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 year the world has been dominated by the covid-19 crisis. The impact of the coronavirus on society has been huge and special measures have been taken to ensure a safe and healthy environment. We understand that in these uncertain times it is difficult to assess what the academic year looks like. These uncertainties logically raise many questions: How about safety in Maastricht? What does 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.

Education at FASoS remains online for the remainder of the academic year 2020-2021. Information on the academic year 2021-2022 will be published as soon as possible. Please visit the web pages below for more details.


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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Prof. dr. Leonie Cornips of the Centre for AnimalHuman Studies

In the natural sciences animals are studied as objects, and in the social sciences and the humanities, humans are central. The new Center for AnimalHuman Studies wants more attention in science to the relationship between the two, whereby animals are also regarded as active, social and intelligent individuals.
In January 2021, the Center for Animal Human Studies was founded by researchers and students from the Universities of Amsterdam and Maastricht. By promoting the interdisciplinary field of Animal Human Studies, the Center aims to bridge the gap between natural sciences and social sciences and humanities.

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  • Ernst Homburg

    Ernst Homburg wins Morris Award 2021

    Monday, June 28, 2021

    Emeritus professor Ernst Homburg has won the SHAC award for his outstanding work on the history of the chemical industry.

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  • ranking

    UM 6th place in worldwide rankings of young universities

    Wednesday, June 23, 2021
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  • philia sorority

    Meet Philia - the first international sorority

    Monday, June 7, 2021

    Maastricht’s student life is clicking into gear again – and getting a little richer and more inclusive. Global Studies first years Meghan Callender, Klara Riehle and Barbara Paro are setting up a new international sorority: Philia. They want to offer sports, international cuisine, cultural exchange, as well as a social and educational programme. 

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  • Tessa Groen

    FASoS alumna Tessa Groen wins Higher Education Thesis Award

    Thursday, June 3, 2021

    Tessa Groen, alumna of the Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology research master at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS), has won the Higher Education Thesis Award 2019.

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  • marielle wijermars

    Mariëlle Wijermars receives fellowship at CAIS

    Monday, May 31, 2021

    Assistant professor Mariëlle Wijermars (FASoS) has been awarded a visiting fellowship at the Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS).

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  • Garschagen

    EU: dense material of fundamental importance

    Friday, May 7, 2021

    If it were up to Melle Garschagen, every day would be ‘Europe Day’. “The role of a journalist is to follow the EU critically and comprehensively,” says the UM alum and deputy editor of NRC. He recently returned to the Netherlands after almost five years as a correspondent in England, mainly covering Brexit.

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