SAVE THE DATE: NISE Lecture, 10 November, Antwerp. The Canon and national identity.

More than 15 years after its Dutch counterpart, the Canon of Flanders -the frame of reference of the Flemish culture and history- is today a reality.

The process of developing and completing the Flemish canon has not lacked heated internal controversy and debate.

In order to shed some more light to the topic, NISE will offer in its 2023 NISE Lecture a discussion from an international comparative perspective about the historical canons from The Netherlands, Denmark and Flanders, for which we count on renown experts in each case.

The 2023 NISE Lecture will be held in Dutch.


Frits van Oostrom – Dutch case

Susan Legêne – Danish case

Emmanuel Gerard – Flemish case


Where: Nottebohm room, Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library, Antwerp.

When: Friday, 10 November at 18h.

Download here the event visual/poster.

After the event a reception will be offered!

This event is open to the public but registration is mandatory. Please register by Wednesday 8 November at

This event is organised by NISE, with the support of ADVN and the Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library.

Successful Annual Gathering 2023: NISE meetings and “Nationalism and World Fairs” conference.

WU hall

On 30th – 31st May and 1st June NISE members met in Vienna, at the WU – Vienna University of Economics and Business, on the occasion of the Annual Gathering.

30th May. NISE Day

30th May was devoted to NISE matters. Different statutory and non statutory bodies of the organisation held their meetings that day in a pretty hectic but enjoyable and confortable environment. Among others, NISE’s Members Council took place, with a high number of participants and a vivid feedback of information. The meetings of the SNM editorial board, the Archival Core Group (ACG) and the Scientific Core Group (SCG) were also held. All the meetings were hybrid in order to facilitate a broad participation.

Members’ Council meeting
ACG meeting

31st may – 1st June. “Nationalism and World Fairs” conference

31st May and 1st was dedicated to the conference on “Nationalism and World Fairs”. Two excellent keynote speakers, Eric Storm and Marta Filipová, respectively, opened the conference each day. Together with these, other 10 speakers presented their cases, tackling many different aspects of the main topic from very diverse (and all exciting) perspectives.

Conference speakers
Conference participants

The whole event took place at the WU, Vienna University of Economics and Business, which lies at the very place where, 125 years prior, the World Exhibition was placed: The Prater.

For further information about the conference on “Nationalism and World Fairs”, please visit the event website HERE.

Click HERE to download the conference booklet.