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.


12 September 2019
Beatrice de Graaf on talkshow Jinek about right-wing extremism, terrorism and violence.
Dante Alighieri by Luca Signorelli  (–1523). Bron: Wikimedia
22 July 2019
History Provides a Critical Thinking ‘Toolbox’ for Students.
12 July 2019
BRILL recently published 'Women and Gender in the Early Modern Low Countries, 1500-1750', a book edited by Sarah Moran and Amanda Pipkin.


Michael Henry Spang, wax écorché model, 25cm, ca 1760 © The Hunterian Museum, Glasgow
26 September 2019 14:45 - 17:00
With lectures by Marieke Hendriksen and Bart Grob focussing on the production, use and conservation of écorché models.
4 October 2019 10:00 - 15:00
Colloquium with several speakers, including Martin van Bruinessen, professor of the Comparative Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies.
 karim manjra / unsplash.com
15 October 2019 20:00 - 21:30
After 1989, liberal democracies were set to become the standard form of government. Now they are in jeopardy throughout Europe and the US. What went wrong?