Reading a book and discussing it together; there is nothing that members of the national reading organisation ‘Stichting Senia’ love doing more. Senia offers reading guides for reading groups, providing more in depth information and questions that can be discussed. Most of these reading guides are made by students of the Science Shop Language, Culture and Communication and the Knowledge Centre of Philosophy. According to the latest data of Senia, more than 1500 members are currently using this tool.
Popular reading guides
Amongst Dutch literature, the most popular book is from Stefan Brijs, called Maan en Zon. A total of 227 reading groups received the reading guide, made by student Dutch Studies Sanne Hermans, at home. Other popular reading guides that are being used this year include the following: Arnon Grunberg – Moedervlekken, Vonne van der Meer – Winter in Glosterhuis and Lize Spit – Het smelt. Ian McEwan’s – Nutshell is the most popular book in English literature.
Students and elderly learning together
Senia is an organisation that establishes and facilitates reading and listening groups in the Netherlands. They focus especially on elderly citizens who have the same field of interest, such as history, literature, music or philosophy. An average Senia reading group consists of 7 people.
Since 2010, students of the Science Shop Language, Culture and Communication have been developing reading guides for Senia. The collaboration between students and the elderly is informative for both groups. Elderly stay mentally and socially fit by viewing literature from a different perspective, while Literary Studies students implement academic knowledge in an useful way.
New students needed
New reading guides have to be developed every year. Are you a student of Literary Studies and do you enjoy bringing literary research in practice? If so, visit the
project website of the Science Shop Language, Culture and Communication (only in Dutch).
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