CALL FOR PAPERS: 21st Biennial Interdisciplinary Conference of Netherlandic Studies (ICNS)

On Friday, June 9, and Saturday, June 10, 2023, the biennial Interdisciplinary Conference for Netherlandic Studies will take place in Madison, Wisconsin.

The theme of the conference will be: The Future of Dutch Studies: A Broader Perspective of Language, Image, and Culture.

For this conference, the scope of Dutch Studies encompasses a wide spectrum of fields and disciplines (art, design, history, literature, musicology, linguistics, language studies, etc.) as well as a range of approaches and schools of thought, from Eurocentered epistemes to decoloniality.

Topics of general sessions might feature any literary, cultural, or art-historical period such as (but not limited to):

  • 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
  • Local Dutch-American History

Select papers may be included in a conference publication to follow. Graduate students are especially encouraged to participate. Four travel grants of € 500 each will be awarded to graduate students who present a paper.


  • A keynote speaker, yet to be determined.
  • Workshop for Dutch Language Instructors (by invitation only) on Thursday June 8, 2023 – morning and afternoon.

Conference Location: University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI, USA)

Submission and Registration:

For consideration, please submit an abstract of 250 words and a one page bio to with “ICNS Abstract” in the subject line by December 15, 2022. Acceptance notifications will be given by February 1,2023. Registration will begin after February 1, 2023.

Logistics/hotel information will be available at the AANS website by December, 2023. Cost for the conference will be approximately $150 for general registration, $75 for student registration, and $100 for emeriti/retired. AANS membership is required in order to attend the conference.

The AANS membership fees, which includes a subscription to the journal Dutch Crossings, are $90 for standard membership $50 for full-time graduate students, and $50 for emeriti/retired.

Conference coordinator: Jolanda Vanderwal Taylor, Professor of Dutch and German, Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic+, University of Wisconsin-Madison.