Faculty researchers have an important role to play in various research centres. Each of the research centres is dedicated to specific themes, which, when taken together, provide a good indication of the current research profile of the Faculty of Humanities.
- Abraham Kuyper Center for Science and the Big Questions
The Abraham Kuyper Center engages in two main activities: (1) academic research into the relations between science and the big questions and (2) organization of public lectures, discussions, and seminars for a broader audience about these themes. The goal of this is to stimulate academic and public debates about science and the big questions and to raise them to a higher level.
The Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology is a research and teaching center in the fields of Ancient Studies, Latin and Greek and Archeology, a joint center of VU University and the University of Amsterdam.
The Amsterdam Centre for Cross-Disciplinary Emotion and Sensory Studies provides a platform for cooperation between scholars from the humanities, the social sciences, and the life sciences.
- Amsterdam Critical Discourse Community
ACDC is an open discussion platform based in Amsterdam. ACDC is a collaboration between the two Amsterdam universities: the Faculties of Arts, Social Science and Economics and Business Studies at the VU University Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Communication and Language Centre based at the University of Amsterdam (ACLC).
- Amsterdam Gesture Center
At the Amsterdam Gesture Center, based at the Vrije Universiteit/VU, we study the interplay of audible and visible bodily actions in communicative settings. Spoken language is not 'only audio' in nature but can also have visual components - that is: it is multimodal (audio-visual) to varying degrees.
ARTTIS-VU stands for 'Amsterdam Research on Talk & Text in Institutional Settings, VU University', a group of researchers at the Faculty of Humanities concerned with talk and text in institutional settings.
- Centrum Èthos, onderwijs, onderzoek en debat over maatschappelijke transformaties
The Computational Lexicology & Terminology Lab (CLTL) models the understanding of natural language through computers with a central role for knowledge sources such as lexicons, ontologies and terminology. CLTL is part of the Department of Language and Communication and of the Network Institute.
- Global History and Heritage in a Post-Colonial World
- Historical Documentation Center for Dutch Protestantism
Focuses on the history of Protestantism in the Netherlands since 1800. The center collects and makes accessible archives of Protestant and Evangelical persons and organizations who in the past two centuries have played a rol of importance in Dutch public life.
- Language and Hearing Center Amsterdam – LHCA
The LHCA is a collaboration of staff members from the VU and the VUmc doing research in Language and Hearing, especially on the hearing and speech perception and language development of severely hearing impaired or deaf children.
- Peshitta Institute
- Paul van Moorsel Centre
- ReLiC - VU Centre for Religious History
This research centre organises conferences, courses, publications and projects regarding (Dutch) religious history (ReLiC = Religionis et Libertatis Causa / relic = symbol for religion in its material, cultural and anthropological dimensions).
- Simon Stevin Center for the History of Science and the Humanities
The Stevin Centre for History of Science and Humanities is a collaboration of staff members from different faculties of the VU University Amsterdam. The Stevin Centre is a platform for research in the history of science and the humanities at the VU University and it organizes workshops, colloquia and seminars.