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Association for Low Countries Studies

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

    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.

  • ALCS2014 Conference Proceedings

    December 31, 2014 – December 31, 2014

    This conference volume, working title “Discord and Consensus in the Low Countries”, will consist of papers from the 10th biennial conference of the Association for Low Countries Studies, held at University College London from 10-12 September 2014. We invite all contributors to submit their papers on or preferably before 31 October 2014 via this site.

  • Discord and Consensus: 10th biennial conference of the Association for Low Countries Studies

    September 10, 2014 – September 12, 2014

    Narration and story telling emerges as a central concern within the academia. Scholars increasingly question their position of observer or spectator and move towards engagement. Ownership of the narrative is central here. During the centenary year of the Easter Rising in Ireland we want raise questions of change.

    For the 11th ALCS Biennial Conference in 2016 ­– the centenary year of the Easter Rising in Ireland – we want raise questions of change. We want to explore narrating change in a Low Countries context along and across broad cultural, linguistic and historical lines.



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