Cultural-historical approach to globalisation

The Master in Cultural History of Modern Europe at Utrecht University stands out through its use of a cultural-historical perspective in relation to globalisation. In the Netherlands, no other programmes in cultural history are available, and comparable international programmes concentrate either on cultural history in national contexts or on a non-historical approach to globalisation. Our programme further distinguishes itself through its diachronic approach and firm methodological grounding in history as well as integrating public history into the programme content.

Internships and studying abroad

The programme offers you a choice of (international) internships and the opportunity to study abroad. These options will help you begin building an international network of connections in the field and/or gain workplace experience before you begin your career, which can be a vital addition to your CV to differentiate you from other job applicants. You will also receive personal help and supervision to help you succeed in your studies.

Teaching staff and research group

Our lecturers are internationally recognised as experts in their fields. Meet our teaching staff and research group. The core lecturers of the Master's programme in Cultural History include:

Prof. Joris van Eijnatten
Joris van Eijnatten, MA Cultural History of Modern Europe

As a cultural historian, Joris van Eijnatten works on various interrelated fields, including the history of ideas, religion, media and communication, and digital humanities. His research involves source material ranging from the 18th to the 20th century. 

Dr Willemijn Ruberg
Willemijn Ruberg, MA Cultural History of Modern Europe

Willemijn Ruberg has been lecturing in cultural history at Utrecht University since August 2009. Her research interests include: autobiographical writing, gender, sexuality, childhood, emotions and the body in the 18th and 19th centuries, and cultural theory. Her current research project addresses Dutch forensic medicine, the body, and expertise in 1800–1920.

Dr Britta Schilling
Britta Schilling

Britta Schilling is specialised in cultural history, memory and material culture. Her interests include German colonialism, comparative studies of empire and postcolonial legacies. She is currently working on a history of European homes in sub-Saharan Africa between 1880 and 1960.

Dr Jaap Verheul
Jaap Verheul, MA Cultural History of Modern Europe

Jaap Verheul has published on American, Dutch and transatlantic cultural history. His current research interest is in American perceptions of Europe. He coordinates the digital humanties research project: Translantis: The Emergence of the United States in Public Discourse in the Netherlands, 1890-1990 (

Dr Gertjan Plets
Dr Gertjan Plets

Gertjan Plets is a cultural anthropologist specialised in cultural memory and heritage politics. His published work specifically looks at how the Putin government employs heritage as a political tool in manipulating both domestic and geopolitical landscapes. He currently coordinates a Marie-Curie funded project investigating the 'digital turn’ in contemporary heritage governance.

World-class University

Choosing Utrecht University means choosing one of the best universities in the country. Several renowned international rankings place Utrecht University among the 100 best universities in the world. The teaching environment at Utrecht University is international: half of the Utrecht Master's programmes are taught in English. The existing and former academic staff of Utrecht University include twelve Nobel Prize laureates. Read more about Utrecht University.