Date: 11 – 15 and 18 – 22 July 2022

Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm daily

Format: In-person (face-to-face)

Cost: No course fees required.

Age: Adults

Location: Seminar Room, Hedley Bull Building, 130 Garran Rd, Acton ACT 2601, Australia

Covid management: All participants must confirm that they are up to date with Covid-19 vaccinations. Mask-wearing in class is required.

Bookings: Place are limited. Contact

The Australian National University will host a special two-week adult learning course, Reading Dutch for Historical Research, in July 2022. The course will be taught by Professor Robert Cribb of the Australian National University, a well-known historian of Indonesia.

Dutch is one of the most important European languages for undertaking research on Asian history and is especially important for the study of Indonesian society, culture and environment. This course focuses on the basic skills needed to read printed 19th and 20th century Dutch materials. Participants will learn basic pronunciation rules but there will be no attempt to teach conversational Dutch or how to write Dutch prose.

There is no enrolment fee for participants to attend, and there is no facility for it to be used as credit for any study program. Places are limited, and participants will be required to obtain a copy (at their own expense) of Dutch for Reading Knowledge as a textbook to undertake this short course.

Further details

  • Classes will run 9.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4.30pm every weekday for two weeks.
  • Attendees will require a copy of Van Baalen, Blom and Hollander, Dutch for Reading Knowledge (John Benjamins, 2012).   


Suitable for students, researchers and scholars who need to learn how to read and translate modern Dutch texts for their academic research, this book focuses on those areas where the Netherlands plays or has played a leading and innovative role in the world.

  •  Attendees will need to supply their own lunch and refreshments.

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