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Area Studies: Asia & the Middle East


The various bodies involved in the administration of LIAS and LUCSoR are listed below.

Management team
Advisory Council 
PhD Council
Institute Council
Professors Council
Graduate Studies Advisor
Confidential Counseling

Management team

Academic Director

Academic Director prof. Erik-Jan Zürcher is the head of LIAS & LUCSoR, and as such carries overall responsibility for the institute.
Academic Director of Research is prof. Nira Wickramasinghe.
Please use emailaddress: LIASAcademicDirector@hum.leidenuniv.nl to contact the Academic Directors.

The Academic Director is directly answerable to the Faculty Board.

Director of Studies

The Director of Studies Nathal Dessing has a leading role in the planning and development of all teaching undertaken by LIAS & LUCSoR members, in various BA, MA, and Research MA programs.

Institute Manager

Institute Manager Pia Teeuw has a leading role in budgetary and personnel matters, supports faculty in planning grant applications, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the LIAS & LUCSoR Office.

Advisory Council

Each of the Institutes in the Faculty of Humanities has an Advisory Council. The Council consists of at least seven and up to thirteen Institute members. The Academic Director provides the Council with information on all matters concerning the Institute as necessary.

LIAS and LUCSoR have a joint Advisory Council, which meets minimally once per term, and offers solicited and unsolicited advice to the Management. The Council welcomes input from all institute members.

Members are appointed for (renewable) periods of two years each by the Dean of Humanities, upon recommendation by the Academic Director, with due regard for balanced representation. Two seats on the Council are held by PhD students.

PhD Council

The LIAS & LUCSoR PhD Council represents all PhD students affiliated with the LIAS and the LUCSoR and promotes their interests.

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The PhD council meets regularly with the management team and has a representative in the Advisory Council. The Council aims to stay informed and to play an active role in developments that may concern PhD students, within LIAS & LUCSoR and/or the university at large.

In addition, the PhD Council regularly organizes social events to give PhD students the opportunity to meet their colleagues and peers, in order to enhance a collaborative research environment. These events include regular social drinks, communal lunches and potluck dinners.

If you, as a LIAS & LUCSoR PhD students, have questions, suggestions or problems, please do not hesitate to contact us ( lias.phd.postdoc.council@gmail.com). We will do our best to assist in finding an answer/solution to your question/problem.

We look forward to seeing you at our academic and social events!

Institute Council

The faculty members of LIAS & LUCSoR jointly constitute the Institute Council. The Institute Council is convened by the Academic Director twice yearly, usually in mid-May and early December. These meetings are commonly known as members meetings, and are followed by social events. They provide a forum for discussing the institute’s current situation and its prospects, and for community-building. PhD students and visitors are also invited to these meetings.

Director of Doctoral Studies

The Director of Doctoral Studies oversees and coordinates the PhD program, and reports to the Management Team. The current director is Maghiel van Crevel.

Confidential Counseling

If you encounter problems, and you wish to discuss these confidentially, please contact:

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