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Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies 37.1 (March 2013)

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Dutch Crossing : Journal of Low Countries Studies

Let me begin this editorial column by announcing further changes in the editorial board of Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies. Anne-Marie Musschoot (Ghent), one of our longest-standing editorial board members, decided to stand down and we would like to extend our profound gratitude for her longstanding support of the journal. Simultaneously we welcome Yves T’Sjoen, senior lecturer in modern Dutch literature and Afrikaans, also at Ghent, and Phil van Schalkwyk, associate professor at Northwestern University (Potchefstroom), on the editorial board. Their specialisms in textual scholarship, modern poetry and prose of the Low Countries, and Afrikaans literature in South Africa will complement and strengthen the existing expertise on the editorial board and reflect our intention to widen the scope of Dutch Crossing to include the distinct but closely related Afrikaans language and literature, one of the rich and plentiful colours of the ‘rainbow nation’ South Africa.

Beacon for Public Engagement Award for Dutch Walks in London

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The Dutch Church, Austin Friars, City of London, Image: John Salmon (CC-BY-SA)

Ulrich Tiedau has been awarded a 2013 UCL Beacon for Public Engagement Award for a project that will develop and publish, in close dialogue with the historically interested public, a set of Dutch (and Flemish) walks through London, directed at an audience interested in Anglo-Dutch exchanges over the centuries.
Each walk, or cycle-route, will be derived from and informed by research by members of the UCL Dutch department or the larger Low Countries Studies community in London and themed by either time period or subject. The walks will be created with a view to raising awareness of the manifold connections and exchanges between London and the Low Countries, and to engage with the wider public who will not only be able to follow the walks but also to contribute user-generated content.

Opportunity: Research Associate Digital Humanities

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Asymmetrical Encounters

Closing Date for applications: 1 September 2013.
Start date for successful candidates: 30 September 2013

Professor Rachel Bowlby's new book reviewed in Times Higher Education

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A Child of One’s Own: Parental Stories by Rachel Bowlby


Professor Rachel Bowlby (UCL English) has recently written a fascinating new book A Child of One's Own: Parental Stories.  This compelling commentary offers fresh angels and arguments for thinking about parenthood today.

Bryony Randall (Times Higher Education) reviews the book and says 'Bowlby’s eye for detail is hawk-like, and she does not give up until she has wrung every drop of potential from her readings. From the observation that a moment of parental recognition is the subject of the only moment of nostalgic remembering in Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones, to the elegant suggestion that James’ Maisie “has” parents as people usually “have” children, there are new discoveries about these familiar texts at every turn.'

Read the full review on the Times Higher Education website

New deadline for UCL & I.B. Tauris Publishing Competition

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We are pleased to announce that the deadline for this competition has been extended and the new deadline is now 14 September 2013.

Faculty Administrative Scholarships 2013-14

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We are pleased to announce that the Faculty Administrative Scholarships have been awarded for 2013-14.

These scholarships are for staff in the Faculties of Arts & Humanities, and Social & Historical Sciences, and aim to recognise the commitment and skills of administrative colleagues.

Bas Aarts awarded AHRC Grant

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Bas Aarts was awarded a Follow-on Funding Grant by the AHRC for the project Extending the Englicious Platform for Primary English. During the project a team at the Survey of English Usage will work with the National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE) and St Aidan’s Primary School in north London to extend the English language teaching platform Englicious to a new audience, namely pupils at Key Stages 1 and 2 at primary schools.

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