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.




Patrick Bijsmans

Everyone's a eurosceptic

The European Union is often criticised for being a ‘show’, far removed from its citizens. The Brussels machinery is widely seen as boring, bureaucratic and complex. “However in reality, in many things the EU is more transparent than a lot of its Member States”, says political scientist Patrick Bijsmans. He welcomes criticism, though. Whether you used to be for or against Europe, now I think everyone is a Eurosceptic in the true sense of the word—they don’t automatically assume that something is good, and that’s okay.”
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  • Aline Sierp

    FASoS researcher Aline Sierp editor of new Berghahn book series

    Monday, June 17, 2019
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  • Kiran Patel

    Kiran Patel interviewed by Der Spiegel

    Monday, June 17, 2019

    FASoS professor Kiran Patel gave an interview on his 2018 book "Projekt Europa: Eine kritische Geschichte".

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  • Anna Harris

    FASoS researcher Anna Harris in Nature interview

    Tuesday, June 11, 2019
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  • Lea Beiermann

    FASoS alumna Lea Beiermann shortlisted for Thesis Award

    Tuesday, June 11, 2019

    Lea Beiermann is one of the three remaining candidates for the 2019 Gewina-Descartes-Huygens Thesis Award.

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  • Jeroen Lenaers

    FASoS alumnus Jeroen Lenaers re-elected to European Parliament

    Tuesday, June 4, 2019 Read more
  • BR FASoS interview

    FASoS European Studies students interviewed by German media

    Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Read more

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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.