Research Humanities and Digital Sciences

Research at the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences focuses on transformation processes taking place in contemporary society, related to communication and culture, and analyses the underlying moral and ethical questions.

Research programs Humanities and Digital Sciences

With its research Tilburg University wants to contribute to the understanding of contemporary society. The Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences contributes to this goal by focusing its research on current societal transformation processes such as globalization, pluriformation, and digitalization, and their consequences for language, culture, and religion.

Three thematic domains:


Research interests concern various aspects of linguistic and non-linguistic human communication and interaction. The research combines computational and experimental methods in a unique way. Website Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC)

Cultural Consequences

Cultural complexity and dynamics in relation to language, culture, and religion form the central research focus of this domain. The focus is on the context of globalization and diversification on the one hand, and localization and regional identity on the other. Website research program

Ground & Values

Current social and cultural transformation processes call for analysis of the ethical consequences and reformulation of scientific approaches and models. The philosophers take the lead in this endeavor, with the relationship between rationality and society as a focal point. Website research program

Two overarching areas of attention:


There is a clear coherence between the three domains, which calls for interdisciplinary cooperation. The overarching e-Humanities Platform transects the three domains – and the research programs that converge in them – and forms an incubator for innovative research.

Valorization project 'Religion and Values'

With the project Understanding Society – Religion and Values the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences positions itself in the center of the current societal debate on values, philosophy of life, and religion and contributes to the understanding, and improvement, of society. Website