The Society for Netherlandic History will convene its Third International Conference in New York City, June 5-6, 2006.
The Theme of the conference is MYTH IN HISTORY: HISTORY IN MYTH.
Myths are inxtricably bound up with the image and self-image of nations. The creation of myths
in the Renaissance and in the era of Romanticism shaped the way Netherlanders conceived of
their ancestors and thus themselves. One could be proud to be descended from the Old Belgians
or the Batavians. Medieval persons (such as Godfrey of Bouillon) and events (like the Battle of
the Golden Spurs) have been the stuff of myths as well. Nor did the creation of myths stop with
the advent of modernity. Later periods saw the birth of new myths about Dutch and Belgian
colonialism and exceptionalism. This conference hopes to bring together historians and art
historians working on the role of myths in the history of the Low Countries, spun either by
foreigners or the Netherlanders themselves.
Paper proposals, including a brief abstract, should be sent to Wim Klooster and by November 15, 2005.
For more information, please contact:
Wim Klooster: firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Cruz: email@example.com
Dept. of History
Worcester, MA 01610
Dept. of History
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC 28716
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