De Piersonrellen: burgerlijke ongehoorzaamheid|  Soundbite door ethicus en ooggetuige Marcel Becker
De Piersonrellen: burgerlijke ongehoorzaamheid|  Soundbite door ethicus en ooggetuige Marcel Becker

The Pierson Riots: Civil Disobedience Pictured | Radboud Sounds

***Doornroosje | Café | 21:50 - 22:20 hrs***

This Soundbite is part of Radboud Sounds on Friday 14 June 2024 @ Doornroosje (Nijmegen)

The Pierson riots are the example of civil disobedience, argues ethicist and eyewitness to the riots Marcel Becker and historian and photographer Wilco Versteeg.

This soundbite will be held in Dutch.

When you think of Nijmegen and protest, you think of the Pierson Riots in February 1981. They were among the fiercest riots of the 1980s. Philosopher Marcel Becker was there as a student. He considers the Pierson Riots a prime example of civil disobedience. Historian and photographer Wilco Versteeg can often be found in the heat of the action. He captures demonstrations with his impressive photographs. Come hear ethicist Marcel Becker and photographer Wilco Versteeg talk about the Pierson Riots, civil disobedience and the power of images. 

Check out the impressive photos shot by Wilco Versteeg during all kinds of demonstrations. 

About the speakers

Marcel Becker is is associate professor of Philosophical Ethics at Radboud University. He attended the Pierson riots as a student. 

Wilco Versteeg is photographer and historian at Radboud University. His research focuses on the history of photography, particularly war and conflict photography. Visit


Radboud Sounds | Science festival about protest 

This programme is part of Radboud Sounds | Science Festival on protest. 
With live music, talks, soundbites and more on Friday, June 14, 2024, at Doornroosje, Nijmegen. Scientists from Radboud University shine their light on the science of protest from various disciplines. Doornroosje programmes the live acts. Put together your own programme and immerse yourself in science and music. 
Watch the aftermovie of Radboud Sounds 2023.

Contact information

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Radboud Reflects
Ethics, Philosophy, Politics