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.


  • sharon

    The Digital Disruption of Health

    Thursday, July 19, 2018

    Philosopher Tamar Sharon explores the social and ethical impacts of new technologies in the health domain.

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  • Anna Harris

    Contemporary Medical Education

    Thursday, July 19, 2018

    Dr. Anna Harris conducts research on the role of technology in teaching diagnostic skills, mixing the fields of Medicine and Anthropology.


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  • Eight Veni grants for young UM scientists

    Tuesday, July 17, 2018

    The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant to eight young, highly promising UM scientists. Maastricht University congratulates the eight UM laureates: dr. Vigjilenca Abazi (FdR), dr. Matthijs Cluitmans (FHML), dr. Tim Hendrikx (FHML), dr. Laurentius Huber (FPN), dr. Miriam Meissner (FASoS), dr. Tim Snijders (FHML), dr. Thomas van Sloten (FHML), and dr. Emiel van der Vorst (FHML).

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  • making clinical sense

    Making Clinical Sense

    Wednesday, June 27, 2018

    In her project “Making Clinical Sense,” anthropologist Anna Harris is researching how medical skills are taught and learnt.

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  • hipster statue

    The plastic brain as a new moral compass

    Friday, June 8, 2018

    Our brains are not only an exciting area of research, but it also seems more and more that they influence how we think we should live. Ties van de Werff (FASoS) devoted his PhD research to this.

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  • peter peters classical music

    Peter Peters appointed Professor of Innovation of Classical Music

    Monday, May 14, 2018

    On September 1st 2018, Peter Peters will be officially appointed as Professor of Innovation of Classical Music at Maastricht University and will stand at the helm of the newly-founded Maastricht Centre for the Innovation of Classical Music (MCICM). Proposed and initiated by the director and intendant of the South Netherlands Philharmonic, Stefan Rosu, the MCICM is set to become an interdisciplinary research institute that will support revitalising developments in the classical music sector. 

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