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Huizinga Lecture

Since 1972, the Huizinga Lecture has been organised annually in the Pieterskerk in Leiden. The 50th edition took place on December 12, 2021 as a hybrid event: with 235 in-person attendees in the Pieterskerk in Leiden and many attendees at home via livestream as well. The recording of the 50th Huizinga Lecture can be viewed via the link on the right-hand side.

Johan Huizinga

The lecture was named after historian and cultural philosopher Johan Huizinga (1872-1945). The lectures have – in the spirit of Huizinga's work – a cultural-historical or have a cultural- or social-critical character by nature.

Huizingalezing 2021

On 12 December, 2021, David van Reybrouck delivered the 50th Huizinga Lecture in the Pieterskerk in Leiden, titled 'The Colonisation of the Future. Living on the brink of the climate catastrophe'. You can watch the recording (in Dutch) here.


The Huizinga Lecture is organised by the Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University, the Maatschappij der Nederlandse Letterkunde and (since 2014) EW magazine.

The committee responsible for organising the Huizinga Lecture and choosing the speaker consists of:

An overview of all English Huizinga Lectures since 1972 can be found here.

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