Centre for Low Countries Studies Launch: Professor Lisa Jardine on Sir Isaac Newton and Christiaan Huygens
The Gustave Tuck lecture theatre was full on 17 March for the launch of UCL’s new Centre for Low Countries Studies, with the Centre’s spirit of fostering exchange and interaction in full flow.
Academics and students from London universities as well as Cambridge and Sheffield attended the event, together with representatives from the Dutch and Belgian embassies, Flanders House and the Dutch Language Union.
The opening lecture
was given by Professor Lisa Jardine on the scientific and other connections
between Sir Isaac Newton and Christiaan Huygens at the time of the so-called
Glorious Revolution – which, as she observed, was neither very glorious nor
very revolutionary ... Read more about our launch.
In the life and work of the Dutch writer Abdelkader Benali (1975) themes
of travelling, migration and movement are closely connected. Benali has
lived in Beirut, Rotterdam and Rome, and uses these and many other
places as backdrops of his literary imaginings. During his talk on Travelling and Translation on 31 January, the author explains how travelling can set off ‘language machines’.
An accomplished long-distance runner, Benali is always on the move. ... Read more about An Evening with Abdelkader Benali.
Abdelkader Benali read two passages from his book My Mother's Voice (De stem van mijn moeder), which were translated by Professor Jane Fenoulhet and UCL Dutch Advanced Translation students. The text of these translations is available here.