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ICAS 11: 11th International Convention of Asia Scholars

Tuesday 16 July 2019 - Friday 19 July 2019
Various locations

Experience Asia in Leiden

Leiden will turn into a little piece of Asia from 16 to 19 July, as 2100 scholars and other Asia experts from over 75 countries descend on the city for ICAS 11. For that entire week it will be Asia Week in Leiden.

For the delegates, there will be panels, round tables and networking events. In addition, around 800 papers will be presented. 

The regular registration fee applies until 15 June, and the onsite fee from 16 June onwards. There is a reduced rate for students and PhD candidates.

Alongside the convention sessions, there will be numerous cultural activities that are open to all: exhibitions, a film and documentary festival, lectures, an Asia Studies book fair, workshops, a culinary and cultural market and much more.

Vietnamama food truck

A few of the activities

  • Lectures and workshops at the Textile Research Centre (TRC, Hogewoerd): indigo painting, printing techniques, Afghan embroidery and Southeast Asian weaving.
  • Hans Kemp photo exhibition in Stadhuis: Divine Encounters, 27/6 t0 19/8.
  • ‘Me Asian’, exhibition at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Rapenburg 59, Leiden.
  • Exhibition of photos by Japanese-American artist Yuriko Yamaguchi in the Oude UB on Rapenburg. The theme is Humanity’s End as a New Beginning; World Disasters in Myths. The artworks are based on myths discovered and edited by emeritus professor of literary studies Mineke Schipper, 15/7 to 30/8.
  • Film and documentary festival.
  • Chinese calligraphy workshop at the IIAS, Rapenburg 59, Leiden.
  • Food and cultural market at Pieterskerkplein. A collection of food trucks will be selling dishes ranging from vegan to BBQ, juices to curry, and everything in between. The various Asian cuisines will be out in force, but there will also be plenty of Dutch delicacies for the international guest such as chips and poffertjes. A wide range of crafts will also be on display. 
  • China Awakens: exhibition in the Sijthoff building on Doezastraat of photos taken by Paul van Riel in 1979, 6/7 to 28/7.

NB. Some cultural activities may begin or be held before 16 July. 

Cultural activities open to all

This is the second time that the University and city of Leiden will have hosted ICAS; the very first edition was also held in Leiden. This historical city is the perfect location for the conference: it is home to the oldest university in the Netherlands and a number of leading Asia research centres, and the University Library has an extensive and important Asia collection.

The organisers of ICAS are IIAS, Leiden University and GIS Asie (the French Academic Network for Asian Studies) in collaboration with the city of Leiden and its museums. The aim of the convention is to involve as many Asian voices as possible in the dialogue about their continent. 

See the ICAS website

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