Pinkster in New York

No other Dutch tradition represents better the utopian vision of an harmonious society than New York’s Pinkster festival. James Cooper describes the festival in his novel Satanstoe (1845).


A Surinamese Marriage. John Gabriel Stedman and Joanna

The 'multicultural' love story of John Stedman and the mulatto slave Joanna in 18th-century Surinam is shown to have a double significance: on the one hand their relationship symbolises the power of love that makes it possible to overcome r...


The Last Belgians? The German-Speaking Community in Belgium

Whenever the King of Belgium enters the federal parliament, he is officially announced in Dutch, French and German – De koning, le roi, der König. In fact, contrary to the widespread assumption that Belgium is a bilingual (French/Dutch) cou...

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