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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. Understanding Knowledge in the Low Countries, 1500-1900

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

  3. Comparing the Wars of Decolonization

  4. Commodity Frontiers and the Making of Global Capitalism

  5. Reading and Narrating the Migration/Refugee Crisis

  6. Borders and the Transfer of Knowledge

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

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

  9. Knowledge and the Market: Affective Economies

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

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

  12. Gene x Environment Interactions in the Developing Brain

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

  14. Mass Communication in Classical Antiquity

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

  16. The Real and the Imagined in the Contemporary Balkans

  17. European Elections and Public Cynicism

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

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

  20. Texture Analysis Challenge for The Arts

  21. The Construction of Local Identities through Language Practices

  22. Modelling Social Reality: Emergence of the Glass Ceiling

  23. Understanding Information Spreading in Social Networks

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

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

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

  27. Capturing Phylogenetic Algorithms for Linguistics

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

  29. Network Analysis

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

  31. The East - West Encounter

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

  33. East Asian and Latin American Developments Compared

  34. Flexibility and Strategy in Resource Allocation

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

  36. Tatian's Diatessaron

  37. Historical Developmental Psychology

  38. Translation Techniques in Armenian and Syriac

  39. An Encyclopaedia of Syntactic Case Studies

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

  41. Pacific Asia and Europe: Developing Interfaces

  42. Bilingualism

  43. Political Parties and the Quality of Democracy

  44. Human Syntactic Processing

  45. Magic and Religion in the Ancient Near East

  46. The History of Dutch Concepts

  47. Understanding Social Dilemmas

  48. Theatre Iconography

  49. Forensic Expertise and the Law of Evidence in Europe

  50. Inventing Europe. A Transnational History of European Integration

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

  52. Flavius Josephus - Author, Editor or Historian?

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

  54. Games, Action and Social Software

  55. Restricted Linguistic Systems as Windows on Language Genesis

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

  57. The Grotian Concept of Rights

  58. A New View on Survey Research

  59. Environmental History of Southeast Asia, 1500 - 2000

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

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

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

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

  64. HUGO - Hague Utilities for Global Organisations -