Video lezingen van het NIP

Dutch Wednesday, 11.09.17: Perception and Truth

Prof. Dr. I.E.C. Sommer, Universiteit Utrecht 

What we perceive and how we perceive it is the result from an intricate collaboration between our sense organs and our brain. Only small aspects of our surrounding are entered to conscious perception, with emphasis put on contrast, unexpected objects and movement. From there, we interpret these selected fragments on the basis of previously learned associations, using likelyhoods to guess the whole picture. What results is a strict subjective perception of the world, heavily biased towards expectations and previous experience. If we realize how subjective our world view really is, it helps overcome different views.

Iris Sommer is Professor Psychiatry at the University Utrecht and was elected a member of the Young Academy of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Science (DJA of KNAW). She is an invited member of AcademiaNet, making her one of the 500 leading women in sciences and putting her on the same list with the organization's chair Angela Merkel.

Dutch Wednesday 17.05.2017: Sincerity after Communism

Prof. dr. Ellen Rutten, Universiteit van Amsterdam

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In present-day public discourse, concerns about the sincerity of individuals, institutions, and cultural objects thrive. To what extent does the philanthropy of Zuckerberg and other Internet billionnaires spring from sincere social commitment, and to what extent does it boil down to mere commerce-driven media manipulation? Do Danish arthouse films signal a move away from postmodern sarcasm to a cinematographic “neo-sincerity” or is full-fledged sincerity today impossible in art? Is opposition blogger Aleksei Navalny driven by genuine political engagement, is he introducing a public “new sincerity” that is primarily career driven, or is he doing both at the same time? 

Ellen Rutten is Full Professor of Literature, with a special focus on Slavic Literatures, at the University of Amsterdam and leader of the research project Sublime Imperfections. She is co-founder and was editor (2008-2015) of new-media journal Digital Icons. From January 2016 onwards, Rutten is editor-in-chief of the journal Russian Literature.

Adam Cohen

Dutch Wednesday 16.11.2016: Drug Research in Leiden, from Foxglove to EPO  

Prof. dr. Adam Cohen, medical Center, Leiden University

Drug research in Leiden, from foxglove to EPO

Around the 1980's patients were admitted to hospital for minimally 6 weeks to cure their duodenal ulcers. We were taught at the time that this was a psychiatric disease. Today we know it is an infection and treatment is generally at home by the general practitioner with drugs rather than with operations. We can expect many similar spectacular developments for diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and cancer in the near future.

Dr. Adam Cohen, Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Leiden and director of the Centre for Human Drug Research (CHDR).

Monika Baar

Dutch Wednesday, 10.02.2016: Small is Beautiful. The History of Political Thought in ‘Marginal’ Cultures

Prof. dr. M.K. Monika Baár, Modern and Contemporary History, Leiden University

Which are the universal attributes of political thought and which are the characteristics that differ across time and space? 

Peter Barthel

Dutch Wednesday, 27.01.2016: The Most Discussed Star

Peter Barthel, Professor of Astrophysics, Groningen University

The Star of Bethlehem: the history of its interpretation, ancient near-eastern astronomy, astrology and the Magi, astrology in the Greco-Roman and the Jewish worlds, the early Christian world and some modern points of view.

Jan Nijman

Dutch Wednesday, 02.12.15 Urban revolutions

Prof. dr. Jan Nijman, University of Amsterdam

This lecture singles out five such moments, or revolutions: the first cities of the neolithic age, the ancient republican city, the early modern bourgeois city, the industrial city, and the information city.


Dutch Wednesday, 28.10.15: 20 Years of International Climate Change Politics: what has been achieved, what has gone wrong and what might happen next

 Philipp Pattberg, Transnational Environmental Governance, VU University Amsterdam

In this lecture prof. Pattberg critically discusses more than 20 years of international climate change diplomacy including a new climate agreement which will be negotiated in December of this year in Paris.

Jan Luiten van Zanden

Dutch Wednesday 7.10.2015: Democracy and economic development – a perspective from economic history

Prof. Jan Luiten van Zanden,  Utrecht University

Economic history is focused on the wealth and poverty of nations: why some parts of the world have achieved sustained economic growth and why did other parts of the world stay behind.  What is driving the ‘great divergence’ between nations?  To what extent do different institutions and cultures play a role? 

Pascal Gielen

Dutch Wednesday, 06.05.2015: No Culture, No Europe

Pascal Gielen, Director of the Research Center Arts in Society, Groningen University

The central proposition of his last book ‘No Culture, No Europe. On the Foundations of Politics’ (2014): culture is the basic source to give meaning and form to societies. “We need to study culture as a sensemaking process” 


Rene ten Bos

Dutch Wednesday, 1.04.2015: Water. A geophilosophical history 

René ten Bos, Professor of Philosophy and Organizational Theory, Radboud University

In his lecture the Dutch philosopher René ten Bos speaks about the philosophical tradition of the concept of water and our relation to water from a philosophical perspective. This indifference and hatred of water and, more specifically, the sea is part and parcel of the history of Western philosophy.  René ten Bos discusses this thalassophobia at length and also provides an explanation for the rather paradoxical fact that mankind in spite of this phobia and hatred actually did venture to sail the seven seas.

Jan Rath

Dutch Wednesday, 11.03.15: Neighbourhood Transformation in the Netherlands: Ethnic Teahouses vs Hipster Coffee Bars

Prof. Jan Rath, University of Amsterdam

Jan Rath, professor of Urban Sociology at University of Amsterdam, has done research on a wide array of  topics including sociology, urban studies, politology, gentrification, immigrant entrepreneurship etc. He is particularly interested in the ways in which cities in a globalizing world help shape unity and diversity. His research focuses on how the urban opportunity structure  - notably its political, economic and symbolic dimensions - shapes life chances and social relations, and vice versa. 

Thijs van Kolfschoten

Thijs van Kolfschoten


Dutch Wednesday, 26.11.14: Expansion and Extinction: the Collapse of the Mammoth Steppe Fauna

Prof. dr. Thijs van Kolfschoten, Leiden University


A special Cleveringa lecture about the dynamic, fascinating process of expansion and contraction of the woolly mammoth. 

Piek Vossen

Dutch Wednesday, 29.10.14: What if computers could read the news?

Prof. dr. Piek Vossen, VU University Amsterdam

Prof. Dr. Piek Vossen develops computer programs that read massive streams of daily news to extract what happened, when and where, and who is involved: 'Now, we can start ask ourselves the question how much the world changed yesterday according to the news'.

Zef Hemel

Dutch Wednesday, 19.09.2014: 'Cities in Transition: The Case Of Moscow'

Zef Hemel, professor on Urban and Regional Planning (Wibaut Chair) at the University of Amsterdam  

As a planning practitioner based in Amsterdam, Zef Hemel was involved in some major planning efforts in the Moscow region over the last years. In his lecture he shared his views on the future of Moscow, based on his theoretical thoughts of cities functioning as 'brains'.

Herman Philipse

Dutch Wednesday, 28.05.14: Religious Belief in the Age of Science

Herman Philipse, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Utrecht University

The core thesis of the lecture is the following: if you want to be an intellectually responsible atheist, you have to do more work than Marx, Nietzsche, or Freud ever imagined.

Evert van der Zweerde

Dutch Wednesday, 16.05.14: Democracy. One size fits all?

Prof. dr. Evert van der Zweerde, Radboud University

Is there one 'type' of democracy that would – or even should - fit the whole world, irrespective of history, geography, or civilization, or should we differentiate and conclude that each people gets the regime it deserves?


Dutch Wednesday, 06.05.13: The scent of the sea - Ode to Emiliania

Prof. dr. Jos van den Broek, Leiden University 

The scent of the sea - Ode to Emiliania is an interactive visual lecture in which the origin of the odour of the sea is revealed. This lecture is initiated by Satellietgroep and The NIP in the context of the project 'Now Wakes The Sea'.  

Julia Noordegraaf

Dutch Wednesday, 09.10.13: Participatory Archiving. Audiovisual Archives in the Digital Age

Prof. dr. Julia Noordegraaf, University of Amsterdam 

The proliferation of digital technologies has changed the way we perceive of and use audiovisual archives and their holdings. Unlimited online access and active user participation have become crucial for an archive’s visibility and public existence.

Rens Bod

Dutch Wednesday, 05.06.13: Unexpected Applications of the Humanities

Prof. dr. Rens Bod, University of Amsterdam 

There is no need to be modest about the feats and deeds of the humanistic disciplines – it is only that humanists could sell them much better.

James Kennedy

Dutch Wednesday, 12.09.13: The End of Tolerance? Religion and Politics in the Contemporary Netherlands

Prof. dr. James Kennedy, University of Amsterdam

If there is one word with which Dutch history is associated, it is its fabled tolerance, especially during it Golden Age. That seems to be in short supply now, with many Dutch actively questioning how good it actually is to practice forbearance toward those with unacceptable ideals. 

Gepubliceerd door  Nederlands Instituut in Sint-Petersburg

12 oktober 2017