The Utrecht Cultural History research group focuses on the historical investigation of cultural modernity in its international dimension. We conceive of ‘modernity’ as a concept, as a problem, and as a period.

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15 September 2017
NWO spoke with Melvin Wevers on his research on the U.S. as reference culture.
Rome ©
7 July 2017
Dr Asker Pelgrom (Cultural History) is appointed as the new head of the History section at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome. 
17 March 2017
Call for Presentations for the international conference 'Urban cultures, Superdiversity and Intangible Heritage'


26 October 2017 16:15 - 17:30
Hans-Jörg Rheinberger will give a lecture "The Hands of the Engraver. Albert Flocon meets Gaston Bachelard".
27 October 2017 18:00 - 19:00
Stephanie Levert (Art History) will defend her PhD thesis in Utrecht University Hall on 27 October 2017.
Portrait of a Man door Jan van Eyck (circa 1390-1441). Bron: Wikimedia Commons/National Gallery
17 November 2017 14:30 - 15:45
Max J. Friedlander's insights have laid an irrefutable foundation for the scientific research of early Dutch painting, Suzanne Laemers argues in her PhD thesis.
Areas of expertise: academic institutions | biography | body and gender | citizenship | cultural heritage | digital humanities | history of concepts and ideas | modernity | psychiatry | public history | religion and secularism | visual culture