American Association of Netherlandic Studies (AANS) announces:


20th Biennial Interdisciplinary Conference of Netherlandic Studies (ICNS)

On​ ​Friday,​ ​June​ ​5,​ ​and​ ​Saturday,​ ​June​ ​6,​ ​2020,​ ​the​ ​biennial​ ​Interdisciplinary​ ​Conference​ ​for​ ​Netherlandic Studies​ ​will​ ​take​ ​place​ ​in​ ​Berkeley,​ ​California.​

The conference​ ​focuses on the wide scope of Dutch Studies, across all fields (art, history, literature, linguistics, etc.) and across the globe. ​You are invited to submit paper proposals in the following areas:

-         Dutch literature and its international circulation

-         Dutch/Flemish art

-         Dutch linguistics

-         (Art) History of the Low Countries and colonial regions

Topics​ ​of​ ​general​ ​sessions​ ​might​ ​include:​ ​History but are not limited to:​ ​Early-Modern,​ ​19th​-​ ​&​ ​20​th​-Century​ ​Literature, 16​th​-Century​ ​Art​ ​&​ ​Literature,​ ​Colonialism,​ ​Early-Modern​ ​Literature,​ ​20​th-Century​ ​History,​ ​Early-Modern Art​ ​History,​ ​17th-Century​ ​Art,​ ​Afrikaans,​ ​Linguistics,​ ​20​th-Century​ ​Film,​ ​19​th​-​ ​&​ ​20​th-Century​ ​Literature, and​ ​Local​ ​Dutch-American​ ​History.

Select​ ​papers​ ​may​ ​be​ ​included​ ​in​ ​a​ ​conference​ ​publication​ ​to​ ​follow. Graduate​ ​students​ ​are​ ​especially​ ​encouraged​ ​to​ ​participate.​ ​​Four​ ​travel​ ​grants​ ​of​ ​€500​ ​each​ ​will​ ​be awarded​ ​to​ ​graduate​ ​students​ ​who​ ​present​ ​a​ ​paper.


Keynote​ ​speaker:​ ​​Jan de Vries, Professor of Late Modern Europe at the UC Berkeley Department of History. We honor Professor De Vries for his groundbreaking scholarship in Dutch history and lifelong support to Dutch Studies. Introduction: Em. Queen Beatrix Professor Johan Snapper.

Workshop​ ​for​ ​Dutch​ ​Language​ ​Instructors (by invitation only) on Thursday June 4, 2020 at 10am: “Teaching Language & Culture with Film in a Multiliteracies Framework” by Mark Kaiser, Associate Director of the Berkeley Language Center.

Workshop Early​ ​Modern​ ​Dutch​ ​Handwriting​ ​and​ ​Archival​ ​Research​ (open to all) ​on Thursday June 4, 2020 at 3pm by​ ​​Jesse​ ​Sadler, Lecturer at Loyola Marymount University.

Campus Tours with highlights of the Berkeley campus, including a Library Tour by Steve Mendoza, Selector, Curatorial Assistant, and Reference Specialist for the Dutch collection.

Conference Date & Location:

June​ ​5 & 6, 2020,​ ​at​ ​the University of California, Berkeley (opening reception & registration June 4 at 5pm).

Submission and Registration:

For​ ​consideration,​ ​please​ ​submit​ ​an abstract of​ ​250​ ​words and a one page bio​ ​to​ ​with​ ​“ICNS​ ​Abstract”​ ​in​ ​the​ ​subject​ ​line​ ​by​ ​December​ ​1,​ ​2019.​ ​ Acceptance notifications​ ​will​ ​be​ ​given​ ​by​ ​December​ ​15,​ ​2019.

Registration​ will open in​ ​January 2020.

​Cost​ ​for​ ​the​ ​conference​ ​will​ ​be​ ​$150 ​for​ ​general​ ​registration​,​ ​$75 for​ ​student​ ​registration, and $100 for emeriti/retired. AANS​ membership​ is​ required​ in​ order​ to​ attend​ the​ conference.

The AANS membership fees, which includes a subscription to the journal Dutch Crossings,​ are $90 for​ standard membership $50 for full-time graduate students,and $50 for emeriti/retired.

Conference​ ​Coordinators: Jeroen Dewulf,​ ​Queen Beatrix Professor in Dutch Studies,​ ​Thomas Shannon, Professor of Germanic Linguistics and Dutch Studies, and Esmée van der Hoeven, Lecturer of Dutch, at the Department of German & Dutch Studies of the University of California, Berkeley.

Hotel​ ​information​:

--Please be informed that hotels in the Bay Area are very expensive--

Berkeley Hotels

Hotel Shattuck Plaza, about a ten-minute walk to the conference venue on campus

AAA rates, UC visitor rates

The Graduate Hotel, about a ten-minute walk to the conference venue on campus

AAA rates, UC visitor rates

Bancroft Hotel, about a ten-minute walk to the conference venue on campus

Berkeley Faculty Club, on-campus

 The Claremont (luxe resort, about a 10-12 minute drive, or a 30 minute walk)

Note that there are discounted rates, available by calling the hotel directly and asking for the UC Berkeley rate

Airbnb in Berkeley


Other possibilities:

Oakland City Center Marriott, three BART stops south of campus

Berkeley Marina Doubletree Hotel, about a 15-minute drive, located on the Bay. There is a bus that runs from the Marina to the campus.

San Francisco hotels near the Embarcadero, and Union Square, are all about 25-30 minutes on BART to the UC Berkeley campus.

BART = Bay Area Rapid Transit (metro that runs between SFO Airport – San Francisco – Downtown Berkeley and OAK Airport – Oakland – Downtown Berkeley)


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