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LIAS has as its aim the advancement of Area Studies at Leiden University and in the wider academic community, with emphatic attention to the relevance of education and research for society at large. Area Studies emerges at the intersection of multiple disciplines and regional foci, employing deep linguistic and cultural knowledge in partnership with disciplinary theory and method in the humanities and social sciences. It relies on sensitivity to and critical reflection on the situatedness of scholarship. It foregrounds the regions studied as not just sources of data, but also sources of theory and method that challenge disciplinary claims to universality. Testing the boundaries of the disciplines and giving pride of place to a wide range of regions and historical periods, Area Studies should be, by definition, an interdisciplinary enterprise. 

LIAS is comprised of the Schools of Asian Studies (SAS) and Middle Eastern Studies (SMES). Area specializations in SAS include Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South- & Southeast Asian, and Tibetan Studies; in SMES, they include Arabic, Assyriology, Egyptology, Hebrew & Aramaic, Papyrology, Persian, and Turkish. LIAS staff have disciplinary expertise in anthropology, archeology, art & material culture studies, development studies, economics, film studies, history (cultural, intellectual, military, political, social), language pedagogy, law, linguistics, literary studies, media studies, philology, philosophy, political science, religious studies, and sociology. Read more on the LIAS website.

Contact

Visiting address 
The LIAS Office moved to Vrieshof 3. 
The new address is: 
LIAS 
Matthias de Vrieshof 3, room 0.10 
2311 BZ Leiden 

Office hours 
Daily, 9 am - 3 pm 

Postal address 
P.O. Box 9515 
2300 RA Leiden 
The Netherlands 

Telephone and Fax
Phone: +31 (0)71 527 2171 
Fax: +31 (0)71 527 2939 

E-mail address
lias@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Through research and teaching, the Van Vollenhoven Institute (VVI) seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the formation and functioning of legal systems in developing countries and their effectiveness in contributing to good governance and development. 

Today, the Institute collects, produces, stores, and disseminates knowledge on the processes of and relationships between law, governance and development, particularly in Asia and Africa. 

The research employs a socio-legal approach to develop insights into the workings of national legal systems in their historical, social and political contexts. It includes both state law and legal institutions, as well as customary and religious normative systems, with a special focus on access to justice. In the research projects the processes of law-making, administrative implementation, enforcement and dispute resolution have a prominent place. Read more on the VVI website.

Contact

Visiting address 
Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw (KOG),  
Secretariat: room B 305 
Steenschuur 25 
2311 ES Leiden 
The Netherlands

Postal address 
Van Vollenhoven Institute 
Leiden Law School 
Leiden University 
P.O.Box 9520 
2300 RA Leiden 
The Netherlands

Telephone and Fax 
Phone:   +31 (0)71 527 7260 
Fax:       +31 (0)71 527 7670   

Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology is the study of diverse societies worldwide with the aim of understanding the cultural complexity within those societies and the processes through which societies build connections with each other.

Global Connections concentrates on the world-wide movement of values, technologies, people, goods and images and its consequences for the ongoing transformation of social and cultural life in the current world. Such political economies of scale-making and the production of differences between human beings take place in changing landscapes of media, violence, cultural heritage, development policy and practice, social and religious movements, urban-rural relationships, and environmental concerns. They call for innovative research in situ that uses the classical concern with validity and ethics of ethnography to experiment with a variety of analytic methods from the humanities and with the emphasis on measurement and replicability of quantitative social science. Read more on the ICADS website.

Contact

Visiting address 
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences 
Pieter de la Court building, 3rd floor room 3.A19  
Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology 
Wassenaarseweg 52 
2333 AK Leiden 
The Netherlands 

Postal address 
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences 
Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology 
Postbus 9555 
2300 RB Leiden 
The Netherlands

Administration Office 
Room 3.A19  
T: +31 71 527 3451 
E: secrcaos@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

The current research programme of the Institute of Political Science is primarily concerned with the analysis of institutions, in the broadest sense of that term. Since the foundation of the institute, and not least as a result of its initial origins within the Faculty of Law, a concern with institutional analysis has always figured prominently on its research agenda. 

More recently, this traditional emphasis has been reinvigorated through the major renewal of interest in institutions in the international political science literature, and through the impact of those new modes of thinking which are included under the rather loosely defined heading of “neo-institutionalism”. In this sense, this new wave of international literature has brought back to the fore the issues and concerns that have always played a prominent role in this research profile. In common with this international political science literature, we define institutions in a very broad sense. That is, we recognise that political institutions are more than the simple aggregations of individual political activity, but provide the rules and pay-off structures that constrain individual behaviour, and that also contribute to the formation of political preferences. Read more on the IPS website.

Contact

Visiting address 
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences 
Pieter de la Court building  
Institute of Political Sciences (5th floor) 
Wassenaarseweg 52 
2333 AK Leiden 
The Netherlands 
(Directions)

Postal address 
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences 
Institute of Political Sciences 
PO Box 9555 
2300 RB Leiden 
The Netherlands

Telephone and Fax 
Phone: +31 (0)71 - 527 3950 
Fax: +31 (0)71 - 527 3815

The Department of Art History in Leiden studies the visual arts (including photography and new developments such as the relationship between art and science) as well as architecture and the urban environment, decorative arts and domestic culture, both past and present, and their interrelationships. 

Students in the History of Art and Material Culture of East Asia and of South and Southeast Asia specialisation have access to unique collections in Leiden of Chinese and Japanese objects of art and material culture, as well as other artefacts and primary (textual) sources.

Contact

Visiting address 
Huizingagebouw 
Doelensteeg 16 
2311 VL Leiden 
The Netherlands 

Postal address 
Opleiding Kunstgeschiedenis 
Postbus 9515 
2300 RA Leiden 
The Netherlands 

Telephone 
+31 (0)71 527 2687 

E-mail address 
secrkg@hum.leidenuniv.nl 

The Leiden Institute for History is one of the seven research institutes of the Faculty of Humanities. The institute is responsible for the main part of the historical research carried out at Leiden University. The academic leaders connected to the specialisations are internationally renowned scholars, who engage in numerous networks, contribute to important conferences and publish with outstanding academic presses. The Leiden Institute for History has chairs in various fields, like Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern, Contemporary, Maritime, Social, Economic, Dutch, American, Latin American, Caribbean and Southeast and East Asian History. Besides, adjacent departments in the Faculty of Humanities have chairs in Turkish, Indian, Korean, Chinese and Japanese History. Read more on the LIH website.

Contact

Visiting address 
Huizinga building, room 005. 
Doelensteeg 16 
2311 VL Leiden 
The Netherlands 

Postal address 
Institute for History 
Postbox 9515 
2300 RA Leiden 
The Netherlands  

Telephone 
Phone: +31 71 527 1646 

Email address 
institute.history@hum.leidenuniv.nl 

Directions 
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