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This interdisciplinary international congress explores how seventeenth-century Spanish and Dutch artists expressed their idea of the national community by depicting the foe as a necessary contrast to their ideal citizen, but the congress also examines the curiosity that Dutch and Spanish felt towards each other before and after 1648.

Detail Summary
Start date 19 September 2012
End date 21 September 2012
Time 14:00

Fascination for the Foe: Self and Other in the Dutch and Spanish Golden Age

The seventeenth century was the Golden Age of the two powers that faced each other in the Eighty Year War: the waning star of the Spanish Monarchy, and the rising one of the Dutch Republic. For both of them this strife-full century constitutes a keystone in their nation building: for Spain, it is the Siglo de Oro of arts and letters, of Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Calderón, Velázquez, and many others; for the Dutch, it is the Gouden Eeuw of the politics of the Republic, and also of artists such as P.C. Hooft, Joost van den Vondel, Frans Hals, Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, and many others.

This congress explores how seventeenth-century Spanish and Dutch artists expressed their idea of the national community by depicting the foe as a necessary contrast to their ideal citizen, but the congress also examines the curiosity that Dutch and Spanish felt towards each other before and after 1648. The interdisciplinary international congress will therefore focus on seventeenth-century Spanish and Dutch art and literature. It will explore how, in these artistic and literary representations, the image of the enemy contributed essentially to constructing a certain idea of the national community, it will examine how this idea related to power and authority, and how it was enriched through attraction and curiosity for the ways of the other.

Organizers: GRISO-Universidad de Navarra, Het Scheepvaartmuseum, Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), Amsterdam Centre for the Study of the Golden Age

Supported by: Instituto Cervantes de Utrecht, Gobierno de Navarra-Programa Jerónimo de Ayanz 

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Registration

Maximum number of participants: 52
Conference Fee:

€20(passe partout), €10 (one day), €10 (students - passe partout), €5 (students - one day)

The Conference Fee is to be paid during the admission to the conference. We kindly ask you to have the right amount ready to hand.

In the Conference Fee are included: admission, coffee and tea, a lunch and two museum tours (Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam) and Het Scheepvaartmuseum).

Please register with the form below. 
NB! Registration will be closed on September 13th, 2012.

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