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Tags: Cultuur, kunst, muziek, film, theater , Diversiteit , Geschiedenis


Low Countries Studies is a post academic programme for anyone wanting to learn more about Flanders, Belgium and the Netherlands.

It offers an overview of various aspects of Flemish society (language, art and culture, history, the media, the Flemish landscape, town and country planning, etc.) and everyday customs in Flanders, all within the broader perspective of Belgium and the Low Countries.

In the past few years the number of registrations for Low Countries Studies has climbed to over two hundred and fifty participants originating from over fifty different countries all over the world, from Australia to Zambia.

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  • 12 lectures
  • on Wednesday evenings
  • from 7 PM until 8:30 PM
  • in Ghent
  • €25 per lecture or €250 for the full programme

Basic introduction to the Dutch language

  • lecture by Jacques Van Keymeulen (Faculty of Arts)
  • Wednesday 16 February 2022

The Media in Flanders

  • by Sarah Van Leuven (Faculty of Political and Social Sciences)
  • Wednesday 23 February 2022

Geography and landscapes of the Low Countries

  • by Marc Antrop (Faculty of Sciences)
  • Wednesday 2 March 2022

The Belgian federation: origins, functioning, prospects

  • by Maxime Vandenberghe (Faculty of Political and Social Sciences)
  • Wednesday 9 March 2022

The Urban Roots of Medieval Europe: the contribution of the cities of Flanders

  • by Marc Boone (Faculty of Arts)
  • Wednesday 16 March 2022

Rubens or Rembrandt? Art, Politics and the Roots of Belgium and the Netherlands in the 16th and 17th centuries

  • by Jonas Roelens (Faculty of Arts)
  • Wednesday 23 March 2022

Polyphonic Music in the Low Countries

  • by Francis Maes (Faculty of Arts)
  • 30 March 2022

Dutch Literature and the Visual Arts since 1600

  • by Lars Bernaerts and Kornee van der Haven (Faculty of Arts)
  • Wednesday 20 April 2022

Ending life and procreating in Flanders and in the Netherlands

  • by Freddy Mortier (Faculty of Arts)
  • Wednesday 27 April 2022

The position of Flanders in the Belgian Economy

  • by Marc De Clercq (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration)
  • Wednesday 4 May 2022

From the Belgian Colonial War to the murder of Patrice Lumumba, 1876-1961

  • by Mathieu Zana Etambala (Faculty of Arts)
  • Wednesday 11 May 2022

Molenbeek (in Brussels): a Low Countries Large City Multicultural Laboratory

  • by Johan Leman (Faculty of Social Sciences, KU Leuven)
  • Wednesday 18 May 2022


  • €250 if you wish to attend all lectures
  • €25 per lecture if you register for one or more lectures separately
  • free for students enrolled at Ghent University, including exchange and PhD students

How to register?

  1. Click on the "toevoegen aan mijn winkelmandje" button in the blue box below, next to the lecture(s) you wish to attend.
  2. Click on the shopping cart icon in the upper right corner of this page.
  3. Click "view cart" to proceed to checkout.
  4. Click on the "Afrekenen" button.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email.

If you are a student at Ghent University, during checkout

  1. select the "I am eligible for a discount" checkbox.
  2. In the dropdown menu next to "uitzonderingsprijs", select the category that applies to you (student / exchange student / PhD student).

Access to the livestream:

  • click on "My profile" in the top right corner of this page
  • click on "Dashboard"

In your dashboard, you will find an overview of all lectures you are registered for.

Fifteen minutes before the start of each lecture, there will appear a “watch the live video” link. Click on it to watch the livestream.

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