Rembrandt’s Late Works at the National Gallery

rembrandtdetailsWith ‘Rembrandt: The Late Works’, Dr Betsy Wieseman has put together a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition which examines the themes that preoccupied Rembrandt as he grew older: self-scrutiny, experimentation, light, observation of everyday life and even other artists’ works; as well as expressions of intimacy, contemplation, conflict and reconciliation.

From the 1650s until his death in 1669 Rembrandt, the greatest master of the Dutch 17th century, pursued an artistic style that was expressive and radical. His bold manipulation of printing and painting techniques and progressive interpretations of traditional subjects inspired generations of artists.

For full details and tickets: National Gallery

Membership Rates 2015

newflyerALCSDuring the General Meeting of 12 September 2014 the members of the ALCS approved a rise in membership fees:

  • Full membership: £40
  • Concessions (students and the unwaged): £25
  • Benefactor rate (new): £75

Membership of the ALCS includes a subscription of our peer-reviewed journal Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies.

Please check the ALCS General Meeting Chair’s Report as presented during the meeting for a detailed account of the activities of the ALCS and of our financial position. The report contains a full description of the extensive measures  the committee has put in place to cut cost and to ensure the continuation of the activities of the ALCS.

It is thanks to our members that the ALCS can continue to promote the study of the Dutch language and the culture, history and society of the Low Countries.

10th ALCS Biennial Conference

‘Concensus and Discord in the Low Countries’
University College London
10-12 September 2014


Luc Devoldere (Ons Erfdeel) during his key note address at the ALCS Conference 2014 at UCL

Hailing from Berkeley, California to Budapest, from Amsterdam to Brussels but above all from all corners of the UK, the ALCS welcomed over forty delegates and speakers to the 10th Biennial Conference at University College London from 10-12 September 2014.

The conference theme ‘Discord and Consensus’ was explored from a variety of angles in plenary meetings, panels and themed sessions. The presentations on linguistics, literature, history and art history were a clear testimony to the depth and breadth of Dutch Studies in the UK and beyond.  In collaboration with the UCL Centre for Dutch Studies, the programme also included an evening of poetry by Ester Naomi Perquin.

Our UCL colleagues pulled off an impeccable organisation and in addition to the quality of the papers, many delegates commented on the constructive spirit of the conference. One of our up and coming colleagues Dr Nick Piercey (UCL) noted: ‘I really enjoyed the conference; it was easily the most enjoyable one I have been to and it felt so warm, welcoming and vibrant. I might be a new member of the ALCS, but it was a wonderful atmosphere and I picked up lots of new ideas in a range of topics.’

All contributors are invited to submit their papers for the conference volume with the working title Discord and Consensus in the Low Countries in the Crossways series that accompanies Dutch Crossing. We are in negotiations with a reputable university press to do so. To be included we would like to invite you to submit your paper on or preferably before 31 October 2014 via the following site:

The conference was made possible with financial support of the Nederlandse Taalunie, the Royal Netherlands Embassy and the Flemish Representation in the UK. With many thanks again to our UCL colleagues Jane Fenoulhet, Gerdi Quist, Josephine Salverda and Ulrich Tiedau.

ALCS Essay Prize 2014

On 18 July 2014 the ALCS review committee awarded the 2014 ALCS essay prize for the best undergraduate entry. The winner receives £100 and a year’s membership to Dutch Crossing, our academic Journal.

ALCSprize Joel BakerThis year’s winner is Joel Baker. He wrote an excellent essay on ‘Fretz 2025: Towards a New Relationship Between Art and Politics’.

Joel is a final year undergraduate student at the University of Sheffield.


Notice of biennial General Meeting

The Tenth Biennial Conference of the Association takes place on 10-12 September 2014 at University College London. The Association’s Biennial General Meeting will be held from 9.00-10.00 on 12 September at UCL, Medawar G02.

One of the tasks of the General Meeting is to elect the Executive Committee for 2014-16. Under the constitution of the Association, the Executive Committee consists of a President, Secretary, Treasurer, and four ordinary members. The Committee may choose to co-opt a further maximum of four members. While existing members of the Committee are eligible to stand for re-election, other nominations are welcome and can be made at any time up to the start of the General Meeting on 12 September 2014. Nominations should include the names of a proposer and seconder and a statement of consent signed by the nominee.

The current Executive Committee wishes to propose the raising of the membership fee to £38 (£28 concessions) and the introduction of a new ‘benefactor’ rate of £75.

I look forward to seeing you at the conference in September.

Carol Fehringer,
Secretary ALCS