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Annelies Verbeke Lecture ‘The Language of the World’, Amsterdam, 21 May

Annelies Verbeke, author of Thirty Days and Writer in Residence at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, will deliver the Abraham Kuyper Lecture on Tuesday 21 May in the Zuiderkerk Church in Amsterdam.

The programme: The Language of the World
Language lovers from the four corners of the earth: unite! Our bookcases are slowly but surely being drained of variety, warns Annelies Verbeke in her lecture ‘The language of the world’. In our globalized world, English has entrenched itself in a position of dominance, pushing other languages off the shelf. Even the Dutch language is in danger of disappearing from our universities. Our Writer in Residence throws herself into the breach, advocating for a more a multi-lingual world in literature and academics.

Verbeke will speak with moderator Abdelkader Benali and British author Ann Morgan about linguistic blind spots: language regions whose literary works have never been translated into English. They will also speak on other topics, interspersed with music and theatrical performances. See the entire programme and register to attend. The main language is Dutch.

The language of the world | 21 May – 20:00 (doors open 19:30) – 22:00 (drinks will follow) | Zuiderkerk Church
Admission: €15 (including new publication by Annelies Verbeke).