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.


  • Ernst Homburg

    Ernst Homburg appointed member of merit Royal Netherlands Chemical Society

    Monday, June 15, 2020

    Emeritus professor Ernst Homburg has been appointed as member of merit at the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society (KNCV).

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  • Raf de Bont

    Raf de Bont appointed member of the KNAW Council of the Humanities

    Monday, May 18, 2020

    FASoS research Raf de Bont has been appointed member of the Council of the Humanities (KNAW)

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  • Harro van Lente

    Harro van Lente appointed member ZonMW societal dynamics panel COVID-19

    Tuesday, May 12, 2020

    FASoS professor Harro van Lente has been appointed as member of one of the three expert panels for the ZonMW/NWO funding programme COVID-19.

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  • cerim

    Centre for European Research in Maastricht (CERiM) awards two prizes

    Monday, April 20, 2020

    The Centre for European Research in Maastricht (CERiM) awarded two prizes in the academic year 2019-2020 to appreciate efforts to integrate research and teaching, and to reward outstanding interdisciplinary research.

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  • Valentina Mazzucato

    Valentina Mazzucato appointed member of KHMW

    Tuesday, March 10, 2020 Read more
  • Luana Russo

    FASoS researcher Luana Russo elected as a member of the ECPR Steering Committee

    Wednesday, March 4, 2020

    Luana Russo has been elected in the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Steering Committee of the Standing Group of Political Methodology (SGPM).

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