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.



  • Prof. Kiran Klaus Patel

    Kiran Klaus Patel wins prestigious Bentley Book Prize

    Tuesday, July 11, 2017

    Kiran Klaus Patel’s The New Deal: A Global History has won the prestigious Bentley Book Prize 2017.

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  • Maarten Vink appointed Willy Brandt Guest Professor in Malmö, Sweden

    Thursday, June 22, 2017

    Maarten Vink has been appointed Guest Professor at the Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM) for the academic year 2017-2018.

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  • Hooray! Fifteen years for the bachelor’s programme in European Studies

    Thursday, June 1, 2017

    On 9 and 10 June, European Studies will hold a jubilee celebration with alumni, students and staff, to celebrate its 15 year anniversary.

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  • Karin Bijsterveld

    Karin Bijsterveld joins KNAW Council for the Humanities

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    Karin Bijsterveld appointed as a member of the KNAW Council for the Humanities

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  • Bye bye Bijker…

    Tuesday, May 9, 2017

    After a wonderful career in science, 30 years of which were at Maastricht University, Prof. Wiebe Eco Bijker will retire on 12 May.

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  • Good NVAO accreditation for Research Master Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology

    Thursday, May 4, 2017

    The Research Master Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST) was accredited and received an exceptional score of ‘good’.

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  • Pieter Caljé knighted in the Order of Orange Nassau

    Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Associate professor Pieter Caljé has been knighted in the Order of Orange Nassau for his scientific efforts and his contributions to society. Caljé received the decorations that come with this distinction from Jim Janssen, the deputy-mayor of Maastricht.

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  • THE Young Universities Ranking

    UM ranked as world’s sixth best young university

    Thursday, April 6, 2017

    Maastricht University is the sixth best young university in the world according to the Times Higher Education 200 under 50 ranking, which was published during the Young Universities Summit in Brisbane, Australia on April 5th.

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  • fpn keuzegids masters 2017 topopleiding

    Keuzegids Masters 2017: three designated ‘top study programmes’ at FASoS

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

    In the annual Keuzegids Masters 2017 FASoS has three designated ‘top study programmes’

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