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The KVVAK sponsors an academic chair at Leiden University ‘Material history of the exchanges between Asia and Europe’, that was held by Professor Christiaan Jörg until November 2009. With support of members and the Jan Menze van Diepen Foundation, the KVVAK was able to co-finance the chair ‘Kikkoman Chair for the study of Asia-Europe intercultural dynamics’ held by Prof. Anne Gerritsen from 2013 until 2018. Starting in the academic year 2018-2019 Gerritsen has been reappointed Professor on the ‘Chair of Asian Art’ for a period of four years.