News overview

VU in lead with interdisciplinary research (in Dutch)


Michel ter Hark, decaan Geesteswetenschappen, vindt dat nergens zo gemakkelijk interdisciplinaire vraagstukken lijken te ontstaan als aan de VU. De organisatie van het onderzoek in de vorm van iOzi's draagt hier zeker toe bij. Maar het aantal iOzi's dat behalve interdisciplinair ook interfacultair is, is beperkt en juist hier liggen de kansen van onderzoeksgebonden onderwijs dat aansluit bij de brede belangstelling van bachelorstudenten.

International Symposium at the Orgelpark: 'Glorious and Shocking Sounds – Developing the 'New Baroque Organ


Musicians, artists, and scholars from all over the world will meet on June 8-10 in Amsterdam in the Orgelpark for the International Orgelpark Symposium 2017. The main subject of the symposium is the development of so-called 'Hyper Organs', and a special topic is the hyper-organ – the New Baroque Organ – that is currently being built at the Orgelpark.

CLUE+ organizes the 5th, jubilee edition of the Week van het Lege Gebouw (the Week of the Vacant Building) in former SS-Officizierskasino in Soesterberg


A major national event, bringing together leading researchers and students in the field of repurposing built heritage. The 2017 edition is focused on the former SS-Officizierskasino in Soesterberg.

NWO grant “Smart Culture – Art and Culture” for Comparative Arts and Media for Prof. dr. Ginette Verstraete.


The NWO Call for Smart Culture – Art and Culture was set up in collaboration with the Taskforce for Applied Research (NRPO SIA) and focuses on research in the fields of art, culture, heritage and media in relationship to creative industries. Its main aim is to make connections between innovative artistic and cultural practices and more comprehensive scientific and social issues. Seven projects were awarded a grant.

Gerben Meynen appointed professor Ethics and Psychiatry


On 1 September, 2016 Gerben Meynen was appointed professor of Ethics and Psychiatry at the Faculty of Humanities at VU Amsterdam.

Alec Badenoch appointed endowed professor of Sound and Vision at VU Amsterdam


Dr. Alec Badenoch (1971) will hold the Netherlands Institute of Sound and Vision endowed chair at VU Amsterdam for the next five years.

René van Woudenberg new programme leader CLUE+


On 1 September, 2016 Gerben Meynen was appointed professor of Ethics and Psychiatry at the Faculty of Humanities at VU Amsterdam.

CLUE+ says goodbye to Wouter Goris


Wouter Goris, professor of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam since 2006, has taken up a new position as University Professor for Philosophy of the Middle Ages (Universitätsprofessor für Philosophie des Mittelalters) and director of the Scotus Archives at Bonn University. At VU Wouter Goris was also coordinator of the CLUE+ research programme Knowledge Formation and its History.

Book presentation ‘Treasures in Trusted Hands. Negotiating the Future of Colonial Cultural Objects’ by Jos van Beurden


On 29 May, 2017 Jos van Beurden will present his book ‘Treasures in Trusted Hands. Negotiating the Future of Colonial Cultural Objects’, which will be published at Sidestone press.

CLUE+ goes China


Heritage is not only an important research theme of CLUe+. It is also a booming matter in the People's Republic of China. Museums are flourishing and historical districts are being rediscovered as assets for sustainable city development. in view of this, CLUE+ is exploring collaboration with Chinese counterparts in heritage studies and planning.

From April 5 to 7, CLUE+ will organize a big conference on ‘Critical Theory in the Humanities’, taking the work of the famous American philosopher Judith Butler as a stepping stone to discuss how humanities, social sciences, but also law and theology can contribute to key questions in society and pressing societal issues by offering critical reflection.


April 5-7, 2017 with keynote lecture by Judith Butler

Aromatic Art (Re-)constructed: In Search of Lost Scents


On February 24th, CLUE+ researcher Caro Verbeek and VU curator Wende Wallert opened the exhibition Aromatic Art (Re-)constructed: In Search of Lost Scents with a symposium on the same date.

A NWO Free Competition Award for Ulbe Bosma


There were many applications (168) to the NWO Free Competition for Humanities in 2016. A total of 12 applications were awarded, including one of the applications coming from the VU Faculty of Humanities and CLUE+, a joint proposal by our endowed professor Ulbe Bosma (International Comparative Social History) and prof. Antunes (University of Leiden). Many congratulations!

Kairos in the Aurora – The 13th Metamorphoses Symposium


On 16 December 2016, VU Amsterdam hosted the Metamorphoses Symposium on “Kairos and the transformations of time.” The symposium, which was sponsored by the CLUE+ research institute, was a huge success.

Report Black History & Gender


On Friday 9 December, 2016, VU PhD candidate Lonneke Geerlings organized the symposium Black History & Gender to present the 2016 theme issue of Historica, the Dutch Journal for Gender History, on 'Black Gender'. The symposium connected women's history and gender history with recent research on racism and Black History.