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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. Comparing the Wars of Decolonization

  2. Commodity Frontiers and the Making of Global Capitalism

  3. Reading and Narrating the Migration/Refugee Crisis

  4. Borders and the Transfer of Knowledge

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

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

  7. Knowledge and the Market: Affective Economies

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

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

  10. Gene x Environment Interactions in the Developing Brain

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

  12. Mass Communication in Classical Antiquity

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

  14. The Real and the Imagined in the Contemporary Balkans

  15. European Elections and Public Cynicism

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

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

  18. Texture Analysis Challenge for The Arts

  19. The Construction of Local Identities through Language Practices

  20. Modelling Social Reality: Emergence of the Glass Ceiling

  21. Understanding Information Spreading in Social Networks

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

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

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

  25. Capturing Phylogenetic Algorithms for Linguistics

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

  27. Network Analysis

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

  29. The East - West Encounter

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

  31. East Asian and Latin American Developments Compared

  32. Flexibility and Strategy in Resource Allocation

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

  34. Tatian's Diatessaron

  35. Historical Developmental Psychology

  36. Translation Techniques in Armenian and Syriac

  37. An Encyclopaedia of Syntactic Case Studies

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

  39. Pacific Asia and Europe: Developing Interfaces

  40. Bilingualism

  41. Political Parties and the Quality of Democracy

  42. Human Syntactic Processing

  43. Magic and Religion in the Ancient Near East

  44. The History of Dutch Concepts

  45. Understanding Social Dilemmas

  46. Theatre Iconography

  47. Forensic Expertise and the Law of Evidence in Europe

  48. Inventing Europe. A Transnational History of European Integration

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

  50. Flavius Josephus - Author, Editor or Historian?

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

  52. Games, Action and Social Software

  53. Restricted Linguistic Systems as Windows on Language Genesis

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

  55. The Grotian Concept of Rights

  56. A New View on Survey Research

  57. Environmental History of Southeast Asia, 1500 - 2000

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

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

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

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

  62. HUGO - Hague Utilities for Global Organisations -