Topics may include:

  • How is reality pictured and whose reality is pictured in your particular area/discipline?
  • What is the relationship between fiction and the present or ‘real’ world?
  • What does fiction have to say about the past, present, and future of the Low Countries?
  • How do the various media, audience and traditions affect the picture and perception of reality?
  • Who owns and controls reality in an individual or collective work of your choice?
  • How do the humanities make us aware of the real, the lived-experience?
  • How does the contact zone affect (studies of) lexis, semantics, pragmatics and syntax?
  • How does linguistic and cultural reality affect translation? Adaptation?

We invite both individual contributions (20-minute presentations, followed by 10 minutes of discussion) and proposals for fully constituted panels. Panel conveners are invited to suggest a 90-minutes themed panel of three speakers. We specifically invite postgraduate students and a number of full bursaries are available. The primary criterion for selection will be the quality of the proposal, not its strict connection to the conference theme.

The keynote speakers will be announced in January 2018. Please submit your proposal in the form of a no more than 250-word abstract by 1 February 2018 to our Conference System. Selected papers will be published in the ALCS Journal: Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies.

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