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The Illustere School at the University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Humanities will again kick off diverse meetings designed for a wide audience. The autumn programme comprises lectures series, individual lectures, debates and tours of the Faculty’s premises.

The Illustere School at the University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Humanities will again kick off diverse meetings designed for a wide audience. The autumn programme comprises lectures series, individual lectures, debates and tours of the Faculty’s premises. Saskia de Bodt, professor by special appointment of Illustration will hold a series of lectures in which she and a number of guest speakers trace the history of illustration from 1900 to the present day. While the origins of illustrations were primarily ideological, the 20th century has seen illustration increasingly evolve into an art form. Or not? illustrations in our rejuvenated quality newspapers have enjoyed growing popularity in recent years. The series will include a lecture at the National Library of the Netherlands (Koninklijke Bibliotheek) and a visit to Museum Meermanno. The final lecture will be given by Volkskrant illustrator Jos Collignon.

Series of lectures

Lectures in the Looking at poetry (Kijk op poëzie) series will use different methods to analyse poems dating from various periods. Tom van Deel and Herman Pleij will be among the guest speakers in this series led by Marita Mathijsen. Language takes centre stage in the lecture series entitled Dutch, a dynamic language (Het Nederlands, een dynamische taal) conducted by Hans Bennis, director of the Meerstens Institute and professor by special appointment of Variation in the Dutch Language. Dutch is undergoing constant change, but where do these changes come from? Lectures will take you from mieters to chill and explore what distinguishes a taartje from a gebakje!

Lectures and workshops

In the workshop Enriching art review by looking and doing (Kijken en uitvoeren als verrijking van kunstbeschouwing), participants get a hands-on experience of how the material an artist uses influences the final work. By ‘restoring’ reproductions themselves, participants gain a better understanding of how to look at art. Multilingual parenting (Meertalig opgroeien) comprises a day of lectures and workshops designed for parents who are bringing up their children in a multilingual home and for teachers teaching multilingual children. In a series of lecturers given by young academics, Bart de Boer talks about his research on throat sacs in human beings. Why have throat sacs disappeared in human beings? And does this have anything to do with speech?

Please see the link below for the full programme, dates, times, locations and participation costs.