Past events

1 March-5 Sep 2014 | 1 March - 5 September 2014 | Expedition Silk Road: Treasures from the Hermitage .
On the occasion of this exhibition a cooperation has been established between Leiden University and the Hermitage Amsterdam and Saint Petersburg. Two projects have been initiated in the light of this exhibition: May 17 and 18 2014: A joined conference is organized: Connecting the Silk Road: Trade, People & Social Networks (ca. 400-1300 AD) on 17 and 18 May 2014.

7 Aug 2014 | IIAS event | Changing Patterns of Power in Historical and Modern Central and Inner Asia

11-12 July 2014 | Research Consortium Eurasia Workshop on political competition between Europe and Russia in Eurasia in Bremen (Leiden University, University of Bremen and Cambridge University)

July 2014 | Six students will travel to Kazakhstan, Kirgizia and Uzbekistan to visit important archaeological sites and museums

8 June 2014 | Buddhism on the Silk Routes | Lecture by Prof. Jonathan Silk

2 June 2014 | Round table Samarkand: Crossroad of Cultures

17-18 May 2014 | Connecting the Silk Road. Trade, People & Social Networks (c. 400-1300 AD)

17 April 2014 | The Uzbek Ambassador Mr. Vladimir Norov visited Leiden University. Mr. Norov met with the rector magnificus Professor Carel Stolker and visited the exhibition "Uzbekistan and Europe" at the Lipsius Building.
This was the first visit of Ambassador Norov to Leiden. He has been appointed officially Ambassador to the Netherlands in March 2014. The Uzbek Benelux Embassy is situated in Brussels. Read more

17 april 2014 | PhD defense Willem Klumper: De Effects-Based Approach in Afghanistan; meten van het onmeetbare, 15.00

15 april 2014IIAS Lunch Lectures | Restoration or Ruination? The Politics of Timurid Architectural Heritage in Samarqand, by Elena Paskaleva (LIAS), 12.30-13.30

4 april 2014Current Research in Iranian Studies | An informmal workshop on the occasion of the Annual Meeting of the Societas Iranologica Europaea, 14.30-17.00, University Library Leiden, Heinsius Room (2nd floor)

5-7 March 2014 | GLASS Events with Caroline Humphrey. Professor Dame Caroline Humphrey from Cambridge University (Social Anthropology) was the spring GLASS visiting scholar. Caroline Humphrey is an anthropologist who has worked in Russia, Mongolia, China (Inner Mongolia and Heilongjiang), India, Nepal and Ukraine. She has researched a wide range of themes including Soviet and post-Soviet provincial economy and society.

November 11, 2013 | Central Asia was widely represented in the IIAS conference through lectures on ancient city oases such as: Andreas Gruschke and Cirenyangzong (Tsering Yangdzom)
‘Early foundations for urban development in Tibetan areas ‐ The examples of Lhasa and Yushu (Jyekundo)’ and : Angelo Andrea di Castro and Marika Vicziany ‘Urban centres and agriculture in the Kashgar oasis’.

February 12-14 2014 | The conference on Chinese Buddhism included lectures on the Buddhist wall paintings in the caves of Xinjiang.

12-13 June 2013 | Leiden University Centre for Linguistics and Leiden Institute for Religious Studies presented two lectures by prof. Antonio Panaino (Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna; Sede di Ravenna - Dipartimento di Beni Culturali):
June 12, at 15.15: Did an Avestan people actually exist? Where and when? Provocative remarks about the "evaporation" of a linguistic tradition
June 13, at 15.15: The Magi in the Gospel of Matthew and the Iranian framework

30 May 2013 | Conference ' The History of Perestroika in Central Asia'.

13 & 14 May 2013 | Symposium 'Europe and Hajj in the Age of Empires'
organized by LUCIS in cooperation with the King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives in Riyad and Museum Volkenkunde is considering the Hajj in Imperial Russia, Turkestan and the Crimea.

17 December 2012 | IIAS lecture by Elena Paskaleva
Building National Identity through Timurid Architecture in Modern Central Asia
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11 December 2012 | IIAS lecture by Khair Mohammed Khairzada and Willem Vogelsang
Recent excavations of the Buddhist remains from Mes Aynak, Afghanistan
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7 December 2012 | Buddhism & Social Justice: two lectures
Anna Filigenzi on Buddha, Monks and Lay Devotees: the Buddhist rhetoric of power in Late Antique Afghanistan & Meiji Yamada on Buddhism and the Sakas: Nomads of Central Asia in Greek, Persian, Indian, and Chinese Sources.
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2 November 2012 | Lecture by Jinhua Chen
Indianized or Localized: Borderland Complex and the Transmission in East Asia
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16 October 2012 | Archaeological Forum lecture by Andrea Waters-Rist
The Disappearance of the Kitoi Culture, Lake Baikal, Siberia

1-13 October 2012 | Seminar on historical methodology by Touraj Atabaki
At the L.N.Gumilyov Eurasian National University in Astana, Kazachstan

28-29 September 2012 | Cultural encounters across Central Asia
Workshop organised by Asian Modernities and Traditions (AMT), Cambridge University and the British Institute of Persian Studies (BIPS), the British Academy

14 July 2012 | 16th Barge Forum lecture by Andrea Waters-Rist
Ancient Peoples from Lake Baikal, Siberia: Reconstructing Past Health and Diet
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9-13 July 2012 | Where is Central Asia in Long-Run Histories of Economic Development?
Session during the XVIth World Economic History Congress in Stellenbosch, South Africa
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21 June 2012 | Guiding Travelers Lectures and Workshop
11 am - 1 pm, Lipsius 147
Heinrich Härke and and Søren M. Sindbæk will give lectures followed by a workshop
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14 June 2012 | Seminar by Chris Beckwith on his book Empires of the Silk Road
3 - 5 pm, Lipsius 307

13 June 2012 | LUCIS lecture by Chris Beckwith
5 - 7 pm, Lipsius 307
Near Eastern Indic sources of Achaemenid rule and their reflexes in Bactria and China

16 May 2012 | Empires of the Steppe
Jan Bemmann and Ursula Brosseder from the University of Bonn presented their latest archeaological research on the Xiongnu and on the Orkhon Valley.
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2 May 2012 | Lecture on Islam in Central Asia by Devin DeWeese
A Reality Without a Name: Some thoughts on the structures of Sufi history in modern Central Asia
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25 April 2012 | Modern South Asia Seminar by Corinne Lefèvre
In the Name of the Fathers: Mughal Genealogical Strategies from Bābur to Shāh Jahān
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19 April 2012 | Film screening at Leiden University
Karim Khakimov: Russian Lawrence of Arabia (2011)
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13 Dec 2011 | Two lectures on history and literature in the Middle East
Ulrich Marzolph on the Egyptian historian al-Ishâqî and Charles Melville on the history of Tamerlane

28-29 Oct 2011 | UvA and VU conference
Towards a Social History of Turkmenistan, 1860-1960: Research Trends in Ethnography and History
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17-18 Dec 2010 | Round table: Shifting Frontiers
Current Issues in the History of Early Islamic Central Asia
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