Research Centres

Erasmus Centre For Early Modern Studies

The Erasmus Centre For Early Modern Studies provides the organisational focus for research in early modern social, political, cultural and intellectual history (15th to 18th centuries), in particular in relation to the rich collections of Early Modern books and broad-sheets at the Public Library, Rotterdam. These comprise 30,000 volumes of Early Modern books and broad-sheets, among them the ca. 10,000 volumes of Erasmus’ works and of contemporary work on Erasmus at the Erasmus Collection, one of the most complete collections in the world. The Center organises public lectures, seminars, academic conferences, and research projects.

Please direct inquiries to Dr Robert van Friedeburg

Centre for Historical Culture

The Centre for Historical Culture (CHC) is dedicated to research on Historical Culture in a globalizing world. Main research interests are: study of historical consciousness and collective memories, theory of historiography and representations, intellectual history and history of ideas, processes of (de-)canonization in history and culture, history education and public history.
CHC stimulates contacts with researchers on heritage, museums and commemorations, history didactics and pedagogy, history of gender, 'race' and ethnicity, world history and transnational history.

Please direct inquiries to Dr Robbert-Jan Adriaansen.

Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture

The Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC) provides an intellectual network for researchers, PhD students and professionals in the field of media, communication, and culture. The Centre seeks to generate research in association with societal organisations, media enterprises and public institutions.

Please direct inquiries to Dr Erik Hitters.

Erasmus Centre for the History of the Rhine

The Erasmus Centre for the History of the Rhine wants to be an international platform for research on this economic region in all its aspects, but also of the history of the Rhine as a highway connecting the people of Europe since ancient times. It wants to co-ordinate academic research on the history of the Rhine and the Rhine region, with an accent on the economic history of the last two centuries, and to bring academics from different disciplines – historians, geographers and economists – together to discuss this topic.

Business History @ Erasmus

“Business historians study the historical evolution of business systems, entrepreneurs and firms, as well as their interaction with their political, economic and social environment." -Jones and Zeitlin, 2007

Business History @ Erasmus brings together Business researchers with an interest in the history of business.As such, business history research is multidisciplinary by nature and active researchers in this field are scattered over different disciplines. The goal of this platform is to unite researchers from the schools of History, Culture & Communication, Business, Economics, Social Sciences and Law in their endeavors to improve our academic knowledge in the field of business history and to incorporate insights from this field in teaching programmes.

Erasmus Studio

New media and information technology facilitate new scholarly practices and novel methods of knowledge acquisition and encoding. This is commonly referred to with the label e-research. The Erasmus University (EUR) aims to promote as well as to study e-research. To this end, in 2007 the Erasmus Virtual Knowledge Studio was launched, or in short: the Erasmus Studio. Since 2013 the Erasmus Studio secretariat has been housed by the ESHCC.

The Erasmus Studio is carrying out a research program that includes a number of projects with researchers from various disciplinary backgrounds. Erasmus Studio also organizes seminars in which senior researchers as well as PhD students and undergraduates can participate.

Research Centre Modern Maritime History (RCMMH)

The Modern Maritime History research group at the Maritime Museum Rotterdam and Erasmus University Rotterdam started operating on 1 September 2014. The group studies the history of Dutch shipbuilding, the port of Rotterdam and its links with the hinterland and the Dutch offshore industry. These topics will be the subject of academic research and will also be incorporated in the history curriculum at Erasmus University. The Modern Maritime History chair group, as it is known, is a collaborative venture between the Maritime Museum and Erasmus University, initially for a period of four years.