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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. Legal Mobilization: Analyzing Law-Based Advocacy

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

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

  4. Comparing the Wars of Decolonization

  5. Commodity Frontiers and the Making of Global Capitalism

  6. Reading and Narrating the Migration/Refugee Crisis

  7. Borders and the Transfer of Knowledge

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

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

  10. Knowledge and the Market: Affective Economies

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

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

  13. Gene x Environment Interactions in the Developing Brain

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

  15. Mass Communication in Classical Antiquity

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

  17. The Real and the Imagined in the Contemporary Balkans

  18. European Elections and Public Cynicism

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

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

  21. Texture Analysis Challenge for The Arts

  22. The Construction of Local Identities through Language Practices

  23. Modelling Social Reality: Emergence of the Glass Ceiling

  24. Understanding Information Spreading in Social Networks

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

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

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

  28. Capturing Phylogenetic Algorithms for Linguistics

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

  30. Network Analysis

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

  32. The East - West Encounter

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

  34. East Asian and Latin American Developments Compared

  35. Flexibility and Strategy in Resource Allocation

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

  37. Tatian's Diatessaron

  38. Historical Developmental Psychology

  39. Translation Techniques in Armenian and Syriac

  40. An Encyclopaedia of Syntactic Case Studies

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

  42. Pacific Asia and Europe: Developing Interfaces

  43. Bilingualism

  44. Political Parties and the Quality of Democracy

  45. Human Syntactic Processing

  46. Magic and Religion in the Ancient Near East

  47. The History of Dutch Concepts

  48. Understanding Social Dilemmas

  49. Theatre Iconography

  50. Forensic Expertise and the Law of Evidence in Europe

  51. Inventing Europe. A Transnational History of European Integration

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

  53. Flavius Josephus - Author, Editor or Historian?

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

  55. Games, Action and Social Software

  56. Restricted Linguistic Systems as Windows on Language Genesis

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

  58. The Grotian Concept of Rights

  59. A New View on Survey Research

  60. Environmental History of Southeast Asia, 1500 - 2000

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

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

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

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

  65. HUGO - Hague Utilities for Global Organisations -