Read more about the CLUE+ research community, five research themes and coordinators, CLUE+ fellowship programme and affiliated researchers. CLUE+ has a research community of more than 300 researchers and PhD’s. Click here to find more information regarding our researchers via the VU Research Portal.
CLUE+ has 5 main research themes, each of which is supervised by a research coordinator.
Landscape and Heritage
Dr. Linde Egberts
Linde Egberts had been involved in CLUE+ research for over ten years, taking over the role of research coordinator on landscape and heritage theme from Gert-Jan Burgers in 2021. She continuously contributes to European consortium projects on behalf of CLUE+, like Cradles of European Culture, HERICOAST and HERILAND. In these, she connects the institute's research agenda to societal challenges like tourismification, social inclusivity and climate change.
Linde Egberts is curious to get in touch with current and aspiring members of the research institute, to discuss how interdisciplinary landscape and heritage research can help societies to increase their resilience.
Global History, Heritage and Memory
Dr. Pepijn Brandon
As of 2021, dr. Pepijn Brandon is the new coordinator of the CLUE+ research programme Global History, Heritage and Memory. The programme houses a thematically diverse set of working groups. All engage with the complex relationship between the local and the global in processes of social change, as well as the creation of collective narratives about the past.
Pepijn’s work focuses among other topics on the inherently global history of capitalism in connection to regionally specific histories of war, dispossession, and enslavement. As programme coordinator, he intends to pay particular attention to the question how our views on global history can be enriched by further extending cooperation between researchers from the Global North and from the Global South.
Paradigms of Creativity
Dr. Kristine Steenbergh
As of 1 January 2020, dr. Kristine Steenbergh is the new coordinator of the CLUE+ programme Paradigms of Creativity. This programme explores the question how cultural production and exchange have developed in the last centuries in a context of “creativity.”
Kristine takes over from prof. dr. Katja Kwastek, who designed the programme and led it since 2015. The programme (co-)organized international events such as the vibrant Judith Butler conference (2017), the 2nd International Comics Conference (2018) and the “As Slowly as Possible" conference with the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (2018).
Dr. Kristine Steenbergh is senior lecturer English Literature at the Faculty of Humanities. She specializes in the history of emotions and the Environmental Humanities.
Knowledge Formation and its History
Prof. Dr. Ir. Jeroen de Ridder
In 2021, Jeroen de Ridder was appointed as coordinator of the research team Knowledge Formation and its history. His appointment is for the duration of three years. Jeroen is associate professor of Philosophy at VU Amsterdam, professor by special appointment of Christian Philosophy at the University of Groningen and president of The Young Academy, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Jeroen’s research focuses on issues in social epistemology, philosophy of science, and philosophy of religion. Currently, most of it is in collective epistemology and political epistemology: can groups have beliefs and knowledge, are there collective intellectual virtues, how do people form and change beliefs about politics, what determines the epistemic performance of groups?
Text, Culture, Religion and Heritage
Prof. Dr. Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte
In 2021, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte was appointed the coordinator of the new CLUE+ research programme Text, Culture, Religion and Heritage.
CLUE+ fellowship programme
CLUE+ seeks to promote its innovative research by attracting visiting researchers from around the world. One of the ways we do this is with the CLUE+ Fellowship Programme, which is open for two categories of research fellows, Seniors and Juniors.
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CLUE+ also has affiliated researchers. These are researchers who are not on the payroll of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The affiliated researchers include PhD candidates without any funding or who do research based on their own funding, researchers who are employed by another university or research centre, and emeriti professors.
Affiliated researchers listed: