Event details

Date: June 8 2023, 10 AM – 9 PM (CET)
Location: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 111, 1081 HV Amsterdam, New University Building, Theater Room 3

Registration: Please register for the workshop here. Registration closes on 1 June. Space is limited so please register as soon as possible.

Fee: € 125,- including dinner / € 75,- without dinner. A discount of 50% (€ 62,- / € 25,-) can be offered for PhD candidates and early career researchers.


In the wake of the so-called “replication crisis” in the biomedical, natural and social sciences, researchers have begun to ask: What about replication in the humanities? Might replication studies be a useful way to corroborate findings in the humanities? If so, what would they look like in various fields within the humanities and how would they differ from replication in the biomedical, natural and social sciences? What aims would they strive for in terms of epistemic progress? What can the humanities learn from replication studies in the sciences and vice versa?

At the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, we have set out to explore the strengths and limitations of replication studies in the humanities in practice by replicating two original studies: one in the field of art history, the other in the field of history of science and religion. This work is part of the larger project Epistemic Progress in the University funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation. In this workshop we will present preliminary findings from both case studies and begin to engage in joint meta-reflections on the experiment (for more information, see our recent blog post on these two replication projects).


Please find the preliminary programme here.


The seminar will be held on location in Amsterdam at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. It is possible to attend the seminar through live streaming. The talks of the speakers will be recorded (not the discussions) and posted on our website shortly after the seminar.


Rik Peels
Hans van Eyghen
Edwin Buijsen
Sarah de Rijcke
John Hedley Brooke
Gijsbert van den Brink
Rachel S. A. Pear
Jeremy Brown
Charlotte Rulkens
Jørgen Wadum
Maartje Stols-Witlox
René van Woudenberg

Further details TBA

Organising committee

Rik Peels, Associate Professor in Philosophy and Religion & Theology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Lex M. Bouter, Professor of Methodology and Integrity, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Gijsbert van den Brink, Professor of Theology & Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

René van Woudenberg, Professor of Philosophy, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Rachel S. A. Pear, Postdoctoral Researcher, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Hans van Eyghen, Postdoctoral Researcher, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Charlotte C.S. Rulkens, Research Associate, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Daniel Muller, Project Manager at Abraham Kuyper Center for Science and the Big Questions, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Cancellation policy

In case Covid restrictions make it necessary to switch to an online only format, full reimbursements of the tickets will be issued. Cancellation for any other reason is possible until August 15, minus administration costs (max. 11 euros).

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For questions or more information, please contact:

Daniel Muller, Project Manager at Abraham Kuyper Center for Science and the Big Questions, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
@: d.muller2@vu.nl