The Low Countries: Picturing Reality: 12th Biennial Conference of the Association for Low Countries Studies

University of Sheffield

June 28, 2018 – June 30, 2018


Literature, language, visual arts provide a source of knowledge about the world, even if the connection between the real, the imaginary or the not-real will remain a source of controversy. This appears particularly the case today when binaries and boundaries are replaced with areas of interchange or zones of contact.

For the 12th ALCS Biennial Conference at the University of Sheffield we would like to ‘Picture reality’ in a Low Countries context. With this broad theme we want to map and analyse those areas of interchange. Our focus is on ‘traditional’ or binary pairings such as fiction and truth, art and life, imagination and history butaim to aproach them through a lens of complementarity and not only in terms of contamination and opposition. We regard adaptation and translation as exemplary contact zones.

We also take ‘picturing reality’ to indicate an interlinking of traditionally separate genres, disciplines or practices. We include in our theme certain moments of history, particular authors, painters, language situations and individual works that contain a high level of binary interlinking or those expressions in which several forms of artistic expression merge or clash.


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