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Huizinga Lecture

Since 1972, the Huizinga Lecture has been organised annually in the Pieterskerk in Leiden. The 52nd edition took place on December 8, 2023, in a fully packed Pieterskerk. Writer Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer pointed out the importance of creativity, both for artists and scientists.

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.

Huizinga lecture 2023

On 8 December, 2023, writer and poet Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer delivered the 52nd Huizinga lecture in the Pieterskerk in Leiden, titled 'Over de aard en het nut van creativiteit' ('On nature and usefulness of creativity').


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  Huizinga Lectures since 1972 can be found here.

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