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.

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

Art History

Most of the art historians affiliated to Utrecht University carry out research into the art of the Low Countries within a European context. They ask themselves how the arts of the Low Countries could acquire such a leading position in European culture, and how the exchange of influences developed between the Low Countries and other European cultural centres, Italy in particular.

Recent publications

15 August 2017
This book argues that the ability to adapt, innovate and learn from the past is crucial for the success of intelligence organizations. Co-edited by Eleni Braat.
1 August 2017
Jewish Love Magic is a monograph by Ortal-Paz Saar dedicated to the supernatural methods employed by Jews in order to generate love, grace or hate.
Bron: Wikimedia Commons
28 July 2017
Open Access journal Early Modern Low Countries (EMLC) offers a home to state-of-the-art academic scholarship on any aspect of the early modern Low Countries.