The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.Diversity
We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.Faculty of Humanities
The Faculty of Humanities links a number of fields of study: Language, Literature and Communication, Art & Culture, History, Antiquities and Philosophy. Our teaching and research focus on current societal and scientific themes: from artificial intelligence to visual culture, from urbanization to the history of slavery, from ‘fake news’ in journalism to communication in organizations. We strive to ensure small group sizes. Innovative education and interdisciplinary research are our hallmarks.
Working at the Faculty of Humanities means making a real contribution to the quality of leading education and research in an inspiring and personal work and study climate. We employ more than 250 staff members, and we are home to around 1,300 students. Global Economic and Social History at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
The chair of Global Economic and Social History at VU is part of the Global History Group
, which also includes chairs in Water and Environmental History and in Global History from an Anthropological Perspective. It is part of the History cluster in the Faculty of Humanities’ Department of Art & Culture, History, and Antiquity.
The GESH chair investigates the history of flows of people, goods and ideas around the world. It closely cooperates with the International Institute for Social History in Amsterdam (IISG), a leading research institute for the history of social movements, labour and capitalism. We ask questions such as: What are the roots of social and economic inequality within and between nations? What effects does the development of capitalism have on globalization, state formation, labour relations and cultural change? How do urban and rural societies cope with worldwide economic changes? How do knowledge societies and economies develop and what is their relation to globalization? How do large-scale economic and social developments affect heritage and collective memory?
Our focus areas:
- Capitalism, colonialism, culture and society
- (Forced) labour and migration
- Knowledge societies and economies