Louwerse honoured by Kingdom of the Netherlands

Congratulations to Dr Henriette Louwerse, President of the ALCS and Senior Lecturer at The University of Sheffield, who was invested as a Knight of the Orange Order.

The Order of Orange-Nassau (Orde van Oranje-Nassau) is a military and civil Dutch order of chivalry and has been around since 1892. The honour bestowed upon Henriette is comparable to receiving an OBE.


Henriette attended a ceremony at the Dutch Embassy in London on 29 April where she was presented with her medal in recognition of her extraordinary contribution to the promotion of the Dutch language in the UK. She oversees the UK’s largest Dutch programme, in terms of student numbers.

Germanic Sandwich 2015

Location: University of Nottingham, UK Campus

Dates: 24 & 25 April 2015

A Germanic Sandwich 2015 will be the fifth in a series of conferences in which Dutch is compared with its closest Germanic neighbours, English and German. The first edition took place in Berlin in 2005 to commemorate the appearance of Nederlands tussen Duits en Engels (‘Dutch between German and English’), a study by the renowned Dutch linguist C.B. van Haeringen. Subsequent editions were held in Sheffield (2008), Oldenburg (2010) and Leuven (2013). This two-day conference will take place on 24 and 25 April 2015 at the University of Nottingham (UK Campus).

We invite abstracts for talks of 20 minutes (+ 10 minutes’ discussion), in which Dutch is compared to German and/or English (other Germanic languages may of course be included as well). We welcome studies with a typological and/or comparative perspective, dealing with questions about structural aspects of the languages, their history or their status. Studies from a language acquisition or psycholinguistic perspective are also welcome.

Abstracts of c. 500 words can be sent to alan.scott@nottingham.ac.uk. The conference languages are Dutch, English and German. The deadline for submission is 3 November 2014; notification of acceptance will take place during January 2015.

Contact information

– Contact person: Alan Scott

– E-mail: alan.scott@nottingham.ac.uk

– Website: http://germanicsandwich2015.weebly.com/

Local organising committee

Alan Scott (University of Nottingham), Roel Vismans (University of Sheffield)

Scientific committee

Joop van der Horst (KU Leuven), Matthias Hüning (FU Berlin), Ann Marynissen (Universität zu Köln), Esther Ruigendijk (Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg), Alan Scott (University of Nottingham), Hans Smessaert (KU Leuven), Freek Van de Velde (KU Leuven), Roel Vismans (University of Sheffield), Gunther De Vogelaer (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster), Ulrike Vogl (Universität Wien), Fred Weerman (Universiteit van Amsterdam), Ton van der Wouden (Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam)

Dutch in South Korea

Seoul, South Korea, a Dutch Department? It’s not the first place one thinks of when someone mentions Dutch Departments (as they often do), but there is quite a large department (5 members of staff; c. 80 students over 4 years) at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. This institution claims to provide courses in the third widest range of languages of any further education institution in the world, and certainly the chance to learn Mongolian, Bahasa, Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese…. plus a host of European languages, including Dutch, bears this out. Why do Korean students study Dutch? It has something to do with the way the Korean education system works, which I won’t go into here, but for me it’s a great blessing as I have the chance to teach a mixture of Dutch language, International Relations and Dutch culture. The first Westerner to write about his experiences in Korea was the VOC employee, Hendrick Hamel. He was shipwrecked on the Korean island of Jeju on his way to Japan and was held captive for about 13 years. More recently, Guus Geluk, a.k.a. Guus Hiddink, lived upto his name by somewhat fortuitously taking the South Korean national football to the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup. He is still remembered fondly here. Some of the Dutch students get placements with Korean companies and organizations in the Low Countries; one recent graduate now works at the Dutch Embassy in Seoul. Others proudly display their orange tracksuits, a mark of the respect for Dutch football in these parts. The cultural highlight so far has been a rendition of the Sound of Music in Dutch by the students, attended by the Dutch Ambassador to Korea. I’ve had a chance to go walking in the lovely mountains around Seoul (one of the many differences between Korea and the Low Countries) and to visit Gangnam, the self-styled coolest part of Seoul. I come back to Europe twice a year, so hopefully can meet up with some ALCS when I’m there.

Dr. Chris Joby is Assistant Professor, Department of Dutch, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, South Korea.

Draft programme 10th ALCS conference now available

Preparations for the 10th ALCS Conference in London are well underway. The draft programme is available on the ALCS website, as are the conference fees. Abstracts are coming in, and we look forward to reading them – remember, if you haven’t submitted yours yet the closing date is April 30th. We welcome papers on any topic in Dutch Studies with a focus on processes of consensus forming as well as on discord. We will let you know whether your paper has been accepted by the end of May. Please click on the link below the conference programme to go to the conference website where you will be able to upload your abstract.

ALCS members resident in the UK and Ireland who are engaged in teaching Dutch will have their travel and hotel costs covered by a generous grant from the Nederlandse Taalunie and we are currently busy booking accommodation. Details on the hotel and how to find the different venues will be available soon. We will also be posting a list of places to stay for colleagues who do not qualify for Taalunie support.

Highlights of the conference are our plenary speakers – our President Henriette Louwerse will get us off to the best possible start, Jan Blommaert of the University of Tilburg (https://www.tilburguniversity.edu/webwijs/show/?uid=j.blommaert) will address the topic of superdiversity and Inger Leemans of the VU Amsterdam (http://www.let.vu.nl/nl/organisatie-van-de-faculteit/wetenschappelijk-personeel/medewerkers-alfabetisch/medewerkers-l-s/i-leemans/index.asp) will talk about consensus and literary history. On Friday we visit the British Library where Marja Kingma will have some special Dutch books for us to view. Members will also have the opportunity to suggest a book they would particularly like to see – we will be contacting you nearer the time for requests. On Thursday evening the UCL Centre for Low Countries Studies is putting on special event for you: a poetry evening with prize-winning Dutch poet, Ester Naomi Perquin.

The conference team – Jane Fenoulhet, Gerdi Quist and Ulrich Tiedau – look forward to welcoming you all in London.

Discord and Consensus

The 10th biennial conference of the Association for Low Countries Studies (UCL, 10-12 Sept. 2014)

Second Call for Papers and Panel Proposals (deadline: 30 April 2014)

All countries, regions and institutions are ultimately built on a
degree of consensus, on a collective commitment to a concept, belief
or value system. This consensus is continuously rephrased and
reinvented through a narrative of cohesion and challenged by
expressions of discontent and discord.

The history of the Low Countries is characterized by both a striving
for consensus and eruptions of discord both internally or through
outside challenges. In the centenary year of the outbreak of WW1, the
ALCS Biennial conference aims to explore consensus and discord in a
Low Countries context along and across broad cultural, linguistic and
historical lines.

Topics may include:
* Contemporary and historical representation of conflict and
dissent in visual art and literature
* Gedogen through the ages
* Counter-cultural art practices and dissenting narratives
* Social cohesion and the imaginative
* Language as a source of social conflict or harmony
* Language standardization processes within and across the Low Countries
* Competing linguistic norms and conflicts over the status of
language varieties
* Conflicting approaches to language pedagogy
* Discord and/or consensus emerging from studies of lexis,
semantics, pragmatics and syntax

Keynote speakers will be Dr Henriëtte Louwerse (University of
Sheffield), Prof. dr. Jan Blommaert (Tilburg University) and Prof. dr.
Inger Leemans (VU Amsterdam).

We invite both individual contributions (20-minute presentations which
will be followed by 10 minutes of discussion) and proposals for fully
constituted panels are particularly welcome. Panel conveners are
invited to suggest a 90-minutes themed panel of three speakers. We
specifically invite postgraduate students and a number of full
bursaries are available.

To see the draft programme, including special events – poetry evening
and Show and Tell at the British Library, please visit the conference
website. All conference papers should be submitted via the conference
website before 30 April 2014.