An interdisciplinary conference exploring the place of the Netherlands and its culture in the later 16th and 17th centuries as it began to exert influence across the globe and as it acted as a distinctive conduit for the transmission of American, African and Asian elements back into Europe.  Papers will discuss political, social, colonial, religious and intellectual history, press history and censorship, poetry, drama, visual art, international law, travel, philosophy, and diplomacy.

The conference will feature mostly experts from the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe, an unusual event in the US outside of a major international convention.

Date: April 8-10, 2020
Location: Princeton University
Admission: free and open to the public
Organizer: Nigel smith

For further information please contact Nigel Smith ( or Melissa Andrie (



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