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Literature | 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 (Land of language) of Leeuwarden-Fryslân European Capital of Culture 2018.

On Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 April, there will be a session on literature in the Frisian regions and other lesser used languages: the 2nd Conference on Frisian Literature. We invite papers in all fields of literary studies. Optional central theme: “Epics of Origin”.

Frisian literature is as small as it is rich and full of mystery. It produced the Oera Linda Book, written in an artificial language, the 19th century folk humour of the Halbertsmas, the experiments of the subversive mastermind Trinus Riemersma, the epic poetry of the blind bard Tsjêbbe Hettinga and much more. Come and be a part of this wonderful conference.


Call for papers

We invite papers in all fields of literary studies. Abstracts (maximum of 500 words) should be sent before 8 December 2017 to Dr. Eric Hoekstra <>. The main working language of the symposium will be Dutch and Frisian. Nevertheless, English is also allowed. 

Download the call (Frisian version) (English version).




The registration for the congress is open now:

Students can register for 50% of the fees. The conference fee includes lunch and refreshments during coffee and tea breaks.

Conference visitors can book hotels in Leeuwarden at a reduced rate and can receive a 15% discount on a KLM flight ticket via the registration page.





1 day

€ 80,00

€ 40,00

2 days

€ 80,00

€ 40,00

3 days

€ 160,00

€ 80,00

4 days


€ 160,00

€ 80,00


Important dates

    • 8 December 2017: deadline submission abstracts
    • 22 December 2017: Notification of acceptance
    • 23 to 26 April 2018: Conference on Frisian Humanities


      Conference committee

      • drs. Cor van der Meer (chair and session on multilingualism)
      • dr. Eric Hoekstra (literature)
      • dr. Han Nijdam (medieval Frisia)
      • dr. Hans Van de Velde (language and linguistics)