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Call for papers American Association for Netherlandic Studies

16th Biennial International Conference on Netherlandic Studies (ICNS)

Conference Theme: Artistic Responses to Watershed Eras

June 7-9, 2012 at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan (Prince Conference Center)


Keynote speaker, the Netherlands: Rudolf Dekker
Keynote speaker, Belgium: Till-Holger Borchert
Workshop for Dutch Language Instructors: Alice van Kalsbeek
Early Modern Dutch Handwriting and Archival Research Workshop: Jesse Sadler, Paul Sellin, and Christine Sellin

Conference Theme

Culture critics largely agree that the death of Harry Mulisch (2010) has closed the chapter of a literary era largely dominated by the World War II generation. Taking inspiration from this notion of epochal shifts, this conference aims to explore the ways that art and history respond to such turning points of human culture. Conference participants are invited to address, in specific ways, the overarching question of how Netherlandic (or Afrikaner) visual, linguistic, and/or literary culture have responded to major moments of transition.

Topics of individual sessions might include: History: Early-Modern, 19th- & 20th-Century Literature, 16th-Century Art & Literature, Colonialism, Early-Modern Literature, 20th-Century History, Early-Modern Art History, 17th-Century Art, Afrikaans, Linguistics, 20th-Century Film, 19th- & 20th-Century Literature, and Local Dutch-American History.


You are invited to submit an abstract of a paper from your own field, as seen through the prism of the conference theme Artistic Responses to Watershed Eras. Paper proposals on other topics or themes are also most welcome – an ICNS tradition. Select papers may be included in a conference publication to follow. Graduate students are especially encouraged to participate.

Please submit abstracts of 250 words, (accompanied by curriculum vitae) to with “ICNS Abstract” in the subject line by December 15, 2011. Acceptance notification will be given by February 1, 2012.


Registration begins February 1, 2012. Logistics/hotel information will be available at by January 15, 2012. Cost for the conference will be $135 for general registration and $100 for student registration.

AANS membership is required in order to attend the conference (the fees are $40 for standard membership; $25.00 for full-time graduate students; $25.00 for emeriti/retired).

Conference Coordinators:

Herman De Vries, Professor of Germanic Languages, Calvin College
Henry Luttikhuizen, Professor of Art, Calvin College


Joel Carpenter, Director
Mary Bennett, Coordinator
Katie Robrahn, Dept Assistant
Seminars @ Calvin
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