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 ‘Ancient Studies’.
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:
- Researchers in Ancient Studies and Archaeology work together in the Amsterdam Centre of Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). ACASA provides the master’s programmes in Classics and Ancient Civilizations and Archaeology.
- Art and Cultural Studies provides a dual master’s degree in Museum Studies together with the University of Amsterdam.
- The department also cooperates with the University of Amsterdam in the Centre for Digital Humanities and in the joint minor in Digital Humanities.