Studium Generale

Welcome at Studium Generale! We offer a programme of lectures, debateslecture series and we organize the yearly PAS-festival

The Studium Generale programme for September-October has been finalised. Below you will find announced the first ten lectures and lecture series of this season. View our full programme of lecture here and lecture series here. You can find the programme booklet here

Programme overview

Paradigmatic Changes in our Perception of Animals and Mind

Thursday 11 October, 19:30 
Prof. Jan van Hooff
em. Professor in Ethology & Socio-ecology, Utrecht University​

Descartes proposed that animals are no more than machines. A grandiose thought, because it prompted the question: “How then does it work”?, which triggered the flourishing of empirical biology and physiology. This lecture is part of the lecture series Birth of Reason, but can be attended as an individual lecture.


Jan van Hooff

When did Karl Marx think Capitalism would Fall?

Monday 15 October, 20:00
Gareth Stedman Jones
Professor of the History of Ideas, Queen Mary, University of London, Director Centre for History and Economics, King's College Cambridge​

Marxists believed that the capitalism would necessarily end in collapse. Stedman Jones argues that it is possible to distinguish three distinct phases in Marx's picture of what capitalism was and how it might end. 


Karl Marx

Islam and the Future of Tolerance

Tans Lecture 2018 
Monday 29 October, 20:00 
Maajid Nawaz
wri​ter, columnist and founding chairman of the counter-extremism organization Quilliam
Registration is necessary!

After publicly clashing in a debate over the concept of Islamic reform in the Muslim world, prominent atheist philosopher Sam Harris and Islamist-turned-liberal-Muslim Maajid Nawaz reconnected several years later in an attempt at honest dialogue.



19th Century Philosophy: Intellectual Heroes and Key Themes

Lecture Series
Tuesday 30 Oct and 6, 13, 20 and 27 Nov – 19:30 to 21:30
Rene Gabriëls, PhD
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, UM

This series introduces you to the work of five of the most influential philosophers of the 19th century: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), Karl Marx (1818-1883), Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) and Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900).


19th century

Making Sense of World Politics

Lecture Series
Wed 31 Oct and 7, 14, 21 and 28 Nov – 19:30 to 21:30
Birsen Erdogan, LLM
Lecturer in International Law, UM
Cihan Erkli
Teacher International Relations UCM, UM

This series aims to combine several international relations theories with topical and current world events. Questions are raised about democracy, privacy, terrorism, conflicts, feminism, foreign policy and more.


World Politics

Game Theory

Lecture Series
Thu 1, 8, 15 and 22 Nov – 19:30 to 21:30
Various speakers 

Game Theory is centred around mathematical models of conflict and cooperation. It plays an increasingly important role in many branches of science, such as Economics, Biology, Computer Science, Psychology, Political Science, Law and Medicine. 


Game theory

A Life in Brain Surgery

Tuesday 6 November, 20:00
Dr. Henry Marsh
neurosurgeon and award-winning author

In this lecture, leading English neurosurgeon Henry Marsh will make clear that medical decision-making involves just as much emotion as reason, and that all doctors find it difficult to strike a balance between compassion for their patients and professional detachment. 


henry marsh

InScience - More Human Than Human

InScience Science Film Festival
Wednesday 7 November, 19:30

More Human Than Human explores the promises and the complex role of Artificial Intelligence in today's world and the consequences of those promises becoming reality.


Inscience more then human

InScience - Freedom for the Wolf

InScience Science Film Festival
Thursday 8 November, 19:30

Democracy is in crisis. A new generation of elected leaders is dismantling freedom and democracy as we know them. Filmed over three years in five countries, Freedom for the Wolf is an epic investigation into this new regime of illiberal democracy.


Freedom of the wolf

InScience - Let there be light

InScience Science Film Festival
Friday 9 November, 19:30

Let There Be Light follows the story of dedicated scientists working on building a machine that would unleash perpetual, cheap, clean energy for mankind.


Let there be light