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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. Building a Research Agenda in the Studies of War, Mass Violence and Genocide

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

  3. Legal Mobilization: Analyzing Law-Based Advocacy

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

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

  6. Comparing the Wars of Decolonization

  7. Commodity Frontiers and the Making of Global Capitalism

  8. Reading and Narrating the Migration/Refugee Crisis

  9. Borders and the Transfer of Knowledge

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

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

  12. Knowledge and the Market: Affective Economies

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

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

  15. Gene x Environment Interactions in the Developing Brain

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

  17. Mass Communication in Classical Antiquity

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

  19. The Real and the Imagined in the Contemporary Balkans

  20. European Elections and Public Cynicism

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

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

  23. Texture Analysis Challenge for The Arts

  24. The Construction of Local Identities through Language Practices

  25. Modelling Social Reality: Emergence of the Glass Ceiling

  26. Understanding Information Spreading in Social Networks

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

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

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

  30. Capturing Phylogenetic Algorithms for Linguistics

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

  32. Network Analysis

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

  34. The East - West Encounter

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

  36. East Asian and Latin American Developments Compared

  37. Flexibility and Strategy in Resource Allocation

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

  39. Tatian's Diatessaron

  40. Historical Developmental Psychology

  41. Translation Techniques in Armenian and Syriac

  42. An Encyclopaedia of Syntactic Case Studies

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

  44. Pacific Asia and Europe: Developing Interfaces

  45. Bilingualism

  46. Political Parties and the Quality of Democracy

  47. Human Syntactic Processing

  48. Magic and Religion in the Ancient Near East

  49. The History of Dutch Concepts

  50. Understanding Social Dilemmas

  51. Theatre Iconography

  52. Forensic Expertise and the Law of Evidence in Europe

  53. Inventing Europe. A Transnational History of European Integration

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

  55. Flavius Josephus - Author, Editor or Historian?

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

  57. Games, Action and Social Software

  58. Restricted Linguistic Systems as Windows on Language Genesis

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

  60. The Grotian Concept of Rights

  61. A New View on Survey Research

  62. Environmental History of Southeast Asia, 1500 - 2000

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

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

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

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

  67. HUGO - Hague Utilities for Global Organisations -