Our researchers are experts in the fields of languages, cultures, history, arts, societies and philosophy. Together we cover almost all continents and time periods. Knowledge of these disciplines contribute to a humane, safe and sustainable world.
We are committed to the development, distribution and application of scientific knowledge. In addition, we want to be a reliable beacon in both the scientific and the social debate.
A large part of the research within the Faculty is characterised by an interdisciplinary approach, in which researchers share their knowledge and insights, thus strengthening their education and research projects.
In order to facilitate cutting-edge fundamental research at national and international level, research within the Faculty of Humanities focuses on five of Leiden University's eleven profile areas:
- Asian Modernities and Traditions
- Global interaction of people, culture and power through the ages
- Language diversity in the world
- Brain function and dysfunction over the lifespan
- Political legitimacy: Institutions and Identities
Research within the faculty takes place at seven institutes.
- Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA)
- Leiden University Centre for Linguistics
- Centre for the Arts in Society
- Area Studies: Asia & the Middle East
- Institute for History
- Institute for Philosophy
- Netherlands Institute Morocco
- Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
- Leiden University Centre for the Study of Islam and Society
- Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition
- Leiden Asia Centre
- Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies
The Graduate School of the Leiden University Faculty of Humanities offers advanced degrees spanning the humanities, including the creative and performing arts. The School’s field of activity also includes area studies, linguistics, philology, literary theory, history, art history, philosophy and religious studies.
Adacemic integrity is of paramount importance to the Faculty of Humanities. The faculty cooperates with the faculties of Archaeology, Law, Governance and Global Affairs, and Social and Behavioural Sciences in the Ethics committee for Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH).