The Low Countries

Deze Engelstalige blog, gelinkt aan het jaarboek The Low Countries, brengt nieuws over taal, cultuur en maatschappij in de Lage Landen voor een breed buitenlands publiek.

  • 14 maart 2018

Belgium and the Netherlands: Small Welfare States in the European Union

Belgium and the Netherlands: Small Welfare States in the European Union

The persistent differences between the Netherlands and Belgium illustrate precisely that the European Union does not create uniformity among its member states”, writes former Belgian minister and current professor at the University of Amsterdam Frank Vandenbroucke in an interesting article about these two small welfare states, that can be successful in the European Union, but must not be ‘small’ in their view of the EU” . 

This article, which you can read in full in this blog post, is a summary of the Pacification Lecture Vandenbroucke delivered on 11 November 2017 in Breda. The complete lecture can be found, in Dutch, on www.pacificatielezingen.org.

Translated by Lindsay Edwards / Photo © Jeroen Oerlemans

  • 27 februari 2018

Scottish Poetry Festival StAnza Focuses on the Low Countries

Scottish Poetry Festival StAnza Focuses on the Low Countries

StAnza, Scotland’s international poetry festival, will focus on Dutch and Flemish poetry this year under the title ‘Going Dutch’, with special attention for the languages and cultures of the Low Countries: Dutch, Flemish and Frisian. 

A number of award-winning Dutch, Flemish and Frisian poets are among the big names from the literary world who will read and perform, including Ester Naomi Perquin, Jan Baeke, Thomas Möhlmann, Frank Starik, Tsead Bruinja, Sigrid Kingma, Geart Tigchelaar, Lies Van Gasse (photo), Maud Vanhauwaert and Andy Fierens.

  • 30 november 2017

Karen Van Godtsenhoven Appointed as Curator at New York’s Metropolitan Museum

Karen Van Godtsenhoven Appointed as Curator at New York’s Metropolitan Museum

Flemish curator Karen Van Godtsenhoven recently started work at the Costume Institute at New York’s prestigious Metropolitan Museum.

An expert on 20th and 21st century fashion, she previously worked as curator of Antwerp’s ModeMuseum from 2009.

In an interview on a Belgian news channel Van Godtsenhoven described her role working with director Andrew Bolton, highlighting the importance of setting the department in the wider context of the museum and drawing connections with different branches of art. 

Situated on the east side of New York’s Central Park, the Met is one of the most important art museums in the world, receiving millions of visitors a year. 

Van Godtsenhoven holds a B.A. in Germanic Philology, an M.A. in English Language and Literature and an M.A. in Library and Information Science. She has also carried out postgraduate work in gender studies.

  • 23 oktober 2017

Guest of Honour Nostalgia - Flanders and The Netherlands at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2017

Guest of Honour Nostalgia - Flanders and The Netherlands at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2017

Flanders and the Netherlands’ position as guest of honour at Frankfurt Book Fair in 2016 was a success, the organisers concluded last year, but the growth in interest in Dutch and Flemish literature has really become apparent this year. Many authors, politicians and other interested parties from Flanders and the Netherlands came along to explore the book fair in 2016, but it was back to business as usual this year, with mainly publishers and foreign rights managers present.

  • 11 september 2017

Flemish festival curator Lieven Bertels to expand Walmart art centre

Flemish festival curator Lieven Bertels to expand Walmart art centre

Flemish festival curator Lieven Bertels is to start work on a new project with the Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas, which in the past five years has been turned into a prominent art spot by the heirs of the Walmart supermarket chain.

Bertels was the first artistic director of the of Concertgebouw Brugge, and later worked as director of Sydney Festival in Australia for four years.

His move to Arkansas in September marks the end of his period leading preparations for Leeuwarden Friesland European Capital of Culture 2018, a position he has held since 2015, when Leeuwarden had just been informed that it would hold the title.

  • 5 september 2017

Peter King (1922-2017)

Peter King, one of the most prominent neerlandici of the post-war era, has died on 3 July. 

After his MA Peter began teaching Dutch in Cambridge, with a full University Lectureship in 1959. In 1976 he was appointed to the Dutch Chair at the University of Hull where an Institute of Modern Dutch Studies had been established with financial support from the Leverhulme Trust and other donors.

In 1980 Peter launched a successful undergraduate BA in Modern Dutch Studies with, for that time, an innovative curriculum. 

As literary scholar Peter is well known for, among other things, his study of Dutch dawn poetry and of Multatuli, and for the first computer concordances of Vondel’s works. He was also one of the initiators of Levend Nederlands, an audio-visual language course that was widely used to teach Dutch well into the 1980s