Low Countries Seminar

The holder of UCL’s Chair in Dutch History co-convenes the Low Countries History Seminar at the Institute for Historical Research, part of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study.

Featuring speakers from the Low Countries and further afield, as well as from Britain, the seminar is an opportunity for scholars and students to keep up-to-date on the latest work in Low Countries history.

Multidisciplinary, it includes talks on art history and literary history, as well as history narrowly defined.

2013/2014 Seminar Series

Friday afternoons at 5:15pm.*

Autumn Term

Oct 18 Timon Screech (SOAS),
‘The Dutch, the English and the Northeast Passage to Japan, 1600–1615'  (co-sponsored with Japan400)
SH Athlone
Nov 1
Hugh Dunthorne (Swansea),
`The Revolt of the Netherlands and its impact on early modern Britain’
SH Athlone
Nov 15
Joris van Eijnatten (Utrecht),
‘Willem Bilderdijk, Lord of Teisterbant. Metaphysics, Religion and Politics in the Age of Revolutions’
Nov 29 Guido van Meersbergen (UCL),
`Diplomatic Encounters between East and West: Dutch Envoys at the Mughal Court (1648–1713)’
SH Athlone

Spring Term

Jan 24 Jesse Spohnholz (Washington State U),
‘Seeing Like a Church: Solving a 450-Year-Old Mystery and Rethinking the Dutch Reformation’
SH Athlone
Feb 7 Andrew Armstrong (Queen Mary),
‘Translating poetic capital in 15th-century Brussels: from Amé de Montgesoie’s Pas de la Mort to Colijn Caillieu’s Dal sonder Wederkeeren
SH Bedford
Mar 7
Martine Gosselink (Rijksmuseum Amsterdam),
‘The Rijksmuseum and its art and historical collections: a peaceful wedding?’
SH Bloomsbury Room, G35
Mar 21
Mark Hay (King’s College London),
‘Revolutionary ideas on taxation: The Dutch fiscal policy of the period 1795–1814’
SH Bedford

Summer Term

May 9
Liesbeth Corens (Cambridge),
‘Religious Coexistence in a Low Countries Health Resort: Protestants and Catholics at Spa’
SH Court room

June 6


Claudia Swan (Northwestern U, Boston),
‘Piracy, Porcelain, Profit: Exotic Negotiations and Early Seventeenth-Century Global Politics’
SH Court room

*Please note: due to refurbishment work at the IHR, seminars this year meet in alternative locations – see schedule – and 15 mins later than previously.
SH Athlone = Senate House, Athlone Room, located in the South Block on the 1st floor, room 102.  SH Bedford = Senate House, Bedford Room, South Block on the ground floor, room G37.  STB 9 = Stewart House, adjacent to Senate House, at 32 Russell Square, room 9 in the basement.