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Nadine Akkerman to publish book on Women and Espionage in 17th-Century Britain

Nadine Akkerman has written the first study of early modern women spies, entitled “Invisible Agents: Women and Espionage in Seventeenth-Century Britain.” The book will be out in July, but is already available to preorder at £20 for a hardback, a very student-friendly price! Read more (and (pre)order a copy) here: Read On »

Sara polak interviewed about russia probe


On 6 February Sara Polak was interviewed by about the investigation into the possible Russian influence on American politics, which she likens to "a court intrigue". Read the entire interview (in Dutch) here:
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Nadine Akkerman elected member of the Young Academy

On 13 November the Young Academy, platform for prominent young researchers within the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), announced that Nadine Akkerman has been elected as a member. Read more and watch a short video on Nadine Akkerman's research here:

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Dick Smakman publishes book on Urban Sociolinguistics

On 12 September the book Urban Sociolinguistics: The City as a Linguistic Process and Experience, edited by Dick Smakman, has been published: "Urban Sociolinguistics is a sociolinguistic study of twelve urban settings around the world.
Building on William Labov's famous New York Study, the authors demonstrate how language use in these areas is changing based on belief systems, behavioural norms, day-to-day rituals and linguistic practices." Read more (and buy a copy) here:Read On »

Sara Polak receives
NWO Kiem grant

Sara Polak received a NWO Kiem grant for a project studying the possible uses of the voice in cultural memory. More details about the project can be found in this news article:

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Philology students transcribe two lyrics

Third-year students of Middle English Philology transcribed two thirteenth-century religious lyrics from Trinity College Cambridge, MS B.14.39. Read more about this project on the website of Krista Murchison:Read On »

Thijs Porck nominated for the LUS Teaching prize on 16 June 2017

Thijs Porck has been nominated for the LUS Teaching prize. The winner will become a member of the Leiden Teachers’ Academy and will receive 25,000 euros for innovation in their teaching over a period of five years.Read On »

Valedictory lecture Prof. Rolf Bremmer

On 16 June 2017 a mini-symposium on Old Frisian matters was held preceding Prof. Bremmer's valedictory lecture. The Fryske Akademie published an article about it (in Dutch):
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