Research groups

In the Faculty of Arts' departments a variety of research groups specialise in a specific aspect of the department's research. Often, the research groups work closely together - within the department and interdisciplinary across several departments.


Centre for Urban History
The Centre for Urban History (CSG) focuses on urban societies, structures and processes in historical perspective. It approaches 'urban history' as a part of an inclusive field of 'urban studies', comprising interdisciplinary insights from urban sociology, cultural studies, demography, economic geography, planning and architecture, urban governance and environmental sciences. The research in urban history is a frontline research domain at the University of Antwerp.
Members, spokesperson Ilja Van Damme Projects
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Power in History - Centre for Political History
The research group uses a broad interpretation of the concept of 'politics', implying all attempts at consciously ordering society, and the conflicts they can arouse. The field of the research unit encompasses the study of political institutions and international relations, as well as that of political theories, ideologies and cultures.
Members, spokesperson Maarten Van Ginderachter Projects
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Institute for the Study of Literature in the Netherlands
ISLN conducts scientific research and provides academic education in the field of Literature in the Netherlands, from ca. 1100 to the present. The research focuses on Dutch and foreign literature from the Low Countries, with specific attention to the literature of the Southern Netherlands / Belgium and the literary interaction between Flanders and the Netherlands. ISLN brings together the study and documentation centres dedicated to Guido Gezelle, Louis Paul Boon en Hugo Claus.
Members, spokesperson Remco Sleiderink Projects
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Visual Poetics
Visual Poetics is a research group in theatre, film and related artistic media at the University of Antwerp, divided in 4 areas of research: performative poetics, intermedial poetics, artist's poetics, textual poetics.
Members, spokesperson Kurt Vanhoutte Projects
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Antwerp Centre for Digital Humanities and Literary Criticism
Building on a long tradition of literary research at the university, ACDC takes the field's more recent developments into account by applying digital tools and methodologies to humanities research.  
Members, spokesperson Dirk Van Hulle Projects
Expertise in: computational text and language analysis - Latin-American, Caribbean and Jewish literature - postcolonialism - LGBTIQ literature - narrative analysis - manuscript study - hermeneutics Publications
Platform Digital Humanities
The Platform Digital Humanities is not a research group, but gathers all digitised research in the arts.
spokesperson Dirk Van Hulle Congresses


Computational Linguistics and Psycholinguistics
CLiPS (Computational Linguistics & Psycholinguistics) produces internationally recognized top research and resources in (developmental) psycholinguistics, (corpus) linguistics, and computational linguistics.
Members, spokesperson Walter Daelemans Projects
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Grammar and Pragmatics (GaP)
GaP unites research in grammar (in the broad sense), pragmatics and their correlation. The study of (linguistic) meaning is the research group's priority.
Members, spokesperson Pedro Gras Projects
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Applied Linguistics

TricS brings together researchers who work in the interdisciplinary fields of translation studies, interpreting studies and intercultural communication. The research group specialises in audiovisual translation and media accessibility, literature and/in translation, social and intercultural communication, and scientific–technical communication (expert/non-expert).
Members, spokesperson Rosario Gennaro Projects
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Centre for Philosophical Psychology
The Center of Philosophical Psychology focuses on the possibility and the limits of a naturalistic explanation of mental activities and properties.
Members, spokesperson Erik Myin Publications
Centre for Ethics
The Centre for Ethics organizes research and teaching in moral philosophy, bringing together researchers who specialize in meta-ethics and moral psychology, history of ethics, and applied ethics.
Members, spokesperson Katrien Schaubroeck Projects
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Center for European Philosophy
The Centre for European Philosophy's main research interest is a philosophical reflection on the relation between reason and culture in modern and contemporary society. The researchers focus on the criticism of metaphysics and post metaphysical thought, religion and secularization, and representation in art and literature.
Members, spokesperson Arthur Cools Projects
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