Huizinga Institute

The Huizinga Institute is the national Dutch research network for Cultural History. It was founded in 1995, and has flourished as a forum for debate and exchange of scholarly views in the field, also functioning as the principal Dutch provider of excellent, cutting-edge coursework and education for research students and PhD candidates in this field. The Institute takes its name from one of the founders of cultural history: Johan Huizinga, with for example his The Waning of the Middle Ages.

Cultural History

Cultural history is a broad, inclusive and dynamic discipline, taking up new specialisms all the time. The Institute encourages the study of culture in its historical manifestations and dynamics, and from a variety of mutually complementary perspectives; the main premises are historicity and interdisciplinarity. Focal points at the moment include:

  • cultural nationalism;
  • memory, heritage and identity;
  • the history of science and the humanities;
  • the history of concepts, political culture, and religious encounters.

The Huizinga Institute supports and encourages academic meetings and exchanges in these fields.

Additional Info

  • Academic director: prof. dr. Michael Wintle
  • Program manager: Paul Koopman
  • Secretary: Chantal Olijerhoek
  • Leading institution: University of Amsterdam