- ‘Time for Business: The Next Hundred Years of Dutch Studies in the UK‘
- ‘Neerlandistiek in tijden van Brexit’ (in Dutch)
13th ALCS International Conference:
Worlding the Low Countries
University College London, 6–8 November 2019
Marking the occasion of the Centenary of Neerlandistiek in the Anglophone world (the first Chair for Dutch Studies was founded in 1919 at University College London, with historian Pieter Geyl as its first incumbent), the 13th international and interdisciplinary Conference of the Association for Low Countries Studies (ALCS2019) will be held at UCL from Wednesday to Friday, 6–8 November 2019.
This means that with our biennial conference will be a year early. Not only is a centenary too good to pass on, this also this puts the ALCS conference in alternate years with the INCS conference of the American AANS. Colleagues will be in a better position to visit each other’s Conferences.
The ALCS Executive Committee wants to reflect all the disciplines represented in the Association. At the moment it consists of linguists, historians, literary scholars, art historians and a librarian/information expert. Dr Anna Geurts (Sheffield, Nottingham) is the ALCS administrator.
During the Biennial General Meeting at University of Sheffield on 30 June 2018 the following members were elected and co-opted to the Executive Committee:
- Dr Henriette Louwerse – Chair (Sheffield)
- Dr Jenny Watson – Honorary Teasurer (Sheffield, Edinburgh)
- Dr Carol Fehringer – Secretary (Newcastle)
- Dr Hans Demeyer (UCL)
- Marja Kingma (British Library)
- Dr Nicholas Piercey – Member for Area Studies (Manchester Metropolitan University)
- Adam Sammut – Postgraduate member (York)
- Christine Sas (UCL)
- Claire van Wengen – Member for IWLP Dutch (Edinburgh)
- Vacant: Member for Ireland
12th Biennial Conference of the ALCS, 2018
28 – 30 June, University of Sheffield
We are looking forward to welcoming you to Sheffield. Here is some practical information.
For all questions or queries: ALCS@sheffield.ac.uk
|Workshop for Tutors
||Jessop West, Room G.03|
|Registration and Opening
||Firth Court, Council Room|
|Festive Conference Dinner||Weston Park Museum|
|Conference Hotel||Jonas Hotel, Endcliffe Village|
|Friday Conference||The Edge Conference Centre|
|Friday Evening Play||DINA, 32 Cambridge Street|
|Saturday Programme||The Edge Conference Centre|
Getting to Sheffield
The University of Sheffield website contains information on a range of ways of getting to the university from anywhere in the world, including local maps: www.sheffield.ac.uk/visitors/mapsandtravel.
Jonas Hotel & conference venue The Edge (Friday & Saturday)
Hotel practical info:
- Check-in from 3pm. Check-out before 11am. Luggage storage available.
- Tel. porter for those arriving after 11pm: +44 114 222 8810.
- A very small breakfast is included (Coffee/tea and danish).
- The Edge, the centre where the conference takes place on Friday and Saturday, is on the same site as the hotel. 3-5 minutes walk and clearly signposted.
Dutch Tutors Workshop (Jessop West) and Opening Conference (Firth Court)
From Sheffield Railway Station, the easiest ways on Thursday to reach Jessop West (room G.03) for the Tutors Workshop, Firth Court for the conference opening (Council Room) , or Weston Park Museum for the dinner, are:
- On foot: 30 min.
- By tram: stop at the back of the railway station, YELLOW and BLUE routes to University of Sheffield stop. Tickets available from the conductor.
No dinner has been arranged for Friday before the evening event The Farce of the Fisherman
Near the Endcliffe campus, many nice places are to be found on Sharrow Vale Road and Ecclesall Road: 10 min. walking from the Endcliffe campus, in the direction of Neill Road and Newington Road bus stops (which helps you on your way to DINA: see Travel Information).
Near DINA itself, the city centre itself also offers plenty to eat.
32 Cambridge Street
(near to the John Lewis department store)
- On foot: 40 min.
- By bus: 30 min. inc. walking (exc. waiting):
- bus 6/271 from Newington Road stop to Moorhead stop
- bus 81/82 from Neill Road stop to Charles Street stop
- bus 88 from Neill Road stop to Moorhead Eyre Street stop
- bus 120 from Endcliffe Vale Road or Shore Lane stop to City Hall stop
Staying in Sheffield a little longer?
The city’s tourism information website lists a great many things to see and do:
Sheffield is known for its street art, vibrant pop scene, and its many local breweries.
The Jonas Hotel is close to the Botanical Gardens and Endcliffe Park, from where a walk along the Porter Brook takes you straight into the Peak District, a national park.
Sheffield’s industrial heritage is also visible in many places, both in Sheffield’s museums and in the open air, for instance at the grinding workshops which can be seen in operation at Shepherd Wheel, along the Porter Brook.
Or sample some Netherlandic art at the Graves Art Gallery!
While we are in Sheffield, the city also hosts a virtual-reality exploration into the life experience of by Dutch multi-disciplinary artist, Marcel Schreur: Life is Beautiful Always (28 June – 1 July, Grace Unit, Fitzalan Square, near the High Street).
It is time to confess!
But what if the storm was not quite as devastating as expected and the truth is out…
As part of the cultural programme of the ALCS Conference: Picturing Reality and with the generous support of the Representation of the Flemish Government in London we would like to present The Farce of the Fisherman. This short play, written by the Bruges playwright Cornelis Everaert and translated into English by Ben Parsons and Bas Jongenelen, will be introduced by Dr. Charlotte Steenbrugge (Sheffield). The play is produced by Samuel Dickinson.
Friday 29th June
DINA, 32A-34 Cambridge Street
8.30pm (Doors open at 8.00pm)
The performance is free, but by reservation only. All ALCS delegates will get their reservation in the conference pack.