High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands

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High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands

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Multilingualism Has Always Been Our Strength

'Translation in the Low Countries' is a monumental book that not only sheds light on the flourishing translation of culture in our region, but also offers a fascinating cultural history.

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Famines Are Part of Our Living Past

The impending famine caused by the war in Ukraine recalls previous famines: in Ireland, in Ukraine itself, but also in the Low Countries.

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When Painters Go Ice Skating

Although the Dutch have been ice skating since the 13th century, it was not until the 16th century that ice skaters would regularly appear in paintings, courtesy of the Flemish Master Pieter Bruegel the Elder and... a climatic phenomenon.

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With Eddy Merckx to the Moon

Fifty years ago, Eddy Merckx won his first Tour de France, a few moments later the first man set foot on the moon.

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There Is More to the Cow’s Voice Than Just Moo

Dairy cows are social beings that communicate with each other and with humans. However, sociolinguistics has paid little attention to this kind of interaction. Leonie Cornips aims to shed light on this through her language research on cows.

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How "Local" Is Local Food?

There is quite a bit of confusion surrounding the concept of ‘local,’ particularly in relation to food.

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A Stranger on His Own Land

Right-wing extremism and Muslim extremism penetrate deeper into society, even into institutions. Meanwhile a much larger problem is overshadowed: inequality.

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Jan Raes Dreams Polyphonic

In Amsterdam, the Flemish Jan Raes leads the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO), now widely praised as one of the best orchestras in the world.

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Lieke van der Made Edits Reality

How can we make large, complex issues more manageable? Dutch artist Lieke van der Made discovered that by editing footage, her videos could achieve these ends.

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Nomen Est Omen

Linguist Fieke Van der Gucht investigated the way the old Germanic people chose their first names. As for her own name? Turns out her parents weren’t very good at German.

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