Low Countries Studies is a series of lectures for anyone wanting to learn more about Flanders, Belgium and the Netherlands and 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 Low Countries Studies has been a success and welcomes participants originating from over fifty different countries all over the world, from Australia to Zambia.
more about Low Countries Studies
- 12 lectures
- on Wednesday evenings
- from 19:00 until 20:30
- in Ghent, Blandijnberg 2, auditorium Suzanne Lilar
- €25 per lecture
- free for students enrolled at Ghent University, including exchange and PhD students
Basic introduction to the Dutch language
- lecture by Jacques Van Keymeulen (Faculty of Arts)
- Wednesday 15 February 2023
The Urban Roots of Medieval Europe: the contribution of the cities of Flanders
- by Marc Boone (Faculty of Arts)
- Wednesday 22 February 2023
Geography and landscapes of the Low Countries
- by Marc Antrop (Faculty of Sciences)
- Wednesday 1 March 2023
Dutch Literature and the Visual Arts since 1600
- by Lars Bernaerts and Kornee van der Haven (Faculty of Arts)
- Wednesday 8 March 2023
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 15 March 2023
The Media in Flanders
- by Maxine De Wulf Helskens
- Wednesday 22 March 2023
The Belgian federation: origins, functioning, prospects
- by Maxime Vandenberghe (Faculty of Political and Social Sciences)
- Wednesday 29 March 2023
Polyphonic Music in the Low Countries
- by Francis Maes (Faculty of Arts)
- Wednesday 19 April 2023
The position of Flanders in the Belgian Economy
- by Marc De Clercq (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration)
- Wednesday 26 April 2023
Ending life and procreating in Flanders and in the Netherlands
- by Freddy Mortier (Faculty of Arts)
- Wednesday 3 May 2023
From the Belgian Colonial War to the murder of Patrice Lumumba, 1876-1961
- by Mathieu Zana Etambala (Faculty of Arts)
- Wednesday 10 May 2023
Molenbeek (in Brussels): a Low Countries Large City Multicultural Laboratory
- by Johan Leman (Faculty of Social Sciences, KU Leuven)
- Wednesday 17 May 2023
How to register?
- Click on the "toevoegen aan mijn winkelmandje" button in the blue box below, next to the lecture(s) you wish to attend.
- Click on the shopping cart icon in the upper right corner of this page.
- Check further instructions.
If you are a student at Ghent University, during checkout
- select the "I am eligible for a discount" checkbox. (="ik heb recht op een uitzonderingsprijs")
- in the dropdown menu next to "uitzonderingsprijs", select the category that applies to you (student / exchange student / PhD student).
Lecture series versus micro-credential
- We also offer these lectures as a micro-credential, which means you take part in the evaluation and you obtain a certificate and credits for the micro-credential. If you wish to register for the lectures in the form of a micro-credential, go to our page micro-credential Low Countries Studies.
- If you register for the lecture series on this page, you only attend the lectures, without evaluation, and you get a certificate of attendance, no credits.