Welcome to the Leiden Sinology Student Association

The Sinology Student Association acts on the interests of Chinastudies students at Leiden University. The student association was founded in 1979, and our goals are to assist our members during their academic careers, to increase interaction between the students and to represent our students to external parties.

De bachelor Chinastudies and master Chinese Studies at Leiden University are broad majors that introduce students to all aspects of China. Not only do students learn to speak Mandarin Chinese, they also study China’s history, philosophy, economy, culture and much more. Students are taught by some of the best teachers in the field, as well as by foreign exchange teachers from China or Taiwan. All students are required to spend some time in China or Taiwan to get firsthand experience speaking the language and immersing in the culture.

Our association assists students by providing lectures, a language partner program and the annual Careerdays. We also organise parties, a ball, an annual trip to a foreign country, and other activities to ensure that our members form close bonds and have a great time studying Chinese.

Are you (going to be) studying Chinastudies and are you interested in what our association has to offer you? Click here for more information:

Facebook nieuwsfeed

De foto's van het allerlaatste pyjamafeest staan online! Bedankt allen voor jullie komst en de plezante herinneringen, het was heel mooi!

Foto's kan je op de site bekijken onder het kopje "Mijn account">"Foto's".

PS: zie je een foto waardoor je je slaap verliest? Stuur een mail naar bestuur@svsleiden.nl en de foto in kwestie wordt dan spoedig weggehaald!

Tot snel!

View on Facebook

Beste allen,

Laatst werden we aangesproken om onderstaande China Seminar te promoten, let wel op: het is morgen (8 mei) al!
Hieronder meer informatie:


Mohist Forms of Argument in Ancient China: Influences and Evaluations

Douglas L. Berger, Leiden University
May 8th, 15:15-17:00 HUIZINGA 006

The ancient and variegated lineages of Mohist thought (墨家) in Warring States China developed and analysed a number of different strategies of argument, including "parallelism" (侔), "pulling" (援) and "pushing" (推) in their confrontations with other "schools." The Mohists themselves seemed to have had qualified confidence in these forms of argument, maintaining that they could be used correctly to evaluate the factual and moral correctness of competing maxims (言) but also acknowledging the limitations of each when used individually and in concert. The argument strategies appear to have been widely influential, used as they were by Confucian, proto-"Daoist" and "School of Names" texts, but met with quite different evaluations in them, both positive and negative. This presentation will examine the use and assessment of these various argument strategies among early Chinese thinkers in order to demonstrate that at least some forms of formalised argument were both widely recognised and differently reflected upon in early Chinese thought.

View on Facebook