Cultural Studies research culture


The domain of Cultural Studies encompasses the broad terrain of contemporary culture and studies it from the wide-ranging perspective of the humanities. Cultural Studies is by nature interdisciplinary, combining the diverse disciplinary approaches typical of such fields as anthropology, literary studies, history and cultural history, philosophy, religious studies and the social sciences. There are also explicit links with other interdisciplinary domains, such as media studies and urban studies. Cultural Studies actively maintains links with these domains and its research culture consequently displays strong similarities with them. Cultural Studies has diverse theoretical approaches and research traditions. The research school NICA functions as a network and is responsible for PhD programmes and communication in the domain.


Target groups

Cultural Studies is international in orientation; both its publications and its close international alliances make that clear. Research in this domain is also interesting to those beyond the academic community, as evidenced by the broad interest that its research output generates among academic researchers and a broad, academically interested readership/audience. That output takes the form of books, articles in journals, essays in edited volumes, blogs, and participation in public debates, as well as other types of publication.


Products and communication

  • Academic publications often take the form of articles in international journals. In addition, there are books and essays in edited volumes, and articles in national journals. Many of the products are hybrid in nature and target both academic readers and a broad group of interested general readers.
  • Dutch-language publications are an important part of the research. English is the most common language in international publications. Other common languages of publication are German, French, Spanish and Italian. Publication in foreign languages is important in certain specialist areas.
  • Review processes are important in the context of national and international publications, often taking the form of editorial reviews but also peer reviews. That is true of articles in journals, essays in edited volumes and books.


Processes and strategies

  • Communication with professionals, but above all with broad groups of interested readers, is important. Researchers communicate by producing hybrid publications (including books), participating in public debates, writing articles in popular periodicals (e.g. weeklies) and literary media, and blogging.
  • The most common type of publication is the ‘single-authored publication’. This is especially true of books (monographs), which have a lengthier production time.


Domain-specific aspects of quality and relevance

Hybrid books, participation in public debates, blogs, articles in popular periodicals (e.g. weeklies) and literary media.


Relevance of indicators for products

The NICA panel has authorised various publication channels for journals and books. No distinction has been made between target groups owing to the inherently interdisciplinary nature of the domain. The multidisciplinary nature of this domain means that indicators authorised by other panels are also relevant. Link to lists.


Relevance of quantitative indicators for use and marks of recognition

Bibliometric indicators such as citation analyses are not useful, even if based on Google Scholar. That is because many of the publication channels are not indexed and because reference practices are too diverse.