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Key modules

Expedition offers you elective topics of which you select two. Each of them is worth 5 ECs.

Why we rule the world, and how

This module is not about political or military leadership. It addresses layers of normativity at a much deeper, metaphysical level. We ‘rule the world’ as we bend reality to comply with models and norms, with rules and regulations.

French Worldwide: Language, culture and identity

What does it mean to speak (and write in) French in the francophone ‘periphery’ (i.e. the French-speaking world outside France, supposedly the centre of power)? How do the various francophone contexts influence language, identities and cultures? Can the debates around ‘francophonie’ inform our contemporary considerations and concerns about global power?

Things to do with text

How can living nature be captured in word and image? Do illustrations enhance the understanding of texts, or do they replace written descriptions altogether? These were essential questions for early modern ‘biologists’ (then called natural historians) who wished to record and transmit knowledge about the natural world.This theme explores the developments in the textual and visual depiction of living nature from the sixteenth to the early nineteenth century.

Language, power, and identity

What is the difference between a language and a dialect, and who decides? Should every nation have its own unique language? Why do certain forms of language play a central role in the ways we think about ourselves and identify others? Language is an essential part of our identity.

Languages, stories and songbirds

Cultures exists by the grace of communication. If people did not have an effective communication system (language), there would be no education, our friendships would be very different, and we would not be able to create common structures such as science.

Art and literature in a technological world

This module will address the question "In which ways can contemporary art be meaningful to the humanities in finding a stronger position in debates about the implications of the sciences? What does it mean that art can be important to the humanities' methodologies."

Religion and enlightenment

The eighteenth century is usually known as the age of reason. However, it was a religious age as well. A small elite of philosophers such as Voltaire, Rousseau, and Hume did not hesitate to fiercely criticize revealed religion and the ecclesiastical institutions based on it. To be true, the relationship between religion and enlightenment is more complicated.

Race and Racism: Asian Perspectives

The concept of ‘race’ tends to be mostly associated with scholarship on Europe and North America, yet race and racism are equally central to Asian societies and history. This module examines the concepts of race and racism in the context of Asia.

The Contested Past: Dutch Colonialism Now

In the Netherlands, colonialism continues to be visible in the present. We will take a closer look at a number of controversial and contested subjects and investigate the academic and public debates surrounding them. What role do the humanities – and other academic disciplines –occupy in these public debates on the interaction of the colonial past and the Dutch present?

War and remembrance

This module is about the way we remember war, how this memory is produced and for which political, ideological and other goals it is generated. How does 'collective memory' relate to experience, historiography and (national) identity?


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