12th Biennial ALCS Conference

28-30 June 2018, University of Sheffield, Centre for Dutch and Flemish Studies

Picturing Reality

The Low Countries: Picturing Reality

ALCS programme 2018 (PDF, 1.4MB)

Call for papers

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 but aim 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. In our theme we include 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.

Topics may include:

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.

Selected papers will be published in the ALCS journal: Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies.

The Centre for Dutch and Flemish Studies will host the 12th ALCS conference as part of the festive events celebrating 70 years of Dutch studies at the University of Sheffield.