Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

In our teaching and research we highlight major developments in societies and cultures as they have unfolded during the modern and contemporary eras. We seek to gain understanding of the interrelationships of Europeanisation, globalisation, scientific and technological development, political change and cultural innovation. We are interested in how today’s societies cope with these challenges through, amongst others, practices of remembrance, governance techniques, strategies for managing knowledge, technologies and risks and ways of dealing with diversity and inequality. Yet, understanding our present world is impossible without insight into its past. This is why historical research serves as a key element of our scholarly and educational identity.



Study at FASoS during COVID-19

FASoS HvT achterzijde

The past year the world has been dominated by the covid-19 crisis. The impact of the coronavirus on society has been huge and special measures have been taken to ensure a safe and healthy environment. We understand that in these uncertain times it is difficult to assess what the academic year looks like. These uncertainties logically raise many questions: How about safety in Maastricht? What does education look like at FASoS? What can you expect from student life? We can't give a conclusive answer to all these questions, but we can try to help you as best we can.

Education at FASoS remains online for the remainder of the academic year 2020-2021. Please visit our information page for more details.


Cyrus Mody

Cyrus Mody, Professor of the History of Science, Technology, and Innovation  has obtained a Synergy grant from the European Research Council for his project ‘Nanobubbles: how, when and why does science fail to correct itself?’ ‘Nanobubbles’ seeks to explore how erroneous claims can be removed from the scientific record. “Researchers sometimes present claims as the truth, even though there is evidence that contradicts those claims.

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Prof. dr. Leonie Cornips of the Centre for AnimalHuman Studies

In the natural sciences animals are studied as objects, and in the social sciences and the humanities, humans are central. The new Center for AnimalHuman Studies wants more attention in science to the relationship between the two, whereby animals are also regarded as active, social and intelligent individuals.
In January 2021, the Center for Animal Human Studies was founded by researchers and students from the Universities of Amsterdam and Maastricht. By promoting the interdisciplinary field of Animal Human Studies, the Center aims to bridge the gap between natural sciences and social sciences and humanities.

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  • Mariëlle Wijermars

    Controlling information in Russia: social media as a battleground

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021

    Mariëlle Wijermars, Assistant Professor in Cyber-Security and Politics at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS), sheds light on information control in Russia.

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  • UM rector touches base with students and staff

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021
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    Heleen (24) is Minister of Foreign Affairs

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021
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  • tate modern

    Life in the museum

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021

    In August 2020—the year of the coronavirus—Vivian van Saaze, associate professor at FASoS, moved with her husband and daughter to London for a fellowship at the renowned Tate museum.

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  • Bachelor thesis prizes for FASoS students

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021

    Jette Banning (BA European Studies) and Greta Magnani (BA Arts and Culture) received the Thesis prize 2020.

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  • Master thesis prizes for FASoS students

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021

    Francesca Allievi (MA Arts & Heritage) and Marie Sophie Peffenköver (Research master European Studies) received the Thesis prize 2020.

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