Dutch on Stage 2024: EGEL (the longing of) HEDGEHOG
We zijn los! Our first rehearsals for EGEL (the longing of) HEDGEHOG, this year’s Dutch Play, have been productive and fun. Cat George reports on our progress.
Students translate and publish sample of Flemish novel
Students of Dutch made a sample translation of 'Honingeter' (2022), by Flemish novelist Tülin Erkan. The translation is now published on a major international cultural platform. Theo Taylor reports.
Dutch Summer Schools 2024
A summer course is a great opportunity to give your language learning a boost and put the language skills you have acquired into practice with learners from all over the world.
SAVE THE DATE: Our 75th anniversary celebration!
Wij zijn jarig! The academic year 23-24 marks 75 years of Dutch Studies at the University of Sheffield. To celebrate this special milestone, you are invited to our anniversary event and dinner on Saturday 25th May 2024.
Tülin Erkan: Lost in Multilingualism
Belgian author Tülin Erkan is visiting Sheffield Dutch Studies from 6 - 9 December 2023.
"Don't shy away from difficult topics"
Congratulations to Beth Tasker and Sophie Moss, winners of the Anglo-Netherlands Society Annual Award 2023. Their winning podcast discusses how we can, or should, talk about difficult subjects such as the European legacy of slavery and colonialism.
Exhibition: Ten true stories of Dutch colonial slavery
A special edition of the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum exhibition 'Slavery' is on display in the foyer of Jessop West from 9-29 October 2023.
Artist in Residence: Paulien Cornelisse
Dutch at Sheffield is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Throughout 23-24, we host a programme of events and we welcome a special guest. Our Artist in Residence is writer, documentary maker, and comedian Paulien Cornelisse.
Will I be fluent if I start a new language?
At Sheffield we offer ab initio course for all our languages. This means that you can start a language from scratch. But many wonder, "is it not too late? Will I be any good?" Yes you will, and this is how we do it.
“It’s been an amazing year!”
As we are getting ready for a new academic year we’d like to take a moment to look back at our first year in Dutch Studies and to welcome new students with a taste of what’s to come. By Lena (NV President), Sophie (Secretary) and Lottie (Publicity).
Performing History: Dutch Play 2023
On 14 March 2023, the Sheffield Drama Studio was home to the cast and crew of 'Kom Terug! A Course of History', the Dutch contribution to the Modern Languages Drama Festival.
Kom Terug: Dutch Performance 2023
What do existential dinosaurs, falafel and criminally slow texting have in common? They all featured in Week One of the rehearsals for the Dutch Society play of course!
Language tips for Dutch confidence
You can't beat that Third Year Abroad immersive language experience, but there are plenty of ways to improve your language outside of the classroom. Hannah Bilsby, Vice President of the NV (Dutch Society) shares some fun and effective resources.
Filip De Ceuster: Expert on Maurice Gilliams
As one of the few experts on Flanders' prominent author Maurice Gilliams, Sheffield’s Dr Filip De Ceuster contributed to a four-part podcast series discussing the life and works of this intriguing author.
Looking back at four years in Dutch Studies
Many students at the School of Languages and Cultures choose a new language in their first or second year. When Bryony Horsey arrived in Sheffield in 2018, she decided to pick up Dutch. She graduated last summer and looks back on her experience.
Dutch Studies Year Abroad: Top tips
We are about to start our Third Year Abroad preparation cycle. In Dutch Studies this means a choice of university study, teaching English, a placement, or a combination. Alice Willett and Poppy Mainwaring are currently abroad and offer advice.
First Dutch Summer School in the UK: A summer highlight
Dutch at Sheffield, together with UCL and the University of Edinburgh, organised and delivered our first UK Summer School for Dutch under the auspices of the Association for Low Countries Studies (ALCS). Sheffield student Emma Halliburton reports.
Welcome from the Dutch Society 2022-23
Welkom bij de Nederlandse Vereniging! We are happy to introduce the new committee members of the Dutch Society 2022 and to present our plans for the next academic year.
In praise of our Taalunie Language Assistants
Each year at Sheffield we welcome our Taalunie Language Assistants. These students from the Netherlands or Flanders bring their up-to-date language and experience to our language sessions. We talked to Kirith and Rebecca about their experience.
Congratulations to our graduates and award winners
It is that festive time in our academic year. We celebrate the success of all our students and we add a special mention to our university and national award winners.
My favourite word in Dutch
We all have them: favourite words. It can be the sound, the meaning, or the way it makes us feel. We conducted an entirely unscientific enquiry into favourite words during our End of Year party. We present: Sheffield's favourite Dutch words.
What a difference a (first) year makes!
Looking back on their First Year, Esther and Hannah report: "When we think back to ourselves this time last year, 460 kilometres apart, in Newcastle and London respectively, it’s hard to believe that we couldn’t speak a word of Dutch."
Dutch Finalists translate theatre text by Belgian writer Rashif El Kaoui
We were delighted to host the Belgian writer, actor, rapper and podcaster Rashif El Kaoui as our Writer in Residence 2022. Finalists in Dutch translated El Kaoui’s critically acclaimed theatre text 'De bastaard'. Lauren Dalton reports.
Dutch Play 2022: Baltazar Krull stole our hearts
Our formidable Dutch Society (Nederlandse Vereniging) put on a play on 21 March 2022. It was our contribution to the SLC Drama Festival 2022. Mari Hauer and Emma Haliburton reported on our progress: 'Baltazar Krull's heart Sings Moonshine'.
My year abroad so far
Alisha Mallya (BAMLC German, Dutch, Luxembourgish) is on her Third Year Abroad in the Netherlands. She is studying at the University of Nijmegen and she works as an English tutor in Den Bosch. She reports on her first few weeks.
Dutch Summer School 2022
You can still enrol for the Dutch Summer School at the University of Edinburgh.
Guest Author 2022: Rashif El Kaoui
We proudly announce our Taalunie Writer in Residence 2022, the Flemish writer, actor, and podcaster Rashif El Kaoui. We will translate extracts from his latest stage play 'De bastaard' into English. And you can all meet him.
Representing Slavery. Comparing Museums in the UK, the Netherlands & Belgium
The Netherlands, Belgium and Britain are now beginning to explore their legacy of slavery. Catherine Newell looked at the representation of slavery and colonialism in her recent SURE project. She turned her findings into a podcast.
Literary Translation: 21 Magazine
John Cairns knew he enjoyed literary translation. When he was offered the opportunity to join a platform for international writers and translators, he said YES. A year later he presents the results.
Anglo-Netherlands Society Awards 2021
Each year, the Anglo-Netherlands Society awards two generous prizes: the ANS Essay Prize and the ANS Podcast Prize. The prize is open to Second Year students of Dutch at Sheffield.
Beyond the academy: Our translation travels far and wide
Few things are more rewarding than seeing your work travel! Together with our colleagues at UCL, Sheffield students tackled the translation of a text written by Taalunie Writer in Residence, Tessa Leuwsha. And the result reached South-America.
Looking Back: Our first year in Dutch Studies
Now that we can meet up indoors again, students Alice Willett (Dutch, German, Spanish) and Theo Taylor (Dutch, Spanish & linguistics) got together for ‘een lekker kopje koffie’ and looked back on their first year in Dutch Studies.