The Newsletter 63 Spring 2013

Cakes, canals, and conferences: 17 years of IIAS. Special feature page: The Alumnus

Alex McKay

As a student at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, a visit to Leiden during a long holiday weekend in the Netherlands was enough to convince my wife and myself that it would be a desirable place to live. It was also within easy reach of the libraries in the U.K., France, and Germany – and so in 1995 when I was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad fellowship I chose the International Institute for Asian Studies as my post-doctoral host institution. That was the beginning of an association that has now extended for 17 years, and will I hope continue for many more.

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