Welcome to the VKS

The Virtual Knowledge Studio for the Humanities and Social Sciences (KNAW) supports researchers in the humanities and social sciences in the Netherlands in the creation of new scholarly practices and in their reflection on e-research in relation to their fields.

A core feature of the Virtual Knowledge Studio is the integration of design and analysis in a close cooperation between social scientists, humanities researchers, information technology experts and information scientists. This integrated approach provides insight in the way e-research can contribute to new research questions and methods.

The VKS collaborates with the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Erasmus Studio KNAW (in short: Erasmus Studio) based in Rotterdam and with Maastricht University in the Maastricht Virtual Knowledge Studio KNAW based in Maastricht.

Upcoming and Recent VKS Events:



Artful Encounters: A seminar on ethnography, art and conservation, 18 & 19 November 2010, Maastricht, the Netherlands

Artful Encounters wants to examine the interesting overlaps between academic ethnography on the one hand and artistic practice in its broadest sense – both its process and its conservation – on the other hand. The seminar has three aims: (1) to improve ethnographic research by sharing research experiences; (2) to explore overlaps and differences in ethnographic methods between two different but fundamentally connected positions: the artist as ethnographer and the ethnographer as artist; and (3) to investigate what the ethnographic research tradition could contribute to the field of artistic research.

Artful Encounters is organized by the Virtual Knowledge Studio (Sarah de Rijcke), the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University (Karel Vanhaesebrouck, Renée van de Vall, Vivian van Saaze), and the Research centre Autonomy and the Public Sphere in the Arts / Zuyd University (Peter Peters, Ruth Benschop). The organization is supported by Wilma Lieben and Linda Bouchoms. Registration closes after Friday 29 October 2010

eResearch Ethics

A workshop on ethics of e-research was held in Amsterdam on 12 October 2010. In the course of the afternoon, participants discussed and reflected on issues around ethics of e-research and the role of researchers in addressing them. Debate around these issues was initiated in Oxford in July 2010 and is ongoing on the eResearch Ethics website.


Modelling Knowledge Dynamics

In the frame of the COST action MP0801 ” Physics of Competition and Conflicts” an international workshop on “Modelling Knowledge Dynamics” took place at the VKS, October 9-10, organized by Andrea Scharnhorst. About 30 participants (from the Netherlands and abroad) discussed methods of mapping, measuring, and modelling processes of knowledge creation in the sciences. Remarkable was an increasing interest in applying available mapping and modelling tools as heuristic devices to study newly emerging field or phenomena at the border between different disciplines. Material from the workshop can be found here.