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

  • University of Tartu

  • Uppsala University

One of the main objectives of this U4 Winter School is to give doctoral students the opportunity to present their research projects to an international group of peers and to get feedback from experienced scholars. The students come from various academic disciplines dealing with

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?

The DH4U4 network aims to stimulate the exchange of knowledge and expertise in the field of digital humanities through collaboratives project proposals, staff exchanges, joint supervision, joint doctoral training and co-publications in the field.

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 following list contains European funded research and cooperation projects with two or more partners from the U4 network. Please click on the acronyms of the projects to find more information on the role of the U4 partners in these projects. You will also find the necessary contact details in

The four research centres have been connected for some time. In 2014, they met to celebrate the launch of the new Centre for Gender Studies in Göttingen. Today, they are looking forward to collaborate further through the organisation of summer schools in the U4 network.

Within the U4 network there are currently nine joint/double degree programmes which involve two or more U4 partner institutions. Several programmes were awarded the prestigious Erasmus Mundus label and comprise a consortium with external partners.

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

The U4 Network intends to take account of the growing importance of research infrastructures at European universities by making strategic agreements and setting common goals in the area of university collections.

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

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

In the U4 network Summer and Winter Schools are organized in a vast variety fields. They give the opportunity to students and young researchers to expand their academic horizon during a short-term, yet intensive programme.

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