The Association for Low Countries Studies (ALCS) promotes the scholarly study of the language, culture, history and society of the Low Countries.

As a subject organisation, the ALCS also represent the interests of Low Countries studies in the UK and Ireland. 

The current Chair and Director of the ALCS are Associate Professor Christine Sas (UCL) and Dr Filip De Ceuster (University of Sheffield).

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Keynote Speakers announced for the 15th ALCS Conference - University of Sheffield, 7-9 July 2024

Dr Wannes Dupont 

University of Edinburgh

Wannes Dupont is Lecturer in History of Sexuality at the University of Edinburgh. He was Assistant Professor of History at Yale-NUS College in Singapore after postdoctoral fellowships at Yale University and for the Flemish Research Foundation at the University of Antwerp. His work, publications, and teaching primarily concern the European, and global sexual pasts, queer history, reproductive politics, and the intersections of biopolitics and religion.

Dr Marrigje Paijmans

University of Amsterdam

Marrigje Paijmans is Assistant Professor in Dutch Literature  at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on the early modern literary roots of anti-colonialism and aims to bring marginalised voices to the fore, creating a more balanced understanding of the Dutch colonial past. For her work on seventeenth-century literature from postcolonial and ecocritical perspectives, she received the KNAW Early Career Award 2022. 

Correcting & (re)Collecting Text, Story, Languages, Time 

15th ALCS Biennial Conference 7-9 July 2024

For the 15th ALCS conference we would like to explore the theme of questioning the UN/KNOWN in the broadest sense in a Low Countries and comparative context. We take a particular interest in interdisciplinary approaches and papers that explore collaborations between Dutch Studies scholars, translators, authors and practitioners. 

We invite individual 20-minute papers or themed 1.5-hour panels. We welcome contributions from emerging scholars and creative practitioners. Please send your proposal in the form of a 250 words abstract by 15 March.

Our confirmed keynote speakers are Dr Marrigje Paijmans (University of Amsterdam)  and Dr Wannes Dupont (University of Edinburgh) 

ALCS Grant Report: 

Dr Davide Martino - University of Bern

Davide Martino received a first grant from the ALCS to carry out archival research in Amsterdam and a second grant to go and present a paper on early modern machine books and hydraulic technologies at the Scientiae Conference in Prague.  He reports on his experience. Read the full report here.

For the third time the ALCS and the Nederlandse Taalunie organise a Dutch Summer School! This edition's theme is Rivieren and takes place at the University of Sheffield.

Whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced learner, join us for a week of language classes, cultural excursions and Low Countries related workshops!

Places are limited. We welcome all learners of Dutch living in the UK and Ireland. Priority will be given to applicants who are currently enrolled or plan on enrolling in a Dutch language program at a UK institution. A limited number of bursaries are available.

-- Applications have now closed --

Steden van de Toekomst! 

ALCS Zomercursus 2023

From 25 June until 1 July the University of Edinburgh was home to the ALCS Nederlandse Zomercursus. The theme of this year's edition was Steden van de toekomst. Learners of Dutch from all over the UK took part in our Dutch language classes, culture workshops and other activities. The ALCS Zomercursus was generously sponsored by the Nederlandse Taalunie, Flanders House and the Dutch Embassy.

Postgraduate Symposium

Beyond Dutch: Multilingualism in the Neerlandophone World 

UCL, 15 June 2023