History is the future

The members of the Department of History and Art History use their knowledge of the past to better understand the challenges facing today's society. The future of Europe, the threat of terrorism, increasing inequality, new forms of citizenship, continuing globalisation, management of cultural heritage, the role of art in shaping identity, art as a political statement and the international aspect of Dutch art are all examples of themes we address. Research into these themes not only provides greater depth of academic knowledge, it also contributes to current debates concerning political and social challenges, culture and international relations.


VPRO Tegenlicht: Ons gemeengoed. Aflevering van 1 april 2018
8 October 2018
VPRO Tegenlicht has just launched the international version of the Backlight documentary 'Our Common Good', with Tine de Moor.
17 September 2018
In August the book 'The Cambridge Companion to the Dutch Golden Age' has been published by Cambridge University Press.
Alle laureaten van de Spinoza- en Stevinpremies 2018
12 September 2018
Cell biologist Anna Akhmanova and historian Beatrice de Graaf were presented with the highest distinctions awarded in Dutch science


25 October 2018 13:00 - 27 October 2018 15:00
On October 25-27 the conference 'Netherlandish Art and the World. A conference on global art history' will take place in Utrecht.
Man, die leest bij kaarslicht, Ernst Willem Jan Bagelaar, 1800. Bron: rijksmuseum.nl
1 November 2018 16:00 - 17:15
The next Utrecht Cultural History Seminar on the reception of the Republic of Letters after 1800 will take place on November 1, 2018.
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2 November 2018 16:15 - 17:15
Rinus Vermue will defend his dissertation on November 2 at Utrecht University.