Current projects CLUE+


The Biography of the New Land
The aim is to further reinforce the coherence and applicability of the scientific research into the history, development and heritage of the IJsselmeer region. Read more

Buried Landscapes of War: The Archaeology and heritage of World War II in The Netherlands
The principle aim of the project is to retrieve, assess and interpret the archaeological information and material gathered on conflict sites in the Netherlands. Read more


Challenging Testaccio. Urban Landscape History of a Roman Rione.
The final aim of the project is to investigate the urban landscape of Testaccio as a palimpsest of closely interwoven histories and to study how the history and heritage of Testaccio can be integrated into the modern city. Read more

Control Copy: Commodification of the Digital Artwork
The main objective of the research is to interrogate the interrelations between the commodity character, value, and reproducibility of these artworks. How do these digital artworks critique these relations, and to what extent are they simultaneously formed by them? Read more

Crossing Borders: Interreligious Ritual Sharing as a Challenge to the Theology of Interreligious Dialogue
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Dutch Bible Belt

This network intends to facilitate contacts, research and education in studying the culture, history and significance of a specific group of conservative Calvinist Protestants in the Netherlands. Read more

Dutch churches
The aim is to create a survey of all Dutch churches – seen as heritage – in the era 1800-1970. Read more


The Epistemic Responsibilities of the University
This project aims to contribute to the future of universities by revisiting and updating their uniquely important mission and responsibilities. Read more

Early magmatic processes on Mars
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Engaged Women in Decolonization and the Cold War Indonesia: Mobility, Citizenship and Socio-Political Encounters, 1940s-1980s
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Framing Prostitution

The aim is to research the way a city museum (the Amsterdam Museum) deals with a difficult subject such as prostitution. What are the roles of and interactions between the museum/curator, the public/communities and the objects/artists? Read more… 


Germans as enemy citizens 
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Hericoast Interreg Europe
Europe’s maritime & fluvial regions exist in great diversity, yet show parallels in spatial & political challenges. Read more 

A History of the Construction of the Idea of Dutch Design, 1945-2010
The aim is to develop an empirical understanding of the actual relationships between Dutch Design and its socio-cultural contexts without relying on stereotypes of national culture and of design. Read more


International Association of Landscape Archaeology    
International Association of Landscape Archaeology is an association under formation aiming at promoting interdisciplinary research in the field of landscape archaeology. Read more

In Search of Scents Lost
The project investigates the role of olfaction during the avant-garde, chronologically and geographically stretching from 1913 (first futurist manifesto on smell) to 1959 (final surrealist exhibition featuring a perfume). Read more


Keeping in touch in a changing world.
Network dynamics and the connections between the Aegean and Italy during the Bronze Age – Iron Age transition (ca. 1250 – 1000 BC)
Prof. Dr. Jan Paul Crielaard, e-mail:

Knowledge, belief and normativity
The project investigates two related normative philosophical questions, (1) what is the value of knowledge? and (2) are human beings responsible for what they believe, and if so in what sense?
Prof. Dr. R. van Woudenberg, e-mail:

Knowledgeable Democracy: A Social-Epistemological Inquiry
The aim of this project is to evaluate and improve the knowledge-producing potential of liberal democracy. Read more


Mapping Slavery
The project aims at including the history of slavery and the slave trade in local, national and regional history in Europe. This is done by pointing out locations in European cities and towns that have a direct or indirect connection with these histories. Read more

Mapping the Via Appia
The project aims at a thorough inventory and analysis of the Roman interventions in their suburban landscape. Read more

The Mediation of Critique: Polar Strategies of Mediation in the Exhibition of Contemporary Art in the Low Countries, 1982-1997
The aim of this research is to reveal critical insights about the nature of mediation – as a function of both the curator and the artist. Read more

MoMoWo Women’s creativity since the Modern Movement
This recently EU-large collaborative project with a budget of 1.15 million Euros in total joins 6 European universities with the aim to investigate women architects, designers, and engineers from the 1920s until today (1918-2018). Read more

Monasticon Trajectense
An annotated repository of all the monasteries in the medieval bishopric of Utrecht which at any time in their existence followed the third rule of St Francis.
Prof. Dr. Koen Goudriaan, e-mail:

Multiple religious belonging: hermeneutical and empirical explorations of hybrid religiosity
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Paying for All the King’s Horses and All the King’s Men – A Fiscal History of the Achaemenid Empire
The aim of the project is to achieve a new understanding of taxation, administration and the spending pattern of the Persian Empire. Read more

Perspective and Perception
The project examines how various perspectives used in interactive digital environments influence our perception. Read more

The Plakari Archaeological Project
The Plakari Archaeological Project has two main aims: to understand the nature of the human occupation of the Plakari hill top and its direct environs, and to investigate how in various periods Plakari functioned within its wider geographical setting. Read more

The Polder Model: Participation and representation in Dutch water management 1500-1900
The project investigates the idea of the polder model. Read more

PAN: Portable Antiquities of the Netherlands
The aim of PAN is to document and publish finds of archaeological interest, mainly those of metal, found by members of the general public and in private collections. By publishing the collections online, the objects and their find locations are made available for heritage purposes, academic research, museums, and members of the general public to enjoy.


Science Beyond Scientism
The research activities consist of four projects: Analyzing Scientism; Scientism in Action; A Critique of Scientism; Beyond Scientism. Read More
Prof. dr. R. van Woudenberg, e-mail:

The sea and the landroutes of southern Euboia, ca. 4000–1 BC. A case study in Mediterranean interconnectivity
Aim of the project is to give a firmer empirical basis to the Mediterranean interconnectivity model but also to critically examine some of its basic tenets. Read more

Slaves, commodities and logistics. The direct and indirect, the immediate and long-term impact of 18th-century Dutch-Republic slave-based activities
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The Artistic Taste of Nations Art Collecting, School Classification and Identity Formation in Western Europe, 1600-1800 
Museums of early modern art – such as the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Gemaeldegalerie in Dresden or the Louvre in Paris – are often characterized by a national display of art works. However, due to the effects of globalization such displays are now confirmed or transgressed to show not only that art emerged in a variety of artistic schools, but also that it appealed and still appeals to a range of regional, national or international communities. Read more

The aim and concept of the Java Railway Station Architecture period 1867-1942
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Travelling translator. Rosey Pool (1905-1971) a Dutch cultural mobiliser in the ‘transatlantic century’
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The United States of Indonesia, 1941-1950. Rise and fall of a federal state
This is an international comparative research project on the various interests and rationales during the decolonization struggle within and outside of Indonesia with respect to the formation of a federal Indonesian state that would maintain its bonds with the Netherlands. Read more

Unhinging the National Framework: Platform for the Study of Life-Writing and Transnationalism
The international expert group “Unhinging the National Framework: Platform for the Study of Life-Writing and Transnationalism” investigates the lives of men and women whose life-work, including the building of socio-cultural and professional networks, questioned and transgressed the national boundaries that existed or emerged during the twentieth century. Read more