KADOC is the Interfaculty Documentation and Research Centre on Religion, Culture and Society at KU Leuven. Established in 1976, KADOC is one of the leading cultural heritage institutions in Belgium, as well as, thanks to its impressive collection of archives, an international centre for the study of the interaction between religion, culture and society in the 19th and 20th centuries in the Belgian, European, and global context.
In 2016, KADOC heritage collections contained 32 current kilometers of archival units, 322.000 books, and 15.000 periodicals. These document interactions between Europe and the Americas, Asia and Africa that were intermediated by missionaries, political movements, churches, NGOs and migrants, and have shaped the world we live in. The greater political and social processes, like the the development of civil society, the welfare state, democratization, European integration, and secularization all feature across the collections of political movements and politicians with a European/international profile, trade unions, NGOs, and religious congregations.
KADOC attracts international research by organizing international conferences, launching networks with European universities and partner-institutions, publishing innovative studies, and hosting junior and senior researchers from across the world.
The Bureau, the Scientific Committee and the Advisory Board are the most important governing bodies of KADOC.