Wednesday 26 October
11.45 a.m. - 01.00 p.m.

Beyond tulips and cheese: What it means to be Dutch

Spreker: Prof. dr. James Kennedy

Locatie: Filmhuis De Zwarte Doos

When Princess Maxima said in 2007 that Dutch identity did not exist, many people criticized her. But even critics had a hard time to describe what it means to be Dutch. Are we rude or open, tolerant or narcissistic? Are the differences between Dutch culture and other Western countries really that profound?

James Kennedy of Amsterdam University is a professor of Dutch History of American-Dutch descent. He is an expert on Dutch identity and history after the Second World War. Professor Kennedy explains how our need for consensus has influenced Dutch culture and will answer the question if Dutch culture is changing.