Studium Quarantaine

Since it's currently not possible for us to offer our programme 'offline', we will continue online as 'Studium Quarantaine.' With this initiative we will share that what inspires and challenges us as program makers and as a team. Especially during these troubling and for most people unprecedented times, many might feel the need for some positive distraction.

This content will be available on our usual social media channels (Facebook, Instagram and our below on our website). We will also send you tips via our newsletter. If you would like share a great lecture or something else that would be a good match with Studium Generale: Studium Quarantaine, please send an email to sg-mail[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl.

Studium Quarantaine Presents:

Our Sustainability Challenges

Recorded Lecture
Pim Martens, Professor of Sustainable Development, Maastricht University 

Our dominant current socio-economic and political systems have become decoupled from the larger ecology of life, and our relationship with our natural environment and the animals within has changed dramatically. This has led to various outbreaks of vector-borne and zoonotic diseases – with COVID-19 as the hard lesson learned (or not?). Pim Martens will discuss the complexities and connections between our own well-being and that of the animals with whom we live, and global environmental changes like climate change and biodiversity loss.

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Pim Martens

Working from Home with Barbara Strating

Interview
Barbara Strating, programme maker Studium Generale

Since 16 March, the team of Studium Generale have been working from home. Normally speaking, you often see us during our lectures and other activities, but now we‘ve been working at home for almost fifteen weeks. As we can’t see each other ‘in the flesh’ at the moment, we’re sharing written and visual portraits of our programme makers with you. This week: an interview with Barbara Strating, programme maker with Studium Generale.

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How COVID-19 Affects Migrants with Melissa Siegel

Studium Quarantaine Talks #6
Available from 22 June, 18:00 until 1 July
Melissa Siegel, Professor of Migration Studies, Maastricht School of Governance and UNU-Merit, Maastricht University

Just before the European countries went into lock-down another humanitarian crisis took place at the Turkish borders. The Turks opened the borders for refugees, where Europe kept them closed. People got stuck in between. This crisis disappeared from our radar as soon as COVID-19 started spreading in Europe. Migrant issues seem to be pushed of the agenda by the virus, while COVID-19 has a very large impact on migration. Time to look at this impact to find that it makes the abuses extra visible and larger. Head of Studium Generale Rob van Duijn talks to Melissa Siegel Professor of Migration Studies, Maastricht School of Governance and UNU-Merit, Maastricht University.

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Working from home with Jaap Janssen

Interview
Jaap Janssen, Programme maker Studium Generale

Since 16 March, the team of Studium Generale have been working from home. Normally speaking, you often see us during our lectures and other activities, but now we‘ve been working at home for almost thirteen weeks. As we can’t see each other ‘in the flesh’ at the moment, we’re sharing written and visual portraits of our programme makers with you. This week: an interview with Jaap Janssen, programme maker with Studium Generale.

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The Coronavirus Portrayed

#1 Studium Quarantaine Talks
Prof. Peter Peters, Professor of Nanobiology, UM

Especially for our international audience, Maastricht University subtitled our SQ Talks with Peter Peters. Programme maker Jaap Janssen talks to Prof. Peter Peters about the anatomy of the coronavirus. What does the virus look like? What does it do? How can we protect ourselves against it? All of these questions and more are answered in this talk.

To watch the interview with subtitles, press the subtitle button on YouTube​

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Working from home with Rob van Duijn

Interview
Rob van Duijn, Head Studium Generale Office

Since 16 March, the team of Studium Generale Maastricht University have been working from home. Normally speaking, you often see us during our lectures and other activities, but now we‘ve been working at home for almost ten weeks. As we can’t see each other ‘in the flesh’ at the moment, we’re sharing written and visual portraits of our programme makers with you. This week: an interview with Rob van Duijn, head of Studium Generale Maastricht University.

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Studium Quarantaine Recommends:

A Dirk Sijmons lecture via Bureau Europa

Recorded Lecture
Dirk Sijmons
Landsape Architect

While Floris Alkemade's lecture "Urban Planning in the Anthropocene" will be rescheduled in our fall programme, Bureau Europa shared an interesting lecture on landscape architecture in the anthropocene by landscape architect Dirk Sijmons. Sijmons discusses the many different mentalities one can take towards climate change. What is men's relation to landscape and nature?

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Sijmons

5 minute art mediation on Rembrandt's 'Ecce Homo'

Meditation Video
Sabry Amroussi
Art Historian

Ever since the intelligent lockdown many have been working on creative, online initiatives. You no longer have to leave your home to join your weekly yoga classes, practice your vocals at karaoke night or follow interesting lectures. Art historian Sabry Amroussi has been publishing 5-6 minute mediations on artworks, right from his living room. The first one, on Rembrandt's 'Ecce Homo', is especially relevant in times of corona.

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Religious Pluralism in a Secular World by Azza Karam

Recorded Lecture
Prof. Azza Karam
Secretary General of Religions for Peace, and;
Endowed Professor, VU Amsterdam

Secretary General of Religions for Peace and Endowed Professor, VU Amsterdam, was supposed to speak at Studium Generale. She will visit us next year instead. In the mean time you can enjoy this lecture by Karam on the fine line between supporting and patronizing religious actors across the world.

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5 minute Art Mediations by Sabry Amroussi

Meditation Video
Sabry Amroussi
Art Historian

Many people find consolation in religion in difficult times like these. In this 5 minute art mediation art historian Sabry Amroussi discusses the use of votives and art in times of need throughout history. In particular an 18th century eye-votive and the Venus of Brassempouy dating back to 25.000 B.C.

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“An ethical plan for ending the pandemic and restarting the economy”

Talk
Danielle Allen, Chris Anderson & Corey Hajim

Should we start using an app to track corona patients? Political theorist Danielle Allen argues we should. So called “smart testing” should address two of the largest problems we are currently facing: a public health emergency and an economic crisis. In this virtual conversation with Chris Anderson, head of TED, and Corey Hajim, Allen explains how she believes we can end the pandemic.

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Haldane: Macroeconomic Policy Experiments

Recorded Lecture
Andy Haldane
Chief Economist, Bank of England

Andy Haldane, chief economist at the Bank of England, was scheduled to give the Joan Muysken Lecture on the 20th of April. We are trying to reschedule his lecture to the spring of 2021. On 3 December 2018 he gave a talk at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy about macroeconomic policy experiments and about rethinking and reorientating our frameworks for understanding the economy and our frameworks for assessing the impact of policy on the economy. This seems more true than ever nowadays.

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