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“Because I had something to say”: The Hague

An exhibition
On the 30th of September, the Museum of Dutch Literature, in collaboration with Huygens ING and the KB, National Library of the Netherlands, opened the exhibition “Omdat ik iets te zeggen had”, presenting a number of nineteenth-century Dutch women authors.

The other party collaborating in the exhibition is the “Damesleesmuseum” (Ladies’ Reading Museum) from The Hague: a late-nineteenth-century library which played an important role in the international circulation of women’s writings, and still exists today.

A workshop
On the occasion of the opening of the exhibition “Omdat ik iets te zeggen had”, the Dutch team of HERA TTT organized a “Knowledge Exchange Workshop” on September 29 and 30, 2015. It was entitled:

Women’s History: Research, Dissemination and the role of the Digital

This “Knowledge Exchange Workshop” discussed in a quite informal way the potential impact of research in literary history, and the means at our disposal for trying to reach a larger audience. We focused on research about the roles women played in the historical literary field, and on the possibilities created by the growing online presence of texts (including those by women). This was considered in direct relationship with the interest of “engaged citizens” participating in research, digitizing and crowd sourcing projects.

The exhibition was actually prepared with the collaboration of a number of these non-specialist, voluntary collaborators, who each of them were struck by the fact that these nineteenth-century women authors do have “something to say” – not only to researchers, but also to present-day non-specialized interested readers. The voluntary collaborators participated in the presentations and discussions.

Each of the invited speakers delivered a brief presentation discussing her/his activities within this field, which introduced common reflection and brainstorming between the panel members and the audience.

SvD, February 2016

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