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.



  • Harro van Lente member of Dutch Health Council

    Monday, September 18, 2017

    Professor Harro van Lente has been appointed as member of the Health Council of the Netherlands, an independent scientific advisory body for the government and parliament.

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  • Vink en Peters

    APSA Best Chapter Award for Floris Peters and Maarten Vink

    Thursday, September 7, 2017

    The migration and citizenship section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) has awarded the ‘2016 Best Chapter Award’ to a book chapter by Floris Peters and Maarten Vink. 

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  • Aline Sierp

    Aline Sierp wins Europe for Citizens Grant

    Thursday, September 7, 2017

    Aline Sierp, together with colleagues from the University of Siena, Sibiu and Krakow, has won a Europe for Citizen Grant funded by the European Commission.

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  • Microsoft goes Limburgs

    Microsoft goes Limburgs

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Global software giant Microsoft is set to introduce a Limburg language model with a keyboard and spellcheck function, which will make the Limburgish language easier to use on digital media platforms.

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  • 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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  • 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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