This can be achieved through in-depth research, but you can also choose for a long-term perspective, examining the shaping of canons and the history of knowledge and science. We aim to problematize traditional breakpoints, for instance between the Middle ages and Early Modern Times, or between religion and science, politics and emotions, economy and culture. Long-term research of cultural history also challenges us to develop and employ innovative digital research methods.
Our focus areas:
- Religion - ritual - world view
- Science - knowledge - education
- Emotions - senses - body
- Politics - biography - leadership
- Culture - economy - ecology
- Long-term and comparative research
- Digital Humanities – text, sentiment & concept mining
- Reconstruction – historical smells, theater performances
- Cooperation with private & public partners
Our teaching focuses primarily on the period between 1300 and 1850, but PhD candidates, bachelor’s and (research) master’s students can also approach us for teaching and supervision regarding culture, religion, power, knowledge, emotion, senses and digital methods in modern history. For MA History students we provide specializations in Cultures of Knowledge, Medical Humanities, and Religion and Society from Antiquity up to Today.
The group has been very successful in attracting research funding from (inter)national scientific organizations, as well as private and public foundations, institutes and companies. Current projects include:
- Erika Kuijpers leads with Judith Pollmann (Universiteit Leiden) the interdisciplinary project Chronicling novelty. New knowledge in the Netherlands, 1500-1850. This project investigates the circulation and evaluation of new knowledge, ideas and technologies among a non-specialist public of middle-class authors of chronicles in the Netherlands. The project develops computational methods to use them in large numbers and comparatively, so as to track and analyse the circulation, evaluation and acceptance of old and new ideas and information over time and spatially.
- In the creative industries project In Search of Scents Lost (NWO), Caro Verbeek works together with International Flavors and Fragrances and the Rijksmuseum in order to revive the Avant-Garde history of scents.
- In Embodied Emotions, Leemans and Kuijpers developed a computer model (HEEM) that, on the long term, can trace (bodily) emotional expressions in old Dutch texts (Escience). Other current Digital Humanities projects include: QuPiD2 (AAA Data Science) and Visualizing Uncertainty (EScience).
- Leemans and Dijksterhuis lead research groups in the international research project Global Knowledge Society.
- Ab Flipse works on a biographical project about the biologist Jan Lever (1922-2010)