Mission & Vision

The mission of the Radboud Institute for Culture & History (RICH) is to make a significant contribution to the understanding of the changing place of Europe in the world, and to the changing world of which Europe forms a part. As a successful and productive centre of excellence for Humanities research, our institute forms an important and unique central node; it is an interface for different academic cultural traditions, with a strong national and international network and reputation.

In order to study the global interconnections and tensions that constitute the changing place of Europe in the world and the changing world of which Europe forms a part, RICH explicitly addresses two essential questions that target the key societal issues of European contemporary humanities research:

  • How and under which conditions do different kinds of loyalties, communities and categories of people emerge and disappear in a changing Europe?
  • What do art and creativity mean for people and society in a changing Europe?

The formation of loyalties, communities and categories as well as the creation and reception of art are all strongly influenced by and take their meaning from processes taking place elsewhere in the changing world, and give meaning to them. As such, cultural transfer is no one-way street, but multidirectional, messy, complex, and in need of careful academic research. The RICH research agenda fills that need.

As researchers, we create, aggregate, promote and integrate humanities research in a wide range of disciplines in order to gain a deep understanding of the complexities of Europe’s past and present in the context of the changing world. For this, we work closely with other Radboud research institutes, Dutch universities and international academic institutions and associations. We also proactively disseminate our findings to a broad public. Our researchers work within the fields of historical, literary and cultural studies, forming flexible, cohesive and motivated multidisciplinary teams, which, for example, integrate approaches like intersectionality and digital humanities into more traditional humanities research domains.