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.
Vice-Dean for Research TSHD Marjolijn Antheunis
"My ideal university is a place where, in addition to inspiring teaching and impact, there is room and quiet to do good research, as a kind of testing ground where you can develop research out of curiosity and also just try things." Read more
The TSHD Graduate School offers an attractive environment, conducive to intensive contacts between junior and senior researchers, to prepare our next generation of researchers to become skilled and responsible academics.
Research areas & themes
The core of the TSHD research is centered around the fields of culture, communication, cognition/AI and philosophy, in line with the respective Departments. Although most researchers are established in one department, we encourage our staff to collaborate beyond the boundaries of the departments. Multiple TSHD researchers cooperate on topical themes such as robotics, virtual reality, digitization, online culture and communication, and health communication. This way, our researchers are enabled to tackle contemporary challenges in synergetic, interdisciplinary efforts.
We aim to inspire our researchers in transgressing the borders of their disciplines with several initiatives. In the regular TSHD lunch colloquia two colleagues from different departments address a single topic from their perspective. The annual Research Traineeships (RTS) program is set up to stimulate interdisciplinary research. In this program, members from two different departments can apply for funding to hire two research assistants (advanced students) for joint research projects that focus on a common theme.
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Frank Lammers' visit to Tilburg University31st May 2023
Listen to the new episodes of Omroep Brabant's entertainment programme Het Ministerie van Brabantse Zaken 'The Ministry of Brabantish Affairs'. In one of the new episodes Frank Lammers visited Tilburg University. Watch the whole episode (available in Dutch).
14:00 - 17:30
Beyond Knowledge - TSHD Educational Event 2023
This year’s TSHD Educational Afternoon will take place on Tuesday, June 13, from 14:00 − 17:30 in the Dante building.
Good education is not just about knowledge transfer. Therefore, this time we invited teachers to talk and learn about highlighting other sides of their teaching that they believe are important as well.
10:00 - 11:30
PhD Defense F.N. Izza MA
Reciting the Qur’an in the life cycle, calendrical, and occasional rituals (The Aisyiyah and Muslimat NU women: Their position of religious authority, agency, and role within the patriarchal organization)
09:00 - 18:00
3rd TSHD Digital Humanities Symposium: Changing minds online
When we go online, our minds are subject to a variety of mechanisms, influencing our browsing behaviours, emotions, and beliefs. Search engine optimization, misinformation, echo chambers, filter bubbles, recommendation systems, and other algorithmically generated choice architectures nudge us to follow specific epistemic paths.
Innovative research: L2TOR
Alexandra Sierra RativaPhD student
Laval Virtual Europe 2021 award
Kristel DoreleijersPhD Candidate
Sander VerhaeghAssistant Professor