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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. Reading and Narrating the Migration/Refugee Crisis

  2. Borders and the Transfer of Knowledge

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

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

  5. Knowledge and the Market: Affective Economies

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

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

  8. Gene x Environment Interactions in the Developing Brain

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

  10. Mass Communication in Classical Antiquity

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

  12. The Real and the Imagined in the Contemporary Balkans

  13. European Elections and Public Cynicism

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

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

  16. Texture Analysis Challenge for The Arts

  17. The Construction of Local Identities through Language Practices

  18. Modelling Social Reality: Emergence of the Glass Ceiling

  19. Understanding Information Spreading in Social Networks

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

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

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

  23. Capturing Phylogenetic Algorithms for Linguistics

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

  25. Network Analysis

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

  27. The East - West Encounter

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

  29. East Asian and Latin American Developments Compared

  30. Flexibility and Strategy in Resource Allocation

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

  32. Tatian's Diatessaron

  33. Historical Developmental Psychology

  34. Translation Techniques in Armenian and Syriac

  35. An Encyclopaedia of Syntactic Case Studies

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

  37. Pacific Asia and Europe: Developing Interfaces

  38. Bilingualism

  39. Political Parties and the Quality of Democracy

  40. Human Syntactic Processing

  41. Magic and Religion in the Ancient Near East

  42. The History of Dutch Concepts

  43. Understanding Social Dilemmas

  44. Theatre Iconography

  45. Forensic Expertise and the Law of Evidence in Europe

  46. Inventing Europe. A Transnational History of European Integration

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

  48. Flavius Josephus - Author, Editor or Historian?

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

  50. Games, Action and Social Software

  51. Restricted Linguistic Systems as Windows on Language Genesis

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

  53. The Grotian Concept of Rights

  54. A New View on Survey Research

  55. Environmental History of Southeast Asia, 1500 - 2000

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

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

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

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

  60. HUGO - Hague Utilities for Global Organisations -

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