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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.


Charles Melville will be the Central Asia Visiting Professor in November 2017

Charles Melville, Professor of Persian History at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Pembroke College, will be the Central Asia Visiting Professor from 20 November until 1 December 2017. Charles Melville will deliver a guest lecture on Thursday, 23 November, co-organized with LUCIS, and a masterclass on Monday, 27 November within the Central Asia Initiative at Leiden University.


12 September: Peter Frankopan to open the new TRC exhibition Dressing the "Stans": Textiles, dress and jewellery from Central Asia

On 12 September the new TRC Gallery exhibition 'Dressing the Stans: Textiles, dress and jewellery from Central Asia' will be opened during an informal buffet lunch at the TRC, between 12.30 and 13.30 by the famous Oxford scholar, Dr. Peter Frankopan, the author of the widely acclaimed book The Silk Roads: A New History of the World (2015). The exhibition is co-funded by the Central Asia Initiative at Leiden University.