The organizers of a Dutch drama festival have put a halt to a play about the disgraced social psychologist Diederik Stapel, prompting protests from the authors of the skit — one of whom is Stapel himself.
According to an article in NRC Handelsblad:
The Amsterdam Discovery Festival on science and art has canceled at the last minute, the play written by Anton Dautzenberg and former professor Diederik Stapel. Co-sponsor, The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), doesn’t want Stapel, who committed science fraud, to perform at a festival that’s associated with the KNAW.
The management of the festival, planned for September 26th at the Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam, contacted Stapel and Dautzenberg 4 months ago with the request to organize a performance of their book and lecture project ‘The Fictionfactory”. Especially for this festival they [Stapel and Dautzenberg] created a ‘Fictionfactory-peepshow’.
“Last Friday I received a call [from the management of the festival] that our performance has been canceled at the last minute because the KNAW will withdraw their subsidy if Stapel is on the festival program”, says Dautzenberg. “This looks like censorship, and by an institution that also wants to represents arts and experiments”.
Alex Verkade, organiser of the Discovery Festival, confirms he had booked Dautzenberg and Stapel and also that he has canceled the play after de KNAW raised objections. “We thought that ‘the Fictionfactory’ would fit in very well with the festival theme ‘truth and reality’, but we completely misjudged the position of the KNAW in this matter.” Diederik Stapel is controversial because he has been found to have committed science fraud in psychology in 2011.
Stapel has had 54 papers retracted from the literature.