Affiliated Institutes and Centers

CLUE+ is happy to host a number of affiliated research centers and laboratories, which are listed below. For an overview of the activities of these centers, see their respective websites.


Academic centre of expertise in Ancient Studies and Archaeology of the University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam. Click here for the website.


The Amsterdam Centre for Cross-Disciplinary Emotion and Sensory Studies provides a platform for cooperation between scholars from the humanities, the social sciences, and the life sciences. Our research rests on the presumption that both the experience and expression of the emotions and the senses are culturally informed. Different communities shape different sensory and emotional ‘regimes’. To quote Oliver Sacks: ‘culture tunes our neurons’. Click here for the website.

The research of the ACHHP focusses on religious migration and religious co-existence.  Click here for the website (in Dutch).


ACRH unites a large number of scholars and students, affiliated with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, especially the faculties of Humanities and Theology. They are working in several fields of the history of religion in the world. Click here for the website.

The Centre for Contextual Biblical Interpretation engages in cutting edge academic research: the interaction between socio-cultural and socio-economic factors as well as established traditions of reading on the one hand and scriptural interpretation on the other hand. In particular, it does so by researching the hermeneutical and transformative potential that the encounter between diverse communities of interpretation has. In doing so, the research of the Centre has a clear interest in reading strategies that are societally beneficial and factors that help or hinder them. Reading strategies that might be considered beneficial are such that further respectful encounter, dialogue, rapprochement and mutual understanding between different communities of interpretation of the Bible. Such reading strategies contribute to actualization of the potential for social transformation that sacred scriptures hold. Click here for the website.

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Bringing together students, scholars, and members of the general public interested in humanities perspectives on the environment, the new Environmental Humanities Center at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam aims to foster an exchange of ideas. Grounded in the realization that today’s environmental crisis calls for an interdisciplinary approach, we wish to stimulate conversations among the humanities and the natural and social sciences. Click here for the website.

The Historisch Documentatiecentrum voor het Nederlands Protestantisme (1800-heden) (HDC) is part of the Faculty of Humanities (FGW) at the VU Amsterdam and the University Library. The HDC concerns itself with the history of Protestantism in the Netherlands after 1800. Click here for the website (in Dutch).

A brief description (in Dutch): Het HDC richt zich op de geschiedenis van het protestantisme in Nederland na 1800. Het verzamelt en ontsluit archieven van hervormde, gereformeerde en evangelicale personen en instellingen, die de afgelopen twee eeuwen een rol van betekenis hebben gespeeld in het openbare leven in Nederland en bevordert onderzoek. 


International Association of Landscape Archaeology (IALA) is an association aiming at promoting interdisciplinary research in the field of landscape archaeology. IALA provides a platform for archaeologists, cultural and earth scientists and researchers from neighbouring disciplines to present and discuss results from this broad field of landscape research between the sciences and humanities. Click here for the website.


The Migration and Diversity Centre (MDC), initiated in 2007 and rooted at the VU, is a cross disciplinary platform for professors, PhD candidates, and researchers to share and exchange research ideas and outcomes. The MDC actively pursues collaboration in migration and diversity research within the faculties of law, social sciences and arts, at the VU university as well as other international universities and research centres. Click here for the website.


The SPINlab is part of the Department of Spatial Economics and is chaired by Prof. dr. H.J. Scholten. The SPINlab employs researchers from a wide range of backgrounds: economics, physical geography, archaeology, history, mathematics and informatics to name a few. Click here for the website.

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The Stevin Centre for History of Science and Humanities is a collaboration of staff members from different faculties of the VU University Amsterdam. It was opened on March 18, 2014. Members of the Stevin Centre offer English and Dutch taught courses on the history of science and the humanities at the BA and MA levels. The Stevin Centre is also a platform for research in the history of science and the humanities at the VU University and it organizes workshops, colloquia and seminars. Click here for the website.