The Utrecht Cultural History research group focuses on the international dimensions of cultural modernity in historical perspective.
Cultural modernity as a topical problem entails a critical discussion of its origins, trajectory, variations and perceived decline, from a global perspective.
Above all, modernity requires a serious practical effort. The ideas and theories that deal with modernity as a cultural phenomenon are not free floating intellectual artefacts: they confront real situations and actual dilemmas.
Main research lines
- Transcultural connections in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in particular reference cultures and the history of communication.
- Cultural citizenship in Europe, in relation to modern arts and politics, public history, and religion and modernity.
- Modern thought, including the history of science and the humanities (Descartes Centre), and the socio-cultural history of knowledge.
Methodologically, the group focuses on both long-established and innovative approaches, ranging from text mining to praxeography.