The aim and concept of the Java Railway Station Architecture period 1867-1942
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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


Bridging Gaps
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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


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

Coping with drought. An environmental history of drinking water and climate adaptation in the Netherlands
Keywords: climate, drought, societal resilience, drinking water culture. Read more

Crossing Borders: Interreligious Ritual Sharing as a Challenge to the Theology of Interreligious Dialogue
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Chronicling novelty. New knowledge in the Netherlands, 1500-1850
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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 

De wortels van salafistische koranuitleg: het korancommentaar van al-Qasimi
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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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Artistic Research on Landscapes in Transition. Read more


Fair for All: Making Room for Fairness in the Globalised Economy
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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 

HERILAND is a pan-European research and training network on cultural heritage in relation to Spatial Planning and Design. 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

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 

Inventory in the Netherlands of Stakeholders’ Practices and Initiatives on Research integrity to set an Example
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Keeping up appearances. Renovation and demolition in the urban network of Holland in the long eighteenth century (1670-1830)
The research project will focus on this still scarcely researched transformation and demolition of the private building stock in the long eighteenth century, based on a comparative analysis of the seven most important shrinking towns in the urban network of Holland: Leiden, Haarlem, Delft, Gouda, Hoorn, Enkhuizen and Alkmaar. Read more 

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: r.van.woudenberg@vu.nl.

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 

Leven en werk van Jan Lever (1922-2010)
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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

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: k.goudriaan@vu.nl.

Monuments of Mosul in Danger: The Christian Churches and Monasteries
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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. 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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TERRANOVA is a new Research Fellowship Programme funded by the European Commission that learns from landscapes with past energy regimes to design new landscapes in the low carbon society. Read more 

Tiel-Medel as key site for innovative research into migration and ethnogenesis in the Roman Northwest frontier
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Travelling translator. Rosey Pool (1905-1971) a Dutch cultural mobiliser in the ‘transatlantic century’
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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

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

Verbal Valence in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Syntactic Variation and Linguistic Change
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Agora: Creating the Historic Fabric for and Providing Web-enabled Access to Objects in Dynamic Historical Sequences.
NWO-research project on digitally mediated public history and museum collections.
Prof. Dr. Susan Legêne, e-mail: s.legene@vu.nl 

Ancient War Narrative. A combined discourse-linguistic and narratological approach
This NWO-funded program was led by Prof. Dr. Caroline Kroon and Prof.Dr. Irene de Jong (UvA). VU-scholars Suzanne Adema and Lidewij van Gils held post-docs positions in this project, and David Stienaers worked as a PhD-student (VU), together with PhD-student Niels Koopman (UvA). Read More 

Atlantic Wall
Prof. Dr. Koos Bosma.  


The beginnings of farming in the Marmara Region of NW Turkey.
Excavations at Neolithic Barcın Höyük
Dr. Fokke Gerritsen, e-mail: fa.gerritsen@nit-istanbul.org 

Camps as contested sites.
Postwar development of the camps Vught, Westerbork and Amersfoort as heritage.
Prof. Dr. Rob van der Laarse, e-mail: laarse@uva.nl 

Creative Industries and Sustainable Heritage Protection, CRISP
Prof. Dr. Susan Legêne, e-mail: s.legene@vu.nl 

Decline and fall? Social and cultural dynamics in the Low Countries in the Late Roman empire (AD 270-450) 
The project aims to present a new overview of the social and cultural transformation of the Low Countries in the Late Roman Empire. Read more


The future of the World Heritage Convention
Commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW)
Prof. Dr. Susan Legêne, e-mail: s.legene@vu.nl 

Finding the limits of the Limes
Using spatial dynamic modelling to reconstruct and understand the development of the cultural landscape in the Dutch part of the Roman Limes. Read more 

Fitting in/Standing out. Comparing Majority and Minority Dress Codes among Egyptian Muslims and Christians
The research programme seeks to put minority dress back into context. Read more 

Forced migration to the Cape of Good Hope in the 18th and 19th centuries, a biomolecular and archival study. 
The project aims to reconstruct life histories of enslaved people at the Cape and to elucidate lesser known aspects of the Dutch involvement in the Indian Ocean slave trade. Read more 

Francia Media: Cradles of European Culture 
The project aims to unveil European dimensions of early medieval heritage and to show its unexpected ties to our contemporary history. 
CLUE+ developed a Companion , published a study on heritage in regional identities in Europe and organised events for scientific and professional audiences. Read more 

HERCULES. Sustainable Futures for Europe's Heritage in Cultural Landscapes 
Tools for understanding, managing, and protecting landscape functions and values. 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 

Kinds and degrees of understanding: The interplay between scientific expertise and everyday understanding
The project addresses questions regarding degrees and kinds of understanding, with a focus on the relations between scientific understanding and understanding in other domains. Read more 

Landscapes of war, trauma and occupation. Painful heritage and the dynamics of memory in post-1989 Europe
Prof. Dr. Rob van der Laarse, e-mail: laarse@uva.nl.

Living Neolithization. Micro histories and grand narrative in Neolithic Anatolia and Southeast Europe (c. 7000-5000 BC) 
By investigating the long-term regional histories of five selected study regions in Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria, this project aims to show how Neolithic ways of life were redefined in regional contexts. Read more 

Mapping Hiding Places 
The project and the Working Group on Hiding Histories is an initiative making an inventory and database of locations where Jews were in hiding during the Holocaust, in order to enable a historical analysis of relevant networks and patterns. Read more 

Masterplan Coast and Heritage
Prof. Dr. Koos Bosma.

Merging boundaries. Phoenician communities in the western Mediterranean and the Atlantic: cultural consumption and adaptation strategies circa 750-550 BC
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Ocean of knowledge. Globalization and the making of knowledge in the Atlantic world, c. 1680-1850
The key question is how the growth of circulation of people, goods and ideas in the Atlantic world between the 17th and early 19th centuries affected the development of 'useful and reliable' knowledge, and how this body of 'useful and reliable' knowledge in turn affected the growth of globalization. Read more 

PhotoCLEC. Photographs, Colonial Legacy and Museums in Contemporary European Culture
Prof. Dr. Susan Legêne, e-mail: s.legene@vu.nl.

Planting the seeds of change
A bioarchaeological approach to developments in landscape and land use in first-millennium-BC south-east Italy.
Prof. Dr. Jan Paul Crielaard, e-mail: j.p.crielaard@vu.nl.

Provincial finances 1572-1795 
This project releases the major key figures regarding public financing in the Netherlands prior to 1795. 
Prof. Dr. J.M.F. Fritschy, e-mail: j.m.f.fritschy@vu.nl.

From Protohistory to History: Social change in Southern Italy at the dawn of the Classical world
Prof. Dr. Gert-Jan Burgers, e-mail: g.l.m.burgers@vu.nl.

Sites, Bodies and Stories. The Dynamics of Heritage Formation in Colonial and Postcolonial Indonesia and the Netherlands
Prof. Dr. Susan Legêne, e-mail: s.legene@vu.nl.

The social-psychological meaning of heritage for the identity of a region in a leisure context
Michiel Flooren, e-mail: m.w.j.flooren@saxion.nl.

Terrorscapes in Postwar Europe: Transnational Memory of Totalitarian Terror and Genocide
Prof. Dr. Rob van der Laarse, e-mail: laarse@uva.nl.

Topographical Survey Keratitsa, Laconia, Greece
Dr. Mieke Prent, e-mail: a.prent@vu.nl.

Topographical Survey Selinous, Laconia, Greece
Dr. Mieke Prent, e-mail: a.prent@vu.nl.

The truck system in transatlantic perspective: Louisiana and the Netherlands ca. 1865-1920 
The purpose is to compare the functioning of the oppressive features of the truck system on the labourers in Louisiana and the Netherlands. Read more 

Urban Nebula: metamorphosis of the Schiphol region in the 20th century
This research project aims to analyze and explain the origins and course of a sweeping metamorphosis in Dutch urban landscapes in the late nineteenth and the twentieth century, viz. a change from compact, relatively sharply delineated areas into a kind of urban 'nebula', where town and country are to a large extent intertwined. Prof. dr. J.E. Bosma.

The Valuation of Cultural Heritage
Subprojects: Real estate prices; Location behaviour of households; Location behaviour of firms; National and international tourism.
Prof. Dr. Jan Rouwendal, e-mail: j.rouwendal@vu.nl 

The villa of Hoogeloon and the settlement of Riethoven. Key-sites in the Roman rural landscape of the Lower Rhine frontier zone between Limes and loess.
The aim of this project is to analyse three Roman archaeological sites that were excavated in the 1980s. Read more 

We should know better. An inquiry at the crossroads of ethics and epistemology
To which extent does responsibility depend on the information we have? Read more