The Association for Low Countries Studies (ALCS) is holding its 12th conference, entitled ‘Picturing Reality’, at the University of Sheffield from 28 to 30 June. It approaches ‘traditional’ or binary pairings such as fiction and truth, art and life, imagination and history through a lens of complementarity. The ALCS conference is an international event, with speakers from 4 continents and 11 different nations. This year, it also celebrates 70 years of Dutch at Sheffield University.
Plenary speakers will be Lotte Jensen of the Radboud University, Nijmegen, and Kevin Absillis of the University of Antwerp. Talks set the Low Countries in an international context, touching on connections with Syria, Iran, Poland and the UK and Ireland, and involving discussion of literature by a wide range of authors including Harry Mulisch, Kader Abdolah, Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer, Herman Koch and Erwin Mortier, as well as linguistic issues such as the status of Belgian Dutch (‘Flemish’) in broadcasting and Italian translation of Dutch-language literature.
ALCS was set up for the scholarly study of the language, culture, history and society of the Netherlands and Flanders and to increase public awareness of the issues raised by such study.
The organisation’s activities include a biennial international conference and other colloquia for students and early postgraduate researchers and a refereed academic journal: Dutch Crossing. A Journal of Low Countries Studies.