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.




Jacob Ward

Predictions and Consequences - Veni grant for Jacob Ward

Jacob Ward, assistant professor at the Department of History, has been awarded a Veni research grant of up to 280,000 euros by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The Veni grants are for newly graduated excellent researchers, at the beginning of their scientific career and with an exceptional talent for research.

Together with Vidi and Vici, Veni is part of NWO’s Talent Scheme. Veni is aimed at excellent researchers who have recently obtained their doctorate. Vidi grants are aimed at experienced researchers who have carried out successful research for a number of years after obtaining their PhDs. Researchers in the Talent Scheme are free to submit their own subject for funding. 


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    Continuation Maastricht Centre for the Innovation of Classical Music

    Monday, September 26, 2022

    Zuyd University, philharmonie zuidnederland and Maastricht University will continue their collaboration in the Maastricht Centre for the Innovation of Classical Music (MCICM) for the next four years.

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    Researching the Anthropocene: the age of human impact on earth

    Thursday, September 22, 2022

    UM researcher Simone Schleper is trying to tackle sustainability related problems at its root in history.

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    Wednesday, September 21, 2022

    As of September 1st, Vivian van Saaze stepped down from her role as director of the interfaculty and transdisciplinary Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH). She is succeeded by Claartje Rasterhoff.

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    Wednesday, September 21, 2022

    Sitting still in a hall? A classical concert can be different

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    Once Upon a Law: the Grimm Brothers’ stories, language, and legal culture

    Monday, August 29, 2022

    Exhibition: a new look at the stories of the Grimm Brothers

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