We explore various facets of the role that art, culture, literature, and media play in contemporary society

The Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) is one of the four research institutes of the Faculty of Humanities. The researchers are working in six different research fields, but regularly work with each other and collaborate with colleagues from other faculties and universities in order to tackle societal issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. If you are interested in working with us, view the options on the pages of the research groups or simply contact ICON.

Interdisciplinary and international research

The members of the research groups often work together to explore issues concerning different facets of the role played by art, culture, and media in present-day society. Through their interdisciplinary projects, they contribute towards the university’s focus area's Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights and Game Research, and to the strategic themes Institutions for Open Societies and Dynamics of Youth.

ICON scholars are also members of national research schools and are active in numerous international partnerships and networks in their various disciplines. Collaboration with other partners within society is also a key priority for ICON.