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  • “The Binnenhof” - Projects ''Political Culture and National Identities'' - Humanities - Geesteswetenschappen - Universiteit Leiden
    today Founded in the middle ages as a court of the counts of Holland it became the location of meetings of the States General in the late 16th century and the main residence of the stadholders during the Republic In the 19th and 20th centuries it has been the seat of the Dutch parliament as well as several ministries and the Prime Minister s Office This project examines the meaning

    Original URL path: http://www.hum.leiden.edu/history/research/projects-pcni/project-binnenhof.html (2016-02-18)
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  • Enemies of the State - Projects ''Political Culture and National Identities'' - Humanities - Geesteswetenschappen - Universiteit Leiden
    Germany during the 1945 2001 period Part of the security regime is the security apparatus That s why there are two PhD projects that look into the role of two security instruments that are part of this apparatus In the first we look into the role of the military as an instrument of national security in the second we consider the role of intelligence and security agencies Under what circumstances are these instruments called upon These organizations develop their own policy which does not always stem with the political course so it is interesting to see when conflicts occur or different interpretations of threats lead to different strategies When do changes occur In what way are threats perceived interpreted and represented to policy makers to governments and to society In several decades these security organizations were granted more budget more powers or a broader field of responsibilities Conversely there were also years in which money power and responsibilities were being taken away Why so In what way do the involved actors interpret and represent threats to national security with what words do they talk of the enemy And under what circumstances and with what motifs motivations arguments and images The

    Original URL path: http://www.hum.leiden.edu/history/research/projects-pcni/project-enemies-of-the-state.html (2016-02-18)
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  • Political legitimacy: institutions and identities - Projects ''Political Culture and National Identities'' - Humanities - Geesteswetenschappen - Universiteit Leiden
    in power are the right people to govern Legitimacy is therefore what grants those in power the authority required to rule the country The legitimacy of a political system depends on how effectively political administration and political institutions such as governments parliaments and political parties work Yet a neo corporatist model such as the Dutch Poldermodel is also a political institution However the legitimacy of a political system depends just as much on identities on a practice of citizenship and a sense of identity and engagement among the people Institutions and identities may coincide and together reinforce identity but there will always be a certain tension This tension between institutions and identities has been caused by history by the way the Netherlands and other countries came into being and have developed into national unities The historic perspective is vital for a proper insight into the development of legitimacy In the political legitimacy research area the central theme is the tension between institution and identity now and in the past also viewed from a comparative and a European Union perspective The close collaboration between historians political scientists legal specialists and public administration scholars makes this Leiden research area highly interdisciplinary This

    Original URL path: http://www.hum.leiden.edu/history/research/projects-pcni/political-legitimacy.html (2016-02-18)
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  • 7 to 9 December 2015 conference Ocean of Law: Intermixed Legal Systems across the Indian Ocean World, 1550-1950 - Projects ''Colonial and Global History'' - Humanities - Geesteswetenschappen - Universiteit Leiden
    across the Indian Ocean World 1550 1950 Legal history in connection with the Indian Ocean world is relatively a new field Interdisciplinary research and cooperation of scholars working on early modern and modern history of the broader Indian Ocean world help trace back the journeys of legal ideas and to reconstruct these legal histories This conference will provide a platform for scholars to discuss and share their work For more

    Original URL path: http://www.hum.leiden.edu/history/research/projects-eeg/conference-ocean-of-law.html (2016-02-18)
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  • Connecting in Times of Duress: Understanding Communication and Conflict in Middle Africa’s Mobile Margins - Projects ''Colonial and Global History'' - Humanities - Geesteswetenschappen - Universiteit Leiden
    and marginality People who live in such circumstances have to manoeuvre between oppressive structures and possibilities to communicate which are often informed by violence fear and poverty The introduction of new ICT is enhancing information flows and communication between people and this is expected to lead to social change and to influence the social fabric in its re forming of communities and the construction of identity and feelings of belonging which will increasingly differentiate social groups The study is situated in northern Middle Africa Chad Central African Republic Cameroon and eastern Nigeria The proposed methodology is interdisciplinary anthropology history communication studies conflict studies and social geography historical ethnographic and comparative involving regional sub projects among diverse mobile populations in urban centres refugee camps and remote rural areas Film and photography will also form part of the methodology acting as a form of communication between researchers local communities and stakeholders and will result in a documentary The study contributes to the development of a theory of connections The findings will enhance our understanding of conflict dynamics and further the debate on the role of social media and ICT in conflict and post conflict societies Workshops and conferences in Africa and Europe

    Original URL path: http://www.hum.leiden.edu/history/research/projects-eeg/connecting-in-times-of-duress.html (2016-02-18)
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  • Eurasian empires - Projects ''Colonial and Global History'' - Humanities - Geesteswetenschappen - Universiteit Leiden
    as well Our project poses the same question but looks at answers provided by the practices of dynastic rulership in Eurasian empires ca 1300 1800 These loose structures showed remarkable resilience over time providing a strong focus for the numerous groups under their rule We propose to study Eurasian dynastic centres in continental empires outside the set perspectives of the rise of the West and European expansion Our analysis of patterns of identity formation and compliance around the dynastic centre will reassess age old images contrasting Asia and Europe While this comparative perspective focuses on the key question of integration and identity it takes into account the global connections and conjunctures increasingly manifest from the thirteenth century onwards This program provides an agenda for change in the humanities it goes beyond the narrow national orientation of historical research breaks through the isolation of area studies integrates history of art religious studies law anthropology and other social science perspectives At the same time our method of joint comparative research by an international multi language research team offers a starting point for testing and revitalizing the abstractions of comparative history with the contextual knowledge of area specialists Researchers Prof Dr J F

    Original URL path: http://www.hum.leiden.edu/history/research/projects-eeg/eurasian-empires.html (2016-02-18)
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  • Photographic Traditions in Black Popular Modernities: - Projects ''Colonial and Global History'' - Humanities - Geesteswetenschappen - Universiteit Leiden
    process of archive formation ongoing in Post Apartheid South Africa through the inclusion of photographs that have been either unacknowledged or excised from the national canon This will be achieved through the organization of historical workshops and traveling exhibitions centered upon vernacular photographic material The project includes two PhD projects one focused on vernacular township photography in its relation to rising consumption and urbanization and the other on the role

    Original URL path: http://www.hum.leiden.edu/history/research/projects-eeg/photographic-traditions-in-black-popular-modernities.html (2016-02-18)
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  • From Muskets to Nokias - Projects ''Colonial and Global History'' - Humanities - Geesteswetenschappen - Universiteit Leiden
    consumption and their relations to social organization Description Researchers Description Firearms and mobile phones are fitting examples of the kind of foreign technological innovations that Central African peoples have appropriated and absorbed within their social structures over the course of the past three centuries of their history The individual research projects that make up From Muskets to Nokias together represent an attempt to rewrite the history of the Zambian and Congolese copperbelts and their hinterlands through the lenses of technology and consumption and their relations to social organization Adopting an explicitly social historical perspective all the members of the proposed research team will seek to understand the changing dynamics of African engagement with the products of industrial technology and the impact of the transformation of consumption patterns upon the region s social structures and related notions of wealth Set in a much deeper chronological framework than has hitherto been the case From Muskets to Nokias moves away from a teleological narrative of oppression and exploitation with a view to reinstating Africans as independent economic agents It thereby intends to avoid the obfuscation of the full range of Central African peoples social experiences which has so often marred materialist interpretations of

    Original URL path: http://www.hum.leiden.edu/history/research/projects-eeg/from-muskets-to-nokias.html (2016-02-18)
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