Dr Henriette Louwerse

Henriette Louwerse

Director of Studies and Senior Lecturer in Dutch

email : h.louwerse@sheffield.ac.uk


My research interests lie in the area of migration and literature, issues of multiculturalism in Dutch. I am currently working on a project investigating the ambivalent attitude towards the notion of community as expressed in contemporary Dutch literature. For this project I collaborate with Dr Liesbeth Minnaard from Leiden University. I am an editor for the Journal of Dutch Literature. 

Presently, I am co-supervising Cydney Sturgess' PhD research on cultural constructions of lesbian identity in Germany and the Netherlands in the two decades after 1918.

Administrative and Executive Roles

  • Chair of the Association for Low Countries Studies (ALCS)
  • Chair of the International Association for Dutch Language and Dutch Studies (Internationale Vereniging voor Neerlandistiek - IVN)
  • Director of the Centre for Dutch and Flemish Studies 
  • Director of Studies in Dutch
  • Year Abroad Coordinator for all programmes involving Dutch 
  • Coordinator Undergraduate Open Days for the School of Languages and Cultures


  • Beginners and Advanced Language Modules in Dutch
  • Literature and culture modules for Level 2 and Level 3
  • MA modules Postcolonial and Migration Literature in Dutch and Approaches to Dutch Literature since 1945
  • Coordinator Writer in Residence UK Scheme funded by Dutch Foundation for Literature and annual Translation Project


  • Knighthood in the Order of Orange-Nassau - Ridder in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau, 2014
  • Senate Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. Category: Sustained Excellence, 2008

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