During the academic year 2016-17 over 112,000 international students studied in Dutch higher education. This is the highest number ever recorded in the Netherlands.
With almost 2,800 students in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom continued its stable growth (+460 in 2016-17), now taking 5th place.
The recently published report, Update: Incoming student mobility in Dutch higher education 2016-17 by Daan Huberts on behalf of Nuffic (the Netherlands Organisation for Internationalisation in Higher Education) can be found here.
Sir Derek Walcott (1930-2017), nobel laureate, died on 17 March. The Saint Lucian poet felt a special bond to early twentieth-century Irish writers so perhaps it was appropriate that he died on St Patrick’s Day.
His talk was shut down by organized chanting in its original venue, and disrupted when it was shifted to a nearby room and livestreamed. When Murray and his faculty interlocutor, Allison Stanger, then left to go to their car, they were surrounded by a mob, which tried to stop them leaving the campus. Someone in the melee grabbed Stanger by the hair and twisted her neck so badly she had to go to the emergency room (she is still suffering from a concussion). After they escaped, their dinner at a local restaurant was crashed by the same mob, and they had to go out of town to eat.
This event, described in The Daily Intelligencer, was clearly more controversial than most of those held in Dutch universities! The Intelligencer article explains the students’ reactions in terms of intersectionality, a theory that focuses on the interconnectedness of forms of discrimination. Although the term and the actions it has inspired are fairly recent, literary theory has for a long time insisted that, for example, feminist analyses of texts should take account of, for example, the interlocking differences of class, colour, and sexuality. A quick internet search will throw up all sorts of pro- and anti-intersectionality opinions, along with links to
The recent Oxford Complete Works of Shakespeare drew on computer analysis of the language to detect the hands of other authors in the plays. This has become a fairly standard feature of digital humanities.