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Theme Groups

Theme Groups bring together scholars of different backgrounds with specific expertise to work together on a daily basis, to advance knowledge on a particular theme.

Each year, one to three research theme groups come to NIAS to carry out research that requires a longer period of daily cooperation. Theme groups are composed of maximum five scholars, and researchers work both individually and as a team on a clearly defined research topic.


  1. Accountability in Medical Autonomous Expert Systems: Ethical and Epistemological Challenges for Explainable AI

  2. Legal Mobilization: Analyzing Law-Based Advocacy

  3. Understanding Knowledge in the Low Countries, 1500-1900

  4. What is Translation? Articulating the Missing Link between Psychiatry and Neuroscience

  5. Comparing the Wars of Decolonization

  6. Commodity Frontiers and the Making of Global Capitalism

  7. Reading and Narrating the Migration/Refugee Crisis

  8. Borders and the Transfer of Knowledge

  9. Diaspora, Migration and the Sciences: A New Integrated Perspective

  10. The Comparative Biology of Language Learning: Towards the Next Level

  11. Knowledge and the Market: Affective Economies

  12. My Optimism Wears Heavy Boots: So much research, so few implications, towards ‘patient-proof’ empirical models and more effective interventions in mental health

  13. From Multidisciplinary Perspectives to Interdisciplinary Pathways: An Agenda for Future Retirement Research and Policy

  14. Gene x Environment Interactions in the Developing Brain

  15. Knowledge and the City, ca. 1450 – ca. 1800

  16. Mass Communication in Classical Antiquity

  17. The Evolution of Financial Markets in Pre-Industrial Europe: The Case of the Low Countries, 1500-1800

  18. The Real and the Imagined in the Contemporary Balkans

  19. European Elections and Public Cynicism

  20. Terrorscapes. Transnational Memory of Totalitarian Terror and Genocide in Postwar Europe

  21. Dutch Atlantic Connections: The Circulation of People, Goods and Ideas in the Atlantic world, 1600-1800

  22. Texture Analysis Challenge for The Arts

  23. The Construction of Local Identities through Language Practices

  24. Modelling Social Reality: Emergence of the Glass Ceiling

  25. Understanding Information Spreading in Social Networks

  26. Explaining European Union Decision-Making: Insights from the Natural and the Social Sciences

  27. Biographies of Buildings: Virtual Futures for our Cultural Past

  28. Social Support: Channels, Contexts, Health Consequences, and Technological Applications

  29. Capturing Phylogenetic Algorithms for Linguistics

  30. The Danger of Community Failure: Conditions for Solidary Behaviour in Modern Market Societies

  31. Network Analysis

  32. Rethinking the History of Medicine: 'Rationality' and 'Magic' in Babylonia and the Graeco-Roman World

  33. The East - West Encounter

  34. A Comparative History of the Literatures of East Central Europe

  35. East Asian and Latin American Developments Compared

  36. Flexibility and Strategy in Resource Allocation

  37. National Systems of Innovation and the Idea - Innovation Chain

  38. Tatian's Diatessaron

  39. Historical Developmental Psychology

  40. Translation Techniques in Armenian and Syriac

  41. An Encyclopaedia of Syntactic Case Studies

  42. Stratification in Eastern and Western Europe in the 1990s

  43. Pacific Asia and Europe: Developing Interfaces

  44. Bilingualism

  45. Political Parties and the Quality of Democracy

  46. Human Syntactic Processing

  47. Magic and Religion in the Ancient Near East

  48. The History of Dutch Concepts

  49. Understanding Social Dilemmas

  50. Theatre Iconography

  51. Forensic Expertise and the Law of Evidence in Europe

  52. Inventing Europe. A Transnational History of European Integration

  53. Terrorists on Trial. The Court Room as a Stage in the Struggle for Publicity, Public Support and Legitimacy

  54. Flavius Josephus - Author, Editor or Historian?

  55. Coming to Terms with a Shattered World: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Violence in Africa

  56. Games, Action and Social Software

  57. Restricted Linguistic Systems as Windows on Language Genesis

  58. Rulers, History and Exegesis in the Early Middle Ages: The Formation of Carolingian Political Identity

  59. The Grotian Concept of Rights

  60. A New View on Survey Research

  61. Environmental History of Southeast Asia, 1500 - 2000

  62. Older adults' life strategies in preparing for the future

  63. The Reception of Netherlandish Art in the Indian Ocean Region and East Asia, and its Impact on Asian Cultures

  64. The Modern and Postmodern Augustine. Aspects of His Reception from 1600 to 2000

  65. Discourses of meditation and self-reflection in art and literature, 1300-1600

  66. HUGO - Hague Utilities for Global Organisations -