Anglo-Netherlands Society Essay Prize 2018
Since 2012, the Anglo-Netherlands Society (ANS) organises an annual prize for the best essay written by a Second Year student of Dutch at a UK university. This year, the ANS panel of independent readers awarded the first prize to Megan Bracewell for her essay “Hella Haasse’s Oeroeg: A story of white innocence or white privilege”.
The ceremony took place on the 31 May in the Chancellor's Room of Firth Court at the University of Sheffield. The prize was awarded by the ANS Honory Secretary and former UK Ambassador to the Philippines, Mr Paul Dimond. Megan Bracewell received a cheque for £250. Her essay will be published on the ANS website and in the ANS Society’s Newsletter.
The second prize – a cheque for £150 – went to Hannah Walker. She also wrote about the representation of Dutch colonial rule in Indonesia.
As part of the award reception, Mr Dimond, who has served in the Foreign Office for over thirty years and also served a period in The Hague, conversed with Sheffield students about their plans for the future and the career prospects for language students. The students expressed their concerns about future opportunities to study, travel and work in the EU. Mr Dimond stressed the importance of organisations such as the Anglo-Netherlands Society in times of Brexit.
Both Megan Bracewell and Hannah Walker will spend their Year Abroad in the Netherlands, Germany and Austria.
We would like to thank the ANS, and in particular the devoted panel of judges and Mr Paul Dimond, for their continued support of Dutch Studies at Sheffield.