We are keen to make our expertise in the field of history of international relations available to society. In various project we collaborate with societal and governmental organisations. We welcome commissions from businesses and institutions to carry out historical research, and other (public) activities are also possible. For example, Utrecht-based historians regularly give public lectures and press interviews. Are you interested in possibilities for cooperation? Please contact Dr Joost Dankers.
Below you see recent examples of our contributions to solutions for societal issues.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine
In the early morning of Thursday 24 February, Russia officially invaded Ukraine after much speculation and many verbal threats. Former researcher of History of International Relations Laurien Crump has been a guest at several shows to clarify this historic event.
In the article The Russian invasion of Ukraine: its origins and how will it advance? we feature an overview of her media appearances in which she interprets the developments on the war.
Ter Info - Discussing Terrorism in the classroom
Violent events such as terrorist attacks impact societies tremendously. School pupils nowadays increasingly learn about these kinds of events around the world, partly due to the rise of social media and the multiple use thereof. Moreover, young people also discuss and think about terrorism differently. That is why there is a need to talk about terrorism in a sensible way. With this in mind, Prof. Beatrice de Graaf, Prof. Micha de Winter and Prof. Mariëtte de Haan, launched the Ter Info project as a contribution to the municipal action plan 'Utrecht Zijn We Samen'.
Ter Info is a mobile website aimed at increasing social resistance to terrorism in primary and secondary education. The website helps teachers to discuss terrorism in a clear, factual, responsible and connecting way with students. Ter Info offers concise and balanced information and pedagogical tools to start a class discussion about this controversial topic. More information on the experiences of the Ter Info team.