Research Networks

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LIAS has a School of Asian Studies and a School of Middle-Eastern Studies. These designations, and fields within them such as Turkish Studies or Korean Studies, remain foundational to our work. At the same time, the academic community benefits from the presence of cross-regional networks that are defined along thematic and disciplinary lines.


LIAS researchers working in the field of linguistics hold dual appointments in LIAS and the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics LUCL .

Religion & Philosophy

The Religion & Philosophy network includes researechers based in LIAS and in LUCSoR , and brings together experts on religious and intellectual traditions from around the world.

State & Society

The State & Society network critically interrogates the assumption that state and society are a priori conceptual and empirical objects.