The academic research being conducted in the Department of History and Art History falls under the Research Institute for History and Art History (OGK).

History

Concepts such as terrorism and conflict, heritage, institutions and civil society figure prominently in the research of the Utrecht historians. Their work encompasses not only all periods from antiquity to the modern day, it also examines developments over the long term. Utrecht's historians make in-depth contributions to current societal debates by revealing how comparable processes occurred in the past, as well as how that past has served to shape the present.

Maria Magdalena, door Jan van Scorel, ca. 1530 – Rijksmuseum

Art History

The Utrecht-based art historians study art, frequently with an emphasis on the Low Countries or Europe, in their broader cultural and artistic context. Focus areas of research and education are: the object as a material source and the artistic interaction with other countries and continents. The architectural historians working in Utrecht cooperate closely with Monumentenzorg, the Dutch organisation for the preservation of listed buildings and tangible heritage.

Recent publications

13 February 2018
This book shows that 70 years of EU have taught us the difficulty of European solidarity and political unanimity. Co-edited by Liesbeth van de Grift.
Nicolae Ceauşescu and Kim Il Sung during the party and state visit to the DPR Korea (1971). Source: Wikimedia Commons/Romanian Communism Online Photo Collection under the digital ID 33292X4X9
14 December 2017
The journal is committed to promoting the scholarly study of perpetrators of mass killings, political violence, and genocide.
24 November 2017
The essays in this book illuminate the current state of Rembrandt studies and suggest avenues for future inquiry. With a contribution by Thijs Weststeijn.
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