What's on

IIAS Photo Exhibition "Picturing Asia"

From 25 March until 23 April, a selection of the 1000 photos entered into the 2014 IIAS Photo Contest will be on display at Leiden University’s Central University Building, Rapenburg 70 in Leiden. With this exhibition IIAS wishes to share with a wider public the many fascinating images we received, as well as give proper credit to more than just the winning photos. On 9 April 2015, the IIAS will be hosting a reception during which Dr John Kleinen will share his thoughts on selected photographs.


Greater focus on pre-Islamic heritage

War and terrorism overshadow interest in the pre-Islamic heritage of the Arabic peninsula. The new Leiden Centre for the Study of Ancient Arabia aims to make the general public more aware of the ancient history of this region.

Dissident Jang Jin-sun guest lecturer at Leiden University

North Korean dissident Jang Jin-sun has been appointed guest lecturer on 'speaking truth to power' - in particular with regard to North Korea - at Leiden University.  Over the coming half year he will give a number of lectures on the inner workings of the North Korean regime.

Using an ERC grant to study languages with beans and millet

Japanologist and linguist Martine Robbeets is going to use her newly acquired ERC Consolidator Grant to study the origins and spread of Trans-Eurasian languages, which include Japanese and Turkish. With it, she’s tackling one of the most controversial subjects in language history.