The African Studies Centre Leiden is the only multidisciplinary academic knowledge institute in the Netherlands devoted entirely to the study of Africa. It has an extensive library that is open to the general public. The ASCL is an interfaculty institute of Leiden University.
Please note that the ASCL and its library will be closed on Thursday 5 May (Ascension Day) and Friday 6 May.
With a mixture of pride and sadness we announce that the last book by our late colleague Stephen Ellis has just been published: This Present Darkness: A History of Nigerian Organised Crime. Nigerians have acquired an unfortunate reputation for involvement in drug-trafficking, fraud, cyber-crime and other types of criminal activity. Successful Nigerian criminal networks have a global reach, interacting with their Italian, Latin American and Russian counterparts. The book describes Nigerian organised crime from its origins in the last years of colonial rule, to the moment it went global.
Leiden University launched an Africa Strategy at the beginning of 2016, connecting all Africanists in Leiden, and also connecting them to knowledge centres in Africa and to other Africa-oriented knowledge centres in the Netherlands. A delegation of Leiden University visited South Africa and Mozambique 14-22 April. Existing relationships were strengthened, new ones explored.
Since the end of the Suharto regime in 1998, Indonesia has been increasingly confident of its abilities in the international system. As the largest economy in Southeast Asia and with the fourth largest population in the world, with over 255 million people in 2015, Indonesia has increasingly made its voice heard, in particular in issues connected to the Global South. Read the new Infosheet.
On the occasion of the lecture series on African arts and literatures with (a.o.) Studium Generale, the ASCL Library has compiled a web dossier on African art. The dossier is based on the Library's collection and contains authoritative works on African art as well as recent publications from the last five years. The dossier concludes with a selection of web resources on African art. Read the web dossier.
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