The Eastbound project focuses on the international circulation of literature in Dutch. The project shows not only that Flanders and the Netherlands imported many literary works from abroad, but also that Dutch-language literature was an important export product. Eastbound zooms in on the German-speaking regions between 1850 and 1990, but it also intends to investigate the Polish, Czech and Hungarian regions, whose inhabitants familiarised themselves with literature in Dutch through German translations or otherwise.

Eastbound comprises two subprojects. The first subproject is led by Theresia Feldmann (PhD student at KU Leuven), who researches the distribution and the reception of Dutch-language literature in the German-speaking regions. The second subproject is in the hands of Orsolya Réthelyi (postdoctoral researcher at Huygens ING, Amsterdam), who investigates translations and adaptations of Dutch-language literature in the Polish, Czech and Hungarian-speaking regions, passed on through German translations or otherwise.

The Eastbound team also includes the research assistants Kriszitina Gracza, Michał Hynas, Victoria van Rijn, Klára Šrejmová, and Jasmin Streunding, and the members of the advisory committee, including Prof. Dr Jan Ceuppens (Brussels), Prof. Dr Ralf Grüttemeier (Oldenburg), and Prof. Dr Jerzy Koch (Poznań). The Eastbound project is closely connected to the Digital Library and Bibliography of Literature in Translation (DLBT), which has been developed at the University of Vienna under the guidance of Prof. Dr Herbert van Uffelen.

Eastbound kicked off in August 2016 and will be expected to conclude in 2020, with the presentation of an outline of the research results. The project is funded by the Reseach Foundation – Flanders (FWO) and the Dutch Research Council (NWO), as part of the Free Competition Humanities programme ‘Cooperation Netherlands-Flanders’.

Project leaders: Prof. Dr Elke Brems (KU Leuven) and Dr Ton van Kalmthout.