[History] The Dutch Centre organises a discussion entitled “Talking About Empire: Education and representation of colonialism in the Netherlands, Flanders and the UK”

Join the Dutch Centre in London on Wednesday 27th April 2022 at 7:00 PM for “Talking About Empire: Education and representation of colonialism in the Netherlands, Flanders and the UK”, a fascinating three-way discussion with a panel of experts from all three countries: Barbara Esseboom (Netherlands), Lieven Miguel Kandolo (Belgium) and Adam Duckworth (United Kingdom), moderated by Dr Henriëtte Louwerse, Senior Lecturer in Dutch at The University of Sheffield.

The public will also hear from students of Dutch at Sheffield, who have translated the graphic novel “Quaco: Life in Slavery” by Ineke Mok and Eric Heuvel, as well as accompanying teaching materials aimed at KS3 students, into English. The discussion will take place in-person, but will also be recorded and will be made available to watch online after the event.

According to the Dutch Centre: “The Netherlands, Belgium and the UK each have their own unique colonial heritage. What they share is the increasing call to break the silence about what exactly took place in the name of Empire, and the need to explore the impact of our colonial legacy on today’s societies, how we talk about our history, and what we teach our children. How should we talk about Empire? Have we come to terms with our colonial history? How do we pass on this history to the next generation, in a way that is both honest and inclusive? How do we incorporate our colonial heritage into the way we talk about our regional or national identity today? Does our attitude towards Empire impact on diversity policies and integration strategies?”

You can book your ticket here :…/talking…/edate/2022-04-27 

The Dutch Centre thanks the Taalunie, the University of Sheffield’s Centre for Dutch and Flemish Studies, the UCL Centre for Low Countries Studies, and the low countries website for their collaboration and sponsorship of this event.

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