PARTNERS IN RESEARCH AND KNOWLEDGE
The LeidenAsiaCentre generates academic knowledge on modern Asia for societal applications in the Netherlands through various projects.
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ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS
In cooperation with societal partners we organise many different activities and events on current affairs regarding Asia and the Netherlands, as well as conferences and meetings on our projects.
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Our research projects often lead to publications in both academic journals and the media. In addition, we publish our own books under the LeidenAsiaCentre Press.
On the 19th of March, UGloble (Utrecht University) and the LeidenAsiaCentre organised the seminar “The New Silk Road: Education and research cooperation between China and the EU” in De Driehoek in Utrecht. The seminar was attended by over 80 professionals on this topic.
On March 12th, the ‘Partners under Pressure’ research team, consisting of Jonas Lammertink, Emilie de Haes and Marit de Roij, presented their report ‘Partners under Pressure? The future of civil society in Dutch human rights policy.
On Tuesday February 6th, the LeidenAsiaCentre project team ‘Slaves to the System’ presented their new report “People for Profit: North Korean Forced Labour on a Global Scale”. Over 60 people attended the conference in the Academy Building in Leiden.
An agreement between Amsterdam University Press and the LeidenAsiaCentre will bring two new publications to AUP’s Asian Studies programme each year. With support from the LeidenAsiaCentre, the Netherlands’ expertise centre for socially relevant and applicable research on modern East Asia, these titles will immediately be made available under AUP’s Gold Open Access scheme.
Starting off as an archery demonstration in Aylesbury, England in 1948, the Paralympic Games have grown into an event with global proportions. With the inclusion of more athletes and more participating countries, the Paralympic Games have become the second biggest sporting event in the world, being second only to the Olympic Games. In 2020 the Paralympic Games will be held in Tokyo, Japan.
On the 18th of October 2017 the five-yearly Party Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) started. Two days before, on the 16th of October, the LeidenAsiaCentre held its second Asia Current Affairs Forum (ACAF) to shed light on the context of the Party Congress. The ACAF is an initiative designed to periodically assembly experts on the Asian region to debate upcoming or current issues of relevance to a broad audience in line with the goals of the Leiden Asia Centre.
Leiden University enjoys a world-wide reputation for its expertise on Asia and for its Asian collections. To coincide with the official opening of The Asian Library in September 2017, the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), LeidenAsiaCentre (LAC) and the Shared Taste Project at Leiden University hosted a Summer School devoted to the academic study of Asian Food for MA/PhD students and early career scholars.
China has changed the dynamic in the world order, whether or not it intended to do so. Its fast economic growth has given it the potential to have a much greater influence on the world. As a result, the world is increasingly asking what kind of influence China will have. Will it upset the liberal world order that has dominated since WW2? Will it integrate peacefully into this order? Or will the outcome be somewhere between these two poles, with China contributing to reforms of the existing order?
On the 23rd and 24th of August, the LeidenAsiaCentre held a roundtable discussion to try to answer some of these questions and get to examine what China’s intentions might be with regards to global governance. This roundtable session brought together experts on Chinese political economy to discuss China’s changing international role and the implications of this for Europe.
Japan is rapidly aging. Currently, one in eight Japanese is older than 75, and predictions indicate that by 2030 nearly one-third of Japanese will belong to the elderly category. This rapid demographic shift is not an isolated Japanese phenomenon, but rather a sign of a global trend. The Netherlands, too, is faced with a growing elderly population.Meer weten »
Constitutional revision is high on the Japanese government’s agenda, with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) adopting an action plan for change in March this year. A legacy of its defeat in the Second World War, Japan’s constitution renounces war and guarantees a broad range of human rights. It has never been amended.Meer weten »
The field of China internet research has fruitfully tracked communication patterns across different media types in the Chinese speaking world, generating a lively discussion about the role that different discourses and media types play in Chinese society. The themes of this year’s conference will augment these efforts by asking how media and communication are bolted to the world.Meer weten »
Despite the many positive effects that novel social media and Web 2.0 communication have had on societies around the world, ICTs also pose risks. One such risk is the viral spread of rumours, conspiracies, and lies. Since 2016, in the wake of the Brexit vote in the UK and the Trump election in the US, the ability of false information to shape politics has received a new name: ‘fake news’. On the 28th of May, a panel of experts will explore what 'fake news' means in the context of Asia.Meer weten »
Information and communication technologies like the internet are frequently singled out as harbingers of social and political change, in Asia as much as elsewhere. Yet there has not been a sustained scholarly effort to explore how contemporary ICT affect social groups, how they change interpersonal dynamics, to what extent they shape our sense of community, and what laws and regulations are leveraged to then govern such communities.Meer weten »