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Dutch cultural heritage is enjoying a boom in popularity. A great deal of attention is being paid to Dutch culture, traditions, architecture, design, heritage, cuisine, religion, standards, and values. The question is why this is suddenly in full swing now, during the 21st century. Various perspectives will be used to examine which emotional, aesthetic, and political dimensions shape what this project defines as “Dutchness”. How is Dutch culture being commodified? How is Dutchness shaped and expressed through rituals and popular culture? What role do religiousness and processes of secularization play here? What is the relationship of Dutchness to its colonial past, and its postcolonial present? In which language forms is Dutchness expressed?

Researchers: Markus Balkenhol, Sophie Elpers, Peter Jan Margry, Irene Stengs