Dutch Anglo-Saxonist

Lectures

I have given over fifty public lectures on ‘popular’ topics, such as Tolkien’s The Hobbit, movie adaptations of Beowulf, King Arthur, The Norman Conquest, Dr Who in Anglo-Saxon England and Anglo-Saxon anecdotes. These lectures were presented for:

  • DRONGO Language Festival
  • BPS-conferentie voor hoogbegaafde leerlingen
  • Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg
  • G.S.G. Guido de Brès, Amersfoort
  • Jan van Egmond Lyceum, Purmerend
  • Stedelijk Gymnasium, Schiedam
  • Het Lyceum Vos, Vlaardingen
  • Great Anglo-Saxon Gobblers (Student society English language and culture, Radboud University Nijmegen)
  • A.S.V. Prometheus (Student association, Leiden)
  • V.S.L. Catena (Student association, Leiden)
  • Albion Association (Student society English language and culture, Leiden University)
  • H.S.V.L. (Student society History, Leiden University)
  • M.S.V.L. Floris V (Student society Medieval Studies, Leiden University)
  • T.W.I.S.T. (Student society Linguistics, Leiden University)
  • Leyden Inklings (Student reading group of medieval English, Leiden University)
  • Leiden University

My Tolkien lectures are part of Kennis op Straat, an online platform developed by De Jonge Akademie (KNAW / Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences).

Lectures for secondary schools, museums and public conferences

  1. ‘Travelling through Time with Words: A Lexical History of the English Language’, for G.S.G. Guido de Brès, Amersfoort (10-03-2017)
  2. ‘From Beowulf to Bilbo: Tracing the Medieval in Tolkien’s Middle-Earth’, for Jan van Egmond Lyceum, Purmerend (27-10-2016)
  3. Pudenda te paard en een penis op pootjes: De perverse Middeleeuwen in woord en beeld’, for Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg (16-04-2016)
  4. ‘From Beowulf to Bilbo: Tracing the Medieval in Tolkien’s Middle-Earth’, for Jan van Egmond Lyceum, Purmerend (13-11-2015)
  5. 20PK: From geomorfrod to geezer: Old English Words for ‘Old’’, for DRONGO Language Festival, Utrecht (30-09-2015)
  6. ‘Dwergen, draken en dwaze hobbits: Tolkiens Middelaarde en haar middeleeuwse wortels’, for BPS-conferentie voor hoogbegaafde leerlingen, Utrecht (06-11-2015).
  7. ‘Dwergen, draken en dwaze hobbits: Tolkiens Middelaarde en haar middeleeuwse wortels’, for Stedelijk Gymnasium, Schiedam (23-04-2015).
  8. ‘Van Beowulf tot Bilbo: Oudengelse sporen in Tolkiens The Hobbit’, for BPS-conferentie voor hoogbegaafde leerlingen, Utrecht (13-01-2015).
  9. ‘Old English: Tolkien, Riddles and Runes’, for Het Lyceum Vos, Vlaardingen (15-03-2013)
  10. ‘Introduction to Old English’, for Het Lyceum Vos, Vlaardingen (15-03-2013)

Lectures for student associations

  1. ‘From Beowulf to Bilbo: Traces of the Medieval in Middle-Earth’, for S.L.V. Catena, Leiden (09-05-2017)
  2. ‘Old English Words and Anglo-Saxon Worldviews: A Cultural Linguistic Approach to Early Medieval English Vocabulary’, for T.W.I.S.T., Leiden (03-04-2017)
  3. ‘From Beowulf to Bilbo: Tracing the Medieval in Tolkien’s Middle-Earth’, for H.S.V.L. and Albion Association, Leiden (30-11-2016)
  4. ‘Welcome to the Land of the Penis Tree: The Obscene Middle Ages in Words and Images’, for Albion Association, Leiden (12-04-2016)
  5. The Proverbs of Alfred and the Early English Proverb Tradition’, for Leyden Inklings, Leiden (30-10-2015)
  6. ‘Where is all that laughing and that song? An Introduction to Middle English Lyrics’, for Leyden Inklings, Leiden (26-09-2014)
  7. ‘Dwergen, draken en dwaze hobbits: Tolkiens Middelaarde en haar middeleeuwse wortels’, for A.S.V. Prometheus, Leiden (12-08-2014).
  8. ‘Anglo-Saxon Magic & Old English Curses’, for Leyden Inklings, Leiden (25-04-2014)
  9. ‘Van Beowulf tot Bilbo: Oudengelse sporen in Tolkiens The Hobbit’, for S.L.V. Catena, Leiden (02-04-2014).
  10. ‘“There’s More to this Hobbit than Meets the Eye”’, for Albion Association, Leiden (04-12-2013).
  11. ‘Where is all that laughing and that song? Middle English Lyrics’, for Leyden Inklings, Leiden (27-09-2013)
  12. ‘Philology: Why Words are Worth Loving’, for Albion Association, Leiden (13-08-2013).
  13. ‘Hare Hilderincas: Elderly Heroes in Anglo-Saxon Culture’, for Albion Association, Leiden (01-05-2013).
  14. ‘Oudengels’, for Catena Science Café, S.L. Catena, Leiden (26-03-2013).
  15. ‘From Beowulf to Baggins: Traces of Old English Language and Culture in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit’, for Great Anglo-Saxon Gobblers, Nijmegen (12-12-2012).
  16. ‘The Ox’s Bones: The Anglo-Saxon Flavour of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit’, for A.S.V. Prometheus, Leiden (15-08-2012)
  17. ‘Old English Words and Anglo-Saxon Worldviews. Or: Philology and Why Words Are Worth Loving’, for Albion Association, Leiden (14-08-2012).
  18. ‘Anglo-Saxon Anecdotes and Great Anglo-Saxon Gossip. A Brief History of Anglo-Saxon England with All the Boring Bits Left out’, for Great Anglo-Saxon Gobblers, Nijmegen (26-05-2011).
  19. ‘Grendels, Grendels, Grendels. The Monsters in Beowulf Movies’, for Great Anglo-Saxon Gobblers, Nijmegen (10-06-2010).
  20. ‘Visualising Grendel and His Mother. The Monsters in Movie Adaptations of Beowulf’, for Albion Association, Leiden (20-04-2009).
  21. ‘The Elderly in Beowulf and Their Anglo-Saxon Context’, for Albion Association, Leiden (08-12-2008).

Lectures for various events at Leiden University

  1. ‘Old English Words and Anglo-Saxon Worldviews: A Cultural Linguistic Approach to Early Medieval English Vocabulary’, for 12th Summer School in Languages and Linguistics (11-07-2017)
  2. ‘Introduction to Medieval Studies and Early Modern Studies in Leiden’, for Launch Event Medieval Studies and Early Modern Studies (08-05-2017)
  3. ‘Kennisclips, hoe maak je ze en hoe zet je ze in?’, for ExpertiseCentrum Online Learning (ECOLe), Leiden University (20-10-2016)
  4. ‘Of Dwarfs, Giants and Elves: A Brief History of Old English in Leiden’, opening lecture for the English Department, Leiden University (06-09-2016)
  5. ‘Scriptie begeleiden online: het kan!’, for ExpertiseCentrum Online Learning (ECOLe), Leiden University (21-06-2016)
  6. ‘The medium is the message. Integratie van nieuwe media in het onderwijs’, for ExpertiseCentrum Online Learning (ECOLe), Leiden University (11-05-2016)
  7. ‘Pitch2Peer’, for ExpertiseCentrum Online Learning (ECOLe), Leiden University (28-01-2016)
  8. ‘From Modraniht to Magi: The Medieval in Christmas’, for The Angler Christmas Fund Raiser, Leiden University (17-12-2015)
  9. ‘From Beowulf to Bilbo: Tracing the Medieval in Tolkien’s Middle-Earth’, for Proefstuderen Leiden, Leiden University (27-11-2015)
  10. ‘Here Be Dragons: Exploring Old English Language and Literature’, for Proefstuderen Leiden, Leiden University (27-11-2015)
  11. ‘Hoe verrijk ik mijn vak met sociale media?’, for ExpertiseCentrum Online Learning (ECOLe), Leiden University (08-10-2015)
  12. ‘The Wonders of Philology: Travelling through Time with Words’, for Pre-Union English Department, Leiden University (28-05-2015)
  13. ‘A Humanities Ph.D.: Do’s, Don’ts and Dragons’, for Career Event ‘Working as a Researcher’, Student Career Service Leiden University (21-11-2014).
  14. ‘Philology & The History of the English Language. A Sneak Peek at Periods & Samples of Script’, for Pre-Union English Department, Leiden University (28-05-2014).
  15. ‘Philology & The History of the English Language. A Sneak Peek at Periods & Samples of Script’, for Pre-Union English Department, Leiden University (31-05-2013).
  16. ‘From Beowulf to Baggins: Traces of Old English Language and Culture in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit’, public lecture, Leiden University (21-12-2012).
  17. ‘From Beowulf to Bilbo: Traces of Old English in Tolkien’s The Hobbit’, for Meeloopdag XL, Leiden University (23-11-2012)
  18. ‘The Bones in the Soup: The Anglo-Saxon Flavour of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, for Propedeuse Ceremony English Department, Leiden University (21-09-2012)
  19. ‘Maps, Elves and Dragons! Traces of Anglo-Saxon Culture in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit’, for Last Minute Leiden, Leiden University (21-06-2012)
  20. ‘Beowulf Baggins? Traces of Old English Literature in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit’, for Open Dag Opleiding Engelse Taal en Cultuur, Leiden University (21-04-2012)
  21. ‘Linguistics and Philology. An Introduction’, for Last Minute Leiden, Leiden University (11-06-2009)

Philology film nights / Medieval movie nights

A combination of a lecture and a film for students interested in medieval England, all at Leiden University.

  1. ‘Medieval Movie Night: A Woman’s Place Is at Her Embroidery? Women in Early Medieval England’, Leiden University (23-03-2017)
  2. ‘Philology Film Night: Lindisfarne and Its Gospels: The Horrible History of Holy Island’, Leiden University (29-04-2015)
  3. ‘Philology Film Night: Arthur, the Once and Future Legend’, Leiden University (20-11-2013)
  4. ‘Philology Film Night: The Norman Conquest + 1066: The Battle for Middle Earth’, Leiden University (15-05-2013)
  5. ‘Philology Film Night: The Monsters in Beowulf Movies + Beowulf & Grendel’, Leiden University (24-04-2013)
  6. ‘Philology Film Night: The Various Faces of the Grendelkin in Beowulf Movies’, Leiden University (25-04-2012).
  7. ‘Philology Film Night: Laece Hwa – Doctor Who in Anglo-Saxon England’, Leiden University (22-03-2012).
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