On​ ​Friday,​ ​June​ ​9,​ ​and​ ​Saturday,​ ​June​ ​10,​ ​2023 (with a Welcome Reception in the evening of June 8),​ ​the​ American Association for Netherlandic Studies welcomes you to the ​biennial​ ​Interdisciplinary​ ​Conference​ ​for​ ​Netherlandic Studies​ ​​in​ ​Madison,​ Wisconsin, USA. The theme of the conference is: The Future of Dutch Studies: A Broader Perspective of Language, Image, and Culture. The conference (see preliminary program below) is divided into several parallel sessions, each with a clear topic and presentation schedule. The program includes a variety of topics, from language and identity to cultural legacy, and from Dutch culture to the STEAM fields, presented by a range of researchers from international universities and institutions.


  • Workshop for Dutch Language Instructors (by invitation only) on Thursday June 8, 2023 – morning and afternoon.
  • Keynote by dr. Peter-Alexander Kerkhof of the Fryske Akademy.

Conference Location: University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI, USA), Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706. Conference​ ​coordinator: Jolanda Vanderwal Taylor, Professor of Dutch and German, Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic+, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Email: jvtaylor [at] wisc.edu

Hotel information:

1) Wisconsin Union Hotel & Club Suites

1308 West Dayton Street / 800 Langdon Street
Madison, Wisconsin  53715 / 53706
PHONE  608.263.2600; FAX  608.890.4422 

1308 West Dayton Street is a pleasant 15-minute walk to the Pyle Center. There is also bus service. 

A block of rooms is reserved for the conference. Guests can reserve a room by calling 608.263.2600 and mentioning the Group Name: Dutch Studies or reserve online at union.wisc.edu/hotel with Group Code: 230607DUTC. Rate: $165.00 per night for June 8, June 9 and June 10. 

NB: Hotel reservations must be received by the morning of May 15, 2023. After this date, reservations will be accepted on a space and rate availability basis.

2) Graduate Hotel
601 Langdon St.
Madison, WI 53703

For guests who wish to be closer to the Pyle Center (one block away), a smaller block of rooms is reserved at the Graduate Hotel at a rate of $249Please use this personalized reservation link: https://www.graduatehotels.com/madison/#/booking/step-1?group=9668788&arrive=06%2F07%2F2023&depart=06%2F11%2F2023

NB: The block will close on May 9th 



The official registration site for the ICNS 2023 Conference is Live!

All conference attendees and presenters are asked to please click HERE to register and complete a brief form for the conference organizers and for the University of Wisconsin Events Services. Please complete payment for your conference registration also within the form on this site.

Conference fee​ ​will​ ​be​ ​$150 ​for​ ​general​ ​registration​,​ ​$75 for​ ​student​ ​registration, and $100 for emeriti/retired. Optional conference banquet (Friday evening June 9, 2023): $50. You can book your hotel room now (see instructions above).

AANS membership fees, which include a subscription to the journal Dutch Crossings,​ are $90 for​ standard membership, $50 for full-time graduate students, and $70 for emeriti/retired. You may join or renew your membership here: https://www.netherlandicstudies.org/members.

For immediate questions concerning the conference, please contact: aans.netherlandic@gmail.com. 

Preliminary program: 

Thursday, June 8Workshop​ ​for​ ​Dutch​ ​Language​ ​Instructors (by invitation only)

Welcome reception and registration for all participants: to be announced.

Friday, June 9

9:30-10:30 AM: Registration and continental breakfast or coffee

10:30-12:00 AM: Opening and keynote Peter-Alexander Kerkhof, Fryske Akademy, 'Cultures in conflict: defining language and identity in the Dutch–Frisian coastal area of the Early Middle Ages'.

12.00-1.30 PM: Lunch (on your own)

1:30-3:00 PM

Session 1. New Netherland and the WIC

  1. ‘Buying Indigenous Land in New Netherland’, Evan Haefeli, Texas A&M University. 
  2. ‘Mapping Minisink: An Ambiguous Center in New Netherland’, Marian Leech, University of Pennsylvania.
  3. ‘Dutch Gold, the West India Plot, and Charles I's Turn from Spain, 1634-1637’, Elizabeth Hines, University of Chicago.

3:30-5:00 PM: Parallel Sessions

Session 2.  New Research on the Early Modern Low Countries I

  1. ‘Money Making: Merchants and Painters in the Sixteenth-Century Antwerp’, Sunmin Cha, Columbia University.
  2. ‘A Discourse of Rupture’, Sanne Hermans, University of Antwerp.
  3. ‘Perfumery. An unknown scientific hobby of polymath Constantijn Huygens (1596- 1687)’, Ineke Huysman, Huygens Institute.

Session 3.  Exploring Dutch Identity through Literature 

  1. ‘Willem de Clercq  (1795-1844) and Foreign Literature’, Ton van Kalmthout, Huygens Institute. 
  2. 'Pursuing Private Interests in the Public Sphere; Thomas Rosenboom's Publieke werken', Jenneke Oosterhoff, University of Minnesota
  3. ‘Isolation and Transformation: The Home in Renate Dorrestein’s Een hart van steen and Gerbrand Bakker’s Boven is het stil’, Jolanda Vanderwal Taylor, University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

6:30-9:30 PM: Pre-gathering (drinks) and banquet.

Saturday, June 10

9:00-10:30 AM Parallel sessions

Session 4. Transnational Perspectives I: Mobility

  1. ‘Female Travel and Mobility during the Dutch Revolt’, Jesse Sadler, UCLA.
  2. ‘Family Ties and Departures: Two Young Migrants in the Early Modern Dutch World’, Amanda Faulkner, Columbia University. 
  3. ‘“Orange everything”: fourth and fifth generation Dutchness in North America’, Charlotte Vanhecke and Rachel Hietpas, University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Session 5. Asia

  1. ‘Company-States and Connected Kingdoms: Buddhism, Brides, and the Dutch VOC in Eighteenth-Century Southern Asia’, Tyler Lehrer, University of Wisconsin-Madison. 
  2. ‘Language, Writing, and Memory: The Dutch Documentation and Imaginations of Control’, Meenu Rabecca, Meenu, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kerala. 
  3. ‘Contemplating Religion in the Netherlands Indies: A Preliminary Examination of the Colonial Effort to Reshape Balinese Religiosity through the 1927 Dutch-sponsored trip of Rabindranath Tagore’, Ni Luh Gede Sri Pratiwi, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

10:30-11:00 AM: Coffee

11:00-12:00 AM: Parallel Sessions

Session 6. New Research on the Early Modern Low Countries II

  1.  'Finding New Meaning in Early Netherlandish Landscapes', Virginia Girard, Columbia University.
  2.  'The Dutch Textile Trade Project, Marsely Kehoe, independent researcher.

Session 7. STEAM (Science,Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics)

  1. ‘Duurzaamheid and Sustainability: Language, Culture, and Climate Change’, Peter Mouw, Calvin University.
  2. ‘Better Together: Opportunities for Netherlandic Studies Involving STEM Disciplines’, David Koetje, Calvin University.

12:00-1:30 PM: Lunch (on your own)

1.30-3:00: Business meeting (all AANS members are welcome)

3:00-4.30 PM: Parallel Sessions

Session 8. Eastern Europe and Dutch Culture

  1. ‘Dutch Cold War Cultural Policy towards Eastern Europe: a case study of Poland’, Michal Wenderski, Poznań University.
  2. ‘Links Richten: Dutch poets and Soviet socialist realism’, Malgorzata Drwal, Poznań University.

Session 9. Transnational Perspectives II

  1. ‘The multiculturalization of Dutch letters from within: Towards new affiliative identifications’, Leila Cherribi, University of Amsterdam.
  2. ‘Netherlandic Studies in North America: Current Challenges and Opportunities’, Herman De Vries, Calvin University.

 5.15-6.45 PM: Walking Tour of Native-American Sites on university campus