• Dossier: Zwarte Piet

    Published on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 08:07

    Every year the discussion flares up about the role of Zwarte Piet (Black Pete). This year the debate is even more emotional after the head of the UN's human rights committee Verene Shepherd declared that the celebration should stop. In the past years, The Meertens Institute published a number of scientific articles on the origin of Zwarte Piet. The most important ones are summed up here.

    UN’s human rights committee


  • New Dutch Folktale Database online

    Published on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 10:27

    The Dutch Folklore Database is a website with more than 40.000 fairy tales, legends, riddles and urban myths. On October 4th a new version of the Folklore Database is released. The lay out has been renewed, as well as the search method and the connection with social media. The database can be consulted on www.verhalenbank.nl.

  • Open door day October 4th

    Published on Thursday, 03 October 2013 11:29

    October 4th the Meertens Institute opens its doors for visitors. There will be lectures, expositions and guided tours through the institute from 13.00 onwards. The open door day takes place in the Weekend of Science.


  • Newsletter October 2013

    Published on Friday, 04 October 2013 12:30

    The newsletter of October pays special attention to the chair European ethnology by Peter Jan Margry, the archive of the Dutch linguist PC Paardekooper and the renewed Folktales database.


  • Fellowship Leonie Cornips and Irene Stengs at NIAS

    Published on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 09:34

    Since September 1st sociolinguist Leonie Cornips and anthropologist Irene Stengs are affiliated to the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences in Wassenaar. Both researchers take part in the international themegroup on constructions of local identies through linguistic and cultural practices.