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.



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    Why some international organisations lose their legitimacy

    Friday, July 27, 2018

    How is it possible that international organisations at a certain point lose some of their competences or even are abolished by member states? Dr Hylke Dijkstra, director of the European Studies master’s programme at Maastricht University, plans to research this issue.

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  • Eight Veni grants for young UM scientists

    Tuesday, July 17, 2018

    The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant to eight young, highly promising UM scientists. Maastricht University congratulates the eight UM laureates: dr. Vigjilenca Abazi (FdR), dr. Matthijs Cluitmans (FHML), dr. Tim Hendrikx (FHML), dr. Laurentius Huber (FPN), dr. Miriam Meissner (FASoS), dr. Tim Snijders (FHML), dr. Thomas van Sloten (FHML), and dr. Emiel van der Vorst (FHML).

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  • peter peters classical music

    New: Maastricht Centre for the Innovation of Classical Music

    Wednesday, May 9, 2018

    Peter Peters appointed professor at the Maastricht Centre for the Innovation of Classical Music (MCICM).

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  • Valorisation wins at UM

    Thursday, April 12, 2018

    Dr. Hans Schouwenburg and dr. David Barata were awarded the Valorisation Prize 2017 at the University Dinner on 11 april.  

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  • Sophie Vanhoonacker duck race 2018

    Dean Sophie Vanhoonacker Ambassador of the Duck Race 2018

    Thursday, April 5, 2018

    Sophie Vanhoonacker is one of the Ambassadors of this year’s Duck Race supporting the Refugee Project Maastricht

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  • Klaartje Peters

    Prof. Klaartje Peters receives KNAW grant for research on Local Governance

    Thursday, April 5, 2018

    The Staatsman Thorbecke Fund of the KNAW has awarded a grant for a research project on ‘Strengthening the role of the local council’ by Klaartje Peters.

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  • “Linguistic diversity in the workplace is a reality”

    Thursday, March 29, 2018

    PhD candidate Daan Hovens is studying multilingualism in the workplace. “It became clear very quickly that it would be Daan”, says his supervisor Leonie Cornips. “I admire his language skills and learn from him to ask my questions clearly in advance.” Hovens: “I enjoy sinking my teeth into a subject.” Both professor and PhD candidate are in agreement: “We need to learn to value people’s creativity in overcoming language barriers.”

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  • Sally Wyatt

    Sally Wyatt to coordinate VSNU 'Digital Society' initiative

    Thursday, March 15, 2018

    Sally Wyatt will coordinate a nation-wide VSNU initiative to conduct research about the ‘digital society' and to consolidate the Dutch position.

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  • Keuzegids 2018 Top rated programme

    Keuzegids Masters 2018: three designated ‘top study programmes’ at FASoS

    Thursday, March 8, 2018

    FASoS master's programme ESST and research master's programmes European Studies and Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology Top rated programmes in the Keuzegids Masters 2018.

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    The Digital Disruption of Health

    Thursday, July 19, 2018

    Philosopher Tamar Sharon explores the social and ethical impacts of new technologies in the health domain.

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  • Anna Harris

    Contemporary Medical Education

    Thursday, July 19, 2018

    Dr. Anna Harris conducts research on the role of technology in teaching diagnostic skills, mixing the fields of Medicine and Anthropology.


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  • Evelin Rizzo

    BA European Studies alumna wins CES 2018 Undergraduate Project Prize

    Monday, July 2, 2018

    Evelin Rizzo, alumna of the BA European Studies, has been awarded the CES’s 2018 Undergraduate Project Prize by the Council for European Studies.

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  • EU on International Affairs

    Anna Herranz-Surrallés receives one of the three EUIA18 Best Paper Awards

    Monday, July 2, 2018 Read more
  • making clinical sense

    Making Clinical Sense

    Wednesday, June 27, 2018

    In her project “Making Clinical Sense,” anthropologist Anna Harris is researching how medical skills are taught and learnt.

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    The plastic brain as a new moral compass

    Friday, June 8, 2018

    Our brains are not only an exciting area of research, but it also seems more and more that they influence how we think we should live. Ties van de Werff (FASoS) devoted his PhD research to this.

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