Studium Generale

Welcome at Studium Generale! We are part of the Student Services Centre, a department of Maastricht University.  We offer a programme of lectures, debateslecture 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.


Human Rights

Lecture Series
Start Tuesday 19 September, 7.30 pm
Several speakers

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.


Human rights demonstration

“Nothing is what it seems” - Conspiracy Theories

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?


Stef Aupers

A Populist Zeitgeist? Populism in Europe

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?


Old fashioned microphone

The Birth of Reason

Lecture Series
Start Wednesday 27 September, 7.30 pm
Several speakers

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. 


Birth of Venus

Why does a Good Life have to be Well-Balanced?

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? 


Portrait of Ignaas Devisch

Against Hate

Tuesday 3 October, 8 pm
Carolin Emcke
German Journalist and Author

This lecture has been cancelled

emke carolin


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?


A girl looking at her reflection in the water

Pussy Riot

Tuesday 17 October, 8 pm
Nadezjda Tolokonnikova
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.


Picture of the band Pussy Riot

About Fake News, Social Sharing, and their Blind Spots

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.


Marres, Noortje

Philosophy, an Introduction

Lecture Series
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.



The Russian Revolution

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.



Making Sense of World Politics

Lecture Series
Start Thursday 2 November, 7.30 pm
Diverse lecturers

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.


Flags of different countries from all over the world

The Evolution of General Intelligence

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.


Monkey in a cage trying to grab something

Never-ending War and Finding Hope in the Darkest

Tans Lecture
Monday 6 November, 8 pm
Christina Lamb
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.


Portrait of Christina Lamb

Craving, Dopamine and the Cycle of Addictive Behaviour

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.


Book cover Memoirs of an Addicted Brain

University Professors Take the Stage I

Double Lecture
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).


Binary code DNA

Is Sharing Really Caring? The Pros and Cons of the Sharing Economy

Debate Cafe
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.


Debate at the Dominicanen Bookstore

Galileo’s Middle Finger: Science, Activism, and Journalism in the Age of the Internet

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.


Portrait of Alice Dreger

University Professors Take the Stage II

Double Lectur
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.



Univeral Human Rights in Diverse Societies

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?


Earth flag by Oscar Pernefelt (2015)