Department of Art & Culture, History, and Antiquity

The Department of Art & Culture, History, and Antiquity has over 90 academic staff, including 20 PhD candidates. The staff provide teaching and carry out research from a disciplinary basis, spanning the ages from prehistory up to the present. Cross-relations between research groups and within teaching programmes contribute to the vital interdisciplinary embedding of teaching and research. The department’s main characteristics are Its international focus, social orientation and the relatively small scale of the programmes. Teaching and research come from the research groups, which are divided between the clusters ‘Art & Culture’, ‘History’ and ‘Anquity. 

Social engagement
The twelve “special” professors in the department are members of social organizations and research institutes, reinforcing the links between the university and society. They hold chairs in the fields of history, heritage, landscape and water, material and immaterial culture, the history of knowledge and the culture of memory. 

The department cooperates with the University of Amsterdam in a number of areas. This allows students to choose from a  large number of diverse courses to aid their academic development in various specializations:

Teaching Art & Culture, History, and Antiquity

Interdisciplinary cooperation and research embedded in society are core aspects of inspired and innovative teaching. Besides several bachelor's programmes in Dutch, the Faculty of Humanities provides five bachelor's programmes in English, including History and International Studies. It also has six master’s programmes and three research master’s programmes, which belong to the Graduate School of Humanities and combine considerable disciplinary embedding with interdisciplinary approaches. The department also provides various minor programmes for bachelor’s students which allow them to explore new topics or deepen their knowledge.

Research groups Art & Culture, History, and Antiquity

Our staff are specialists in media, art, design, architecture, history, classics and archaeology, and they cooperate in projects focusing on various themes. For example, various historians, art historians and archaeologists study heritage, memory and landscape history. Interdisciplinary cooperation also plays an important role in the department’s research methods, as well as in the field of Digital Humanities.

Staff members Art & Culture, History, and Antiquity

Overview staffmembers Art & Culture, History, and Antiquity