Does this word make you think of dusty Medieval bookcases in cold, misty abbeys; of conspiring students in smokey cafe’s in dark alleys; or sun-yellowed writers and poets drinking wine and typing away on a typewriter? Then you’re right!
If this word doesn’t make you think of any of those things… you’re also right.
If the word just makes you think, you should keep reading. About Flanor.
The name Flanor was taken from a story by the Dutch jurist and author Johannes Kneppelhout. Using the pen name “Klikspaan” (Tattletale), he wrote the book Studententypen (Leiden, 1841) about student life in 1830’s Leiden. One of his types is Flanor, who is described as follows:
“Flanor was the definition of that aspect of character whose name people try to elucidate when they, while affectionately stressing the adjective, call someone a good guy.”
In the story, Flanor is described as a crammer who has a good head on his shoulders, but also as a jokester and a reveller. These aspects can also be found in our association: Flanor stands for literature and ‘gezelligheid’. If you want to know more about the background of Literair Dispuut Flanor, check out the history of Flanor.
You’ve most likely heard the word dispuut in relation to fraternities. However, Flanor is an independent student association, where dispuut means discussion, and hanging out to talk after lectures or a book discussion. Reading groups are the backbone of our association. There are semi-regular meetings, which usually consists of discussing a book the group has read beforehand at somebody’s house. Sometimes this is paired with having dinner together or drinking a nice glass of wine. There is a very wide variety of reading groups.
Up your alley?
Flanor also organises evenings with authors, lectures, outings, movie nights, and drinks, both for members and non-members who are interested. So far, Flanor has hosted authors such as Arjen Lubach, Joost Zwagerman, Jan Terlouw, David Ashford, Ronald Giphart, Connie Palmen, Buddy Wakefield, and Carsten René Nielsen and of course many others. There have been lecture cycles about historical novels, Japanese literature, and classical antiquity. Additionally, Flanor publishes their own magazine, the Literatief, and hosts two trips a year, to Schiermonnikoog and Drenthe.
At Flanor, nothing is mandatory: you can put in as much or little time as you want to. Join ten reading groups or only one, do a board year and join the editorial team, or just come over to hang out every once in a while. It’s all possible. You are welcome to join us anytime.