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.


Woman harvests roses at a flower farm in Ethiopia

Well-being, Women and Work in Ethiopia

Interview with Valentina Mazzucato, Bilisuma Dito and Konjit Hailu Gudeta about the UM-initiated 3WE project (‘Well-being, Women and Work in Ethiopia’), which studies how employment generated by foreign direct investment (FDI) is affecting the well-being of workers, and women in particular. Especially in Africa, where FDI is becoming one of the main sources of new employment opportunities and economic growth on the continent. The project studies this question through the case of Ethiopia, one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, with unprecedented rates of female wage labour.

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NWO Vici Grant for Cyrus Mody

Cyrus Mody

Cyrus Mody, historian of science and technology at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, has received an NWO Vici grant of €1,500,000 for his research project ‘Managing Scarcity and Sustainability: The Oil Industry, Environmentalism, and Alternative Energy in the Age of Scarcity’.

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  • THE ranking Young Universities under 50

    UM rises in worldwide rankings of young universities

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020
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  • Ernst Homburg

    Ernst Homburg appointed member of merit Royal Netherlands Chemical Society

    Monday, June 15, 2020

    Emeritus professor Ernst Homburg has been appointed as member of merit at the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society (KNCV).

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  • prof.dr. Tsjalling Swierstra

    Tsjalling Swierstra appointed associated member COGEM

    Wednesday, June 3, 2020

    FASoS professor Tsjalling Swierstra has been appointed associate member of the Subcommittee Ethics and Societal Aspects of the Netherlands Committee on Genetic Modification.

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  • Sem Duijndam

    FASoS alumnus nominated for Daniel Heinsius Thesis Prize

    Monday, May 18, 2020

    Alumnus Sem Duijndam (Research MA European Studies) has been nominated for the Daniel Heinsius Thesis Prize

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  • Raf de Bont

    Raf de Bont appointed member of the KNAW Council of the Humanities

    Monday, May 18, 2020

    FASoS research Raf de Bont has been appointed member of the Council of the Humanities (KNAW)

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  • Harro van Lente

    Harro van Lente appointed member ZonMW societal dynamics panel COVID-19

    Tuesday, May 12, 2020

    FASoS professor Harro van Lente has been appointed as member of one of the three expert panels for the ZonMW/NWO funding programme COVID-19.

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FASoS ambassadors honingraat 2019-2020

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