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.
Main research lines
- Transcultural connections in Europe and the World, in particular cultures of consumption, popular culture, postcolonial history, reference cultures, and the history of communication.
- Cultural citizenship in Europe, in relation to visual culture and politics, public history and cultural heritage, and the link between power, religion and ideas.
- Knowledge practices, including the history of science and the humanities (Descartes Centre), the development of expert cultures, and the socio-cultural history of knowledge.