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


17 September 2018
In August the book 'The Cambridge Companion to the Dutch Golden Age' has been published by Cambridge University Press.
13 September 2018
This book offers an innovative take on the role of intellectuals in Europe through a postcolonial lens.
10 September 2018
Kiene Brillenburg Wurth, Karí Driscoll and Jessica Pressman edited the volume 'Book Presence in a Digital Age'.


26 September 2018 14:30 - 15:30
Charlotte O’Neill examined the development of the role of the organist in a variety of English churches during the nineteenth century.
26 September 2018 16:15 - 17:15
On 26 September Leo Lousberg will defend his dissertation 'Microtones according to Augustine'.
Marjolijn Heemstra. Bron:
5 October 2018 15:30 - 17:00
On October 5th dr. Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink will talk with artist Marjolijn van Heemstra about her hybrid practice.