The Flemish Peace Institute is an independent
institute for peace research at the Flemish Parliament.

11 November Lecture 2023

20:45 - 22:45

Het Perron

Ypres City of Peace, the Flemish Peace Institute and the In Flanders Fields Museum have the pleasure to invite you to the November Lecture on Friday 10 November 2023 in commemoration of the end of the First World War.

Registration is only possible via the entry form at the bottom of this page. The lecture will, once given, be available to re-read and rewatch on this page from 11 November at 11am.


Author Stefan Hertmans writes novels, collections of short stories, essays, theatre texts and poetry. Since the publication of his novel Space (1981), he has become one of the most influential literary voices in the Low Countries. His most recent novels – Oorlog en terpentijn (War and Turpentine), De bekeerlinge (The Convert) and De opgang (The Rise) – all based on historical sources, inimitably portray themes such as violence, war and collaboration. In his most recent work Verschuivingen (2022), a political-philosophical essay, he identifies evolutions we “feel every day without being able to interpret them”.

His captivating narrative will be supported musically  by Mirek Coutigny.


20h15 – Start reception

20h45 – Welcome by Stephen Lodewyck, director of the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres

20h50 – Speech by Emmily Talpe, mayor of Ypres

20h55 – 11 November reading by writer Stefan Hertmans (Lecture in Dutch, English text available) – Music: Mirek Coutigny

21h55 – Final word by Nils Duquet, Director of the Flemish Peace Institute

22h00 – Reception

Registration is free but mandatory via the entry form below.