UCL Dutch celebrates this recognition for the Dutch author. As a poet, novelist and travel writer whose work has been translated into over thirty languages, it is time that Nooteboom’s work is recognized and honoured in this way in the English-speaking world. Known for his playful novels such as In the Dutch Mountains which still deal with the most profound issues, it is Nooteboom’s resolute, critical Europeanism that is perhaps most significant at the present time.
Cees Nooteboom’s work has been enjoyed by many UCL students, not only of Dutch literature, but of comparative literature and translation studies too. Their world is not unlike that of the narrator of In the Dutch Mountains. ‘What else do I read? Diaries, letters and, best of all, dictionaries. For let us be honest: without the intervention of any thinking agent, language itself is still the greatest communicator.’
Cees Nooteboom will formally receive his doctorate in at UCL’s graduation ceremonies in September 2019.
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):