BENELUX Program

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The BENELUX Program at the Institute of European Studies was established in 2015. It supports a wide array of scholarly, cultural, professional and educational activities to encourage cooperation between Berkeley and Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, with the following objectives:

  • Strengthen Berkeley’s academic, intellectual and institutional ties to Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg;
  • Support graduate and undergraduate teaching and research about topics relating to Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, both from a contemporary and a historical perspective;
  • Support study abroad and internship programs for Berkeley students in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg;
  • Support the book collections dealing with Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg in UC Berkeley’s Main Library;
  • Cooperate with other research centers on the Berkeley campus to support teaching and research on parts of the world with a Dutch or Belgian colonial history, such as Indonesia, South Africa, Suriname, and the Democratic Republic of Congo;
  • Support interdisciplinary research that fosters the transatlantic connections between the BENELUX countries and the United States;
  • Support the teaching of the BENELUX languages on the Berkeley campus, Dutch, French, German and Luxembourgish;
  • Provide a platform for conferences, colloquia and public lectures on Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg in order to disseminate knowledge of and interest in the BENELUX countries in California.

Sven Gatz - Beer vs Brueghel: The Belgian Paradox

Violet Soen - Habsburg Peacemaking During the Dutch Revolt