Updates and news

Due to Covid-19, the 2020 ALCS Postgraduate Colloquium ‘City Lights’ won’t take place in July 2020 and will be postponed to a later date.

Students are still warmly invited to submit their Low Countries essays and (short) dissertations for the annual ALCS essay prizesThe deadline has been extended to 30 June 2020.


Fikry El Azzouzi, gastschrijver 2020
Fikry El Azzouzi, gastschrijver 2020
  • The beginning of the lockdown coincided with the final video conference of our annual collaborative Translation project. We were well prepared, as this project is conducted virtually in any case, with students from the universities off Sheffield, Nottingham and UCL joining forces to translate a previously untranslated text. The only difference was that our translators (Jonathan Reeder and Alice Tetley-Jones) and writer (Fikry El Azzouzi) were not physically with us in either location. A full report can be found on the pages of Flanders Literature. Many thanks to our sponsors from the Taalunie for their ongoing support!
  • New Dutch Writing moved their series of events showcasing Dutch Literature in translation online. The first event, Tommy Wieringa in conversation with his translator Sam Garrett, chaired by Suzy Feah was broadcast live and can still be accessed via youtube. second interview in this series was  with Charlotte van den Broeck and her translator David Colmer on the 27th of May on the same platform.
  • Sheffield colleagues and the Centre for Dutch and Flemish Studies  organised their first virtual research seminar with VUB historical sociolinguist Wim Vandenbussche, which was attended by colleagues from across the UK and further afield. This clearly shows that our new virtual ways of working open up collaborative opportunities!

13th Biennial Conference 2019

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The 13th ALCS International Conference took place at UCL from 6 to 8 November 2019.

We welcomed over 70 colleagues from across Europe and a sizeable contingent from the US, resulting in 15 panel sessions, 42 papers, as well as four keynotes that were open to a wider audience and shed a light on Worlding the Low Countries from the perspective of history, literature, culture and translation. You can find the full conference programme here.

This year’s keynote speakers were Dagomar Degroot (Georgetown University), Saskia Pieterse (Utrecht University), Theo Hermans (UCL) and Bambi Ceuppens (Africa Museum Brussels).

Click and listen to Dagomar Degroot’s keynote on the Frigid Golden Age

We are very grateful to Flanders House for their very warm reception and exceptional conference dinner, to the Taalunie for their continuous and generous support, and to the Dutch Centre for the collaboration with their film festival.

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ALCS ‘Cabinet Reshuffle’

There have been a few changes in the ALCS executive committee.

We welcome Filip De Ceuster (University of Sheffield) as our new director, and Christine Sas (University College London) as the new ALCS Chair!

Many thanks to the outgoing director, Anna Geurts, and chair, Henriette Louwerse, for their dedication, inspirational leadership and enthusiasm. Henriette Louwerse will remain a vital member of the ALCS Executive Committee.



An evening with Cees Nooteboom


This is an event not be be missed by anybody with an interest in Dutch Literature.

The evening will celebrate the many novels, stories, travel books and poetry written by Cees Nooteboom. Professor Jane Fenoulhet, Emeritus Professor of the Department of Dutch, and author of Nomadic Literature: Cees Nooteboom and his Writing (Peter Lang, 2013), will interview the author about his work.

Nooteboom will read poems from the 2014 anthology Light Everywhere and from his most recent collection, Monk’s Eye (2016). The conversation will range across the author’s many works in English. There will be an opportunity for members of the audience to ask questions, followed by the opportunity to buy books and have them signed by the author, and a wine reception.

Tuesday 3 September, 6pm at UCL  Cees Nooteboom will receive an honourary doctorate from UCL and this is the public event attached to that momentous occasion.

Register for this free event.