Huizinga Lecture

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The Huizinga Lecture (Dutch: Huizingalezing) is a prestigious annual lecture in the Netherlands about a subject in the domains of cultural history or philosophy.[1] The lecture is in honour of Johan Huizinga, a distinguished Dutch historian (1872–1945) who worked in the first half of the 20th century. The Lecture is organized by nation-wide daily general newspaper NRC Handelsblad, the Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University, and the Maatschappij der Nederlandse Letterkunde (Society of Dutch Literature). Attendance at the lecture was free of charge for subscribers to NRC Handelsblad, members of the Faculty of Humanities, and members of the Maatschappij der Nederlandse Letterkunde until 2010. From 2011 onwards tickets have to be bought. The lecture is held alternately by a Dutch and a non-Dutch intellectual.

The Huizinga Lecture started in 1972 and is held annually in December in the Pieterskerk in Leiden, The Netherlands.

Lectures[edit]

This is a complete list of the Huizinga Lectures from the beginning in 1972 to the present date.

  • 1972: Rudy KousbroekEthologie en cultuurfilosofie (Ethology and cultural philosophy)
  • 1973: Mary McCarthyCan There Be a Gothic Literature?
  • 1974: Jan PenDe cultuur, het geld en de mensen (Civilization, money and the people)
  • 1975: Jean-François RevelLa tentation totalitaire (The totalitarian temptation)
  • 1976: Arthur LehningOver vrijheid en gelijkheid (On liberty and equality)
  • 1977: Noam ChomskyIntellectuals and the State
  • 1978: Karel van het ReveLiteratuurwetenschap: het raadsel der onleesbaarheid (Literary studies. The enigma of unreadability)
  • 1979: Golo Mann1914-1980: Ein Ueberblick (1914–1980, In vogelvlucht) (The period 1914-1980 seen with a birds-eye view)
  • 1980: Ernst KossmannOver conservatisme (On Conservatism)
  • 1981: Stefan ThemersonThe Chair of Decency
  • 1982: Renate RubinsteinLinks en rechts in de politiek en in het leven (Left and right in politics and life)
  • 1983: Robert DarntonThe Meaning of Mother Goose
  • 1984: Harry MulischHet Ene (The unifying principle)
  • 1985: Michael Howard1945: End of an Era?
  • 1986: Huib DrionEliteproblemen (Elite problems)
  • 1987: George SteinerThrough a Glass Darkly
  • 1988: Peter SchatAdem, een vergelijking (Breath, a metaphor)
  • 1989: Susan SontagTraditions of the New or: Must We Be Modern?
  • 1990: Gerrit KomrijOver de noodzaak van tuinieren (On the imperative of gardening)
  • 1991: Joseph BrodskyIn Praise of Clio
  • 1992: E. de JonghKunst en het vruchtbare misverstand (Art and the fruitful misunderstanding)
  • 1993: Christian von KrockowSchwierige Nähe. Zur Geschichte und Zukunft der Deutsch-Niederländischen Beziehungen (Hard neighborship: On the history and future of Dutch-German relations)
  • 1994: A.Th. van DeursenHuizinga en de geest der eeuw (Huizinga and the spirit of the age)
  • 1995: Nadine GordimerOur Century
  • 1996: Henk WesselingZoekt Prof. Huizinga eigenlijk niet zichzelf? Huizinga en de geest van de jaren dertig (Is prof. Huizinga as a matter of fact in search of his own self? Huizinga and the spirit of the thirties)
  • 1997: Richard HolmesBiography and Death
  • 1998: Louise FrescoSchaduwdenkers en Lichtzoekers (Shadow thinkers and Light seekers)
  • 1999: Jorge SemprunEinde van de eeuw, begin van een millennium (End of a century. Beginning of a millennium)
  • 2000: Ian BurumaDe neo-romantiek van schrijvers in exil (Neoromanticism of writers in exile)
  • 2001: Wendy DonigerHomo Ludens and Gallows Humor about the Holocaust and Terrorism
  • 2002: Benno BarnardTegen de draad van de tijd: over de ware aard van Europa (Against the thread of the times. On the true nature of Europe)
  • 2003: Abram de SwaanMoord en de Staat (Murder and the State)
  • 2004: A.S. ByattFrom Soul to Heart to Psyche to Personality
  • 2005: Elmer SchönbergerHet grote luisteren (The big listening)
  • 2006: Carlos FuentesThe Two Traditions: La Mancha and Waterloo
  • 2007: Tijs GoldschmidtDoen alsof je doet alsof (Pretending to be pretending)
  • 2008: Christopher BaylyThe Age of Revolution in the Wider World, 1780–1830, and Its Heritage
  • 2009: Marita Mathijsen - Historische sensatiezucht. Over de moraal van de geschiedenis (Historical sensation seeking. On the moral of history.)
  • 2010: Lisa Jardine - The Aftermath of Homo Ludens: From Huizinga to Zemon Davis and beyond
  • 2011: Simon Schama - What happened to the idea of toleration?
  • 2012: Geert van IstendaelDe parochie van Sint-Precarius (The parish of St. Precarius)
  • 2013: Bas Heijne - De betovering van de wereld (The enchantment of the world)

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