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Call for Papers: Young Scholars’ Symposium in Asian Art 2023

The Royal Society of Asian Art in the Netherlands (Koninklijke Vereniging van Vrienden der Aziatische Kunst, KVVAK) is pleased to announce the Young Scholars’ Symposium in Asian Art on 17 June 2023. The Call for Paper is now open (deadline 13 March).

The symposium is now open for abstract submissions from BA and MA students, PhD candidates, and early career researchers in the fields of art history, history, archaeology, environmental art history, architecture, anthropology, contemporary art and design. Proposals for research papers (max. 20 min) and focus papers (max. 8 min) on any aspect of Asian art and the art and material culture of exchange between Asia and Europe are welcome.

The symposium will be held at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, the home of the KVVAK’s collection.


Applications should include:

an abstract of no more than 250 words

note for which format you wish to apply (research paper or focus paper)

a CV and a short biography (150 words)

Please send your application materials to secretariaat@kvvak.nl.

Important Dates

Application deadline:                                       13 March
Acceptance notification:                                  27 March

Full paper submission deadline:                     29 May


For the selected speakers, the KVVAK will organise an optional pre-event on 16 June at 15:00 hrs. at the Asian Pavilion of the Rijksmuseum. At this event we will take you on a tour through the collection of Asian art, offer the chance to meet some of the curators of the collection, and provide more information on the symposium on 17 June. If you are interested in joining this event, please send an email to secretariaat@kvvak.nl.


Anne Gerritsen, Chair of Asian Art, Universiteit Leiden*

Royal Society of Asian Art in the Netherlands (KVVAK)

Ikigai (KVVAK young professionals network)


National Museum of World Cultures

More information and contact

Rosalien van der Poel and Eline van den Berg (KVVAK)


For selected presenters from within Europe, we can offer a small bursary for travel costs.

*The Chair of Asian Art at Leiden University is sponsored by KVVAK, Hulsewé-Wazniewski Stichting, Isaac Alfred Ailion Foundation, Jan Menze van Diepenstichting, J.M. Boll (1942-2020) en Pauline Boll-Kruseman and Erven familie E. Veder-Smit.