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.
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. Please visit our information pages to see what your study programme looks like during this academic year.
Our faculty offers four bachelor’s programmes, eight master's programmes and two research master's programmes.
Our research institute studies societies and cultures as they unfolded during the modern and contemporary era in a radically interdisciplinary manner. We analyse the interrelationships of Europeanisation, globalisation, scientific and technological development, political change and cultural innovation.
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.
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.
Jette Banning (BA European Studies) and Greta Magnani (BA Arts and Culture) received the Thesis prize 2020.
Francesca Allievi (MA Arts & Heritage) and Marie Sophie Peffenköver (Research master European Studies) received the Thesis prize 2020.
The grant has been awarded to the ADHOCISM research project which will study the impact of ad hoc crisis responses on international organisations.
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