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Alanna O'Malley on the election of new United Nations secretary-general António Guterres

The election of a new secretary-general of the UN has reinvigorated the discussion on reform of the institution. Criticism on its functioning often fo...

Wim Willems and Hanneke Verbeek are the winners of the Die Haghe prize of 2016

Wim Willems and Hanneke Verbeek were awarded with the Die Haghe Prize of 2016 for their book ‘Hier woonden wij. Hoe een stad zijn Joodse verleden hero...

Erik-Jan Zürcher in Nieuwsuur about the purges in Turkey

On 19 July Erik-Jan Zürcher, professor of Turkish languages and cultures, made a TV appearance in Nieuwsuur to talk about the actions Erdogan took aft...

Iran expert Maaike Warnaar columnist for Leidsch Dagblad

The next few weeks Iran expert Maaike Warnaar will write a weekly column in the Leidsch Dagblad. She will write about her work and about private matters.

The Guardian on revealing old texts using X-rays

Scientists from Leiden and Delft recently discovered old texts using X-ray radiation. The subject was reported in the English newspaper The Guardian.

Book publication Wim Willems ‘Hagenezen die er mochten wezen’

What, and especially who has formed the city The Hague? Wim Willems, professor Social History and director of the Modern Urban Studies (MUS) Institute...

Introducing Historians Without Borders

In the summer of 2015 the former Finnish foreign minister Erkki Tuomioja, together with a group of Finnish historians, took an important initiative an...

Enough is enough – the medal will be returned

Over a decade ago the then foreign minister Abdullah Gül awarded me the “Medal of High Distinction” of the Republic of Turkey. I received the award, c...

Freedom is not our gift to the world

Tolerance and democracy are not our European values

Call for papers: Compassion, Social Engagement, and Discontent: Believing and the Politics of Belonging in Europe Today

Leiden University Centre for the Study of Religion (LUCSoR), Thursday 10 and Friday 11 November 2016

An Interview with Kiri Paramore, Author of Japanese Confucianism

For more than 1500 years, Confucianism has played a major role in shaping Japan's history - from the formation of the first Japanese states during the...

History and Linguistics in Leiden #19 and #28 in QS ranking 2016

In QS’s World University Rankings of 2016, Leiden University’s History and Linguistics programme rank #19 and #28, respectively. This makes the Histor...

In memoriam: Professor Cees Fasseur

It is with great sadness that Leiden University has learned of the death of Professor Cees Fasseur (11 December 1938–13 March 2016)

Maaike Warnaar in the news about the Iranian elections

On 29 February there appeared a column by Maaike Warnaar in the Volkskrant on the Iranian elections.

Fulbright Archival Research Trip in New York (October 2015 – January 2016)

Joris van den Tol spent three months doing archival research in Albany in the USA. Read on how he experienced his stay.