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An interdisciplinary conference exploring the place of the Netherlands and its culture in the later 16th and 17th centuries as it began to exert influence across the globe and as it acted as a distinctive conduit for the transmission of American, African and Asian elements back into Europe.  Papers will discuss political, social, colonial, religious and intellectual history, press history and censorship, poetry, drama, visual art, international law, travel, philosophy, and diplomacy.

The conference will feature mostly experts from the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe, an unusual event in the US outside of a major international convention; we hope that it will be an attractive gathering for those interested living and working in the New York and mid-Atlantic region.

The website will be regularly updated in the forthcoming weeks: schedule, paper titles, abstracts and further information will be available in due course.

For further information please contact Nigel Smith (nsmith@princeton.edu) or Melissa Andrie (mandrie@princeton.edu).

Date: February 24 – 26
There will be a series of 5 zoom sessions scheduled as follows.
  • Thursday February 24, 2022 11.45am – 1.30pm (EST) 
  • Friday February 25, 2022 9.45am – 11.30am (EST)
  • Friday February 25, 2022 11.45am – 1.30pm (EST)
  • Saturday February 26, 2022 9.45am – 11.30am (EST)
  • Saturday February 26, 2022 11.45Am – 1.30pm (EST)
Location: princeton university VIRTUAL EVENT via zoom
admission: free and open to the public
REGISTER: https://english.princeton.edu/events/netherlands-culture-and-global-history-1500-1700
Organizer: nigel smith
Sponsors: the humanities council’s  Eberhard L. Faber 1915 Memorial Fund, piirs, the center for human values, and the department of english