The humanities are academic disciplines that study human culture. The humanities use methods that are primarily critical, or speculative, and have a significant historical element — as distinguished from the mainly empirical approaches of the natural sciences.


  • Ghent University

  • University of Göttingen

  • University of Groningen

  • Uppsala University

The U4 study catalogue lists the joint programmes between two or more U4 institutions. The joint programmes are arranged by host (Ghent, Göttingen, Groningen, Uppsala) and by field of study (Economics, Humanities, Law, Life Sciences, Science and Technology, Social Sciences).

The initiative approaches discursive, institutional, and material processes and practices that generate and transform the boundaries and interior structures of the Religious in a historically well-founded and cross-cultural way. The period investigated encompasses the time from

The study of cultural transfer and transmission is a relatively new research line within the broader context of literary history and cultural studies. Already before the start of the U4 scholars were working together in inter alia the internationalizing project 'Peripheral autonomy?

Revolution poses a unique challenge to writers and artists, namely that of representing something unprecedented and unique. This challenge becomes even greater when the events have not been experienced firsthand, when they take place somewhere else and are observed only in mediated

The aim of this programme is to promote the teaching and research of Taiwan Studies within Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Professorial fellows from Taiwan will teach a course on an aspect of International Relations in an East Asian context. As well as teaching and researching in the

The Family Ethics research network brings together researchers from the U4 Network, as well as other European universities on topics such as 'social freezing' and 'postponed motherhood'. Current advances in reproductive medicine, like in-vitro fertilization and germ cell donation,

The cluster of Humanities chose Multilingualism as a focal theme to unite different departments. After a research proposal on urban multilingualism, the topic was explored at an annual workshop for established researchers and PhD students in Göttingen in 2014 on "Creating multilingual

Summer and Winter Schools are organised by the U4 network all over Europe with the goal to promote students and young researchers. International students and scientists from Humanities, Social Sciences, Economics and Law, Medicine & Pharmacy and Science & Technology

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