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23-26 April 2018: 1st Conference on Frisian Humanities

The Fryske Akademy organizes the first Conference on Frisian Humanities, in the Municipal Theatre De Harmonie in Leeuwarden, on 23 to 26 April 2018, as part of the project Lân fan taal (Country of languages) of Leeuwarden-Fryslân European Capital of Culture 2018.

The conference provides a forum for scientific debate concerning language and culture in the Frisian regions, in past and present, and in an international perspective, with the purpose of discussing empirical, methodological and theoretical issues in the field of humanities.


Four symposia

The Conference on Frisian Humanities consists of a series of four symposia ‒ on Language and Linguistics, Literature, Medieval Frisia, and Multilingualism ‒ with about a hundred lectures. More information can be found on the separate symposium pages: 

  • Language and Linguistics (Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 April), lectures by a.o.: Naomi Nagy (University of Toronto) – ‘Francoprovençal in Europa and North America: Vitality and Variability’; Peter Schrijver (Utrecht University) ‘The origins of the Frisian language: inheritance and contact’;
  • Literature (Monday 23, Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 April), lectures by a.o.: Wilken Engelbrecht (Palacký University, Olomouc): ‘Fries en Friese literatuur vanuit een Centraal-Europees perspectief’ (Frisian and frisian literature from a central European perspective);  Goffe Jensma (University of Groningen): ‘Yntermedialiteit yn de Fryske poëzy, 1992-2017’ (Intermediality in Frisian poetry, 1992-2017);

The Conference on Frisian Humanities is the successor of the Frysk Filologekongres (Frisian Philologists' Conference). 



For registration visit the links above, or go directly to:

The fee is € 80 per topic. The fee for the whole conference (4 days) is €160. Students can register for 50%. The conference fee includes lunch, coffee and tea, and refreshments.


After your registration you will be informed about accommodation, with special rates at various choice hotels in Leeuwarden. Note that the number of rooms is limited, so our advice is to register for the conference as soon as possible, so that you can also book a room as soon as possible.