10th Biennial Conference 2014

‘Concensus and Discord in the Low Countries’
University College London
10-12 September 2014

Hailing from Berkeley, California to Budapest, from Amsterdam to Brussels but above all from all corners of the UK, the ALCS welcomed over forty delegates and speakers to the 10th Biennial Conference at University College London from 10-12 September 2014.

perquinThe conference theme ‘Discord and Consensus’ was explored from a variety of angles in plenary meetings, panels and themed sessions. The presentations on linguistics, literature, history and art history were a clear testimony to the depth and breadth of Dutch Studies in the UK and beyond.  In collaboration with the UCL Centre for Dutch Studies, the programme also included an evening of poetry by Ester Naomi Perquin.

Our UCL colleagues pulled off an impeccable organisation and in addition to the quality of the papers, many delegates commented on the constructive spirit of the conference. One of our up and coming colleagues Dr Nick Piercey (UCL) noted: ‘I really enjoyed the conference; it was easily the most enjoyable one I have been to and it felt so warm, welcoming and vibrant. I might be a new member of the ALCS, but it was a wonderful atmosphere and I picked up lots of new ideas in a range of topics.’

All contributors are invited to submit their papers for the conference volume with the working title Discord and Consensus in the Low Countries in the Crossways series that accompanies Dutch Crossing. We are in negotiations with a reputable university press to do so. To be included we would like to invite you to submit your paper on or preferably before 31 October 2014 via the following site: http://bit.ly/1s9hKn

The conference was made possible with financial support of the Nederlandse Taalunie, the Royal Netherlands Embassy and the Flemish Representation in the UK. With many thanks again to our UCL colleagues Jane Fenoulhet, Gerdi Quist,  Josephine Salverda and Ulrich Tiedau.

Henriette Louwerse

Conference Call for papers “Discord and Consensus” 

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.

Conference Programme

Wednesday 10 September

Venue: Gustave Tuck lecture theatre, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1.

From 16.30 Registration
17.30 Welcome and Opening lecture by Dr. Henriëtte Louwerse (University of Sheffield)
18.30 Reception and buffet supper (in the North Cloisters, UCL, Gower Street)

Thursday 11 September

Venue: University College London, Gower Street, London WC1.

9.30-10.30 Plenary lecture by Prof dr. Jan Blommaert (University of Tilburg)
10.30-11.00 Coffee and tea
11.00-12.30 Parallel/panel sessions
12.30-1.30 Lunch
1.30-3.00 Parallel sessions
3.00-3.30 Coffee and tea
3.30-5.00 Workshop on teaching translation led by Jane Fenoulhet
6-7.30 POETRY EVENING with ESTHER NAOMI PERQUIN organized by the UCL Centre for Low Countries Studies
Dinner – participants make own arrangements

Friday 12 September

Venue 1: UCL

9.00 ALCS General Meeting
10.00-10.30 Coffee and tea
10.30-11.30 Plenary Lecture by Prof dr. Inger Leemans (VU Amsterdam)
11.30-1.00 Parallel/panel sessions

Venue 2: The British Library, Euston Road, London NW1

1.30 Sandwich lunch
2.00-2.45 *Show and tell* session led by Marja Kingma – special books from the British Library’s Dutch holdings – conference participants will have to opportunity to suggest items in advance.
2.45 Closing words