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Second Postgraduate Colloquium in Low Countries Studies (London, 6-7 July 2017)

In just under two weeks postgraduate students of Dutch and Flemish history, literature, translation studies and sociology will come together for the second edition of the ALCS Postgraduate Colloquium. This international meeting is designed to foster links between British and Irish Low Countries Studies and scholars from other countries, and to support the next generation of researchers in our field. The conference will take place in the medium of English and we welcome anyone with a curiosity about the Netherlands and Flanders or any of the topics up for discussion. This year’s papers are particularly exciting, with strong themes of identity, ideology and transnationality emerging. The keynote will be given by our chair, Henriette Louwerse (University of Sheffield). The conference fee of £15 is payable by those receiving research funding or in full-time work, all students and unwaged researchers are welcome to join free of charge. If you would like to attend, please email pglowcountriesstudies@gmail.com so that we can factor you into our catering arrangements. Details of excursions and dinner plans to follow.

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BelgoLab 2017 – Belgian Translations (6–7 March 2017)*

Translation plays a major role in Belgian culture, both domestically – by enabling readers to access work produced in a different language community – and internationally, by disseminating work to wider audiences. Accordingly, BeLgoLab 2017 is devoted to translations of different kinds. It combines formal papers and discussions with practical workshops, where published English translations are

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Tuesday 21 February 2017: Literary evening with Carmien Michels

Join us for an exciting literary evening with Carmien Michels. Carmien graduated from the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp, where she trained in word craft. She has published two novels and is often seen on stage giving prizewinning performances of her poetry. In 2016 she was crowned European Poetry Slam champion.

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10th Biennial Conference for Low Countries Studies held at UCL 10–12 Sept. 2014

The 10th biennial conference of the Association for Low Countries Studies will be held from 10–12 September 2014 at University College London. This year’s theme will be “Discord and Consensus” in a Low Countries context and we invite original contributions that interpret the conference theme in the broadest possible sense.

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Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies 38.3 (November 2014)

For three balmy days in early June of 2012, the sixteenth biennial International Conference for Netherlandic Studies (ICNS) convened on the campus of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. The International Conference for Netherlandic Studies is the meeting venue for the American Association of Netherlandic Studies. In recent decades, the proceedings from the conference have traditionally been published in an edited volume. With this publication, however, we are trying something new. As such, we are happy to partner with Dutch Crossing which has cooperatively agreed to dedicate two issues to the scholarly fruits of the 2012 ICNS. The articles here have undergone the same peer-review process customary with Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies.

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Poetry evening with Ester Naomi Perquin on 11 Sept. 2014 at Senate House, 5:45pm

Join us for an evening of poetry with award winning Dutch poet Ester Naomi Perquin. Ester worked as a prison guard in order to finance her creative writing classes in Amsterdam. Her debut volume, Servetten halfstok (Napkins at Half-Mast), was published in 2007 and received a number of prizes including the Liegend Konijn prize and the Lucy B. and C.W. van der Hoogt prize. Her latest volume, Celinspecties (Cell inspections), was published in early 2012 and was awarded the VSB Poetry Prize for the best volume of 2013. 

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Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies 38.2 (July 2014)


The theme of immigration seems to be discussed on an almost daily basis in the British media at the moment. However, as we know, it is not a new phenomenon, but has been an almost permanent feature in the history of Britain. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, many thousands of people from the Low Countries were forced to leave home and seek a new life elsewhere. Given its geographical proximity it is not surprising that many of these refugees headed for Norfolk in eastern England. Large Dutch and French communities were established in Norwich; there was a smaller Dutch community, which lasted for some 100 years, in Great Yarmouth; and short-lived Dutch communities were established in King’s Lynn and Thetford. The locals referred to the migrants as Strangers, their arrival brought both opportunities and challenges. In the five papers in this edition of Dutch Crossing, various aspects of the history of the Dutch Strangers in Norfolk are considered.

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Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies 38.1 (March 2013)

At the beginning of this first issue of 2014 let me draw your attention to the forthcoming tenth biennial conference of the Association for Low Countries Studies, which under the theme of Discord and Consensus will be held at University College London and the (new) Dutch Centre in the (old) Dutch Church at Austin Friars in the City of London,1 in September 2014. All countries, regions, and institutions are ultimately built on a degree of consensus, on a collective commitment to a concept, belief, or value system. This consensus is continuously rephrased and reinvented through a narrative of cohesion and challenged by expressions of discontent and discord. The history of the Low Countries is characterized by both a striving for consensus and eruptions of discord both internally or through outside challenges. In the centenary year of World War I (1914), which the Netherlands was lucky to be spared but Belgium and Luxembourg had to endure heavily, two centuries (and a bit) after the Battle of Waterloo and the reunification of the Low Countries in the Kingdom of the United Netherlands (1813–14), and three centuries after the Peace of Utrecht (1713), we thought this to be an appropriate theme for an interdisciplinary conference which aims to explore consensus and discord in a Low Countries context along and across broad cultural, linguistic, and historical lines, and interpret the conference theme in the broadest possible sense.

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Collecting: Knowledge in Motion exhibition in UCL Octagon Gallery

Over the last six months, Stefanie van Gemert and Ulrich Tiedau from UCL Dutch worked together with Margot Finn and Kate Smith (History) and Claire Dwyer (Geography) to develop a new exhibition, Collecting: Knowledge in Motion. The display explores stasis and movement of objects in UCL’s collections. Knowledge in Motion will open on Wednesday, 22 January 2014, in UCL’s Octagon Gallery, and you are warmly invited to come and have a look.

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Amsterdam Style City : Symposium at V&A Museum, 1 Feb 2014

On 1st February 2014, it will be Amsterdam’s turn to feature as a ‘Style City’. This half-day symposium is part of a lecture series organised of the Victoria and Albert Museum. The afternoon consists of three separate presentations covering ‘Canals and Houses’, ‘Amsterdam Art and Artists’ and as well as the ‘The Representation of Amsterdam in Contemporary Film and Literature’.

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Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies 37.3 (November 2013)

At the beginning of this last issue before the cut-off date for the REF2014, the British Research Excellence Framework, a few words on the utility and futility of bibliometric indicators as quality measurements of scholarly publication. Regular readers will know that Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies since 2011 is indexed in all important citation and indexing services, including the ‘big two’, the Arts & Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), part of ISI Thomson-Reuters’s Web of Science, and Elsevier’s Scopus database, and has received and INT1-rating, the highest category, on the History list of the controversial European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH).

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New Monograph by Jane Fenoulhet on Cees Nooteboom and his Writing

Cees Nooteboom (born 1933) is a writer of fiction, poetry and travel literature. Translated into at least thirty-four languages, his work raises important questions about the mobility of literary texts and invites a new theoretical approach, for to read Nooteboom straightforwardly as a Dutch author would be to do him an injustice.

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

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.

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Beacon for Public Engagement Award for Dutch Walks in London

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.

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Symposium on Port Cities, Rivers and Hinterlands in North-Western Europe (29/30 May)

Cultural historians, literary scholars, geographers and maritime practitioners from the Benelux-countries, France, Germany and the UK will come together for a symposium on port cities as places of cultural exchange in London on 29 and 30 May. The conference is jointly organised by UCL Belgium (Université Catholique de Louvain), UCL London and Senate House Library, University of London.

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Live Poetry Event with Prize-winning Dutch Poet Ester Naomi Perquin (30 May)

The School of European Languages, Culture and Society at UCL, in Partnership with Poet in the City, is delighted to present an important new series celebrating the very best of contemporary European poetry. The Contemporary European Poets series brings to London celebrated poets from Hungary, Holland, France, Germany, the Faroe Islands and Italy, for showcase events at Europe House. Events will include live readings by the poets, with all poems read both in the original language and in brand new specially commissioned English translations. On 30 May Ester Naomi Perquin will take part in a FREE event on Dutch poetry at Europe House. 

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

A new year always provides an occasion for looking back and taking stock as well as for making plans for the future. After the first four annual volumes with Maney we can summarise that the 11 issues published between 2009 and 2012 (out of which three were guest-edited special issues) consisted of 58 journal articles by 60 contributors from 14 different countries, not including book reviews and editorial columns. The country ranking list, perhaps unsurprisingly, is headed by the Netherlands with 15 contributors, followed by the United States with 10, the United Kingdom with 8 and Belgium with 6 authors. On a higher level it can be said that just short of half of all contributions (28) came from the Anglophone world (apart from the US and UK, from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and South Africa), a third from inside the Low Countries (21), and the rest from other European countries like Germany, France, Italy, Poland and Israel (9). This reflects very well Dutch Crossing’s special focus on contacts and exchanges between the Anglophone and Dutch-speaking worlds through the centuries while also including other aspects of Low Countries Studies. In addition there were 15 book reviews, mainly from the UK, US and the Netherlands.

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Talks on Dutch Art and Diversity at the Wallace Collection

Stefanie van Gemert, PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature and Teaching Assistant at the Dutch department, will be teaching three half-an-hour sessions at the Wallace Collection on Saturday, 12 January (11am, 1pm and 3pm).

Her talks will be on 'Dutch Golden Age Art and Diversity', with a specific focus on the history of the Dutch East India Company and its influence on material and cultural wealth in the Dutch Republic.
Stefanie's talks are part of the Wallace Collection's 'Day in the Seventeenth Century', the final event of the HLF-sponsored community project 'Treasures from the East'. This project celebrated the refurbishment of the Wallace Collection's renowned East Galleries with Dutch art.

The events on Saturday are free (suggested donation £2) and promise to be entertaining for all age groups. There will be baroque music and dress performances; you can paint your own Delft Blue tiles and there are plenty of talks on Dutch art. Just walk in on the day and admire the newly-transformed East Galleries.

The Wallace Collection is one of the national museums, close to UCL (just off Oxford Street: Bond Street tube). The museum is free and has an outstanding collection of Dutch old master paintings by, for example, Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Pieter de Hooch.

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Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies 36.3 (November 2012)

It gives us pleasure to be able to report that Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies, after having been included in the ISI Thomson-Reuters Web of Science, arguably the most important set of citation indexes and bibliographic databases, for two years now, in July 2012 has had its first ‘Impact factor’ calculated.  For those who are less familiar with, or skeptical about, ‘bibliometrical’ indicators, the impact factor of a journal in any given year is the average number of citations received per paper published in that journal during the two preceding years, and generally considered to be one of the most important metrics in research assessment.

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High Impact Literature from the Low Countries Tour 14–19 January 2013

6 top writers from the Low Countries on tour to 6 cities for 6 nights of readings & debates to showcase the best high impact literature from Flanders & the Netherlands in English translation with a final gala gathering in London of authors from both the UK & the Low Countries

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Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities

The Wolfson Foundation seeks to support excellence. Drawing on its history of support for higher education and interest in the humanities, the Foundation is offering 3 postgraduate research awards in the humanities. These will be for 3 areas in history, literature and languages.

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Dutch-English Literary Translation Workshop (10–13 September 2012)

The Dutch Department at UCL recently hosted an extremely successful four-day intensive workshop focusing on literary translation from Dutch into English. It enabled undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent Dutch studies alumni from four British universities to work together with an acclaimed Flemish writer and three distinguished professional translators, while meeting also first-hand with a literary editor and a representative from the British Centre for Literary Translation.

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Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies 36.2 (July 2012)

Regular readers will have noticed gradual changes in the editorial board of Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies over the past couple of issues. Partly necessitated by generational change we have started to restructure the board to give additional weight to the global aspects of Dutch Studies as reflected in Dutch Crossing and the manifold exchanges between the Dutch-speaking and Anglo-phone worlds in particular.

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Postgraduate bursary MA Language, Culture, History (Dutch Studies pathway)

UCL Dutch aims to reward academic excellence among new students of its postgraduate programme by offering a study expense bursary for new students starting the MA in Dutch Studies in September 2012. The bursary covers up to £600 towards study expenses like books, research travel and other research related expenses.

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Jacques Presser (1899–1970) between history and literature, 25 May 2012

When Jacques Presser’s Ondergang (1965, in English: Ashes in the Wind : The Destruction of Dutch Jewry, 1968) first appeared, twenty years after the end of World War II, the book hit Dutch society like a bomb. What people knew in general but had forgotten, passed over in silence or repressed during two decades, was here described in every gruesome detail: the systematic humiliation, isolation, despoliation, and extermination of Dutch Jewry.

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Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies 36.1 (March 2012)

After two special issues on new approaches in Netherlandic art history, for which we would like to thank Christine P. Sellin from the American Association for Netherlandic Studies (AANS) heartily for her meticulous guest-editing, this first issue of Dutch Crossing in 2012 is a ‘regular’ issue without an over-coupling theme. This is not to say that no connections could be made between the individual contributions, quite on the contrary.

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Impact in modern languages workshop at the IGRS (3 Feb 2012)

In the light of the important new element in REF2014 that is Impact, in the shape of the impact  statement and impact case studies, the Institute for Germanic and Romance Studies (IGRS) is proposing a regular series of workshops for colleagues in Modern Languages to come together to discuss their ideas and strategies. All colleagues in Modern Languages are welcome to attend these events, and we would also appreciate further offers, from throughout the UK, of talks/case studies to discuss at future workshops.On this occasion we welcome the following, who will speak for 15 minutes in this order, followed by discussion:

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Netherlandic Studies at the 127th MLA convention in Seattle, WA

Ulrich Tiedau has been elected to a five-year term on the executive committee of the Netherlandic section of the Modern Language Association (MLA). The MLA, founded in 1883, is one of the largest scholarly associations in the world. MLA members host an annual convention and other meetings, work with related organizations, and sustain one of the finest publishing programs in the humanities. For over a hundred years, members have worked to strengthen the study and teaching of language and literature.

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Excellent employment prospects for graduates with Dutch

The excellent employment prospects of graduates with Dutch and intercultural skills, as taught by the department (see Careers with Dutch) have been corroborated by the recent report on “Labour Market Intelligence on Languages and Intercultural Skills in Higher Education” by Sean Mulkerne & Anne Marie Graham (May 2011), commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the University Council for Modern Languages (UCML).

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Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies 35.3 (November 2011)

The November 2011 issue of Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies focuses on Crossing Boundaries and Transforming Identities: New Perspectives in Netherlandic Studies. Guest-edited by Christine Petra Sellin from the California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA, it comprises of select art history papers from the fifteenth biennial Interdisciplinary Conference on Netherlandic Studies, held at UCLA in Los Angeles in June 2010.

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Susan Stein's Play on Etty Hillesum at UCL on 21 November 2011, 6.30pm

Etty is a touring one-woman theatrical play based on the diaries and letters of Etty Hillesum, adapted and performed by Susan Stein. Directed by Austin Pendleton. Using only Etty Hillesum’s words, Susan Stein’s adaptation brings us to 1943 when Etty, a young Jewish woman, is about to be deported out of Holland.

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Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies 35.2 (July 2011)

The June 2011 issue of Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies focuses on Crossing Boundaries and Transforming Identities: New Perspectives in Netherlandic Studies. Guest-edited by Christine Petra Sellin from the California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA, it comprises of select art history papers from the fifteenth biennial Interdisciplinary Conference on Netherlandic Studies, held at UCLA in Los Angeles in June 2010.

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Dutch Crossing and the European Reference Index for the Humanities

The revised lists of the European Science Foundation’s European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH) have been published and Dutch Crossing : Journal of Low Countries Studies, edited at the UCL Dutch department, has made the leap into the highest category INT1 "International publications with high visibility and influence among researchers in the various research domains in different countries, regularly cited all over the world." on the list for history. Lists for art history and other subjects will be published later this year.

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Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies 35.1 (March 2011)

When four centuries and three decades ago the Low Countries formally declared their independence from the Habsburg monarchy, there can be little doubt about the central role played by William of Nassau, Prince of Orange (1533–1584), in the English-speaking world sometimes better known as William the Silent. His Apology (1580) paved the way for the following Act of Abjuration (1581), declaring the forfeiture of Philip II’s right to rule over the Low Countries. Similar to William’s leadership in the rebellion his and subsequently his sons Maurice’s and Frederick Henry’s, role for the forming of the Dutch nation is uncontested and visible not only in the honorary title pater patriae (‘Father of the Fatherland’) bestowed on William by his compatriots during his lifetime, but also commemorated in the national anthem of the Netherlands, the Wilhelmus, to the present day.

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Dutch Research Seminar: Football in two Dutch cities 1910–20, 9 Feb 2011

Nicholas Piercey, completing research student in the Department of Dutch, will give a talk about Football in two Dutch Cities, 1910-1920: A personal history of a PhD. Nick’s research aims to provide a representation of the culture surrounding football in the two cities during this time, incorporating studies of the media, concepts of football-morality, town planning, education and sporting development and the individual.

He will be presenting some of the main findings of his research and reflecting on the process of researching and writing up a doctoral thesis. All welcome, including students contemplating PhD research.

Wednesday 9 February at 4pm in room 111, Foster Court

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Dutch Research Seminar: Translating Political Novels, 26 Jan 2011

Professor Reinier Salverda, Director of the Fryske Akademy, KNAW (Frisian Academy, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science) will speak on Choosing one’s words when translating a political novel.
Research Seminar Series, UCL Dutch, 2010/11, term II

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Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies 34.3 (November 2010)

The third and last issue of Dutch Crossing: Journal for Low Countries Studies for 2010 has a decidedly 20th century focus. On the brink of a new decade we want to look back at the previous century with its major catastrophes that affected the Low Countries like most of Europe and the world. World War I in many respects was the ‘seminal catastrophe of the 20th century’ as George Kennan put it, the end of the ‘long’ 19th and the beginning of the ‘short’ 20th century. As in other parts of Europe this certainly also holds true for Belgium. While its northern neighbour, the Netherlands, by a combination of good fortune and careful political manoevering managed to avoid being dragged into the war, Belgium became its first and one of its main victims. The German occupation from 1914 to 1918 had not only devastated large parts of the country but also, for the first time, planted a seed of contention between parts of the Flemish movement and the Belgian nation state.

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Going Dutch in London : UCL will be hosting the Dutch Student Day 2010/11

Students and lecturers from around the UK and Ireland will be gathering in London in November to celebrate Dutch and Flemish culture. UCL Dutch will be hosting the biennial Dutch Student Day 2010, bringing together more than 100 students and staff from the universities of Dublin, Newcastle, Sheffield, Nottingham, Cambridge and London for two days of culture, workshops and fun on 10–11 November 2010.

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Follow UCL Dutch on YouTube EDU and iTunes University!

Together with the Scandinavian department, UCL Dutch has produced a series of videos on interactive learning, the student experience, and the Year Abroad in both departments. Find out what it’s like to study an ‘alternative language’ at UCL and follow us on YouTube EDU or iTunesU.

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Royal decoration bestowed on professor Jane Fenoulhet

Professor Fenoulhet was appointed Officier in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau in Queen Beatrix’ birthday honours list published on April 30th. The ceremony took place at the Residence of Ambassador Waldeck, and Professor Fenoulhet was guest of honour at the Koninginnedag (Queen’s Birthday) reception held in the Great Hall at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea.

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Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies 34.1 (March 2010)

The latest issue of Dutch Crossing, the international peer-reviewed research journal on interdisciplinary Low Countries Studies, edited at UCL Dutch, has just been published (vol. 34, no. 1, March 2010). This volume of Dutch Crossing is a special issue, guest-edited by Esther Mijers from the University of Reading and showcasing some of the exciting postgraduate research that is currently being undertaken in the field of early modern Dutch history. Four of the five articles are based on papers delivered at the second annual Early Modern Studies Conference at the University of Reading; the fifth article, by Megan Lindsay Cherry, began life as a paper at the Low Countries Seminar at the Institute for Historical Research in London. While the articles are all connected chronologically to the long seventeenth century, it is clear that the research has moved on from the traditional themes of the Dutch Golden Age.

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Dutch Crossing: recognition for a journal examining a global influence

Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies, the international peer-reviewed research journal edited by UCL Dutch, has received an honourable mention at the 2009 Journal Awards of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ). The journal, which was established 33 years ago, was recognised in the category of Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement. Journal editor Ulrich Tiedau received the prestigious award on the 125th convention of the Modern Language Association (MLA) in Philadelphia on 28 December 2009.

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Nationale Gedichtendag (National Poetry Day) in the Netherlands and Flanders 2009

On 28 January it is national poetry day (nationale gedichtendag) in the Netherlands and Flanders. In order to celebrate this we would like to ask you to bring your favourite poem (possibly in a foreign language you are familiar with, this doesn't have to be Dutch) and share it with the rest of us during our next Koffie-uurtje on Monday 25/01  in Room FC111 (Dutch seminar room). Dutch Honorary Professor Reinier Salverda (director of the Fryske Akademy) will be there too and read to us in Frisian. If you are interested in looking up some Dutch poems here are some websites you could go to:

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Book launch: Literary history of the Low Countries, and celebration of 90 years of Dutch at UCL

On 11 December 2009, the first English language history of the literature of the Netherlands and Flanders since the 1970s and the most substantial ever published was launched in the National Gallery, London. Written by a team of Dutch and Flemish scholars, it offers a comprehensive and authoritative account of the literature of the Dutch-speaking area from the medieval period up to the present day.

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Van Gogh Competition by the Royal Academy of Arts


The Royal Academy of Arts hosts a landmark exhibition of the work of Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890). The focus of the exhibition is the artist’s remarkable correspondence, with over 35 original letters on display in the main galleries of Burlington House, together with around 65 paintings and 30 drawings that express the principal themes found within his letters. The exhibition will offer a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the complex mind of Vincent van Gogh.

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Go Dutch! at the Free Word Centre

Go Dutch!, a major new campaign to raise awareness of Dutch literature in translation has been launched with the backing of a number of UK publishers and Arts Council England. Developed by the Amsterdam-based Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature (NLPVF) and Midland Creative Projects (based in Birmingham), the initiative aims to raise the profile of individual contemporary Dutch writers and their books in the UK, as well as drawing attention to Dutch literature as a whole.

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Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies 33.1 (April 2009)

With this first issue in a new form Dutch Crossing is entering its 33rd year of publication. We have changed publishers and used the occasion to completely overhaul the journal (for more detail see Ulrich Tiedau's editorial). One of the most fundamental developments is that Dutch Crossing from this year onwards will be available both in print and online, via IngentaConnect, one of the large journal aggregators.

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Public Lecture Isabel Hoving

The UCL Department of Dutch invites you to a lecture by novelist and academic Isabel Hoving on “The Good, the Bad, and the Wild: Social Responsibility, Theoretical Sophistication and Writerly Obsession”, Monday 16 March 2009, 5pm, followed by a reception at 6.15pm. Venue: UCL Foster Court room 124.

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New Open Educational Resources project

As part of the individual strand of JISC’s and Higher Academy’s Open Educational Resources pilot programme, Ulrich Tiedau, Lecturer at the Dutch department, has been award a £20,000 research grant. The project will turn a comprehensive survey course in Early Modern Low Countries history, from the late Middle Ages to the end of the 18th century, into a multimedia and Web 2.0 enriched OER, published on the internet and freely available for anyone. In doing so it will create an important teaching and learning resource not only for the strategically important and vulnerable subject area Dutch Studies (as part of Modern Foreign Languages, as defined by HEFCE) but also for all learners with an interest in this European neighbour region of the UK, whose early modern history was closely intertwined with that of Britain (e.g. for students of British or European history). Consequently, a special focus of the OER will be put on relations between the Low Countries and the Anglophone world.

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Professor Theo Hermans elected member of the Flemish Academy

Professor Theo Hermans was elected an Honorary Member Abroad (‘Buitenlands Erelid’) of the Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature (Koninklijke Academie voor Nederlandse Taal- en Letterkunde) with effect from January 2009. The Academy, which was founded in Ghent in 1886 and whose patron is the Belgian King, consists of some fifty ordinary, extraordinary and honorary members in Flanders, and twenty-five honorary members abroad. Professor Hermans is one of two such members elected from the English-speaking world.

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Royal Visit from HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands

On 4 December, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands made a private visit to UCL’s Department of Dutch – the UK’s first and largest centre for the study of the culture and history of the Low Countries.

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Kader Abdolah at UCL Dutch

The UCL Department of Dutch has pleasure in inviting you to an evening with its acclaimed Writer in Residence Kader Abdolah who will talk about his life and writing and read from his work in the Chadwick Lecture Theatre (next to UCL’s Main Entrance in Gower Street, C3 on the map) on Thursday 6 March 2008, 6–8 pm.

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Making the Personal Political: New book on Dutch women writers

Making the Personal Political, the new research monograph by Jane Fenoulhet, professor for Dutch literature at UCL Dutch, is an interdisciplinary account of a now forgotten success story in the history of the society and culture of the Netherlands. While Dutch women had apparently retreated into domesticity after gaining the vote in 1919, women writers were out there in the market place selling the inside story of women's lives.

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New monograph investigating fundamental questions of Translation

This book by Theo Hermans, Professor of Dutch and Comparative Literature at UCL Dutch, offers a series of startling reflections on fundamental questions of translation. It throws new light on familiar problems and opens up some radically different avenues of thought. It engages with value conflicts in translation and the social accountability of translators, and turns the old issue of equivalence inside out.

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In memoriam Marta Baerlecken (1909-2007)

Op 20 januari 2007 is Marta Baerlecken, de ‘grote oude dame’ van de Duitse Neerlandistiek, in Düsseldorf overleden. Voor meer dan vier decennia, van 1935 tot 1978, doceerde zij het vak Nederlands aan de universiteiten in Keulen, Aken en Berlijn en zette zich in als voorzitster van de Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Deutsch-Niederländische Kulturarbeit, een verbond van meer dan 50 Duits-Nederlandse verenigingen, waarmee ze grote verdiensten leverde op het gebied van de Nederlands-Duitse cultuuruitwisseling.

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Public lecture by Marita Matthijsen

The UCL Department of Dutch invites you to a public lecture on The Nineteenth Century: An Era of Masks? by Professor Marita Mathijsen (University of Amsterdam) on Wednesday 22 November 2006, 3–5 pm, at UCL [venue tbc].

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New textbook for Intensive Dutch published by UCL Dutch

This intensive foundation course in Dutch, co-written by Gerdi Quist, Christine Sas and Dennis Strik (a former member of UCL Dutch) is designed for those with no previous knowledge of the language. It is lively and fast-paced, providing students with a wide range of activities, and drawing on an impressive selection of source material from many different media. Audio materials are presented on accompanying CDs. Taking students from beginner to intermediate level in one year, the Routledge Intensive Dutch Course develops a thorough working knowledge of the structures of Dutch and practises the four key skills of language learning: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

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Presentation of the book Settela by Dutch author Aad Wagenaar

The image of a young girl looking back from a train is one of the iconic images of the Holocaust. She appears for seven seconds on a film of a transport out of the Dutch concentration camp Westerbork bound for Auschwitz. Aad Wagenaar, a Dutch journalist, decided to discover the identity of this girl, whose image had haunted him all his life. Settela, the name of the girl, is also the title of the book he wrote about this investigation.

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