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.



Study at FASoS during COVID-19

FASoS HvT achterzijde

The past few months the world has been dominated by the covid-19 crisis. The impact of the coronavirus on society has been huge and as some parts of the world are slowly re-opening their societies, it becomes clear that special measures need to be taken to ensure a safe and healthy environment.
We understand that in these uncertain times it is difficult to assess what the new academic year will look like. These uncertainties logically raise many questions: How about safety in Maastricht? What will education look like at FASoS? What can you expect from student life? We can't give a conclusive answer to all these questions, but we can try to help you as best we can. Please visit our information pages to see what your study programme will look like at the beginning of the next academic year.


Cyrus Mody

Cyrus Mody, Professor of the History of Science, Technology, and Innovation  has obtained a Synergy grant from the European Research Council for his project ‘Nanobubbles: how, when and why does science fail to correct itself?’ ‘Nanobubbles’ seeks to explore how erroneous claims can be removed from the scientific record. “Researchers sometimes present claims as the truth, even though there is evidence that contradicts those claims.

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  • Pomme van de Weerd

    “The term ‘foreigner’ does not necessarily have a negative connotation”

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020

    Pomme van de Weerd, PhD candidate at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will defend her dissertation 'Nederlanders and buitenlanders: A sociolinguistic-ethnographic study of ethnic categorization among secondary school pupils’ on 18 November. In her dissertation, Pomme researches how and why students use ethnic labels for themselves and for others.

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  • Nanobubbles: how, when and why does science fail to correct itself?

    Thursday, November 5, 2020

    Cyrus Mody, Professor of the History of Science, Technology, and Innovation at Maastricht University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has obtained a Synergy grant from the European Research Council for his project ‘Nanobubbles: how, when and why does science fail to correct itself?’

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  • digital_art

    ‘‘To create digital art, you do not have to be a good drawer’’

    Wednesday, October 28, 2020
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  • Harro van Lente

    Harro van Lente appointed chair NWO committee

    Monday, October 12, 2020

    FASoS professor Harro van Lente has been appointed as the chairman of the NWO assessment committee for proposals on Responsible Innovation.

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  • Jesuits exhibition

    Online exhibition: The Jesuits between East and West

    Thursday, October 8, 2020

    First online exhibition of Maastricht University: The Jesuits between East and West.

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  • Collage 'Exquisitely quarantined corpse' by Anna Harris, Sally Wyatt, Andrea Wojcik and Harro van Lente

    Quatrains for a trying quarter

    Monday, September 14, 2020

    “Poetry can transform fear and sadness into something beautiful.” FASoS’s Sally Wyatt, Professor of Digital Cultures on her faculty’s poetry and art collection ‘Quarantine Spring’, produced between March and May 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 induced lockdown.

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