ReCNTR is an interdisciplinary research centre focused on promoting multimodal and audiovisual research methods in social science, humanities and the arts. It is supported by the Institute of Cultural Anthropology, the Institute of Political Science, the Center of the Arts in Society at Leiden University, the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts and by the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. The centre is premised on the acknowledgement of a “post-textual turn” in our disciplines, and ambitions to promote practices of making in a novel economy of knowledge production. It is aimed at bringing together researchers around the idea that making – as in filmmaking, photographing, drawing, etc. –  are forms of thinking, and thus important methodologies for social science and humanities. “Making” is not understood as separate from, or in dialogue with, scientific work, but as a practice and methodology of scientific work. The centre’s concrete mission is thus to provide as space – both physical and intellectual – for established and emerging scholars in the social sciences and humanities dispersed within and outside Leiden University, as well as artists and makers interested in engaging with social science and humanities, in order to facilitate the development of this new research agenda. 


Inaya Basu, Research Master’s Student, Center for the Arts in Society
Francesco Ragazzi, Associate Professor, Institute of Political Science
Julian Ross, Assistant Professor, Center for the Arts in Society
Cristiana Strava, Assistant Professor, Institute for Area Studies
Erik Viskil, Professor, Academy of Creative and Performing Arts
Mark Westmoreland, Associate Professor, Institute for Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology

Yasmin Ismail, Centre Manager

Advisory Board

Clara Pallí Monguilod, 1646
Aymeric Mansoux, Willem de Kooning Academy
Bart Barendregt, Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University
Bo Wang, artist and filmmaker
Giovanna Fossati, EYE Film Museum & Film Heritage and Digital Film Culture, University of Amsterdam
Orwa Nyrabia, International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam (IDFA)
Manon Bovenkerk, Near/By Film
Mattijs van de Port, Anthropology, University of Amsterdam
Mieke Bernink, Netherlands Film Academy
Nishant Shah, ArtEZ University of the Arts
Paul Wouters, Faculty of Social Science, Leiden University
Petr Kopecky, Institute of Political Science, Leiden University
Rachael Rakes, curator, writer, and editor
Sybille Lammes, Center of the Arts in Society, Leiden University
William Uricchio, Comparative Media History, Utrecht University


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