Weekly Lectures & Films

The NVIC organises weekly lectures (on Thursday) and films (on Sunday) on a variety of subjects. We are looking forward to welcoming you at the institute!


The NVIC organises weekly Thursday lectures on a variety of subjects. The lectures start at 6 pm sharp. The doors open at 5.30 pm. Please note that seating is limited. The lectures start as scheduled and late admissions are not allowed. After the lecture refreshments will be served in the hall of the Institute.  
Would you like to present your own academic research at NVIC? We are looking for professionals who would like to give a lecture about their research findings. Please email info@nvic.leidenuniv.nl for more information.

The City Always Wins: An Evening with Omar Robert Hamilton

Thursday 21 September (7 pm - 9 pm)

"We've been doing the same thing for hundreds of years. Marching, fighting, chanting, dying, changing, winning, losing. This time will be different. This time the future can still be made new."

Brave, visceral, and electric with tension, Omar Robert Hamilton's debut novel uniquely captures the feverish intensity of the 2011 Egyptian revolution. From the euphoria of mass protests to the chilling silence of the morgue, 'The City Always Wins' is a chronicle of events that continue to reverberate around the world.

“You need discipline to win a war. You need chaos to win an insurgency. So which are we?”

A co-founder of Cairo’s Mosireen collective (مُصِرّين) and a contributor to Mada Masr, The Guardian & the London Review of Books, Hamilton was deeply engaged in the documentation of the revolution and has spent the last three years writing ‘The City Always Wins’ – a history of both the years of triumph and the subsequent counter-revolution. ‘The City Always Wins’ was published in English by Faber & Faber. The Arabic translation is forthcoming.

Join us for a reading and a discussion with the author.

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The number of seats is limited. We open our doors at 6:30 and close them at 7:15 or earlier in case the lecture room has reached its full capacity, out of security reasons. Arriving in time is advised.

Films: NVICinema

On Sunday evenings the NVIC is presenting NVICinema. We bring a varied programme of Dutch or Flemish films, Egyptian classics as well as contemporary Egyptian feature films and short films from young talented directors, all with English subtitles.

Whenever possible we organise lively discussions with the films' directors after the screenings. 

All films start at 7.30pm – doors open from 7 pm.

Keep checking this website and our Facebook page for more information about the programme.  

Last Modified: 17-08-2017