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.

News

4 July 2018
The gap between the poor and the rich threatens to become unbridgeable. What does this mean for our chances and our children's chances?
26 June 2018
Art historian Jessie Wei-Hsuan Chen will delve into the epistemic value of seventeenth-century flower books of amateur collectors of botanical visual material.
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22 June 2018
The European Commission published the results of Bas van Bavel's ERC project on Western European societies coping with rural hazards and disasters (1300-1800).
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Events

8 October 2018 19:00 - 21:15
What do the destruction and restoration of a world-famous painting tell us about the identity of an artwork? With art historian Dr Marjolijn Bol.
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