Dr 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 the ambivalent attitude towards the notion of community as expressed in contemporary Dutch literature. I also work on the 'narrative of the nation' in particular in connection with the colonial past and multicultural present. 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.

Academic and Public Events



  • 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
  • Dutch Studies Programme Centre for Dutch and Flemish Studies

More about Dutch at Sheffield    

Administrative Roles

  • Director of the Centre for Dutch and Flemish Studies 
  • Director of Dutch Studies
  • Undergraduate recruitment officer and Head of Admission (semester 2) 
  • Year Abroad Coordinator for all programmes involving Dutch 

National and International Executive Roles

Centre for Dutch and Flemish Studies

Association for Low Countries Studies    Internationale Vereniging voor Neerlandistiek


  • Knight of 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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