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


9 September 2019
This special issue charts new directions in digital media and migration studies from a gendered, postcolonial, and multidisciplinary perspective.
6 September 2019
Amsterdam University Press recently published "The Life of Texts" by Kiene Brillenburg Wurth and Ann Rigney.
30 August 2019
GEMMA is an interdisciplinary degree in Gender Studies, which is provided by the Graduate Gender Programme of Utrecht.


This war of mine
27 September 2019 14:30 - 15:30
Stephanie de Smale will defend her PhD thesis in the University Hall.
11 October 2019 09:30 - 16:00
The seminar and workshop will be devoted to the theme of Premodern Reading Cultures.
21 October 2019 14:30 - 15:30
Desi Prianti will defend her PhD thesis in the University Hall.