The Belief in the Joke:

humour and the religious other

Lecture (in Dutch) on 15 May 2023

Western Europe of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries was deeply religious and characterized by a lively culture of humour. How did these two characteristics go together? Professor Lieke Stelling (Utrecht University) uses examples to discuss high-profile cases in which humour and faith met. She draws on her own specialty: English cultural history and literature. She examines the ways in which humour is, in fact, an indispensable part of religion.

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

Lieke Stelling

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Date & Time

Monday 15 May 2023
8.00 – 9.30 p.m.


University of Antwerp – City Campus
Hof van Liere
Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerpen


Free entrance
Please register online
before Thursday 11 May 2023.


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

Voorlopige locatie tijdens de renovatiewerken:
Blindestraat 14, 2000 Antwerpen