On this page you will find the information of current and finished projects of our researchers.


The aim and concept of the Java Railway Station Architecture period 1867-1942
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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 


Colonial Normativity - Corruption and difference in colonial and postcolonial histories of empire and nations: and entangled history of the Netherlands and Indonesia 1870s-2010s
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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

Coping with drought. An environmental history of drinking water and climate adaptation in the Netherlands
Keywords: climate, drought, societal resilience, drinking water culture. Read more

Chronicling novelty. New knowledge in the Netherlands, 1500-1850
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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 

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

Engaged Women in Decolonization and the Cold War Indonesia: Mobility, Citizenship and Socio-Political Encounters, 1940s-1980s
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Artistic Research on Landscapes in Transition. Read more


Fair for All: Making Room for Fairness in the Globalised Economy
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Germans as enemy citizens 
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Hericoast Interreg Europe
Europe’s maritime & fluvial regions exist in great diversity, yet show parallels in spatial & political challenges. Read more 

HERILAND is a pan-European research and training network on cultural heritage in relation to Spatial Planning and Design. Read more

De impact van online strijd: gebruik en implicaties van politieke conflicten in een digitaal Medialandschap [in Dutch]
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Imperial places. Built manifestations of a European imperial culture, 1815-1945
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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

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 

International Network Hegel's Relevance [in German]
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Keeping up appearances. Renovation and demolition in the urban network of Holland in the long eighteenth century (1670-1830)
The research project will focus on this still scarcely researched transformation and demolition of the private building stock in the long eighteenth century, based on a comparative analysis of the seven most important shrinking towns in the urban network of Holland: Leiden, Haarlem, Delft, Gouda, Hoorn, Enkhuizen and Alkmaar. 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 

Leven en werk van Jan Lever (1922-2010)
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Mapping Slavery
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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

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Perspective and Perception

The project examines how various perspectives used in interactive digital environments influence our perception. 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 

PAN: Portable Antiquities of the Netherlands
The aim of PAN is to document and publish finds of archaeological interest, mainly those of metal, found by members of the general public and in private collections. By publishing the collections online, the objects and their find locations are made available for heritage purposes, academic research, museums, and members of the general public to enjoy. Read more

Pressing Matter: Ownership, Value and the Question of Colonial Heritage in Museums 
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The Social Epistemology of Argumentation

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TERRANOVA is a new Research Fellowship Programme funded by the European Commission that learns from landscapes with past energy regimes to design new landscapes in the low carbon society. 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


De wortels van salafistische koranuitleg: het korancommentaar van al-Qasimi
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Agora: Creating the Historic Fabric for and Providing Web-enabled Access to Objects in Dynamic Historical Sequences.
NWO-research project on digitally mediated public history and museum collections.
Prof. Dr. Susan Legêne, e-mail: 


Bridging Gaps
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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


Crossing Borders: Interreligious Ritual Sharing as a Challenge to the Theology of Interreligious Dialogue
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Early magmatic processes on Mars
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Inventory in the Netherlands of Stakeholders’ Practices and Initiatives on Research integrity to set an Example
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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

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

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:

Monuments of Mosul in Danger: The Christian Churches and Monasteries
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Multiple religious belonging: hermeneutical and empirical explorations of hybrid religiosity
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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 

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 

From Protohistory to History: Social change in Southern Italy at the dawn of the Classical world
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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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Tiel-Medel as key site for innovative research into migration and ethnogenesis in the Roman Northwest frontier
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Travelling translator. Rosey Pool (1905-1971) a Dutch cultural mobiliser in the ‘transatlantic century’
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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


Verbal Valence in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Syntactic Variation and Linguistic Change
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Worlding Public Cultures: The Arts and Social Innovation
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