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Oppression and Freedom

Freedom is not something we can take for granted. In its thematic programme ‘Oppression and Freedom’, Leiden University Libraries (UBL) has explored views on identity, relations and the interaction between individuals and groups in the past. The programme included several (online) exhibitions, workshops and lectures on the subject of oppression and freedom. In addition, blogs, videos and podcasts have been produced relating to items in Special Collections.

Special Collections
UBL’s Special Collections provide resources for university education and research for staff and students of Leiden University and elsewhere. UBL’s Special Collections are brought to the attention of the public by means of several thematic fields – such as ‘Cultural Encounters’ and ‘Materiality of Text and Image’ – and drawing on the fascination engendered by historical and exotic texts and images.

Two exhibitions on oppression and freedom were planned for 2020. In January the exhibition ‘The Intolerant Republic’ opened, on the boundaries between ‘us’ and ‘them’ and the intolerance and aggression in early modern Netherlands. The online exhibition, ‘Choices in Wartime’, opens in October and deals with the end of WWII in the Netherlands 75 years ago. Both exhibitions will be accompanied by a series of (online) lectures.

Blogs, videos and podcasts
Curators and guest authors have posted monthly blogs on the Leiden Special Collections Blog page on a topic related to oppression and freedom. In addition, curators have told the story behind eight items from Special Collections in a series of videos, and Leiden specialists have talked about oppression and freedom in a series of podcasts based on objects from Special Collections.

Keep posted
If you want to be kept informed about the activities of Special Collections, please subscribe to our mailing list via aanmelding@library.leidenuniv.nlYou will then receive invitations by email for all activities.

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