Social struggles and solidarity

With Lessius in search of a balance between capital and labour

Lecture (in Dutch) on 16 March 2023

In this historical lecture, Professor of Legal History Wim Decock takes us back to the second half of the 19th century. Industrialisation caused an explosion of wealth and poverty. Inequality increased. Tensions rose between the workers and the big industrialists. In their search for spiritual answers to this social question, the Jesuits find inspiration from none other than Leonardus Lessius, one of the most influential Jesuits of the Baroque period.

This talk (in Dutch) is part of our lecture series on the grand questions in society.

Wim Decock

More Big Questions at the Baroque Influencers city festival:

Lea Ipy

Solidarity, Immigration
& Social Class

Big Questions of Baroque Influencers
29 March 2023

Date & Time

Thursday 16 March 2023
8.00 – 9.30 p.m.


University of Antwerp – City Campus
Auditorium S.R. 008
Rodestraat 14, 2000 Antwerpen


Free entrance
Please register online
before Monday 13 March 2023.


Koningstraat 2
B-2000 Antwerpen
Tel. +32 (0)3 265 49 60

Voorlopige locatie tijdens de renovatiewerken:
Blindestraat 14, 2000 Antwerpen