Welcome at Studium Generale! We are part of the Student Services Centre, a department of Maastricht University. We offer a programme of lectures, debates, lecture series and the PAS-festival. Below you'll find our actual programme overview.
- Carolin Emcke's lecture, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday 3 October, has been cancelled.
- Due to the expected high turnout, the location of our upcoming lecture "'Nothing is what it seems" Conspiracy Theories' (Prof. Aupers, Tuesday 19 Sept, 8 pm) has changed to the Franz Palm Lecture Hall (Tongersestraat 53)!
- Nadezjda Tolokonnikova, artist and singer of the Russian punkrockband Pussy Riot, will give a lecture on Tuesday 17 October.
Start Tuesday 19 September, 7.30 pm
This series of lectures will explore the significance of human rights in a globalizing world, and it will demonstrate how human rights are increasingly becoming an instrument by which the negative side-effects of globalization may be challenged.
Tuesday 19 September, 8 pm
Prof. Stef Aupers
Professor of Media Culture, University of Leuven
Conspiracy theories are no longer a marginal phenomenon and have become part of mainstream society. How can the mass-appeal of conspiracy theories in society be explained?
Monday 25 September, 8 pm
Matthijs Rooduijn, PhD
Assistant Professor of Political Sociology, University of Amsterdam
Why are populist parties so successful? Who are the voters and what circumstances makes them vote like they do? What does the rise of populist parties mean for the functioning of our democracies?
Start Wednesday 27 September, 7.30 pm
This series of lectures will take you on a journey of discovery from Antiquity to early Modernity. The lecturers will analyze, contextualize, and possibly criticize some of the more conspicuous rationalization processes that have shaped Western civilization.
Monday 2 October, 8 pm
Prof. Ignaas Devisch
Professor of Ethics, Philosophy and Medical Philosophy, Ghent University
We work less, but we have more to do. We have more free time, but we sleep less. While we complain about stress we plan overfilled days. But is restlessness really a problem?
Tuesday 3 October, 8 pm
German Journalist and Author
This lecture has been cancelled
Monday 9 October, 8 pm
Jens Lange, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher, Social Cognition Center Cologne
What are the distinctive features of a narcissist? How do narcissists influence other people and society as a whole?
Tuesday 17 October, 8 pm
Artist and political activist, member of punk rock band Pussy Riot
Artist and political activist Nadezjda Tolokonnikova of punk rock band Pussy Riot will give a lecture at Studium Generale on Tuesday the 17th of October. More information will follow in due course.
Mon 30 October, 8 pm
Noortje Marres, PhD
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Warwick (GB)
Platforms like Twitter may be social, but they are not sociological: they do not sufficiently appreciate the political effects that arise from interactions between media, technology and people.
Start Tuesday 31 October, 7.30 pm
René Gabriëls, PhD
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, UM
This series aims for an appreciation of Western philosophy through an exploration of its history, the main issues and the major philosophers.
Tuesday 31 October, 8 pm
Prof. Orlando Figes
Professor of History, Birkbeck College, University of London
To mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution, this illustrated lecture by the British Orlando Figes will look back on the ways in which the commemoration of the Revolution developed in the Soviet Union between 1917 and 1991.
Start Thursday 2 November, 7.30 pm
This series aims to combine several theories of international relations with topical and current world events. Questions are raised about democracy, privacy, terrorism, conflicts, feminism, foreign policy and more.
Monday 6 November, 5 pm
Prof. Carel van Schaik
Professor of Biological Anthropology and director Department of Anthropology and Anthropological Museum, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Recent work has shown that general intelligence is not limited to humans, but also found in many animals. Between-species variation in general intelligence is closely linked to brain size.
Monday 6 November, 8 pm
British journalist, writer, foreign correspondent
In the Tans Lecture 2017 Christina Lamb will talk about covering these issues as a female war correspondent, finding inspirational people like Malala and Nujeen, who crossed from Aleppo to Cologne in a wheelchair, and why Christina Lamb believes it matters to tell these stories.
Lecture and Debate Cafe
Wednesday 8 November, 8 pm
Debate with Paul Lemmens, PhD and Rik Crutzen, PhD
Associate Professors Health Promotion, UM
Addiction expert Marc Lewis relates his own past experiences and those of others who have lived through addiction with neuropsychological theory and data. He interprets neural and phenomenological perspectives to argue against the prevalent view that addiction is a chronic brain disease.
Tuesday 14 November, 8 pm
Prof. Michel Dumontier,
Professor of Data Science
Prof. Peter Peters,
Professor of Nano Biology
Tonight two of our distinguished university professors will speak about the front-rank research conducted at our university in two short lectures of half an hour each: Strengthening Biomedical Discovery Science (Dumontier) and The Beauty and Benefit of Nano Biology for Medicine (Peters).
Monday 20 November, 8 pm
Panel of different experts
This Debate Cafe will discuss the growing power of the sharing economy. It will go into its potentials and risks to take over the markets as we know them and how it will change the future of how we do business.
Tuesday 21 November, 8 pm
Alice Dreger, PhD
Historian of medicine and science, sex researcher, writer and activist
In this lecture Alice Dreger will argue that the pursuit of evidence should be understood as the most important ethical imperative of our time.
Thursday 7 December, 8 pm
Prof. Clemens van Blitterswijk
Professor of Complex Tissue Regeneration, UM
Prof. Ron Heeren
Professor of Molecular imaging, UM
Tonight two of our distinguished university professors will speak about the front-rank research conducted at our university in two short lectures of half an hour each.
Monday 11 December, 8 pm
Prof. Eva Brems
Professor of Human Rights Law, Ghent University
This lecture will explore what it means to realize universal human rights in contexts of human diversity. How can we deal with diverging interpretations of human rights between majority and minority cultures?