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 a sneak peek of the first seven lectures and lecture series of the upcoming season. Are you too enthusiastic and is a sneak peek of seven lectures and lecture series not enough? Then view our full programme of lecture here and lecture series here. The programme booklet can be found at our usual distributing places mid-august, so keep your eyes peeled.

Get ready by diving into the topics, reading up on the lecturers and adding the events to your agenda’s. We look forward to seeing you at our fist lecture of this season, The Future of Memory by Julia Shaw on Tuesday 11 September at 20:00.

You can find the programme booklet here

Programme overview

The Future of Memory

Tuesday 11 September, 20:00
Julia Shaw, PhD
Honorary Research Associate, University College London, and author of The Memory Illusion

Can your memory be hacked? How is social media influencing your sense of self and creating your digital identity? Julia Shaw will show you how our memories can be hacked, making us believe we experienced things that never actually happened at all.



Evolution of the Genus Homo

Wednesday 12 September, 20:00
Prof. Katerina Harvati
Professor of Paleoanthropology, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

In the human evolutionary history, the most important milestone is the evolution of our own genus, Homo, approximately 2.5 million years ago. It marks the appearance of modern human-like body size, a trend towards larger brain size, and the appearance of humans beyond the African continent. However, despite its importance, this transition is not well understood, and has even become more complicated with recent discoveries.



The Playing Human

Documentary & Lecture
Monday 17 September, 20:00
Sanne Rovers
Prof. Louk Vanderschuren
Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience, Utrecht University

Dressing up as a Viking for the weekend or racing through mud pools: some people lose themselves in these games while others find it a curious way of passing the time. 
What drives the playing human?


playing version 2

Human Rights

Lecture Series
Tuesday 18 and 25 Sept, 2, 9 and 16 Oct – 19:30 to 21:30
Several Speakers, All International and European Law, UM

Human rights is a topic that is constantly on the agenda. We keep hoping things will change for the better, but atrocities are still daily news. This series of lectures will explore the significance of human rights in a globalising world. The lectures will demonstrate how human rights are increasingly becoming an instrument by which the negative side-effects of globalisation may be challenged.


human rights

Can we find God in our Brain?

Wednesday19 September, 20:00 
Michiel van Elk, PhD
Assistant Professor Neuroscience and Head of the Religion Cognition & Behavior Lab, University of Amsterdam

More and more people are looking for spiritual experiences and a higher reality. But what is real? And does this question really matter? Neuroscientist and ex-believer Michiel van Elk put aside his scepticism and started his field research into paranormal fairs and denominations.


God helmet

Birth of Reason

Lecture Series
Thursday 20 and27 Sept, 4 Oct– 19:30 to 21:30
Several Speakers​

This series of lectures will take you on a journey of discovery from antiquity to the present. The lecturers will analyse, contextualise, and possibly criticise some of the more conspicuous rationalisation processes that have shaped Western civilisation.


birth of venus

How Attention Works

Tuesday 25 September, 20:00 
Stefan van der Stigchel, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology, Utrecht University

Advertisement hoardings, Facebook notifications and traffic lights: every day our eyes are bombarded by visual information. But what determines what we notice and what we ignore?


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