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During the past decade there has been a resurgence of work on the literary culture of the Dutch Golden Age. Renewed attention to major figures such as Vondel, Huygens, and Bredero alongside lesser known writers, both in Dutch and Neo-Latin, continues to uncover the intricate ways in which literary production was intertwined with religious and political debates, transnational developments in the arts, religion, and philosophy, and the fashioning of a Dutch historical narrative befitting the Republic’s emergence as a global economic power. New approaches have emerged that map the multilingual Dutch Republic of Letters, or explore institutions of literary production (universities, learned societies, theatre) as well as the printing, circulation, and reception of early modern texts. Lesser known areas of early modern literary production such as children’s literature, radical religious texts, newspapers and pamphlets are subjected increasingly to new analyses. The reception of the Golden Age in later centuries has likewise been reexamined as an integral element in the shaping and performance of Dutch national identity through literary, museal, and cultural practices.

Papers (20 minutes) are invited that examine any aspect of Dutch Golden Age cultural production as well as its reception in later periods. Contributions may explore Dutch literature and its relationship to contemporary religious, political, philosophical, and social thought and/or practices, the myriad ties between Dutch writing and other European cultures, multilingual works of Dutch writers in classical languages or the early modern vernaculars; translation practices; connections between the visual arts and literature, and the creation, dissemination, and consumption of books and other printed materials.

150-word abstract and 50-word curriculum vitae should be sent to James Parente ( by 15 March 2019

James A. Parente, Jr.
Professor of German, Scandinavian and Dutch
Director, DAAD Center for German and European Studies
Director of Undergraduate Studies (German, Scandinavian, Dutch)

University of Minnesota
Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch
320 Folwell Hall
9 Pleasant St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
tel. 612/626-1620
email <>
DAAD Center for German and European Studies
309 Social Sciences Building
267 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455
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Verzoek om bijdragen voor de jaarlijkse bijeenkomst van de Canadian Association for the Advancement of Netherlandic Studies (CAANS) / Association Canadienne pour l’Avancement des Etudes Néerlandaises (ACAEN)

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De jaarlijkse bijeenkomst van CAANS/ACAEN zal plaatsvinden in Vancouver, Brits-Columbia, Canada, op 1-2 juni 2019, samenvallend met het Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities. De University of British Columbia, die het Congress 2019 organiseert, heeft als thema gekozen “Circles of Conversation/ Cercles de conversation.

Wij nodigen u uit tot het indienen van voorstellen voor presentaties die ingaan op het congresthema of op enig ander onderwerp gerelateerd aan de neerlandistiek in brede zin, zoals: taal, literatuur, cultuur, geschiedenis, kunst en kunstgeschiedenis, politiek, enz. Presentaties duren 20 minuten plus 10 minuten voor vragen en discussie, en kunnen in het Engels, Frans of Nederlands gegeven worden.

Stuur uw titel en een korte samenvatting (150-300 woorden, exclusief eventuele referenties) VÓÓR 15 MAART 2019 (poststempel of e-mail datum) aan:

Dr. Tanja Collet

Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

University of Windsor

401 Sunset Avenue

Windsor ON N9B 3P4



Het indienen van voorstellen per e-mail heeft de voorkeur. Stuur uw samenvatting als een e-mail attachment, bij voorkeur in Word of als pdf. Voeg de volgende informatie toe op een aparte pagina of in de e-mail zelf:

  • Uw naam en titel
  • Uw academische of professionele positie (voor zover van toepassing)
  • Uw volledige adres
  • Uw telefoon- en/of faxnummer
  • Uw e-mailadres
  • De titel van uw bijdrage
  • Details van benodigde extra audiovisuele of andere technische ondersteuning (alle sprekers hebben beschikking over een computer, laptop-aansluiting, data projector, scherm, geluidssysteem, en internet-aansluiting)

Het programma van de conferentie zal begin april 2019 worden gepubliceerd via de CAANS/ACAEN website ( en in de CAANS/ACAEN nieuwsbrief van april 2019.

Goedgekeurde presentaties zullen opgenomen worden in de conference proceedings die in de Canadian Journal for Netherlandic Studies (CJNS) zullen gepubliceerd worden.

Voor vragen kunt u contact opnemen met de voorzitster van de programmacommissie:

Tanja Collet



AANS Research Scholarship ($2,000.00) for Academic Year 2019-20

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We are pleased to announce the AANS Research Scholarship ($2,000.00) for Academic Year 2019-20:

Applicants must be full-time graduate students and submit the following:

  • A proposal of at least two pages;
  • timetable;
  • budget;
  • two letters of recommendation;
  • curriculum vitae:
  • set of transcripts

The proposal should establish the scholarly contribution and significance of the project, its relevance to the applicant’s professional goals, and progress already made. Applications for the academic year 2019-2020 must reach the AANS president by April 1, 2019. (Please note: incomplete applications will, by default, not be considered!)

The selection committee will consist of members of the AANS Executive Council. The scholarship recipient will be notified by or before April 15, 2019.

Please submit the required materials electronically to AANS President Esther Ham, Senior Lecturer in Germanic Studies and Coordinator for Dutch Language and Literature, Indiana University.  Her email address is

Call for papers: Worlding the Low Countries: 13th international conference of the Association for Low Countries Studies (ALCS2019) 6–8 November 2019, University College London

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As the truism goes, we are all connected, yet research on the worldliness of the Low Countries is still a rather minor fraction of Dutch Studies. The ALCS2019 conference attempts to broaden and encourage this type of research and wishes to world the study of Dutch, including, of course, its global varieties and relations. It invites speakers to focus on the interconnection between the Low Countries and the world, and on the different scales (local, regional, national, continental, global) and levels (aesthetic, cultural, linguistic, political, economic, ecological etc.) on which these exchanges take place.

Marking the occasion of the Centenary of Neerlandistiek in the Anglophone world (the first Chair for Dutch Studies was founded here in 1919), the 13th international and interdisciplinary Conference of the Association for Low Countries Studies (ALCS2019) will be held at UCL on Wednesday to Friday, 6–8 November 2019. We are looking for individual papers (20 minutes) and fully constituted panel suggestions (3 * 20 minutes plus Chair) on this year’s conference theme of ‘Worlding the Low Countries’ from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary angles. Questions that could be considered include the following (but paper proposals are not restricted to these suggestions):

  • 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?
  • 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?
  • How to understand the intercultural relations that shape literatures and arts of the Low Countries?
  • How do we decolonize the study of Dutch and the literary and art history of the Low Countries?
  • How do historical and current ecological developments (re)configure the map of the Low Countries?
  • How to systematically compare the different manifestations and articulations of Dutch (literature, language, culture) in the world and in the Low Countries?
  • 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?
  • 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?
Keynote speakers will be Dagomaar Degroot (Georgetown), Saskia Pieterse (Utrecht) and Theo Hermans (UCL).

Paper proposals will be subject to peer review and modifications may be required.We are planning to publish selected contributions in print afterwards and are looking forward to receiving your proposal via the submission form in the conference website ( by 30 March 2019.