Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Worlding the Low Countries

06 November 2019–08 November 2019, 2:45 pm–6:30 pm


Marking the occasion of the Centenary of Neerlandistiek in the Anglophone world (the first Chair for Dutch Studies was founded in 1919 at University College London) the 13th international and interdisciplinary Conference of the Association for Low Countries Studies (ALCS2019) will be held at UCL

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Ulrich Tiedau


IAS Common Ground and IAS Forum
South Wing, Wilkins building
UCL, Gower St
  1. How does literature in Dutch represent the world: how does it represent other continents, how does it represent the movement from characters of the Low Countries across the globe, or from ‘others’ coming to the Low Countries?
  2. How are the Low Countries represented across the world in image, text and performance, and vice versa, how are other regions represented within the Low Countries?
  3. How to understand the intercultural relations that shape literatures and arts of the Low Countries?
  4. How do we decolonize the study of Dutch and the literary and art history of the Low Countries?
  5. How do historical and current ecological developments (re)configure the map of the Low Countries?
  6. How to systematically compare the different manifestations and articulations of Dutch (literature, language, culture) in the world and in the Low Countries?
  7. What is the function of translation in worlding the Low Countries, and can its study offer a model for further research into the Low Countries’ globality?
  8. How to study the worldliness of the sociolinguistic situation in large urban centres in the Low Countries? Do those situations affect national imagery, or the understanding of Flanders and the Netherlands as a community supposedly united by one language?

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