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.
Dept. of History
Worcester, MA 01610
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