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.





  • joost van den akker

    “Europe belongs to all of us”

    Thursday, April 18, 2019

    In 2018, European Studies alum Joost van den Akker became one of the regional ministers of Limburg, “the most international province of the Netherlands”. In his eyes, the university is a “European musketeer” whose pursuit of internationalisation and Europe is a winning model.

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  • Raf de Bont

    Moving Animals: animals are also globalising.

    Wednesday, April 17, 2019

    Globalisation is undeniable. People, goods and information are moving around the world at an increasing pace. But what about animals? Do they also cross national and continental borders and how does that work?

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  • Meissner post-growth minimalism FASOS

    How not to have a sweater, postmodernly

    Tuesday, April 16, 2019

    Miriam Meissner (FASoS) is researching minimalism and post-growth.

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  • Microscopists

    Worlds of Wonder: citizens invited to help research the history of microscopy

    Tuesday, April 9, 2019

    Citizens can join an online crowdsourcing initiative of the MUSTS research group of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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  • Obsolete technologies

    Pulling the plug on a technology

    Monday, March 25, 2019

    Zahar Koretsky studies what happens when technologies are abandoned. How and why do they die? How deep do we have to bury them (metaphorically and literally) if we want to rid ourselves of them?

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  • Master's Open Day 16 March 2019

    Another successful Open Day at Maastricht University

    Monday, March 18, 2019 Read more
  • Top rated programme Keuzegids 2019 MA

    Keuzegids Masters 2019: two designated ‘top rated programmes’ at FASoS

    Thursday, March 14, 2019

    FASoS Research master's programmes European Studies and Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology Top rated programmes in the Keuzegids Masters 2019.

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  • vici raf de bont

    NWO Vici grant for researcher Raf de Bont

    Wednesday, February 27, 2019

    Raf de Bont received a Vici grant for his reseach project 'Moving Animals'.

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  • hart op de tong 2

    A reappraisal of emotion in politics

    Wednesday, February 13, 2019

    In their new collection of essays, Het hart op de tong, René Gabriëls, Sjaak Koenis and Tsjalling Swierstra argue that emotions are indispensable to democracy.

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  • Dominik Schmidt

    FASoS team brings award home from EuroSim 2019 in USA

    Tuesday, April 9, 2019

    During the EuroSim 2019 international interuniversity simulation of the European Union the FASoS student team brought one of the 5 awards home.

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  • MABP logo

    FASoS students present research during MABP fair 2019

    Monday, March 25, 2019

    Three FASoS students successfully presented the result of 4 months of research during the MABP fair last week.

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  • Launch Dorina Baltag

    Launch "Entrepreneurial thinking for female researchers"

    Monday, March 11, 2019

    The project ‘Entrepreneurial Thinking for Female Researchers’, led by Dr. Dorina Baltag, was launched on Wednesday 27 February.

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  • Dorina Baltag-2

    Diversity & Inclusivity Grant for Dorina Baltag

    Monday, February 18, 2019

    Dr. Dorina Baltag has been awarded with the Grant for her project “Entrepreneurial Thinking for Female Researchers”.

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  • Interreg

    Terra Mosana: Cultural heritage in the Euregion

    Monday, January 28, 2019

    Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH) contributes to Terra Mosana, a euregional project aiming to investigate, digitalize and present the shared history of the Meuse-Rhine Euregion.

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  • Grants for refugee academics

    NWO Grant for Refugee Scientist Fellowship for Dr. Giselle Bosse

    Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    NWO Grant for refugee Scientist fellowship awarded to Giselle Bosse.

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Anniversary picture FASoS

1994 - 2019

This year the Faculty of Arts and Social Science celebrates its 25th Anniversary. Throughout the year, a number of events are organised for employees and students.

Video: virtual campus tour.