The wide range of research covered by the AIHR is organised in five research schools, which together form the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research.
Each research school covers an important research area within the faculty. In addition, the Faculty of Humanities also participates in an interfaculty research institute with the Faculty of Science: the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC).
Each school/institute has its own research programme. Research schools/institute are also the home base for PhD students, who interact with each other and with senior members in the research groups that make up the research school. The research groups do not only carry out their own research programme, they also organize lectures, workshops, and conferences, an overview of which can be found under News and Events.
ACLC dedicates itself to the study of language and speech.
Research focuses on the universal properties of languages, their acquisition, the way they are used, and the processes that lead to their change over time. Theory formation and modelling are also important in this cluster.
ARTES combines both humanities and social science-based approaches to the study of Europe and other world regions, and the relations between them.
Research in this domain engages with political, intellectual and institutional cultures in their national as well as transnational dimensions, as well as questions of cultural, linguistic and religious identities, and the changing representations of these in music, art and literature.
ASCA is devoted to the comparative and interdisciplinary study of culture from a theory-driven and interdisciplinary perspective and in close connection with contemporary social and political debates.
Its researchers work at the intersections of film and media studies, literature, philosophy, visual culture, musicology, theatre and performance studies, and the role of technology, developing new theoretical frameworks and research methodologies for analysing culture.
ASH has the human past as its focus.
ASH integrates a variety of (inter)disciplinary perspectives, including history, history of art, literature and religious studies. It encourages collaborations between scholars along thematic lines (e.g. Religion, the City, Conflict), geographical focus (e.g. Mediterranean History, American Studies, Modern Germany) and in terms of period (e.g. Antiquity, the Middle Ages, Early Modern and Modern History).
AHM analyses the past from the perspective of the tangible and intangible remnants and traces it left behind in the present.
These traces include cultural artefacts and their impact on modern societies, as well as collective memories associated with historical events both in Europe and beyond. The domain covers the fields of memory studies, museum studies, archaeology, conflict studies, (critical & creative) heritage studies.
ILLC focuses on processes related to the encoding, transmission and comprehension of information.
The notion of information is taken in a broad sense, covering the properties of formal languages, the information flow in natural language processing, but also human cognitive activities such as reasoning and music cognition.