The Faculty of Humanities and the LIAS
Since its founding in 1575, Leiden University has built an internationally recognized record of excellence in teaching and research. The Faculty of Humanities, home to almost a thousand scholars, draws on a wealth of expertise in the fields of philosophy, history, art history, the arts, literature, film and cultural studies, religious studies, linguistics and multidisciplinary area studies. Our global vision, international focus and diverse approaches are windows on a globalizing world. In a time of large-scale migration, intense and ever faster communication, cultural transformations and the politicization of culture amid shifting geopolitics, our work is of vital importance to society, in the Netherlands and beyond.
The Faculty offers an internationally oriented, inspiring and inclusive work environment with room for growth for employees and students from the Netherlands and abroad. It offers a wide range of education to about 8,000 students who choose from no fewer than 26 BA and 27 MA degree programmes (ADD LINK). Research is organized within seven institutes within the Faculty and contributes to six University-level research dossiers. See LINKS
The Leiden Institute for Area Studies (http://www.hum.leiden.edu/lias/) consists of the School of Asian Studies, the School of Middle-Eastern Studies and the School of Religious Studies, with international staff and student populations. The institute is committed to a present-day vision of area studies, integrating disciplinary and regional-historical perspectives on a solid foundation of excellent language skills. Current staff in LIAS have expertise in the fields of Anthropology, Archaeology, Art Studies, Buddhist Studies, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Language Pedagogy, Law, Linguistics, Literary Studies, Material Culture Studies, Digital Ethnography, Media Studies, Performance Studies, Philology, Philosophy, Political Economy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Visual Culture.
China studies at the LIAS is a large, vibrant community of scholars devoted to researching and teaching the full breadth of Chinese culture, history, language, and society. The community has three focal points: Modern China, Chinese History and Chinese Language and Literature. Research is supported by the outstanding collections of the Asian Library of Leiden University, with notable Chinese holdings also in the special collections of the University Library, and with dedicated curatorial and library staff.