Book launch: Leonard Nolens, An English Anthology (7 Feb. 2019)

Leonard Nolens, An English Anthology

Please join us for the launch of An English Anthology by Leonard Nolens, in English translation by Paul Vincent, honorary Senior Lecturer at UCL Dutch, which is published by Carcanet Press. The evening will include readings by both Leonard and Paul, followed by a Q&A which will be chaired by Carcanet’s founder and managing director, Michael Schmidt.

‘I was born in Belgium, I’m Belgian. / But Belgium was never born in me.So writes Leonard Nolens in ‘Place and Date’, which captures a mood of political and social disillusionment amid a generation of Dutch-speaking Belgians. And throughout this selection we encounter a poet engaged with the question of national identity. Frequently the poet moves into that risky terrain, the firstperson plural, in which he speaks as and for a generation of Flemings, embodying an attitude towards artistic and political commitment that he considers its defining mark. Continue reading “Book launch: Leonard Nolens, An English Anthology (7 Feb. 2019)”

CfP: Worlding the Low Countries

1 February 2019

UCL

Worlding the Low Countries: 13th international conference of the ALCS

6–8 November 2019, University College London

Call for Papers

As the truism goes, we are all connected, yet research on the worldliness of the Low Countries is still a rather minor fraction of Dutch Studies. The ALCS2019 conference attempts to broaden and encourage this type of research and wishes to world the study of Dutch, including, of course, its global varieties and relations. It invites speakers to focus on the interconnection between the Low Countries and the world, and on the different scales (local, regional, national, continental, global) and levels (aesthetic, cultural, linguistic, political, economic, ecological etc.) on which these exchanges take place. Marking the occasion of the Centenary of Neerlandistiek in the Anglophone world (the first Chair for Dutch Studies was founded here in 1919), the 13th international and interdisciplinary Conference of the Association for Low Countries Studies (ALCS2019) will be held at UCL on Wednesday to Friday, 6–8 November 2019. We are looking for individual papers (20 minutes) and fully constituted panel suggestions (3 * 20 minutes plus Chair) on this year’s conference theme of ‘Worlding the Low Countries’ from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary angles. Questions that could be considered include the following (but paper proposals are not restricted to these suggestions):

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Balancing Openness and Closure in early modern correspondence networks (UCLDH, 6 March 2019)

UCLDH seminar

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, 06 March 2019

This presentation uses computational techniques developed by social network scientists to reconstruct and analyse the epistolary relations between the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and the Dutch Republic in the seventeenth century. The lively epistolary exchange between these two societies allows for a comprehensive view on the transconfessional Republic of Letters, providing a framework to study the ways in which early modern scholars capitalised on opportunities in the social structure to which they were connected. Specifically, the differences between these two societies might have influenced the decisions Italian and Dutch scholars had to make in the formation of their network, as well as the strategies they adopted to secure their position therein. Continue reading “Balancing Openness and Closure in early modern correspondence networks (UCLDH, 6 March 2019)”

Lisa Weeda Dutch Writer in Residence 2019

Lisa Weeda

UCL Dutch will be welcoming its annual writer in residence in March. Dutch author Lisa Weeda, author of De benen van Petrovski (2016), will  meet with our language students, as well as present at an evening event, and assist our students in translating one of her recent works.

UCL students will virtually collaborate on this with students from the universities of Sheffield and Nottingham. They will be assisted by a professional translator, Jonathan Reeder,  and the final text will be published by the Dutch-Flemish Cultural Centre De Buren in Brussels. Continue reading “Lisa Weeda Dutch Writer in Residence 2019”

Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies, vol. 42, no. 3 (November 2018)

Volume 42, Number 3, November 201

Dutch Crossing : Journal of Low Countries Studies

https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ydtc20/42/3?nav=tocList

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Editorial
Ulrich Tiedau

Stylometric Authorship Attribution for the Middle Dutch Mystical Tradition from Groenendaal
Mike Kestemont

The Re-education of Conversos in 17th Century Amsterdam
Tzvi Aryeh Benoff

‘Don’t Whine’: Sexuality, Adultery and Emancipation in Annie M. G. Schmidt and Harry Bannink’s Musical Heerlijk Duurt het Langst (1965)
Sanne Thierens Continue reading “Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies, vol. 42, no. 3 (November 2018)”

CLCS Annual Lecture 2018 (9 January 2018)

The Cruelty of Freedom A Dutch Republican Baroque and its Political Implications A lecture by Frans-Willem Korsten

Frans-Willem Korsten, A Dutch Republican Baroque

Join us for the 2018 CLCS annual lecture which will be given by Frans-Willem Korsten. He will present his latest book, A Dutch Republican Baroque: Theatricality, Dramatization, Moment and Event (UAP, 2017). Korsten will discuss how two aesthetic formal modes, theatre and drama, were dynamically related to two political concepts, event and moment. This will lead to a new historical perspective on the Baroque as a specifically Dutch republican one, while at the same time demonstrating the relevance of analysing early modern literature by means of 20th century philosophy. Frans-Willem Korsten is a professor of literary studies at Leiden University. His books include Lessons in Literature (2005) and Sovereignty as Inviolability (2009). Continue reading “CLCS Annual Lecture 2018 (9 January 2018)”