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Aafke Hulk new Rector of NIAS

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences has appointed Professor Aafke Hulk as the new Rector of NIAS (Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences). Aafke Hulk will take up her position on 1 August 2010.

Professor Aafke Hulk (1952) will begin her work as Rector of NIAS (Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences) on 1 August 2010. She succeeds Professor Wim Blockmans in this position. Professor Hulk has chosen to work for NIAS because her new position will enable her to encourage interdisciplinary research in the humanities and social sciences. She is also looking forward to collaborating with talented Dutch and foreign researchers who use the facilities available at NIAS.

Aafke Hulk is Professor of French Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam. In recent years, her research has focused on the linguistic aspects of early child multilingualism. She is also an administrator and holds positions on various boards. For example, she served a five-year term on the Governing Board of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO); she is a member of the board of the National Network of Female Professors (LNVH); and she was the dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam. Professor Hulk will continue to conduct research at the University of Amsterdam.

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