The Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) is one of the four research institutes of the Faculty of Humanities. The researchers from the departments of Languages, Literature and Communication and Media and Culture Studies who belong to ICON are organised in the six research groups.

Interdisciplinary and international research

The members of these 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.

medieval studies | comparative literature | musicology | theatre studies | film studies | television studies | game studies | gender studies | media and data

News

15 June 2018
Special Issue of PhiloSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism 8.1 (2018), edited by Birgit Kaiser and Kathrin Thiele.
12 June 2018
The New Jerusalem is the latest book by poet and punk legend Patti Smith. This bilingual English-Dutch prose poem was translated by Onno Kosters.
Neil ten Kortenaar
25 May 2018
Professor Neil ten Kortenaar, University of Toronto, will be a KNAW Visiting Professor attached to the Comparative Literature section in 2018-2019.
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Events

25 October 2018 13:00 - 17:30
On Thursday 25 October 2018 a Master Class will take place on Citizenship Discourses: An Interdisciplinary and Diachronic Perspective.
5 November 2018 19:00 - 21:15
How authentic is the depiction of Timothy Treadwell’s life among grizzly bears? Literary scholar Dr Kári Driscoll explores the power of framing in Grizzly Man.
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