Research institutes

FASoS Research Institute

                                                         Moving boundaries, bridging disciplines

The research institute of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) at Maastricht University 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. We are interested in how today’s societies cope with and reflect these challenges in various ways. These could be artistic practices and practices of remembrance as well as specific forms of governance and political integration as well as strategies for managing knowledge, technologies and risks. While our research starts from today’s problems, we have a strong interest in how the modern world came to be.


To nurture and maintain this kind of innovative, interdisciplinary research, the research institute of FASoS has created a matrix organisational structure. Its backbone are four distinct research programmes, each of which is composed by an interdisciplinary team of researchers. While the research programmes form the core of the research activities at FASoS, the faculty also has five centres as specific research hubs and to facilitate interaction with external academic partners and societal stakeholders. Together, the research programmes and the research centres provide a framework that facilitates flexibility, networking, and mobility beyond disciplinary boundaries.


  • Minimalism and post-growth research

    How not to have a sweater, postmodernly

    Tuesday, April 16, 2019

    Miriam Meissner (FASoS) is researching minimalism and post-growth.

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  • Launch Dorina Baltag

    Launch "Entrepreneurial thinking for female researchers"

    Monday, March 11, 2019

    The project ‘Entrepreneurial Thinking for Female Researchers’, led by Dr. Dorina Baltag, was launched on Wednesday 27 February.

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  • vici raf de bont

    NWO Vici grant for researcher Raf de Bont

    Wednesday, February 27, 2019

    Raf de Bont received a Vici grant for his reseach project 'Moving Animals'.

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  • Grants for refugee academics

    NWO Grant for Refugee Scientist Fellowship for Dr. Giselle Bosse

    Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    NWO Grant for refugee Scientist fellowship awarded to Giselle Bosse.

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  • Harro van Lente

    Harro van Lente appointed as Chair of National Research School WTMC

    Thursday, December 6, 2018

    Prof. Harro van Lente has been appointed as Chair for five years.

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  • europa vredestichter

    The EU as peacemaker

    Wednesday, November 28, 2018

    It may come as a surprise that a core task of the European Union is to promote peace and security in crisis areas around the world. But why does it do this, and what is it aiming to achieve?

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