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.


  • Sally Wyatt

    Sally Wyatt to coordinate VSNU 'Digital Society' initiative

    Thursday, March 15, 2018

    Sally Wyatt will coordinate a nation-wide VSNU initiative to conduct research about the ‘digital society' and to consolidate the Dutch position.

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  • Wiebe Bijker presents WRR report to PM Mark Rutte

    Wiebe Bijker presents WRR evaluation report to Prime Minister Rutte

    Monday, February 26, 2018
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    Claudia Egher wins IDS Vision Essay Competition

    Wednesday, January 31, 2018

    Claudia Egher, PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, wins IDS Vision Essay Competition

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  • dumontier en wyatt

    The future of data in academia

    Wednesday, January 24, 2018

    From Apple's personal assistant Siri helping you out to Netflix recommending content for you, artificial intelligence and big-data technologies are increasingly affecting our daily lives. Is society prepared for the data revolution we are experiencing? And what will the data-filled world of the future look like? These questions are being explored on 26 January during Maastricht University’s 42nd Dies Natalis. Keynote speakers Sally Wyatt and Michel Dumontier share their thoughts on data in academia.  


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  • milifestatus

    A passport is not a panacea*

    Thursday, December 21, 2017

    It takes five years of uninterrupted stay in the Netherlands for a foreigner to become a Dutch citizen through naturalisation. According to some political parties, this is too short a period to become a full member of society. The government planned to increase the minimum residence requirement to seven years. Maarten Vink, professor of Political Science at Maastricht University, was against the proposal. “It’s not based on any scientific evidence.”


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  • Kapuscinski Development Lecture by Professor Alcinda Honwana at UM

    Thursday, December 21, 2017

    On January 26th, the UM Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences hosted the Kapuscinski Development Lecture. The lecture ‘Youth in Movement: Waithood, Migration and the Peripheries’ at FASoS was given by Professor Alcinda Honwana, Inter-Regional Adviser on social development policy at the United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affairs and visiting professor of Anthropology and International Development at the Open University in the UK

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