Centre for Low Countries Events Publication
- Book launch: Cunegonde's Kidnapping
- I died in hell – (They called it Passchendaele)
- Fluid Texts: Transnational Transfer and Dutch Literature
- How surreal is the Belgian language conflict?
- Poetry evening with Ester Naomi Perquin
- Literatuur en ‘wij’: The challenge of community in contemporary art from the Low Countries
- Discord and Consensus: 10th Biennial Conference of the Association for Low Countries Studies
- The Ambiguity of Virtue: Gertrude van Tijn and the Fate of the Dutch Jews
- Festival of the Arts: 'You must read this book'
- Religious Coexistence in a Low Countries Health Resort: Protestants and Catholics at Spa
- Peter Buwalda discusses his award-winning novel 'Bonita Avenue'
- Revolutionary ideas on taxation: The Dutch fiscal policy of the period 1795-1814
- Sir Isaac Newton and Christiaan Huygens: Anglo-Dutch Science and Politics around 1688
- Travelling and Translation: An Evening with Abdelkader Benali
Literatuur en ‘wij’: The challenge of community in contemporary art from the Low Countries
Publication date: Aug 07, 2014 04:49 PM
Sep 10, 2014 05:30 PM
End: Sep 10, 2014 07:30 PM
Location: Gustave Tuck lecture theatre, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT
Dr Henriëtte Louwerse from the University of Sheffield will give the opening lecture of the 10th biennial conference of the Association for Low Countries Studies. The lecture will be followed by a reception in the North Cloisters.
"Community, like culture, is a problematic, inaccurate and fluid term that nonetheless wields tremendous power in its ability to conjure up connotations of warmth, sharing, understanding, recognition and even healing. Community is often mobilized to give expression to an ideal, a promise of oneness, of ‘a fusion of multiple individuals into one subject position’ (Lee 2009: 2). However it is exactly this promise of fusion that is also suspect: warmth becomes stifling; sharing turns into suppression of difference; and oneness the embodiment of totalitarian logic.
Much contemporary art and literature responds to this universal tension between the need for individuality and the desire to belong. In this contribution I will look at the response to the challenge of community in the work of two contemporary artists, Francis Alÿs and Hafid Bouazza."
The full conference programme can be found on the conference website.