Updates and news

29 May 2020
Henriette Louwerse

Due to Covid-19, the 2020 ALCS Postgraduate Colloquium ‘City Lights’ won’t take place in July 2020 and will be postponed to a later date.

Students are still warmly invited to submit their Low Countries essays and (short) dissertations for the annual ALCS Essay Prize. The deadline has been extended to 30 June 2020.

ALCS news in Dutch and Flemish studies

Fikry El Azzouzi, gastschrijver 2020

Translation project

The beginning of the lockdown coincided with the final video conference of our annual collaborative Translation project. We were well prepared, as this project is conducted virtually in any case, with students from the universities of Sheffield, Nottingham and UCL joining forces to translate a previously untranslated text.

The only difference was that our translators (Jonathan Reeder and Alice Tetley-Jones) and writer (Fikry El Azzouzi) were not physically with us in either location. A full report can be found on the pages of Flanders Literature. Many thanks to our sponsors from the Taalunie for their ongoing support!

New Dutch Writing

New Dutch Writing moved their series of events showcasing Dutch Literature in translation online. The first event, Tommy Wieringa in conversation with his translator Sam Garrett, chaired by Suzy Feah, was broadcast live and can still be viewed on YouTube. The second interview in this series was with Charlotte van den Broeck and her translator David Colmer, 27 May, on the same platform.

Virtual research seminar

Sheffield colleagues and the Centre for Dutch and Flemish Studies organised their first virtual research seminar with VUB historical sociolinguist Wim Vandenbussche, which was attended by colleagues from across the UK and further afield. This clearly shows that our new virtual ways of working open up collaborative opportunities!