Current projects CLUE+


The Biography of the New Land

The aim is to further reinforce the coherence and applicability of the scientific research into the history, development and heritage of the IJsselmeer region. Read more

Buried Landscapes of War: The Archaeology and heritage of World War II in The Netherlands
The principle aim of the project is to retrieve, assess and interpret the archaeological information and material gathered on conflict sites in the Netherlands. Read more


Challenging Testaccio. Urban Landscape History of a Roman Rione.
The final aim of the project is to investigate the urban landscape of Testaccio as a palimpsest of closely interwoven histories and to study how the history and heritage of Testaccio can be integrated into the modern city. Read more

Control Copy: Commodification of the Digital Artwork
The main objective of the research is to interrogate the interrelations between the commodity character, value, and reproducibility of these artworks. How do these digital artworks critique these relations, and to what extent are they simultaneously formed by them? Read more


Decline and fall? Social and cultural dynamics in the Low Countries in the Late Roman empire (AD 270-450)
The project aims to present a new overview of the social and cultural transformation of the Low Countries in the Late Roman Empire. Read more

Dutch Bible Belt
This network intends to facilitate contacts, research and education in studying the culture, history and significance of a specific group of conservative Calvinist Protestants in the Netherlands. Read more

Dutch churches
The aim is to create a survey of all Dutch churches – seen as heritage – in the era 1800-1970. Read more


The Epistemic Responsibilities of the University
This project aims to contribute to the future of universities by revisiting and updating their uniquely important mission and responsibilities. Read more


Finding the limits of the Limes

Using spatial dynamic modelling to reconstruct and understand the development of the cultural landscape in the Dutch part of the Roman Limes. Read more

Fitting in/Standing out. Comparing Majority and Minority Dress Codes among Egyptian Muslims and Christians
The research programme seeks to put minority dress back into context. Read more

Forced migration to the Cape of Good Hope in the 18th and 19th centuries, a biomolecular and archival study.
The project aims to reconstruct life histories of enslaved people at the Cape and to elucidate lesser known aspects of the Dutch involvement in the Indian Ocean slave trade. Read more

Framing Prostitution
The aim is to research the way a city museum (the Amsterdam Museum) deals with a difficult subject such as prostitution. What are the roles of and interactions between the museum/curator, the public/communities and the objects/artists? Read more…


Francia Media: Cradles of European Culture
The project aims to unveil European dimensions of early medieval heritage and to show its unexpected ties to our contemporary history.
CLUE+ developed a Companion , published a study on heritage in regional identities in Europe and organised events for scientific and professional audiences. Read more


Hericoast Interreg Europe
Europe’s maritime & fluvial regions exist in great diversity, yet show parallels in spatial & political challenges. Read more

HERCULES. Sustainable Futures for Europe's Heritage in Cultural Landscapes.
Tools for understanding, managing, and protecting landscape functions and values. Read more

A History of the Construction of the Idea of Dutch Design, 1945-2010
The aim is to develop an empirical understanding of the actual relationships between Dutch Design and its socio-cultural contexts without relying on stereotypes of national culture and of design. Read more


International Association of Landscape Archaeology    
International Association of Landscape Archaeology is an association under formation aiming at promoting interdisciplinary research in the field of landscape archaeology. Read more

In Search of Scents Lost
The project investigates the role of olfaction during the avant-garde, chronologically and geographically stretching from 1913 (first futurist manifesto on smell) to 1959 (final surrealist exhibition featuring a perfume). Read more


Keeping in touch in a changing world.

Network dynamics and the connections between the Aegean and Italy during the Bronze Age – Iron Age transition (ca. 1250 – 1000 BC)
Prof. Dr. Jan Paul Crielaard, e-mail:

Kinds and degrees of understanding: The interplay between scientific expertise and everyday understanding
The project addresses questions regarding degrees and kinds of understanding, with a focus on the relations between scientific understanding and understanding in other domains. Read more

Knowledge, belief and normativity
The project investigates two related normative philosophical questions, (1) what is the value of knowledge? and (2) are human beings responsible for what they believe, and if so in what sense?
Prof. Dr. R. van Woudenberg, e-mail:

Knowledgeable Democracy: A Social-Epistemological Inquiry
The aim of this project is to evaluate and improve the knowledge-producing potential of liberal democracy. Read more


Living Neolithization. Micro histories and grand narrative in Neolithic Anatolia and Southeast Europe (c. 7000-5000 BC)
By investigating the long-term regional histories of five selected study regions in Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria, this project aims to show how Neolithic ways of life were redefined in regional contexts. Read more


Mapping Hiding Places
The project and the Working Group on Hiding Histories is an initiative making an inventory and database of locations where Jews were in hiding during the Holocaust, in order to enable a historical analysis of relevant networks and patterns. Read more

Mapping Slavery
The project aims at including the history of slavery and the slave trade in local, national and regional history in Europe. This is done by pointing out locations in European cities and towns that have a direct or indirect connection with these histories. Read more

Mapping the Via Appia
The project aims at a thorough inventory and analysis of the Roman interventions in their suburban landscape. Read more

The Mediation of Critique: Polar Strategies of Mediation in the Exhibition of Contemporary Art in the Low Countries, 1982-1997
The aim of this research is to reveal critical insights about the nature of mediation – as a function of both the curator and the artist. Read more

Monasticon Trajectense
An annotated repository of all the monasteries in the medieval bishopric of Utrecht which at any time in their existence followed the third rule of St Francis.
Prof. Dr. Koen Goudriaan, e-mail:


Paying for All the King’s Horses and All the King’s Men – A Fiscal History of the Achaemenid Empire

The aim of the project is to achieve a new understanding of taxation, administration and the spending pattern of the Persian Empire. Read more

Perspective and Perception
The project examines how various perspectives used in interactive digital environments influence our perception. Read more

The Plakari Archaeological Project
The Plakari Archaeological Project has two main aims: to understand the nature of the human occupation of the Plakari hill top and its direct environs, and to investigate how in various periods Plakari functioned within its wider geographical setting. Read more

The Polder Model: Participation and representation in Dutch water management 1500-1900
The project investigates the idea of the polder model. Read more

Provincial finances 1572-1795
This project releases the major key figures regarding public financing in the Netherlands prior to 1795.
Prof. Dr. J.M.F. Fritschy, e-mail:


Science Beyond Scientism
The research activities consist of four projects: Analyzing Scientism; Scientism in Action; A Critique of Scientism; Beyond Scientism. Read More
Prof. dr. R. van Woudenberg, e-mail:

The sea and the landroutes of southern Euboia, ca. 4000–1 BC. A case study in Mediterranean interconnectivity
Aim of the project is to give a firmer empirical basis to the Mediterranean interconnectivity model but also to critically examine some of its basic tenets. Read more

Slaves, commodities and logistics. The direct and indirect, the immediate and long-term impact of 18th-century Dutch-Republic slave-based activities
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The truck system in transatlantic perspective: Louisiana and the Netherlands ca. 1865-1920
The purpose is to compare the functioning of the oppressive features of the truck system on the labourers in Louisiana and the Netherlands. Read more

The Artistic Taste of Nations Art Collecting, School Classification and Identity Formation in Western Europe, 1600-1800
Museums of early modern art – such as the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Gemaeldegalerie in Dresden or the Louvre in Paris – are often characterized by a national display of art works. However, due to the effects of globalization such displays are now confirmed or transgressed to show not only that art emerged in a variety of artistic schools, but also that it appealed and still appeals to a range of regional, national or international communities. Read more


The United States of Indonesia, 1941-1950. Rise and fall of a federal state
This is an international comparative research project on the various interests and rationales during the decolonization struggle within and outside of Indonesia with respect to the formation of a federal Indonesian state that would maintain its bonds with the Netherlands. Read more

Unhinging the National Framework: Platform for the Study of Life-Writing and Transnationalism
The international expert group “Unhinging the National Framework: Platform for the Study of Life-Writing and Transnationalism” investigates the lives of men and women whose life-work, including the building of socio-cultural and professional networks, questioned and transgressed the national boundaries that existed or emerged during the twentieth century. Read more


We should know better. An inquiry at the crossroads of ethics and epistemology

To which extent does responsibility depend on the information we have? Read more