Our research encompasses Dutch and Flemish language, literature, culture and histories of the Low Countries, including places where Dutch historically has played, or continues to play a role, including parts the Americas, Southern Africa and South East Asia. We approach these in ways that are both multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary; that are both national but also comparative and inter-cultural; and that are synchronic but also diachronic, encompassing the period stretching from the 16th century Revolt and the Dutch Golden Age to the present day.

Centre for Low Countries Studies

Discord and Consensus in the Low Countries

The Centre brings together the Dutch and Flemish scholarship across the faculties of UCL. Visit the website of the UCL Centre for Low Countries Studies. Staff research interests include the following:

  • Contemporary Dutch literature and culture (Jane Fenoulhet, Hans Demeyer)
  • Language and literature of the Low Countries, Comparative Literature, Translation Studies (Theo Hermans)
  • Modern history and culture of the Benelux-countries in their international contexts, Digital Humanities (Ulrich Tiedau)
  • Intercultural Studies and Language Pedagogy (Gerdi Quist)
  • Early modern Low Countries History (our colleague Benjamin Kaplan at UCL History)
  • Netherlandic art (our colleague Charles Ford at UCL History of Art)

Joint supervision with colleagues in the UCL School of European Languages, Culture and Society (departments of French, German, Italian, Scandinavian Studies, and Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies), or other departments of UCL (e.g. Slavonic and Eastern European Studies (SSEES), Hebrew and Jewish Studies, History, Geography, Digital Humanities ...) is possible and encouraged. The same goes for joint supervision with colleagues at Kings College London and the School of Advanced Studies, as part of the London Arts & Humanities Partnership (LAHP), and the Universities of Oxford and Brighton as part of the Doctoral Training Centre in Heritage Science (SEAHA).

Inquiries should in the first place be directed to the most appropriate member of staff, or to the departmental administrator. More information for prospective research students, including funding opportunities, can be found here.