Europe and its Colonial Past. Practices, Narratives, Spaces of Memory

International Blended Learning Seminar

The international MA seminar with participants from Lucerne, Paris, Cologne, Berlin, Nijmegen and Warsaw focuses on the analysis of practices and narratives of memory with regard to Europe’s colonial past. The construction, public usage, contestation and transformation of memory regarding European imperialism, colonialism and decolonisation by different agents in the public sphere, especially museums, monuments, art, the media and political agents will be approached systematically. Against the background of postcolonial theories and theories on memory, the seminar aims at deconstructing blind spots in past and present constructions of European and national memories, on their mechanisms of exclusion that foster(ed) and perpetuat(ed) images of the ‘other’, of racism, discrimination and violence. Comparative perspectives on different national contexts and their entanglements are specifically analysed.

The international seminar presents a unique opportunity to collaborate with students from other European countries. Apart from a digital classroom and live seminars, the exchange of ideas, reflection about texts and analysis of primary sources in focused small international groups is central to the seminar, leading to specific scientific output in various formats (e.g. short collaboratively elaborated papers, blog posts, online live presentations, videos, podcasts etc.). If the situation permits, from November 22 (noon) to November 24 (noon), a Workshop will be organised in Brussels with the House of European History and the Royal Museum for Central Africa.

  • English is the main language of communication.
  • Participants are in principle MA students in the study programmes of the six partner Universities.
  • Modes of teaching and communication:
    • collaborative work in groups with outputs in various possible formats (papers, videos, podcasts)
    • group discussions in live online seminars
    • if the situation permits: two-day workshop in Brussels, 22-24 November (trip and accommodation financed)
  • Students will acquire 3 ECTS for participation and activities during the semester. Additional ECTS are possible in relation to additional work done according to the requirements of the respective University.
  • Semester dates: October 11 to December 19, 2021.

The number of participants is limited. Please contact the respective Professor of your University.


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Call: Tiele-fellowships

De Tiele-Stichting stelt zich ten doel de wetenschappelijke studie van het boek in heden en verleden te bevorderen. Zij doet dat onder meer door het (doen) uitgeven van wetenschappelijke publicaties en het organiseren van symposia en lezingen. Recent heeft de Tiele-Stichting een fellowship-programma ontwikkeld om onderzoek op het terrein van boeken en lezen in Nederland en Vlaanderen nog meer te bevorderen.

Twee Fellowships
Jaarlijks worden twee Tiele-fellows financieel en wetenschappelijk ondersteund. Eén fellow doet onderzoek naar een aspect van boek- en leescultuur in het verleden en één fellow doet onderzoek naar een aspect van boek- en leescultuur in het heden.

Stipendium en ondersteuning
Het stipendium bedraagt €1.500,- per maand, gedurende minimaal één en maximaal twee maanden. Het onderzoek dient in het jaar 2022 uitgevoerd te worden. De fellows kunnen, afhankelijk van de aard van het onderzoek en in overleg, een werkplek krijgen bij een van de instellingen die verbonden zijn aan de Tiele-Stichting (de aangeslotenen). Een wetenschappelijk adviseur, eveneens uit het netwerk van de Tiele-Stichting, begeleidt het project.

Kandidaten en aanvragen
Tiele-fellowships staan open voor iedereen met aantoonbare wetenschappelijke capaciteiten. Een voltooide promotie is geen voorwaarde.

Aanvragen moeten vóór 1 oktober 2021 gemaild worden naar de coördinator van de Tiele-Stichting, Judith van Kesteren ( Het onderzoek wordt uitgevoerd gedurende een aaneengesloten periode in het jaar 2022. De fellow rapporteert aan de Tiele-Stichting aan het eind van het fellowship en verzorgt zo mogelijk een lezing op een Tiele-dag.

Klik hier voor alle informatie over de aanvraagprocedure (click here for more information on the application procedure in English).


De Tiele-Stichting is in 1953 opgericht om een bijzondere leerstoel boekwetenschap aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam te kunnen inrichten.

Op 5 januari 1954 werd prof. mr. Herman de la Fontaine Verwey benoemd tot eerste bijzonder hoogleraar in de Wetenschap van het boek en de bibliografie. In de daaropvolgende decennia volgden onder andere een leerstoel voor de geschiedenis van het boek en de drukkunst, een leerstoel geschiedenis van uitgeverij en boekhandel en een leerstoel voor de geschiedenis van het boek. De leerstoel Boekwetenschap aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam is omgezet naar een reguliere leerstoel en heeft daarmee een vaste plaats gekregen in het onderwijsaanbod.

Tegenwoordig is er één bezette Tiele-leerstoel. Sinds 2002 is prof. dr. Paul Hoftijzer bijzonder hoogleraar in de geschiedenis van het Nederlandse boek in de vroegmoderne tijd aan de Universiteit Leiden. Voormalig bijzonder hoogleraar em. prof. dr. Adriaan van der Weel is nog bij de stichting betrokken als voorzitter van de Wetenschappelijke Adviesraad.

CfP: Reading in Theory and in Higher Education Practice

[Call for Articles]

Reading in theory and in higher education practice

Special issue of CLW – Cahier voor Literatuurwetenschap (2022)
ed. by Janine Hauthal & Hannah Van Hove

deadline for abstracts: 15 July 2021; deadline for articles: 15 November 2021


Over the past few decades, the field of literary studies has increasingly been interested in the question of how we read (Bennett 1995; Gullentops 2001; Littau 2006). Developments in cognitive and cultural studies, hermeneutics, reception theory as well as digital humanities have contributed to enlarging our understanding (of theories) of reading and have gradually brought together previously separated domains of study such as reader-response theory (Iser 1976), narratology (Genette 1972/1983), sociology of reading (Bourdieu 1979) and history of reading (Manguel 1996). While, initially and most influentially, approaches to reading in the context of literary studies have viewed reading as a cognitive process and focused on the content of texts, cognitive literary studies and narratology (Herman 2002) shifted the focus to the mental processes by which readers make sense of texts. More recent approaches have pushed further in this direction by conceptualizing reading as social cognition and exploring it as an embodied act (Caracciolo 2014; Kukkonen 2017, 2019). In distinction to the field’s tradition of ‘close reading’, different ways of reading have also engendered methodological innovations, tellingly called ‘distant reading’ (Moretti 2005, 2013; see also Bode 2017) or ‘hyper reading’ (Hayles 2012), which, in turn, have played a role in the current rise of interest in the future of reading in the attention economy of the (post)digital age (Berg/Seeber 2016; McLean Davies et al. 2020; Sommer 2020).

We invite articles which engage with reading as either cognitive process, physical activity, social behaviour or institutionalized practice (Birke 2016: 8-11) or blend these aspects in considering their interactive dynamics. Contributions may engage with, but are not limited to, the following questions: If meaning is no longer recognized as being carried solely by texts, where do we locate (the production of) meaning? Do experimental, hybrid and/or intermedial texts require different reading strategies? How are readers constructed and written (about)? How are we to account for the challenges posed by gendered and intersectional theories of reading? How do digital textualities affect reading practices? How do the readings we teach relate to the flourishing of online book culture and layman’s criticism? What are the (disciplinary, social, neurological) consequences when analysis through machine algorithms is recognized as a form of reading as valid as close reading? How do we as scholars understand (ourselves as) readers? In the age of the entrepreneurial neoliberal university, how (much time or credit points) do we invest in reading and what kind of readers and readings do literary curricula foster in the face of demands of employability?

For the special issue publication, we welcome contributions of 5,000 words (incl. footnotes) in Dutch, French or English. The deadline for articles is 15 November 2021. Please send an abstract of max. 500 words and a 100-word author bio to Janine Hauthal ( and Hannah Van Hove (havhove@vub.beby 15 July 2021. Contributions will be published in a special issue section of CLW – Cahier voor Literatuurwetenschap, a peer-reviewed journal published by Academia Press. All manuscripts should reference and be formatted according to the CLW style guide and may be submitted in Word format. All manuscripts are peer-reviewed and are scheduled for publication in autumn 2022.



Bennett, Andrew (ed.). Readers and Reading. Longman, 1995.

Berg, Maggie & Barbara K. Seeber. The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy. U of Toronto P, 2016.

Biebuyck, Benjamin. “Het aandikken van vriendschap: Zes thesen over het academische literatuuronderwijs [The thickening of friendship: Six theses on teaching literature at university].” CLW 11 (2019): 135-143.

Birke, Dorothee. Writing the Reader: Configurations of a Cultural Practice in the English Novel. De Gruyter, 2016.

Bourdieu, Pierre. Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste, translated by Richard Nice. Harvard UP, 1984 [1979].

Caracciolo, Marco. The Experientiality of Narrative: An Enactivist Approach. De Gruyter, 2014.

Genette, Gérard. Narrative Discourse: An Essay in Method, translated by Jane E. Lewin. Cornell UP, 1980 [1972].

—. Narrative Discourse Revisited, translated by Jane E. Lewin. Cornell UP, 1988 [1983].

Gullentops, David. Poétique du lisuel. Paris-Méditerranée, 2001.

Herman, David. Story Logic: Problems and Possibilities of Narrative. U of Nebraska P, 2002.

Hayles, Katherine. How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis. U of Chicago P, 2012.

Iser, Wolfgang. The Act of Reading: A Theory of Aesthetic Response, translated by the author with David Henry Wilson. Johns Hopkins UP, 1978 [1976].

Kukkonen, Karin. A Prehistory of Cognitive Poetics: Neoclassicism and the Novel. Oxford UP, 2017.

—. 4E Cognition and Eighteenth-Century Fiction: How the Novel Found its Feet. Oxford UP, 2019.

Littau, Karin. Theories of Reading: Books, Bodies and Bibliomania. Polity, 2006.

Manguel, Alberto. A History of Reading. Penguin, 1996.

McLean Davies, Larissa, Katherine Bode, Susan Martin and Wayne Sawyer. “Reading in the (Post)Digital Age: Large Digital Databases and the Future of Literature in Secondary Classrooms.” English in Education 54.3 (2020).

Moretti, Franco. Graphs, Maps, Trees. Verso, 2005.

—. Distant Reading. Verso, 2013.

Sommer, Roy. “Libraries of the Mind: What Happens after Reading.” Diegesis – Interdisciplinary E-Journal for Narrative Research/Interdisziplinäres E-Journal für Erzählforschung 9.1 (2020): 83-99 (

Call for Papers Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food 2022

Symposium on the History of Food

We invite you to send a proposal for the next Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food, which will take place on the 11th and 12th of February 2022 (both live and online): Food and the Environment. The Dynamic Relationship Between Food Practices and Nature.

Ever since hunters and gatherers made the switch to sedentary forms of farming some 13,000 years ago, the way people produce and consume food has profoundly shaped the world in which we live. Although the idea of the ‘environment’ – which we now use to describe the scale and scope of this human impact on the planet – is a relatively modern concept, historians, archaeologists and ecologists have carefully traced the continual interconnectedness of food and the environment. Indeed, changes in dietary patterns have been intrinsically linked to climate change and demographics throughout history, and the question of how to feed a growing population has been at the centre of major developments in food production innovations from the Neolithic Revolution onwards.

The concern about the limits of food production and consumption has similar long historical roots. Agricultural innovations and colonial explorations, which allowed humans to grow and eat more and more diverse foodstuffs, also prompted worries about the adverse consequences of rapid population growth and environmental degradation. From Thomas Malthus’ 1798 An Essay on the Principle of Population to the warnings of post-WWII scholars such as William Vogt and Paul Ehrlich – the concern that food production could and can never keep pace with population increase has been central to many heated scholarly debates. Although the 1960-1980s Green Revolution has thus far managed to avert a ‘Malthusian disaster’, worries about the intensive use of nature’s resources coupled with booming population growth continue to persist. At the same time, more people have become aware of the dynamic, two-way relationship between humans and their environment, and of the fact that natural conditions have always shaped and endangered human life. This year’s Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food traces this far-reaching transformative impact of food production and consumption practices on the environment – and vice versa – both in history and today.


The Symposium encourages scholars from all relevant fields of research to explore the continuing relevance of the interconnectedness of food history and environmental history. We invite abstracts for papers covering any topic related to the study of this theme including, but not limited to, the following:

  • The history of environmental beliefs and movements
  • The relationship between climate change and food production and consumption practices
  • The impact of exploitation colonialism on the environment
  • Adverse consequences of intensive food production (e.g. resource exhaustion, loss of biodiversity, soil degradation, pollution)
  • Sustainable food systems in history
  • The interdependence of landscapes and cuisines
  • Technological innovations that have increased agricultural growth and contributed to achieving food security
  • The historiography of environmental history, and the history of the idea of the ‘environment’

Guidelines Paper Proposals

The symposium program consists of a keynote lecture, paper presentations and panel discussions. You can join us in Amsterdam or participate online. If you are interested in presenting a paper at the symposium, please submit an abstract before September 15, 2021.

More information:


Call for papers Image and Narrative 24.2 (2023)

“Ecce mulier”: Female celebrity culture and the visual arts around 1900

Guest edited by Carlijn Cober, dr. Floris Meens and dr. Tom Sintobin, this issue will focus on representations and self-representations of female key figures during the fin de siècle of the 19th century. By combining visual, narrative and historiographical analyses, we aim to gain insight into how female artists, authors, actors, musicians, salonnières, scholars and muses both functioned within the cultural field and have been ‘imagined’ or imagined themselves during their lifetime and beyond.

Research questions can concern either literal or figurative interpretations of terms relating to both ‘image’ and ‘narrative’. In the case of literal visual imaginations, possible questions would be: How are female figures depicted in visual media, such as photographs, films, paintings, sketches, or cartoons? Against which background, in what posture, in whose company? Does that depiction follow, establish or transgress norms? How – through what media and in which circles – were these images established, distributed or consumed, both synchronically and diachronically? What was the relationship between various forms of representations and the women’s fame? Who was responsible for these depictions: did women have agency and to what extent can they be seen as a coproduction?

In the case of figural forms of imagination, questions could be: How did famous or influential women construct or fashion their own image? How are they visible in literary texts, poetry, diary entries, biographies, letter exchanges, plays, operas, operettas and songs? What role did they play within the cultural imagination? How have they been imagined, within which framework, in what role or position, in relation to whom? How have either their image or narrative evolved over time, during their life or ours? How can we render them visible or highlight different perspectives of them?

We are looking for articles with an average length of 5000 words (including notes and bibliography) that together address a wide range of methods and approaches related to this topic, and original interpretations of both ‘image’ and ‘narrative’. Those interested to contribute can submit an abstract of maximum 250 words and a cv to by October 1st, 2021. The deadline for the first drafts will be February 1st, 2022 the final deadline July 1st, 2022.

CFP: Postcolonial publics: art and citizen media in Europe

We are delighted to invite contributions to a conference paper on the topic of postcolonial publics expressed and engaged through “citizen media” (Rodriguez 2001; Baker & Blaagaard 2016) and art, in a postcolonial Europe. The conference papers will also serve as chapters for an edited volume which will be published soon after.

We want to interrogate the proliferation of digital media and global culture, and the changes happening in public intellectual engagements. From the adoration of the single (often male, often white) genius to the anonymity of diverse, affective publics, a postcolonial perspective invites contemporary public engagement to have many faces and multiple voices, and addressing new issues such as the environmental crisis and the resurgence of racism. Creativity and art can play a significant role in this development. Performance and visual expressions in the European space interpellate the situated public, but also produce transnational political dialogue and travel across digital space. Embodied performances challenge the cerebral stereotype and classical conception of what public engagement is and should be. Moreover, digital platforms have made available space for expressions that break the form and formulas of public and political speech. However, despite the expansion of public participation, social divisions based on race, gender, sexuality and able-bodiedness still hold sway and begs the question of positionality in relations to institutions, in the different fields of art and media, when it comes to political and social change.

The edited volume and conference envision postcolonial citizen media and art as practices and products encompassing a wide range of expressions: from poetry to journalism to Twitter-writing; from art to graffiti to Instagram-activism; and from celebrity activism to the uprising of “affective publics” (Papacharissi 2015).

Topics for contributions may include but are not limited to:

  • Migrant social media narratives (visual, aural, performative)
  • Exiled artists’ political expressions of citizenship and belonging
  • Social movements’ visual tactics and digital strategies
  • Celebrity activism and co-optation on gender, race and postcolonial issues
  • Citizen journalism and postcolonial counterpublics
  • Street art, performance and public engagement in postcolonial Europe
  • Questions of citizenship, voice and witnessing, in a postcolonial perspective
  • Media activism, academic activism, artivism for a postcolonial Europe
  • Postcolonial media and art interventions in the environmental crisis

The publication and conference is part of the Postcolonial Intellectuals and Their European Publics Network, (PIN), which is funded by the NWO. The network brings together international and interdisciplinary scholars, activists, and artists to explore the changing face and voice of the European intellectuals in a postcolonial Europe. This publication and conference are jointly organized by Shaul Bassi and Sabrina Marchetti (Centre Humanities and Social Change at Ca’ Foscari University), Bolette Blaagaard (Department of Communication and Psychology at Aalborg University, Copenhagen) and Sandra Ponzanesi (Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University).

The conference will take place in Venice on the 26-27th of May 2022. Keynote speakers will be announced in due time. The publication based on the conference papers will follow soon after. Authors selected for the volume will be invited to the conference to present the final drafts of their papers. Final chapters will be 7,000 words all included. The volume will be published by Ca’ Foscari University Press as Open Access eBook in the Summer 2022

If you are interested in contributing, please submit your abstract (max. 500 words) by the 15th of June at the following email address:


15 June 2021 Abstracts submission

30 June 2021 Notification of selections

15 January 2022 First draft of full chapters

9 May 2022 Final chapters

26-27 May 2022 Conference in Venice

15 June 2022 Submission to Publisher

Previous conferences of the PIN Network:

Utrecht University (5-6 February 2019): info
University of Muenster (5-6 September 2019) – In collaboration with the University of Lisbon: info
University of Leeds (21-22 and 28-29 January 2021): info

Call for Papers: ‘Narratives & Climate Change’

Special issue of the open access journal
Interférences litteraires/literaire interferenties

Within the current debate on the societal and environmental impact of climate change scientists and policymakers as well as artists stress the importance of producing compelling narratives to envision a safe future society. Especially speculative fiction – the genre that explores possible futures – plays an important, integrating role in imagining and engaging with the implications of climate change: not only do fictional narratives offer a great opportunity to engage readers on a personal level with the complexities and scale of climate change, they also prove to be productive in policy making practices and in mediating calculated, datadriven climate scenarios (Hajer 2005; Hulme 2009; Thomas 2013; Moezzi a.o. 2017; Johns-Putra 2016 and 2019).

This special issue sets out to investigate the integrative power of speculative fiction, focusing in particular on the intersection between literature and environmental sciences by focusing on the following key questions:

  1. How to conceptualize the role that narratives play in bringing the global scale of climate change into the realm of the personal?
  2. How do fictional narratives co-produce reality and contribute to the public debate, to governance or vice versa to (environmental) science? Are narratives indeed to be understood as means (‘productive fictions’) to encourage awareness and even foster behavioral change (‘risk related affect’, learning)?
  3. What narrative techniques (e.g., the use of metaphors, allusion or extrapolation) are used in both scientific and artistic discourse to envision the consequences of climate change? How do they differ in use, where do they overlap? How do both utopian and dystopian storylines relate to ‘eco-anxiety’ and the wish to go beyond eco-paralysis? How and why do utopian or dystopian future scenario’s manifest themselves within approaches from the different fields of study?



Interférences litteraires/literaire interferenties (ISSN 2031-2970) is a peer-reviewed, international and multilingual online journal (DOAJ) devoted to the interaction between literature and cultural and societal practices. For more information see:

Researchers from literary and cultural studies with a focus on environmental humanities and sciences are invited to contribute full-length articles of approximately 8-10.000 words incl. footnotes and references. We particularly promote diversity in terms of theoretical frameworks and geographical contexts. We especially encourage non-English contributions (e.g. French, German, Spanish).

If you are interested in contributing, please send an email to by April 30th, 2021 including an abstract (ca. 250-500 words) and a short bio (max. 200 words). The outcome of the selection process will be communicated before May 9th, 2021. We are expecting completed contributions by December 1st, 2021 after which the journal’s peer review procedure will start. The issue is planned for Spring 2022.

Editorial note:

The proposal for this issue follows up on the international workshop ‘Narratives & Climate Change’ held online on June 25th-26th, 2020 (Open University). The workshop is part of the research network project ‘Imaginariesof the  Future City: Envisioning Climate Change and Technological Cityscapes through Contemporary Speculative Fiction’. More information on the network project is to be found on our webpage:


  • Hajer, M.A. (2005). ‘Rebuilding ground zero. The politics of performance’. Planning theory & practice, 6(4), 445 464.
  • Hulme, Mike. (2009). Why we disagree about climate change. Cambridge University Press.
  • Johns-Putra, A. (ed.) (2016). Climate and Literature. Cambridge Critical Concepts Series. Cambridge University Press.
  • Johns-Putra, A. (2019). Climate Change and the Contemporary Novel. Cambridge University Press.
  • Moezzi, Mithra, Kathryn B. Janda, Sea Rotmann. (2017). ‘Using stories, narratives, and storytelling in energy and climate change research’. Energy Research & Social Sciences, Vol.31, 1-10.
  • Thomas, P.L. (ed.) (2013) Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction. Challenging genres. Sense Publishers, Rotterdam/Boston.

CFP: European Journal of English Studies volume 27 (2023)

Call for Papers for Volume 27 (2023)

The editors of EJES are issuing calls for papers for the two issues of the journal to be published in 2023. Potential contributors are reminded that EJES operates a two-stage review process. The first is based on the submission of detailed proposals (up to 1,000 words) and results in invitations to submit full essays from which a final selection is  then made. The deadline for essay proposals for this volume is 30 November 2021, with delivery of completed essays in the spring of 2022, and publication in Volume 27 (2023).


EJES operates a two-stage review process.

  1. Contributors are invited to submit proposals for essays on the topic in question by 30 November 2021.
  2. Following review of the proposals by the editorial board panel, informed by external specialists as appropriate, the guest editors will invite the authors of short-listed proposals to submit full-length essays for review with a spring 2022 deadline.
  3. The full-length essays undergo another round of review, and a final selection as well as suggestions for revisions are made. Selected essays are then revised and resubmitted to the guest editors in late 2022 for publication in 2023.

EJES employs Chicago Style (T&F Chicago AD) and British English conventions for spelling. For more information about EJES, see:

Interstitial Spaces

Guest editors: Frederik Van Dam (Radboud University), Joanna Hofer-Robinson (University College Cork), Chris Louttit (Radboud University)

In the course of the past two decades, the field of English Studies has witnessed a return to a focus on space, both as a critical methodology and as a subject worthy of renewed attention. On the one hand, scholars draw inspiration from adjacent fields such as cultural geography and media archaeology to examine the circulation of literature and the arts in local and global contexts. Opportunities offered by digital tools play an important role in such endeavours. On the other hand, scholars rely on the foundational work of Henri Lefebvre, Michel de Certeau, and Gaston Bachelard to find new ways of mapping out the representation of space and place in English literature. In this regard, the critical gaze has honed in on overlaps, intersections, and contact zones.

The present issue aims to push established scholarship on the ‘spatial turn’ in new directions through an examination of interstitial spaces, that is, the corridors, roads, and routes that exist in between and connect different spaces. While contributions on literary and cultural texts from any historical period are encouraged, the editors will particularly welcome proposals that deal with the long nineteenth century.

Topics might include but are not limited to:

  • Interstitial spaces of authorship: literary Bohemia, the salon, the club
  • The sea as a geopolitical or colonial space
  • Non-spaces (Marc Augé) in city literature
  • The gendering of interstitial spaces
  • The multiple occupancy of interstitial spaces by different communities
  • The function of maps in storytelling / the function of storytelling in maps
  • Interstitial space and interstitial time: revisiting the notion of the chronotope
  • The emotions of being in between spaces
  • English literature abroad: transculturation, circulation, reception

Detailed proposals (up to 1,000 words) for essays of no more than 7,500 words and a short biographical blurb (up to 100 words) should be sent to all three editors by 30 November 2021: Frederik Van Dam (,  Joanna Hofer-Robinson (, and Chris Louttit (

This issue will be part of volume 27 (2023). All inquiries regarding this issue can be sent to
the three guest editors.

More information:

City Lights: Urban Space and Civic Identity in the Low Countries and Beyond

8-9 July 2021
The Association for Low Countries Studies are delighted to announce our third postgraduate colloquium, “City Lights”, which takes place online between 8-9 July. The colloquium brings together young scholars from the UK and internationally to explore urban space and civic identity in Benelux from an interdisciplinary perspective. Registration is free of charge via Eventbrite.

The Low Countries is one of the world’s most urbanised regions. Since the Middle Ages, advances in mercantilism, industry and land reclamation had spurred Bruges, Antwerp and Amsterdam toward exponential growth. Meanwhile, claims to political autonomy and religious freedom caused tension with the powers that be, erupting most violently during the Eighty Years’ War (1568-1648). Today, many Netherlandish cities retain a unique sense of identity, manifested in dialects, local legends and civic buildings. The diverse and wide-ranging programme features panels on sense and the city, the early modern book trade, the built environment, urban politics and modern times. Day two will include a virtual “show and tell” event showcasing Dutch language collections in the Universal Short Title Catalogue and the British Library. To conclude, we look forward to welcoming our keynote, Elisabeth de Bièvre, author of Dutch Art and Urban Cultures, 1200-1700 (Yale University Press, 2015).

For more information, visit the ALCS website:

Online Symposium: The Human in Digital Humanities

Online Symposium, Tilburg School of Humanities & Digital Sciences | Tilburg University | June 23 & 24, 2021


We live in times of global crises: climate change, the pandemic, and the global confrontation with structures of systemic racism. When we are watching the news and reading the papers, we are confronted with issues so far beyond our individual reach that it can be overwhelming. Times of rapid transformation can give us the opportunity to rethink our fields of research and education as well as their main concepts and values.


In 2018, our school changed its name to ‘Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences’. Yet how do we envision the relation between the digital and the humanities? In what terms do we think about the human as we move toward a culture of big data, distributed AI, convergence, and globalization? Can we think of ways to use computational approaches to help further goals like equality, diversity, social justice, and well-informed citizens?


On June 23 and 24, we organize a two-day symposium that brings together scholars from a range of disciplines, including Philosophy, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Cultural, Literary and Media Studies, Communication and Information Sciences, and Cognitive Science, to engage in a cross-disciplinary dialogue on these matters. The event includes a range of talks as well as a couple of interactive workshops on key methodological tools for Digital Humanities research.


You are all cordially invited to attend this symposium, to learn from each other, and to exchange ideas and experiences, both in terms of methodology and content, in the broader context of the challenges that we are facing as humans in the digital age. For more information and to register:


This symposium is organized by Inge van de Ven (TSHD, Department of Culture Studies) and Sander Verhaegh (TSHD, Department of Philosophy), assisted by Annemijn Gommers. The event is funded by the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences (TSHD) , Tilburg University, the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis, and the Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies.