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Studium Generale

The tenth lecture series Studium Generale - Leerstoel Kinsbergen organised by AP University College

An initiative of Artesis Plantijn University College Antwerp in collaboration with deSingel and Opera Ballet Flanders

About this year's theme


What principles do we hold to be self-evident? How would dignity be a human right? Whom do we best emulate in the sphere of the arts or in the domain of the judiciary? Does the concept of dignity stand firm in today’s media? And what has been dignity’s development in the world of care?

Ten guest lecturers elucidate the concept of dignity, for themselves and their environment. Do they take the moral highway? How do they keep a clear eye, a pure soul, a straight back in dignity?
Does promoting veracity equal silence? Must the truth be sacrificed in order to advocate dignity? Standing up for the rights of the meek, while ranking the environment at second place? Advancing society by enhancing technology, ending up with a robot for arbiter?

If the previous editions of Boundaries, Passion, Conflict, Trust and Lust challenged your curiosity, this season’s Dignity will do so, no less.

About Studium Generale  -  chair Kinsbergen

This lecture series offers an opportunity to hear (international) lecturers in action. Annually, the theme of the series is chosen in such a way that reference can be made to every field of study. This year’s theme Lust will be highlighted from various angles. The lecturers reflect on their personal experience with the theme.
The lectures are given in English or Dutch. After each lecture, there is a short debate with the audience.

Do you want to receive information concerning the upcoming editions? Contact studiumgenerale@ap.be to leave us your contact details.

Photo: Ine Vanoeveren


The lectures take place in Dutch or English.

Tuesday October 8, 2019Artificial intelligence: real potential or hype? (Eng.)
Mieke De Ketelaere, director Artificial Intelligence IMEC
Read the abstract

Tuesday October 22, 2019Einde leven en sterven in waardigheid binnen de Islam (Dutch)
Latifa Chebaa, MOPA (Moslims en Palliatieve Ondersteuning)
Read the abstract

Tuesday November 5, 2019: Waardigheid als baken in tijden van polarisatie (Dutch)
Imade Annouri, GROEN
Lees de samenvatting

Tuesday November 19, 2019Het recht op een ‘mens’waardig leven. (Dutch.)
Kati Verstrepen, mensenrechtenadvocaat
Read the abstract

Tuesday December 10, 2019Less than human: politics of dignity, Enlightment and colonial strategies (Eng.)
Mathieu Charles, Minderhedenforum
Read the abstract

Tuesday February 4, 2020
Dalilla Hermans, Journalist and author

Tuesday March 10, 2020The many faces of the journalist: from the detached watchdog to the critical change agent (Eng.)
Baldwin Van Gorp, hoogleraar journalistiek
Read the abstract

Tuesday March 17, 2020Tussen Medusa en de Minotaurus (Dutch)
Jeroen Olyslaegers, schrijver en theatermaker
Read the abstract

Tuesday March 31, 2020Language and dignity (Dutch)
Jan Blommaert, sociolinguist and linguistic anthropologist
Abstract to come

Tuesday april 28, 2020:  (Dutch)
Jan Vandenhouwe, intendant OperaBallet Vlaanderen
Abstract to come


Practical information

No entrance fee. Registration is compulsory.

All lectures start at 7 pm and finish at 9 pm. They take place at the Yellow Hall of Royal Conservatoire Antwerp:

Campus deSingel
25 Desguinlei
2018 Antwerp


  • Please note that our session with Mieke De Ketelaere (October 8th) will be held exceptionally in the White Hall. 
  • Please note that our session with Kati Verstrepen (November 19th) will also be held in the White Hall.

Contact studiumgenerale@ap.be