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.


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Kickstart your career at our Master’s Open Day

Experience Maastricht University: find out more about one of the most international universities in Europe, immerse yourself in your programme of choice, and explore our beautiful city. The next Master’s Open Day is on Saturday 17 November 2018.


  • Elsevier ranking

    Three FASoS education programmes first place in Elsevier Ranking 2018

    Thursday, October 11, 2018

    In the Elsevier Best Studies 2018 ranking, the bachelor’s programmes European Studies and Arts and Culture and the research master's programme Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST) ended up first in their category.

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  • Evelin Rizzo

    Prize Winning Bachelor European Studies thesis published in EuropeNow

    Wednesday, October 10, 2018

    Alumna Evelin Rizzo (Bachelor European Studies) has published her prize winning bachelor's thesis in EuropeNow.

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  • ESST

    European Studies student wins ESST European Undergraduate Prize

    Monday, October 1, 2018

    Jan Kleinheinrich (student of the bachelor's programme European Studies) has won the 20188 ESST prize.

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  • dijkstra

    Why some international organisations lose their legitimacy

    Friday, July 27, 2018

    How is it possible that international organisations at a certain point lose some of their competences or even are abolished by member states? Dr Hylke Dijkstra, director of the European Studies master’s programme at Maastricht University, plans to research this issue.

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  • Eight Veni grants for young UM scientists

    Tuesday, July 17, 2018

    The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant to eight young, highly promising UM scientists. Maastricht University congratulates the eight UM laureates: dr. Vigjilenca Abazi (FdR), dr. Matthijs Cluitmans (FHML), dr. Tim Hendrikx (FHML), dr. Laurentius Huber (FPN), dr. Miriam Meissner (FASoS), dr. Tim Snijders (FHML), dr. Thomas van Sloten (FHML), and dr. Emiel van der Vorst (FHML).

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  • peter peters classical music

    New: Maastricht Centre for the Innovation of Classical Music

    Wednesday, May 9, 2018

    Peter Peters appointed professor at the Maastricht Centre for the Innovation of Classical Music (MCICM).

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  • Valorisation wins at UM

    Thursday, April 12, 2018

    Dr. Hans Schouwenburg and dr. David Barata were awarded the Valorisation Prize 2017 at the University Dinner on 11 april.  

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  • Sophie Vanhoonacker duck race 2018

    Dean Sophie Vanhoonacker Ambassador of the Duck Race 2018

    Thursday, April 5, 2018

    Sophie Vanhoonacker is one of the Ambassadors of this year’s Duck Race supporting the Refugee Project Maastricht

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  • Klaartje Peters

    Prof. Klaartje Peters receives KNAW grant for research on Local Governance

    Thursday, April 5, 2018

    The Staatsman Thorbecke Fund of the KNAW has awarded a grant for a research project on ‘Strengthening the role of the local council’ by Klaartje Peters.

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  • Klankkast

    Soundcupboard installed in nursing homes

    Tuesday, October 23, 2018

    Jolien Makkinga and Leonie Cornips researched the impact of dialect on residents of a nursing home.

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  • PhD Pitch Night 2018

    Marith Dieker and Zahar Koretsky in TEDx PhD Pitch Night

    Monday, October 1, 2018

    Maastricht’s first ever TEDx PhD Pitch Night took place on 12 September 2018. PhD candidates had 3 minutes to pitch their research and see if they could secure a place on the TEDx Maastricht stage.

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  • Marie de Somer

    FASoS PhD Marie de Somer receives Ernst B. Haas Best Dissertation award

    Monday, September 17, 2018

    Marie De Somer received the ‘Ernst B. Haas Best Dissertation Award – Honorable Mention’ for her dissertation on the EU Court of Justice and its role in the area of EU immigration law.

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  • sharon

    The Digital Disruption of Health

    Thursday, July 19, 2018

    Philosopher Tamar Sharon explores the social and ethical impacts of new technologies in the health domain.

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  • Anna Harris

    Contemporary Medical Education

    Thursday, July 19, 2018

    Dr. Anna Harris conducts research on the role of technology in teaching diagnostic skills, mixing the fields of Medicine and Anthropology.


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  • Evelin Rizzo

    BA European Studies alumna wins CES 2018 Undergraduate Project Prize

    Monday, July 2, 2018

    Evelin Rizzo, alumna of the BA European Studies, has been awarded the CES’s 2018 Undergraduate Project Prize by the Council for European Studies.

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