14 September 2017: Grand Opening Asian Library and informal gathering at IIAS

On September 14th 2017, Leiden University will celebrate the opening of the Asian Library, which holds the largest collection on Indonesia worldwide, and some of the foremost collections on South- and Southeast Asia, China, Japan and Korea.

During the opening ceremony from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, Her Majesty Queen Máxima will officially open the library in the Pieterskerk (Pieterskerkhof 1).The afternoon programme will be filled with all sorts of activities, such as lectures, exhibitions, tours, workshops, panel discussions and much more. Worth mentioning is the pop-up exhibition: ‘Maps and Atlases on Asia’, which will take place in the Dousa Special Collections Reading Room in the University Library, from 02:45 pm to 03:30 pm. A selection of maps and atlases of Western and Asian origin, selected by curator Martijn Storms, will be laid out on large tables for you to admire. He will be present as well to give a short introduction and to answer questions.The day will end with an after party and reception from 04:30 pm to 06.30 pm in the University Library.

It promises to be an interesting and entertaining day, so come celebrate the opening of the Asian library with us! Click on the link below to see the full schedule and to register for the event.

From 7.30 pm until 9.30 pm, the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) will host an informal gathering for participants of the symposium (Rapenburg 59, 2311 GJ Leiden).

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15-16 September 2017: Mapping Asia symposium

During this symposium, thirty speakers will give presentations on varying topics in the field of historical cartography. The presentations will take place in two rooms: Vossius and Heinsius and will be organised in parallel sessions.

Please find below an extended timetable of the two days.


                                                     Friday 15 September
Time Event and location
8:30am-9:30am Registration / coffee
9:30am-11:00am Opening session (in room Vossius):

  • Welcome speech by Kurt de Belder, director of Leiden University Libraries
  • Speech by Imre Demhardt on behalf of the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography
  • Speech by Martijn Storms on Asian cartography at Leiden University
  • Keynote speech cartographic encounters Dutch East Indies by Ferjan Ormeling
11:00am-11:30am Coffee break
11:30am- 01:00pm Session 1
Room: Vossius Room: Heinsius
Asia in the world

Chair: Richard Pegg

Dutch East India Company and toponymy

Chair: Ferjan Ormeling

  • Sayoko Sakakibara (Stanford University, United States)      Localizing Asia: Mapping Japan, Asia, and Europe in the Early Modern World


  • Gang Song (University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR) Re-locating the “Middle Kingdom”: A 17th-Century Chinese Adaptation of Matteo Ricci’s World Map


  • Laura Pflug (Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Germany)                        From „All under Heaven” to „China in the World”: Visual imaginations of China from the 19th and early 20th century
  • Jeroen Bos (Leiden University Libraries, The Netherlands)           A disastrous project: C.P. Keller and the fortification (maps) of Bimilipatnam


  • Peter Kang (National Donghwa University, Taiwan)                          Naming and re-naming in and around Formosa: the changing topoyms on the VOC cartographies and their legacies in the 19th century European maps


  • Albina Apriadsa (Ministry of Home Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia)Rossaydiana Apriadna & Ari Cahyono (Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia)                      The importance of diacritic on Dutch historical map toponyms in Java, Aceh and Nias
01:00pm-02:00pm Lunch break
02:00pm-3:30pm Session 2
Room: Vossius Room: Heinsius
Phillipp Franz von Siebold

Chair: Paize Keulemans

Missionary mapping

Chair: Mario Cams

  • Edward Boyle (Kyushu University, Japan)                 A Cartographic Melting-Pot: Tracing the development of the maps used by Siebold


  • Kunitada Narumi (Konan University, Japan) & Shigeru Kobayashi (Osaka University, Japan)             The utilization of Japanese early modern maps by Western cartographers during the nineteenth century: A new example


  • Radu Leca (International Institute for Asian Studies, The Netherlands)             Maps as Vehicles of Knowledge Exchange: Insights from the Siebold Collection in Leiden University Library
  • Mirela Altic (Institute of Social Sciences, Croatia)                         Jesuit Contribution to the Mapping of the Philippine Islands: A Case of the 1734 Pedro Murillo Velarde Chart


  • Ines Eben von Racknitz (Nanjing University, China)              Mapmakers in China and Europe 1800 to 1860


  • Mark E. Balmforth (Columbia University, United States)              A Nation of Ink and Paint: Cartography, Pedagogy, and Evangelism in 19th Century Ceylon
5:00pm Reception and opening exhibition Mapping Japan in Japan museum SieboldHuis (Rapenburg 19, 2311 GE Leiden)                                                   


                                                    Saturday 16 September
Time Event and location
9:00am-10:30am Session 3
Room: Vossius Room: Heinsius
China, Southeast Asia and the Selden map

Chair: Diederick Wildeman

Cadastral mapping

Chair: Marco van Egmond

  • Richard Pegg (MacLean Collection, United States) Maps and Trade in the Eastern Pacific Rim during the 17th Century
  • Guanmian Xu (Institute for History, Leiden University, The Netherlands)                           From Polders to Jungles: Transfer, Crash, and Re-invention of Dutch Cadastral-Survey Tradition in the Rural Society of Early Modern Southeast Asia, 1620-1800
  • Elke Papelitzky (University of Salzburg, Austria)       Chinese mapping of the Philippines: traditional worldview and Western influences
  • Christian Henriot (Institut de Recherches Asiatiques, Maison de la Recherche, France)   Taming the ground: Land, cadasters, and power in Shanghai
  • Tsung-jen Chen (Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica, Taiwan) Rethinking the making of the Selden Map
  • Sora Kim (Seoul National University, South Korea)           For Whom the Line is Drawn: Korean Indigenous Conceptions of Land in the Nineteenth Century and Changes in the Colonial Period
10:30am-11:00am Coffee break
11:00am-12:30pm Session 4
Room: Vossius Room: Heinsius

Chair: Mirela Altic

India & Tibet

Chair: Imre Demhardt

  • Fresco Sam-Sin (University of Leiden, The Netherlands) & Mario Cams (University of Macau, Macau SAR)           In-Between Capitals: Cartographic Stories Behind the Beijing-Shenyang Route (17-18 C.)
  • Diana Lange (Humboldt University Berlin, Germany)                       The Hidden Atlas of the Himalayas made by a 19th Century Tibetan Monk: the Wise Collection
  • Paize Keulemans (Princeton University, United States)  Mapping the Empire’s Watery Ways: The Grand Canal in Early-Modern Chinese Literati Painting, Dutch Mercantile Travelogues, and French Enlightenment Thought
  • Oyndrila Sarkar (Presidency University, Kolkata, India)  Frontier Cartographic Practices in Colonial India
  • Arundhati Virmani (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, France)             Inventing a cartographical tool for postcolonial India. European models and the politics of national identity
12:30pm- 01:30pm Lunch break
01:30pm-03:00pm Session 5
Room: Vossius Room: Heinsius

Chair: Radu Leca


Chair: Soetkin Vervust

  • Ekaterina Simonova- Gudzenko (Moscow State University, Russia)       Gyoki-type maps as the model of visual representation of Japanese archipelago in East Asian and Western cartography
  • Marco van Egmond (Utrecht University Library, The Netherlands)                     Buginese Charts: Typical Cartographic Encounters between East and West?
  • Patrick Beillevaire (French National Center for Scientific Research and Japan Research Center, France) Introduction and application of the triangulation method in the kingdom of Ryūkyū in the first half of the 18th century
  • Uji Nugruho Winardi (Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia)      Fixing messy lines: Colonial Cartography and the Dutch’s internal territorialisation in the Netherlands Indies
  • Kam Wing Fung (The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR)       Mapping Kaga no Kuni in Eighteenth-and-Nineteenth Century Japan
  • Albertus Pramono (Jaringan Kerja Pemetaan Partisipatif, Indonesia) Cartographic encounters in West Kalimantan (Indonesia): a case of participatory mapping exercises
3:00pm-4:00pm Closing session
4:30pm-6:00pm Exhibition in the National Museum of Ethnology (Steenstraat 1, 2312 BS Leiden)
7:00pm Farewell dinner at restaurant The Second Level (Right behind Leiden Central Station, Bargelaan 180, 2333 CW Leiden)