The Research Institute for History and Art History coordinates the research in the fields of:
Institutions, the state, citizenship and civil society are terms that feature prominently in research by Utrecht University historians. They combine this with a focus on developments over a longer timescale, from the Ancient World to the present day. The latter approach is important because our historians are keen to contribute to current societal debates and to show how comparable processes played out in the past, and how the present day has been shaped by that past.
Examples of research themes are the relationship between religious majorities and minorities, configurations of power, terrorism and security, human rights, and the Dutch polder model.