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.

Ons Erfdeel launches new website

The Flemish-Dutch cultural institution Ons Erfdeel vzw has launched a new websites for the English speaking world: Ons Erfdeel aims to provide even more context on culture from the Low Countries.


Ons Erfdeel says:

At Ons Erfdeel vzw we’ve been telling stories about Flanders and the Netherlands in three languages for years, with sharp-witted pens representing trustworthy voices. Those stories deserve a bigger, broader, younger audience. That’s why on 1 April we’re launching as many as three websites, in English, French and Dutch. Websites with a unified style but offering different content.

As you have been accustomed to from us for many years, on this platform too you will be able to read in-depth articles on art, language, literature, history and society in the Low Countries. For this purpose we are appealing to established names and young talent, from the Dutch-speaking region and far beyond. They supply the cultural context, in contemplative stories, columns and interviews, but also in photo reports, podcasts and videos.

To name just a few of our new columnists: Peter Vandermeersch (soon to be former editor in chief of NRC), Gaston Durnez (icon of Flemish journalism), Hind Fraihi (research journalist), Thomas Heerma van Voss (author) and Fieke Van der Gucht (linguist).

The ALCS says:

We congratulate Ons Erfdeel with this fantastic initiative. We are looking forward to working together to raise the international profile of Dutch Studies. And we’d like to add that one of the contributors will be our own Anna Geurts.

The Next 100 Years of Dutch Studies

OpenforbusinessYou will all be aware of the importance of 2019 for Dutch Studies in the UK and Ireland: it is the Centenary Year of Dutch Studies at UCL and, by extension, of the discipline in the UK.

The executive committee of the ALCS wants to use this historical moment to draw attention to the state of Dutch Studies in the UK.  Our report The state of Dutch Studies in the UK and Ireland, which we presented in Sheffield in June 2018, is the starting point of a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of Dutch language and cultures studies for the UK and Ireland.
Recently, Henriette Louwerse, Chair of the ALCS, published the following opinion pieces:

Nicola McLelland (our former ALCS Chair) raised the position of Dutch during a British Academy Round Table in London on 30 January. She pointed out that monitoring of the national coverage of so-called specialist language such as Dutch is required. We are hopeful that a comment on the provision of Dutch and other specialist languages will find its way into the briefing that Janice Carruthers (AHRC Leadership Fellow for Languages) will produce from the various consultation round tables about languages.

More positive action is needed to raise the profile of Dutch Studies. We are working with various partners to inform policy makers in the UK and the Low Countries and we call on all our ALCS members and friends to speak up and point to our report whenever they can. We will keep you informed.