Library Talks Series: Hannah ARENDT and Imre KERTÉSZ on the 'banality of evil'


Tuesday 15.10.19
20:15 to 22:15


Room E
Paul Henri Spaak building
Dijver 11
8000 Bruges

The Bruges Library of the College of Europe kindly invites you to the first lecture in the Library Talks Series on the promotion patron Hannah ARENDT.

Firstly, Prof. Didier POLLEFEYT will focus on ARENDT’s controversial philosophy on the ‘banality of evil’ and the ethical analysis of the Holocaust. 

Dr Fransiska LOUWAGIE will then give a lecture on Imre KERTÉSZ, Hungarian author, recipient of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Literature and Holocaust survivor.


Prof. Didier POLLEFEYT is full professor at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of Leuven, former vice-president for educational policy of the same university (2013-2017) and chairman of the Centre for Peace Ethics. Since 1986 his research focuses on the Holocaust as a challenge for ethics, interreligious dialogue and education.

Dr Fransiska LOUWAGIE is a lecturer in French Studies at the University of Leicester. Her main research focus is on French post-Holocaust literature.


Both lectures will be in English and will be followed by a Q&A session. The talks will be moderated by Prof. Guy HAARSCHER, Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges (European General Studies).

Open to students from all departments as well as to the public. Participation is free of charge. Registration, however, is required before 14 October 2019.  

Free visit to the Library and European Documentation Centre is possible from 19:30 onwards.

For further information, please contact Roselien VAN LOOCKE.