European Social Science History Conference 2025
Welcome to Leiden! We are very proud to be the host city of the European Social Science History Conference 2025 you are attending. Leiden is a city where knowledge and culture are engrained in its DNA. Situated at a historically important junction, where waterways and roads cross, lies a city that will enchant you: the city of Leiden, famous for its university, museums, waterways, and alms-houses. The spirit of the Golden Age lives on in this medieval city where Rembrandt was born, and which has inspired countless amounts of other influential painters. Ever since, Leiden continued to attract those that were on a quest for knowledge and freedom of expression, from the Pilgrims to Albert Einstein, the historic canals, the beautiful buildings, and alleyways have surrounded those who have made important discoveries for centuries. We hope you enjoy your time here in Leiden.
The Leiden humanist Justus Lipsius (Joost Lips, 1547-1606) made text editions of Tacitus and Seneca. He also wrote books on various aspects of Classical Antiquity and later philosophical works. The building forms the heart of the Faculty of Humanities, a true meeting place for staff and students. The Lipsius Building will function as the main conference venue, alongside the Huizinga Building.
Johan Huizinga (1872-1945) is considered one of the greatest Dutch cultural historians. He was professor of history and political geography and rector magnificus for some time. His 'Herfsttij der Middeleeuwen' and 'Homo ludens' have been translated into more than 20 languages. During the German occupation, he expelled someone from the university who had written an anti-Semitic pamphlet, which earned him a stay in the hostage camp in Sint Michielsgestel. The Huizinga Building is located next to Lipsius Building.
For over 900 years the Pieterskerk Leiden has been the central monument of Leiden. The two keys that symbolize the city of Leiden have their origin with St. Peter, after whom the Pieterskerk Leiden is named. The Pieterskerk Leiden no longer has an ecclesiastical function: for over 50 years now, the Pieterskerk Leiden is a national monument with a broad social function. The close ties with Leiden University are an integral part of the social function of the Pieterskerk Leiden. In 1575 the founding act of the university was signed in the Pieterskerk Leiden and to this day all major activities of Leiden University take place in the Pieterskerk Leiden. Historically, it is also the place where many famous scientists and artists are commemorated with their memorial monuments. The Pieterskerk Leiden will be the venue for the general meeting and the reception.
Free online City Guide & Map
The Leiden City Guide is packed with great tips for restaurants, activities, museum and much more!
The useful Leiden City Map highlights the most important points of interest in Leiden!
Why not extend your stay?
With all the museums, intimate shopping streets, city tours or a trip through the canals, you'll soon find yourself wanting to stay longer in this lovely city. Make your discovery complete and book an overnight stay in a cosy hotel or bed and breakfast. After all, there's no nicer way to round off a pleasurable day than by spoiling yourself with a relaxing overnight stay!Hotels & Accommodation
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