Conference on Frisian Humanities

1st Conference on Frisian Humanities
23 – 26 April 2018


We’d like to invite you to our first Conference on Frisian Humanities, in the Municipal Theatre De Harmonie in Leeuwarden, from 23 till 26 April 2018, as part of the project Lân fan taal (Country of languages) of Leeuwarden-Fryslân European Capital of Culture 2018. We’re happy to present you the preliminary program of the four symposia on the conference.

(Preview) program

In the four symposia – about Language and Linguistics, Literature, Medieval Frisia and Multilingualism – there will be about a hundred lectures!

A little preview of the lectures/speakers at the different topics:

  • Language and Linguistics (23 and 24 April) – Naomi Nagy (University of Toronto) – ‘Francoprovençal in Europa and North America: Vitality and Variability’; Peter Schrijver (Utrecht University) ‘The origins of the Frisian language: inheritance and contact’
  • Literature (23, 24 and 25 April) – Wilken Engelbrecht (Palacký University, Olomouc): ‘Fries en Friese literatuur vanuit een Centraal-Europees perspectief’ (Frisian and Frisian literature from a central European perspective); Goffe Jensma (University of Groningen): ‘Yntermedialiteit yn de Fryske poëzy, 1992-2017’ (Intermediality in the Frisian poetry, 1992-2017)
  • Medieval Frisia (23 and 24 April) – Helle Vogt (University of Copenhagen); Arnoud Jan Bijsterveld (Tilburg University)
  • Multilingualism (25 and 26 April) – Jim Cummins (University of Toronto); Itesh Sachdev (SOAS University of London): ‘Vitality of Urban Multilingualism: Towards a social psychological model’.

For the complete programs of the four symposia please visit:

Registration/Conference fee

Please visit for your registration.
The fee is € 80 per topic. The fee for the whole conference (2 symposia/ 4 days) is € 160. Students can register for 50%. The conference fee includes lunch, coffee and tea, and refreshments.


After your registration you will be informed about accommodation, with special rates at various choice hotels in Leeuwarden. Note that the number of rooms is limited, so our advice is to register for the conference as soon as possible, so that you can also book a room as soon as possible.

We are looking forward to the first Conference on Frisian Humanities and we hope to meet you at the end of April in Leeuwarden.

The Conference committee

Drs. Cor van der Meer (chair and session on Multilingualism)
Dr Eric Hoekstra (Literature)
Dr Han Nijdam (Medieval Frisia)
Dr Hans Van de Velde (Language and Linguistics)

More information/contact or call +31 (0)58 20 45 200 (Congresbureau Friesland)