Summer School - Asian Food: History, Anthropology, Sociology, 25-29 September 2017, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Publish Date: Feb 02, 2017

Deadline: Mar 20, 2017

Event Dates: from Sep 25, 2017 12:00 to Sep 29, 2017 12:00

About the summer school 

Leiden University enjoys a world-wide reputation for its expertise on Asia and for its Asian collections. To coincide with the offcial opening of The Asian Libraryin September 2017, the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), LeidenAsiaCentre (LAC) and the Shared Taste Project at Leiden University are hosting a Summer School devoted to the academic study of Asian Food for MA/PhD students and early career scholars. 

This unique occasion will provide wide ranging coverage of this growing interdisciplinary field with contributions from international experts with at least one of whom each student will be guaranteed an individual consultation about their own work. 

The aim is to highlight the wide range of resources for the academic study of Asian Food, available in Leiden and to present advanced methodological approaches and research techniques, together with the hands-on experience necessary for the analysis of historical documents and artefacts.

Via a combination of expert lectures, student-led discussions, individual supervision, and local field trips, this Summer School will provide participants with an insight into the growing interdisciplinary field of Asian Food Studies, which will include sessions in history, anthropology, sociology, and material culture studies.

The four senior academic leaders will provide guidance to help students navigate the burgeoning literature on food, establishing in dialogue with the students a good sense of the necessary anthropological, sociological and historical tools for the analysis of all aspects of food: from preparation to consumption, from shared dining and banqueting to individual eating practices, from visual representations of food practices to the material culture that is inextricably connected to food practices, today as in the past.

The lectures, discussion groups and individual research supervision will be combined with: hands-on research training; undertaking exercises in participant observation; handling objects in museums and private collections.  All this will be supported by visits to the Special Collections of Leiden University.

The international experts who will contribute include: Nir Avieli (Ben Gurion University, Israel), Anne Murcott (SOAS, University of London), Katarzyna Cwiertka (Leiden University), and Anne Gerritsen (Warwick University / Leiden University).

General information

For whom

The Summer School on Asian Food: History, Anthropology, Sociology is intended for MA/PhD students and early career scholars (up to 3 years after the completion of the PhD). All applicants must be committed to or actively working on original research projects that engage with the Summer School theme.


To apply for participation in the Summer School 2017, please complete the online application form. The application deadline is Monday 20 March 2017.

Selection procedure

The programme allows a maximum of 15 participants. All who apply by the deadline will be informed about the selection results before 1 May 2017. Please note that we will be unable to provide feedback and comments to those applicants not selected for participation.

Participation requirements

Selected participants agree to attend and participate in all events from 25-29 September 2017, including lectures, fieldtrips, and group presentations. Participants also agree to read pre-circulated background materials as generated by the Conveners (as relevant).

Language requirements

A working language of English is required and presentations will be in English. No translation/interpretation services will be available at the Summer School.


Half-board shared accommodation (breakfast and lunch) for four nights is included for the selected participants (arrival 25, departure 29 September).

Travel costs

Selected participants are expected to fund their own travel expenses. Limited (partial) scholarships are available. For more information, please see Financial Support. We recommend that you try to raise funds to cover your transportation and/or other expenses as early as possible.


Participants can receive a certificate for the Summer School.

Application procedure

Participation is open to MA/PhD students and early career scholars worldwide whose work deals with the theme of the Summer School: Asian Food: History, Anthropology, Sociology.

You must apply for participation in the Summer School using the online application form.

Application forms sent in after the deadline (Monday 20 March 2017) will not be considered for selection.

Application Procedure

Prospective candidates are requested to submit the following documents:

  • Online application form 
  • A writing sample that addresses the Summer school theme (4-5 pages, may be single-spaced)
    This sample will be used to select participants for the Summer School as well as recipients of financial support, if requested.

All complete applications will be evaluated after the deadline and the selection results will be communicated (via email) before 1 May 2017. 

Successful applicants receiving an acceptance letter must formally confirm their participation in the Summer School within one month of notification. Applicants who fail to send a confirmation email within one month of notification will forfeit their letter of acceptance. 

Financial support

All out-of-town participants will receive shared-room accommodations for four nights, daily breakfast and lunch during the event, and two group dinners.

In addition, the organizers will offer a limited number of partial scholarships to highly qualified candidates. A scholarship consists of a travel grant, which covers partial travel expenses. Please note that the number of applications for financial support is likely to exceed the number of available scholarships and selected participants are encouraged to apply for and secure external support as early as possible.

Recipients will be selected with consideration to financial need and demonstrated motivation for participating in the Summer School.

How to apply for a scholarship

Before submitting the scholarship application, please complete the online application form. Without a completed application form on file, we cannot process your scholarship application.

Prospective candidates for a scholarship are required to submit the following required documents by 20 March 2017 to Ms Martina van den Haak (seminar coordinator IIAS) via email at:

The scholarship application should include the following documents:

  • Statement of Purpose (approximately one page, may be single-spaced)
    Please explain why the Summer School 2017 in Leiden would be important to your academic studies or career and why you feel you deserve a scholarship. Please also outline the reasons why you need a scholarship to cover the travel expenses.
  • A recommendation letter from a teacher or professor
    The recommendation letter should sent by email and should be from someone familiar with your recent research, and preferably someone familiar with your research as related to the Summer School themes. The letter must include the referee’s contact information.

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