Mon 24 - Fri 28 August 2015 | NISIS Summer School | Islam in Indonesia | Leiden University

From Monday 24 until Friday 28 August 2015, the NISIS Summer School about Islam in Indonesia was held at Leiden University. Venue: Oude Sterrewacht - Oortzaal (Kaiserstraat 63, Leiden). Application deadline: 20 July 2015.


This year, NISIS's Summer School gave an overview of available expertise in the field of Islamic studies as promoted by NISIS. The focus was on Islam in Indonesia, but also other fields - which represent the specialties of the nine participating universities - such as Islam in Europe, Middle Eastern studies, philology, history, anthropology, law, politics, heritage studies will get attention.

Special attention was paid to the ample resources for the study of Indonesia, Islam and the Middle East, available in Dutch collections. Especially to those available in Dutch libraries, archives and museums.


The aim of the NISIS Summer School was to bring together a group of 10 to 20 (prospective) PhD students - mainly from Indonesia - with senior scholars in the field - both from Indonesia and the Netherlands - to prepare the students for pursuing a PhD degree at the nine Dutch universities participating in NISIS. Other PhD students were allowed to apply for participation, and were admitted if space was available. NISIS junior members were also eligible for admission.

Keynote speakers presented important current issues in the study of Islam in Indonesia, also by reflecting upon their own research while being PhD students abroad themselves. In their lectures they incorporated advice to the (prospective) PhD students how to develop their projects. During the afternoon workshops the students presented their projects and discussed these with their peers and with the senior scholars.


Each morning keynote lectures were held by both Indonesian and Dutch senior scholars. In the afternoon there were be workshops and excursions to Dutch musea.

Call for application

PhD candidates and advanced MA students active in the field of Islamic Studies were invited to apply for participation. The application deadline for participation in the NISIS Summer School 2015 was 20 July 2015

An application included the following:
- a CV 
- a motivation letter 
- a one-page description of your MA thesis or PhD project 
- a reference letter of your MA thesis or PhD supervisor 
- a title and an abstract of 300 words (max.) of your presentation 
- a short biography of 50 words (max.)

Successful applicants had to arrange and pay for their visa (if applicable), flight to and from the Netherlands, and transport to and from Leiden themselves.

NISIS junior members automatically qualified and did not need to apply for participation. However, they were required to register for the NISIS Summer School via

Obtaining credits (2 EC)

Participants who wanted to obtain credits (2 EC) for participation in the Summer School were required to:

- attend the Summer School
- give a presentation (15 minutes) in one of the afternoon workshops 

Participants who attended the Summer School without giving a presentation received a certificate of participation.

Last Modified: 30-11-2015