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.


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22 March 2019
Bas van Bavel (Economic and Social History) spoke to de Volkskrant regarding the growing wealth of the top wealthiest people in the Netherlands.
18 March 2019
On 27 February Beatrice de Graaf, Ido de Haan and Brian Vick launched their new book at Columbia University New York.
15 March 2019
Three alumni talk about different Dutch seventeenth-century paintings in the digital tour of the exhibition 'In Praise of Painting'.


25 April 2019 15:00 - 17:00
The bi-annual Cultural Heritage Programme (CHIP) lecture, followed by the Global Art History and Heritage Seminar
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3 May 2019 10:30 - 17:00
On Friday 3 May the OIKOS Theme-in-Context-Day Seminar: The Erechtheion Enigma will take place in Utrecht.
7 May 2019 16:00 - 17:00
The team of the project “Kasboekje van Nederland” (Cash book of the Netherlands) organizes a meeting in which the progress of the research will be presented.