The Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) is one of the four research institutes of the Faculty of Humanities. The researchers from the departments of History and Art HistoryLanguages, Literature and Communication and Media and Culture Studies who belong to ICON are organised in the research groups Gender StudiesLiteratureMedia and PerformanceMedieval Culture and Musicology. 

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 Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights and the strategic theme Institutions for Open Societies, among others.

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. Several projects have already been launched in the context of the Creative Industry programme of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.

medieval studies | comparative literature | musicology | theatre studies | film studies | television studies | game studies | gender studies

News

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15 September 2017
Alumni magazine Illuster interviewed Geert Buelens together with Director of Het Literatuurhuis Michaël Stoker about the visibility of literature in the city.
29 August 2017
Het boek van Martine Veldhuizen is verschenen in de serie Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy (USML 36)
28 August 2017
The book explores the dynamics of Christian ritual practices in their relation to a broader cultural framework.
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Events

22 September 2017 14:00 - 18:00
The lecture, titled ‘The Vesalius Census: The Politics of Reading in Early (and not so Early) Modern Europe’ will be given by Daniel Margócsy at Teylers Museum.
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22 September 2017 15:15 - 17:00
Lecture by Richard Gyu, one of the foremost specialists in Beneventan books, script and liturgy.
Prof. Beatrice de Graaf tijdens DRONGO talenfestival 2016. Foto: Henk Rougoor
29 September 2017 10:00 - 30 September 2017 17:00
On 29 and 30 September DRONGO language festival takes place in Utrecht. Many scholars from Utrecht University will offer workshops and live science labs.
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