Three multilingual poets in Sheffield

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.

Dutch Crossing: ALCS and AANS join forces

Dutch CrossingOur 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

ALCS Student Days: Final Call

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 ( or Henriette Louwerse (

This event is sponsored by

Drawing a Map: Postgraduate Colloquium on Low Countries Studies

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.

8th Edition of ALCS Student Days

BannerOn 19th and 20th March 2015 the ALCS will organize the 8th edition of our ALCS Student Days. The University of Sheffield is host.


Poet and performer Maud Vanhaewaert

All university students of Dutch from the UK and Ireland are invited for a 24-hour programme with culture workshops, films, performances, and presentations by employers.  It is an opportunity to find out more about Dutch and Flemish culture, to meet employers and to learn more about your prospects as a student of Dutch.  But it is also a chance to meet up, to meet new people and to have fun. Here is the full Programme of the ALCS Student Days.

This year we will combine the Student Days with a public event and we have opted for a festival style approach. We will definitely welcome the poet and performer Maud Vanhauwaert and the standup duo de Gebroeders Fretz.

Register now and keep an eye on this website, Facebook or Twitter for updates.

If you have questions or like to know more about the event or would like to book a place for yourself and your students, please contact Louise Snape at

Here is a short video we recorded during the previous edition in Notthingham.

This event is generously sponsored by