Just as the not-so-obvious city has become a popular alternative for the classic city trip, more and more students discover the not-so-obvious-language as an alternative, exciting, and rewarding option. Dutch is a case in point and its popularity was underlined during the lively Student Days at the University of Sheffield on 19th and 20th March 2015.
Students and staff from Cambridge, Nottigham, Newcastle, UCL and Sheffield flocked to Yorkshire to find out more about Dutch and Flemish culture, to meet employers and to learn about their prospects as students of Dutch. And – not insignificantly – to meet new people and to have fun.
Participants were offered a 24-hour programme of workshops, lectures, performances, an employability forum, and an after party. In addition to the student event, there was an evening programme for the general public: Closer to Low Countries Cultures in Sheffield’s Workstation.
The Flemish poet and performer Maud Vanhauwaert, the Dutch standup duo Johan Fretz and Marcel Harteveld were responsible for the student workshops and the evening performances. Dr Betsy Wieseman, curator of the Dutch and Flemish collection of the National Gallery in London, offered a talk on the challenges of putting together an exhibition of global significance such at the recent Late Rembrandt Exhibition. The Students Days closed with an Employablity Forum where students put questions about Dutch Studies and future opportunities to a panel of experts: Christina Barningham (MA Sheffield), Dr Nick Piercey (Lecturer UCL), Dee Bodle (E Exchange), Michel Vanhoonacker (Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce), and Andrew Maycroft (Eclipse Translations).
The ALCS Student Days were organized and coordinated by Louise Snape and Henriette Louwerse and sponsored by the Dutch Language Union, the Netherlands Embassy and Flanders House in London. A full photographic impression can be found HERE.
On Wednesday 18 March 2015, the Centre for Dutch Studies together with the Centre for Poetry and Poetics presents three multilingual poets: Maud Vanhauwaert (Belgium, Flemish), Ágnes Lehóczky (British-Hungarian) and the Galician poet Isaac Xubin. They will read from their poetry in Jessop West G.03 from 6pm. Wine will be served.
Since the publication of her debut volume Ik ben mogelijk, Maud Vanhauwaert has been awarded a number of prestigious literary prizes including the Herman de Coninck Public Award for her 2014 collection We are parallel_. Maud Vanhauwaert is also a prize-winning performer and short film maker. Students of Dutch from Sheffield, Nottingham and UCL have recently completed a translation of Wij zijn evenwijdig_ in a collaborative project with the author and translator David Colmer.
Our editor-in-chief, dr. Ulrich Tiedau suggested it, the ALCS executive committee developed it, and our members endorsed it: the ALCS and the American Association for Netherlandic Studies join forces on Dutch Crossing as the shared Journal for our Societies.
We are very pleased to welcome our AANS-colleagues on board. The ALCS and the AANS have their own local activities, triumphs and concerns, but in the global field of research and publication we are convinced that our Societies will be stronger and more effective through our collaboration on Dutch Crossing. In an increasingly competitive environment, pooling our critical mass and efforts will help us underline that Low Countries Language and Culture Studies is a thriving and exciting area of research and study.
Professor Henry Luttikhuizen confirms:
As President of the American Association of Netherlandic Studies, it gives me great pleasure that the AANS has entered into a five-year agreement with Dutch Crossing! This exciting development will undoubtedly foster closer connections between the AANS and the Association of Low Countries Studies. I look forward to working with the ALCS in the promotion of Netherlandic Studies.
Here is an overview of the content of the March 2015 edition of Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies
With less than 3 weeks to go, the programme for the ALCS Student Days looks varied and exciting, the first artist has arrived in the UK and the list of participants is growing steadily. There are a few places left, so if you are want to join us, be quick.
Our Facebook Events page has all the details and a link to the last few tickets.
For question and queries, please contact Louise Snape (Louisesnape@gmail.com) or Henriette Louwerse (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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The ALCS is exceptionally proud to announce that on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd July 2015 the very first Postgraduate Colloquium on Low Countries Studies will take place in London. For Drawing a Map, the ALCS joins forces with the Modern Languages Research Insititue, University College London and the University of Sheffield.
The ongoing relationships and interwoven histories of the British Isles and the Low Countries mean that there is a long tradition of mutual interest and academic cooperation between both sides of the North Sea. Despite Dutch being perceived as a “small” language with a low number of speakers, Low Countries Studies is bucking current trends across Language and Cultural Studies in the UK as a whole; the number of undergraduate and postgraduate students studying some aspect of the rich and varied history, culture and language of the Low Countries is growing. In a still small yet vital, and by its nature interdisciplinary, field, scholars are increasingly looking beyond their traditional remit to consider their research in a global context, responding to the challenges of the academic environment by bringing to light new and exciting perspectives on countless issues.
For Drawing a Map, we welcome proposals for papers, of up to 20 minutes, panels of up to three papers and presentations in non-traditional formats (e.g. presentation of translations, posters) in English from MA and PhD students, and Early Career Researchers covering any area relating to Low Countries Studies. Here is the full Call for Papers.
The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday 27th March 2015.