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.



  • 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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  • Richard Mason

    Bachelor European Studies student third in Vernon Smith competition

    Thursday, March 1, 2018

    Bachelor European student Richard Mason received the 10th Vernon Smith prize with his essay on the topic "Wann wird Toleranz zum Verbrechen".

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  • Wiebe Bijker presents WRR report to PM Mark Rutte

    Wiebe Bijker presents WRR evaluation report to Prime Minister Rutte

    Monday, February 26, 2018 Read more

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