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.



  • 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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  • Anna Harris

    Anna Harris becomes member of Global Young Academy

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

    Anna Harris has been selected as a new member of the Global Young Academy (GYA). The Global Young Academy ‘aims to become the voice of young scientists around the world’

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  • ITEM Brochures  Vera van Vliet

    New ITEM research project on multilingualism in the workplace

    Thursday, February 9, 2017

    25 years ago, the birth act of the European Union was signed in Maastricht. A historical moment, which brought the capital of the Dutch province of Limburg international fame. Yet, Maastricht and Limburg could profit much more from ‘Europe’ than happens today. Language still forms an obstacle though. A new project from the research institute ITEM further explores this issue.

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  • Dies Natalis FASoS

    FASoS students and staff succesfully awarded prizes at Dies Natalis

    Thursday, February 9, 2017

    During the annual Dies Natalis (anniversary celebration) of Maastricht University on 7 February 2017, four FASoS students received a prize for their bachelor’s/master’s thesis. Furthermore former FASoS PhD staff member Jess Bier won the Dissertation Prize. Among the nominees for the Wynand Wijnen Education Prize was Elisavetta Radulova.

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  • Warm Sweater Day 2017

    20 UM buildings join Warm Sweater Day 2017

    Wednesday, February 1, 2017

    On 10 February 20 UM buildings will set their thermostat lower.

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    Anniversary book: The Maastricht Experiment

    Monday, December 19, 2016

    At the end of December, the book The Maastricht Experiment - On the challenges faced by a young university 1976 – 2016 will be published on the occasion of Maastricht University’s 40th anniversary.

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  • Star lectures

    UM Star Lectures 2017

    Tuesday, December 6, 2016

    On 2 February 2017 the third edition of the UM Star Lectures takes place. A number of leading UM professors share topical scientific insights with our alumni. FASoS staff members Sophie Vanhoonacker, Valentina Mazzuccato and Kiran Patel will each give a lecture in respectively The Hague, Berlin and London.

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  • Swinnen

    Aagje Swinnen appointed as Endowed Chair at the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht

    Thursday, November 17, 2016

    Aagje Swinnen has been appointed as Endowed Chair of International Humanism and the Art of Living at the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht per 1 October 2016.

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