Department of History and Art History

No Future without History

Researchers in the Department of History and Art History examine the past by reflecting on contemporary developments. The future of Europe, the threat posed by terrorism, increasing inequality, institutions driven by collective action, new forms of citizenship, globalisation in the modern world, the role of art in identity formation, and dealing with cultural heritage are examples of the topics we focus on. The knowledge we offer is fed by a wide range of research projects.


Prof. dr. Bob de Graaff
24 February 2017
In this TEDTalk Bob de Graaff talks about the power of the government and the individual regarding intelligence.
Dr. Rolf Strootman
21 February 2017
Rolf Strootman will research the role of Iranian elites in the empire of Alexander the Great and his successors for a period of six months in Los Angeles.
17 February 2017
This book by Rolf Strootman systematically charts the socio-political and cultural memory of the Persian Empire and defines them in relation to one another.


6 March 2017 15:15 - 17:00
On 6 March the Descartes – Huygens Premodern History of Knowledge Colloquium will be held at Huygens ING in Amsterdam.
16 March 2017 09:00 - 17 March 2017 17:00
International conference ‘Information and Power in History’ will be held on March 17- 18 in Amsterdam.
16 March 2017 11:00 - 14:30
The section Political History convenes a workshop on the history of democracy in the twentieth century, with Professor Martin Conway (Oxford University).

Department of History and Art History