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Leiden Elective Academic Periodical


Admission requirements

Students can only register for this course after they have been selected by the organizers. This selection is based on a paper or thesis written within their previous studies, which will be evaluated in terms of the quality of the writing and argumentation. On top of this, students are asked to briefly motivate (one paragraph) how their paper could be rewritten and developed into an article, review, artistic paper or joint article (max 2 persons) that relates to this year´s theme ´senses´. The idea is for you to take your own disciplinary research as a point of departure and to think, associatively, of how this research connects to the broader theme of ‘senses’. For example, ‘senses’ not only relates to perception and bodily experiences, but also to (changing) discourses about truth and knowledge. And many more avenues could be explored here. We aim for a diverse group of students from different (disciplinary) backgrounds. The maximum number of participants in this seminar is 15 students.

Proposals (paper + motivation) should be sent to Nanne Timmer and Astrid Van Weyenberg before 16 December 2022. Students are recommended to attend the online information session on 2 December 2022 at 10am (via Kaltura live room).


This intensive seminar invites students from different (R)MA programmes within the Faculty of Humanities to work towards a publication in the third issue (Summer 2023) of the online, annual, faculty-broad Leiden Elective Academic Periodical (LEAP). Under the guidance of two senior scholars, students work both as individual authors and as a collective editorial board, jointly responsible for the journal issue as a whole. While students depart from their own disciplines, they also engage in a dialogue with peers from other disciplines. This allows them to experience first-hand what interdisciplinary collaboration (which can be difficult, but also productive) entails.

In weekly board meetings students discuss their work in progress. This involves intensive rewriting, peer-reviewing and editing each other’s work, collectively deciding on the structure and format of the journal issue, and various other organizational tasks. Students also learn how to engage with and respond to the feedback of expert peer-reviewers (staff from within the Faculty of Humanities). In addition, students are trained in editing and proofreading their own work and that of their peers. In practice, students together form the members of the editorial board of this year’s issue, with the two senior scholars operating as the chief editors. In principle, the journal should be able to accommodate different languages and alternative genres (such as a book review or a video-essay), so as to safeguard inclusivity.

In the course of the semester, students additionally prepare the mini-symposium Leiden Humanities Presents, where they present their work-in-progress to students and staff within the Faculty, thus practicing how to prepare and coordinate a symposium. Finally, to festively conclude the project, students organize a Journal Launch, where they present their work to family, friends, and other interested people from outside the university.

The Leiden Elective Academic Periodical (LEAP) is intended as a platform where (R)MA students can present their work. Each seminar edition results in a new journal issue, with a new (broad) theme that holds relevance within different scholarly fields and within society at large. The Journal, therefore, functions as a bridge between the different disciplines of the Humanities, but also between the Faculty of Humanities and the wider world. It is a space where Leiden University can communicate the diverse ways in which ‘culture’ is studied within the Humanities. In a world in which the value of the Humanities is increasingly questioned, this visibility is especially important.

Course objectives

After this course students:

  • Have experience in writing an academic article, review or artistic paper for a journal.

  • Have experience in collaborating as the editorial board of a journal

  • Have learned how to engage with and respond to the feedback of expert peer-reviewers

  • Have learned how to edit and copy-edit their own work and that of their peers

  • Have learned how to work as part of an interdisciplinary team

  • Have organizational experience


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar, with individual and group work

Assessment method

Assessment and weighing

  • Group work as a board, collaboration: 30%

  • Article / review / artistic paper (writing, rewriting, responding to feedback): 35%

  • Peer-reviewing, editing, proofreading: 35%

The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


Participation in this course does not automatically guarantee a publication in LEAP. Passing this course does not necessarily depend on a publication in LEAP. Should the article be insufficient, it will be possible to take a resit.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

Students compose their own readings lists according to the topic of their article.


Please consult the Admission Requirements above. After admission, Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.


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  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Arsenaal


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