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

1 November 2017
Editors are Dirk van Miert, Henk Nellen, Piet Steenbakkers, and Jetze Touber.
30 October 2017
Professor Dr Gloria Wekker, Professor Dr Philomena Essed and Dr Leo Balai together win the Black Achievement 2017 in the category Science.
27 October 2017
Co-edited by Jeroen Salman, this book demonstrates how materiality, sociality and spatiality contribute to a better understanding of early modern book history.
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Events

Prof. Astrid Erll. Source: uni-frankfurt.de
27 November 2017 17:15 - 19:00
Astrid Erll will argue that 'Homer' is the product of connectivity and exchange among individuals and groups, of relations that work across time and space.
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6 December 2017 16:15 - 17:30
Simon Cook shows how pornographic motifs in fiction by Ballard, Amis, Pynchon and Foster Wallace reflect the incursion of pornography into the public arena.
Beeld van Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) voor de Thomaskirche in Leipzig © iStockphoto.com/claudiodivizia
11 December 2017 12:15 - 13:30
Rens Bijma's PhD thesis is devoted to the question to which extent current opinions in musicology regarding historically-informed practice are actually correct.
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