A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University
, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.
The Faculty of Humanities
has around 6,000 students and 1,100 staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Culture Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication. With its research and education in these fields, the Faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. The enthusiastic and committed colleagues and the excellent amenities in the historical city center of Utrecht, where the Faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment.
Cultural History is one of the most interdisciplinary groups at the History and Art History department
: we are trained as historians, but also bring expertise in archaeology, philosophy, philology, and journalism. Together we study the ways in which people produce culture (through institutions, bodies, and networks), circulate it (through education, books, newspapers, images, and digital media), and reproduce it (through memory practices and heritage politics). Our outlook is international, placing the cultural history of Europe and the Netherlands in a global context of interconnectivity. Our group is clustered in three groups: Uses of the Past (studying the production of heritage and memory in contemporary and past societies), Knowledge Practices (exploring the cultural dimensions and networks defining knowledge production and expertise), and Transcultural Connections (analysing and reflecting on the circulation of culture across the globe and societal impact of (post)colonialism). The group plays a central role in three MA programs and the BA education of the department. We also collaborate with other groups across Utrecht University (e.g., Descartes Centre and Graduate School of Teaching).