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About the Central Asia Initiative

The Central Asia Initiative is funded by the Leiden research profile area Asian Modernities and Traditions with the purpose to establish Central Asian Studies at Leiden University. Throughout Feb 2015-December 2018, we will create a platform for the study of Central Asia in its broadest sense, by uniting and consolidating existing expertise and initiating new international collaboration resulting in joint applications for research funding. Key issues are cultural space, identity formation, geopolitics and heritage. New course modules on Central Asia will be developed and a series of outreach events will be organized.


Ron Sela will be the Central Asia Visiting Professor in May 2017

Ron Sela, Associate Professor of Central Asian History in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University – Bloomington, will be the Central Asia Visiting Professor from 19 until 25 May 2017. Ron Sela will deliver a guest lecture on Monday, 22 May and a masterclass on Tuesday, 23 May within the Central Asia Initiative at Leiden University.