Call for Papers 10th Biennial ALCS Conference

Concensus and Discord

10th Biennial Conference of the Association for Low Countries Studies

The 10th biennial conference of the Association for Low Countries Studies will be held from 10-12 September 2014 at University College London and the Dutch Centre in the City of London (Austin Friars). This year’s theme will be “Discord and Consensus” in a Low Countries context and we invite original contributions that interpret the conference theme in the broadest possible sense.

All countries, regions and institution 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. 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

We invite both individual contributions (20-minute presentations which will be followed by 10 minutes of discussion) and proposals for fully constituted panels. 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. The primary criterion for selection will be the quality of the proposal, not its connection to the conference theme.

More information is available on the conference website.

Please go to the registration page on the conference website to submit your proposal for a paper.