10 December Lecture by the Ven. Xuecheng “The situation of Buddhism in China Today”

The Program in Buddhist Studies and the LIAS are happy to announce a special lecture:



Ven. Xuecheng

“The Situation of Buddhism in China Today”


Thursday, December 10, 13.15 – 15.00

Vrieshof 3/104 (Verbarium)



The speaker is the Abbot of Beijing Longquan Monastery and President of  the Buddhist Association of China, as well as being a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xuecheng_(monk))


Ven Xuecheng will speak in Chinese, with translation into English. The lecture will last about 1 hour, with 30 minutes for Q&A.


Space is very limited, so if you are planning to attend, please send a brief email to Prof Jonathan Silk indicating this: j.a.silk@hum.leidenuniv.nl


J.A. Silk


12 November presentation by Jan Stuart: Art on View: Planning a new display of Chinese art at the Freer Gallery of Art

12 November: Art on View: Planning a new display of Chinese art at the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

A short presentation, followed by a round-table discussion by Jan Stuart, Hulsewe-Wazniewski Visiting Professor, Leiden University, and Melvin R. Seiden Curator of Chinese Art Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. The discussion will be chaired by Dr Oliver Moore, Curator of Chinese Art, Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, and Leiden University. Discussants: Professor Kitty Zijlmans (Leiden) and Dr Anna Grasskamp (Heidelberg).


The Pavilion of the
National Museum of Ethnology
Steenstraat 1

If you would like to participate, please register with Ms Heleen van de Minne at: h.m.van.der.minne@iias.nl

All welcome!


The Freer Gallery of Art  and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, two jointly administered museums, are the national museums of Asian art in the United States and form part of the Smithsonian Institution. The Freer opened in 1923 and the Sackler in 1987. Temporarily closing until 2017, the Freer is undergoing renovation. This talk presents the early planning stage for a new display of Ming and Qing dynasty Chinese art drawn entirely from the permanent collection that will focus on the power of the imperial court, especially in the 15th and 18th centuries. The gallery will include many types of art, especially ceramics and paintings, and some of the challenges of interpretation being considered are the degree to which the gallery should tightly focus on specific ideas or people—such as the technology of making porcelain, or the personal vision of Qianlong emperor—or try to present a more encyclopedic introduction to the art on view.  The talk looks at specific collection objects, philosophies of display/interpretation, and the practical constraints behind all gallery projects.


The event is generously supported by the Hulsewé-Wazniewski Foundation for the Advancement of the Study of Chinese Archeology, Art and Material Culture at Leiden University (HWS), the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), and the Leiden research cluster Asian Modernities and Traditions (AMT).


13 November: Teri Silvio on “The Ang-a Mode of Animation”

13 November: The Ang-a Mode of Animation: The Granting of Agency in Chinese/Taiwanese Religious, Artistic, and Economic Practice

Lecture by Teri Silvio, Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan.

Time: 15.15-17.00 p.m.

Venue: Arsenaalstraat 1, room 001, Leiden.


This paper is part of a book I am writing which attempts to outline an anthropological theory of animation, which I define as the process of projecting qualities perceived as human outside of the self and into the environment.  My hope is that animation might serve as a complement to “performance,” a conceptual platform which allows us to compare practices across different social fields, different cultures, and different historical eras – to allow us, for instance, to look for cultural logics connecting such diverse phenomena as Hello Kitty, the United States Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, zombie movies, emoticons, and drone warfare.

In this paper, I outline a particular mode of animation which runs through Taiwanese religious, artistic, and economic practices.  I define a “mode” of animation as an assemblage of genres and practices held together by which qualities of human existence they treat as projectable, by how projection is accomplished, by what kinds of non-human objects are taken to be animatable, and by specific structures of feeling they evoke.  I posit a Taiwanese/Chinese mode of animation which centers on a specific type of object, called ang-a in Holo or ou in Mandarin — a small, three-dimensional, human-form (or anthropomorphized animal or object-form) figure.  The ang-a is invested with  specific human qualities – personality, affect, and charisma —  through specific types of actions – ritual, iconographic, and communicational practices.

Since most theorizing of animation has been done in the United States and Japan, I want to highlight the differences between the ang-a mode of animation and concepts of animation grounded in monotheistic or animist cosmologies — that is, the idea that animation is “playing God” on the one hand, and the idea that all things in the world already have souls on the other.


Three Chinese films at the Leiden International Film Festival 30 October-8 November

Screening in Leiden this year:
GO AWAY, MR. TUMOR (滚蛋吧!肿瘤君), d: Han Yan, running time 85 minutes
Sunday 1 November 14:00 p.m. Trianon 3
Friday 6 November 19:15 p.m. Trianon 3
MONSTER HUNT (捉妖记), d: Raman Hui, running time 111 minutes
Saturday 31 October 14:15 p.m. Trianon 1
Sunday 1 November 11:30 a.m. Trianon 2
RED AMNESIA (闯入者), d: Wang Xiaoshuai, running time 116 minutes
Wednesday 4 November 16:15 p.m. Trianon 3
Sunday 8 November 16:45 p.m. Kijkhuis 1
These three films are sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Leiden University.

Presentation 26 August: Mazu Worship and the Commercial Network of Chaozhou Merchants during the Qing Dynasty

We have the pleasure of inviting you to the presentation “Mazu Worship and the Commercial Network of Chaozhou Merchants during the Qing Dynasty” by Dr. Chen Jingxi (Huaqiao University, China). The lecture will be in Chinese.

Wednesday 26 August 2015 | 15.00~17:00 hrs. | Room 001, Arsenaal, Arsenaalstraat 1, 2311 CT Leiden






陈景熙,国际潮籍博士联合会郑汉明学者交流奖励计划资助对象, 中山大学历史学博士,中国社会科学院世界宗教研究所宗教学博士后。现任华侨大学华侨华人研究院副教授、硕士生导师,华侨大学华侨华人文献中心主任、海外华人宗教研究中心副主任,泰国德教会紫真阁荣誉顾问,中国宗教学会理事,潮汕历史文化研究中心学术委员会、青年委员会主任委员,《潮学集刊》( The Journal of Chaoshan History and Culture Studies)主编,《华侨华人文献学刊》( The Journal of World Confederation of Institutes and Libraries for Overseas Chinese Studies)副主编,潮学网(http://www.chxw.net/)站长。

Monday 8 June Leiden University | Lecture by Nick Tackett (University of California, Berkeley)

“Cosmopolitan Travelers and the Origins of a National Consciousness among Elites of Northern Song China”

by Nick Tackett, visiting scholar from University of California, Berkely

Date: Monday 8 June

Time: 13.00-15.00
Venue: Lipsius building room 208, Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden


Several decades ago, historians proposed the emergence in the Song of a “proto-nationalism.” This talk will reconsider this issue from a new perspective, by comparing contemporary descriptions of Northeast Asia by Song ambassadors to Liao with a reconstruction of the physical and cultural geography of the region (reconstructed partly on the basis of GIS techniques). Given that a large component of the Northern Song political elite had served on embassies, it is worth considering how their travel experiences affected their sense of China’s place in the world.



7 mei seminar Boek, letter, pijl en boog: Leiden en de Mantsjoes

Boek, letter, pijl en boog
Leiden en de Mantsjoes | Programma

07 mei 2015
Van 13:30 tot 16:15 uur
East Asian Library – Arsenaal

Aftrap door Léon Rodenburg en Fresco Sam-Sin

Van loden drukletter naar digitaal font: de typografische evolutie van
lettertypes voor de Mantsjoe taal. Door: Dr. Jo De Baerdemaeker

Over de oorsprong, de evolutie en het gebruik van authentieke Mantsjoe
drukletters. De Baerdemaeker zal aantonen waarom het nodig is
voormalige druktechnieken en de typografische karakteristieken van
Mantsjoe lettertypes te onderzoeken, om zo oplossingen te vinden voor de
ontwikkeling van nieuwe hedendaagse digitale Mantsjoe fonts.

De kracht van het boogschieten: de rol van pijl en boog bij de Mantsjoes.
Door: Peter Dekker

De Mantsjoes wierpen in 1644 de Ming omver. In de eeuw erna breidden
zij de grenzen uit tot een rijk dat over zo’n 36% van de toenmalige
wereldbevolking heerste. Opeens werden hun pijl-en-boog traditie het
symbool van de macht van China’s nieuwe dynastie, de Qing. Dekker
bespreekt deze traditie en legt uit hoe pijl en boog won van vuurwapens.

Pauze. Werp een blik op het tentoongestelde Mantsjoe-materiaal.

Spiegeltje, spiegeltje: klank, letter, pijl en boog in de Keizerlijke woordenboeken.
Door Fresco Sam-Sin

Mantsjoe-keizers hechtten veel belang aan hun encyclopedische
woordenboeken, spiegels. Dit was ingegeven door hun angst dat de
Mantsjoe-cultuur in de vergetelheid zou raken. Fresco Sam-Sin pakt de
onderwerpen en objecten op van Jo De Baerdemaeker en Peter Dekker, en
zet ze voor de Spiegel.

May 1, Leiden University: Talk by Art Critic Su Wei: Nothing about Matisse: the postponed modern and its intellectual trace

#SinArts Presents

When: May 1st 2015 15:15-17:00
Where: Leiden University, Lipsius 030.

#SinArts has the pleasure of hosting Art Critic and Curator Su Wei (苏伟, 1982) , recent winner of the inaugural IAAC award (with his essay on an exhibition of Yan Lei’s work.). Please join us to discuss the re-examination of art historical frameworks in China:

“On Feb. 3rd 1942, the Lu Xun Fine Arts Academy in Yan’an sent a delegation consisting of nine artists to the frontline of Anti-Japanese war. After their return to Yan’an, artist Zhuang Yan realized an exhibition along with two other members of the delegation. They presented some paintings they had finished during their visit at the frontline, which were then sharply criticized as ‘too much like Matisse’ and ‘alienated from the people’. Given the fact that the exhibition was held during the ‘Yan’an Forum on Literature and art’, one of the most significant events in China’s modern history of art, the ‘debate of Matisse’ inevitably turned into a political discussion. Mao Zedong’s talk at ‘Yan’an Forum on Literature and art’ stipulates that art should reflect the life of the ‘working class’ and serve politics, therefore, the ‘debate of Matisse’ doesn’t revolve around a certain formalist aesthetics, rather, it is a postponed discussion of modernism: ‘Matisse’ and its modern ideology never arrived.

The talk will elaborate on the influence of the ‘debate of Matisse’, focusing on several historical cases of art practice in the 30s, 80s, 90s and 2000s. By analyzing their context and various forms of struggle with political ideology, the talk will bring up several common issues shared by different art practitioners in different eras and an intellectual trace that leads to current state of Chinese contemporary art. On what basis can we discuss China’s art practice? How is the commercialized formalist wave, which is taking place in Beijing and Shanghai’s art scene, related to Chinese modern ideological development, what is missing and hidden on behalf of internationalization and globalisation? To what extend does or doesn’t Chinese artists’ modernist appeal overlap with the modernist blueprint of the state? All these questions need to be re-examined in a new art-historical framework that differentiates itself from the existing art historical narrative, which – since more than three decades – has been governing our understanding of China’s art practice with its dogma of cultural criticism and appropriation of occidental methodology.”

SU Wei (苏伟, 1982) is an independent art critic and curator, based in Beijing and Hong Kong. Since 2008, his work has focused on theoretical practice and writings on contemporary art. SU Wei received his PhD at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in 2012, after spending two years researching his dissertation, at the Free University, Berlin. He took part in the ICI curatorial course in 2012 in New York and won the 1st prize of International Awards for Art Criticism (IAAC) in 2014.
SU Wei was involved in the curatorial team of Little Movements: Self-Practice in Contemporary Art, in 2011. In 2012 he co-curated the 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale at OCAT, Shenzhen. In 2014, he curated, Keep the Modern Going: Immersion, Awaiting and Idealism, also at OCAT, as well as Position of Interference. Zhao Liang’s Solo Exhibition at the Three Shadows Gallery, in Beijing. His publications include Little Movements, Self-Practice in Contemporary Art (with others), 2011; Accidental Message: Art is Not a System, Not a World (with others), 2012; Individual Experience: Commentaries and Narratives of Chinese Contemporary Art from 1989-2013 (also with others) 2013. He has also written commentaries on each chapter of art historian Hans Belting’s monograph Art History after Modernism, in his own translation of the work.

For registration and extra information please contact info@sinarts.nl
This event is made possible with the generous support of the Confucius Institute at Leiden University.

Calligraphy Exhibition Anneke Roozendaal

Calligraphy in the Arsenaal and the East Asia Library

At the moment there is an exhibition of calligraphies by the Dutch artist Anneke Roozendaal on the ground floor of the Arsenaal as well as in the East Asian Library (first floor).

The exhibition will last until the end of April. Anneke Roozendaal will be present in the patio of the Arsenaal to discuss her work on 27/2 and 6/3, from 15:00-17:00.

Opening hours of the East Asian Library: Monday and Friday 9-17, Tuesday-Thursday 9-19.
Address: Arsenaalstraat 1, 2311 CT, Leiden.

To contact Anneke Roozendaal: www.annekeroozendaal.com ; annekeroozendaal@gmail.com.

26 November: SVS Symposium on China’s international relations

SVS presents: Symposium on China’s international relations

Date: 26 November 2014
Location: Lipsius 2.27 (Leiden, Cleveringaplaats 1)

15.15 – 16.00 (in English)
Jue Wang:
China’s role in global governance

16.15 – 17.00 (in Dutch)
Frank Pieke:
Charme-offensief van de CCP en het terugkerende gebruik van buitenlandse vrienden

17.15 – 18.00 (in English)
Lindsay Black:
Economic integration and security in Northeast Asia – the role of business in Sino-Japanese relations

Drinks afterwards in the Arsenaal.

All welcome!