Dutch Mill Village Tourist Court & Esso Station, Glasgow, KY, 1946
The Belgian coat of arms carries the motto 'L'union fait la force', and although these words about the power and potence of unity may be the object of permanent debate and even squabbling in that very country, as an admonishment they still hold true in a more general sense.
Take the American Association for Netherlandic Studies for instance: the USA is a vast country and Dutch...well...though not exactly a small language, it's still a pretty tiny one in a North American context. Which is one of the many reasons that US-based academics in various fields relating to the Low Countries have been joining hands for years now in the AANS, an interdisciplinary organisation that aims to promote the study of the language, literature and culture of the Dutch-speaking world in the United States.
From June 17-19, 2010, the AANS, with support from the Dutch Language Union, will host its 15th Biennial Interdisciplinary Conference for Netherlandic Studies (ICNS) at the University of California, Los Angeles, with additional venues including the distinguished Los Angeles Museum of Art and the equally venerable Getty Museum. Tentative (?) title of this conference: 'Crossing Boundaries and Transforming Identities: New Perspectives in Netherlandic Studies.
Interdisciplinary indeed, because in their recent call for papers the people from AANS emphasise the fact that Netherlandic Studies covers everything touching upon the Netherlands, Flanders, Suriname, the Netherlands Antilles and countries which have been heavily influenced by Dutch culture, as South Africa and Indonesia. They welcome proposals that explore the crossing of boundaries, geographic or otherwise. As, for example in the field of art history, the exchange and adaptation of ideas and images between Dutch and Flemish artists and those in the rest of the world. I quote: 'Topics that explore the reciprocities of disciplines are welcome, including word/image studies, and the interdependencies and transformations among the media of painting, sculpture, and printmaking.'
So, if any of that's up your alley, send an abstract of 250 words and curriculum vitae to Amy Golahny, Professor of Art History at Lycoming College and coordinator of art history sessions for the conference, firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15, 2010. To submit a proposal in other disciplines, you can send your stuff to Christine Sellin, Professor of Art History at California Lutheran University and President of the AANS, at email@example.com.