Research Council. ALL ARE WELCOME.


9 September | Gravensteen Lecture | Laleh Khalili (SOAS)

The first Gravensteen Lecture of the academic year will be given by Laleh Khalili, Professor of Middle East Politics at SOAS, University of London. She will talk about her new research on the politics and political economy of war and militaries as it intersects with infrastructure, logistics and transport.


Global Interactions awards 4 grants to Leiden researchers

From the 2016 spring pool of applications, GI has awarded 4 grants to 5 Leiden researchers: Nira Wickramasinghe (LIAS-SAS), Alicia Schrikker (History), Bart Barendregt (CA-DS), Anne-Isabelle Richard (History) and Michelle Carmody (History & Latin American Studies).


30 June - 1 July | Global Earth Matters

Materiality plays an important role in shaping our understanding of the world around us. Global Earth Matters: Mining, Materiality and the Museum is a series of seminars that seek to re-center scholarly interest in the materiality of objects, opening onto broader questions of labor and making, skills and craftsmanship, on issues surrounding the (exploitative) economies from which these objects emerge. Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 10:30 to Friday, July 1, 2016 - 17:00, RCMC. Registration is required.


The disputed issue of the origin of noodles

Friday April 22, at 15:00 hrs, lecture by Prof. Francoise Sabban: "The disputed issue of the origin of noodles: a new comparative approach".  In this 'Shared Taste' lecture, Professor Françoise Sabban (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris) will try to dig deeper into an issue that has puzzled food historians for some time: who invented the noodle first? Were the Italians first with their invention of pasta, or was it the Chinese, with their invention of noodles?


11 March - Jihad: Between Theory and Practice

On March 11th, Jelle Bruning (LIAS) will host an interdiciplinary expert meeting with three international scholars who will discuss the influence of jihad-related ideologies on the movement of people and the formation of networks. This event is sponsored by a GI seed grant.