Recent News

VU historians Inger Leemans and Ronald Kroeze receive NWO Internationalisation grant of 50,000 euro


For their research project Banking on Financial History

Microplastics Event: Invisible Invaders


Microplastics are everywhere. At this interdisciplinary event, we will examine the issue of ‘invisible invaders’ from multiple perspectives

Manon Parry appointed Professor of Medical History


As of the 1st of May 2018 Manon Parry is named professor by special appointment at the Faculty of Humanities

Keynote Lecture Angela Davis


Moving Together: Activism, Art and Education – A Week with Angela Davis is a weeklong program taking place from 12-17 May at various arts, cultural, educational and heritage institutions, and community centers in Amsterdam. Together with esteemed guest Professor Angela Y. Davis, as well as artists, scholars, activists and audience members, we will look into questions of citizenship, communal knowledge sharing, intergenerational activism, and relevant artistic practices.

Oud VU-promovendus Math Osseforth ontmoet Paus Benedictus XVI


Vorige maand is het vijf jaar geleden dat Paus Benedictus XVI zijn emeritaat aanving

Nederlanders hebben minder vertrouwen in banken door toename online dienstverlening


Persoonlijk contact tussen bankmedewerkers en hun klanten is van groot belang om het vertrouwen in banken te vergroten.

Beyond Racism and Poverty


SUMMARY The truck system is an understudied form of labor coercion that existed on a global scale in the period 1865-1920. Under this system, workers were forced to accept payments in kind through the company store. In Beyond Racism and Poverty Karin Lurvink describes how this system functioned on plantations in Louisiana in comparison with peateries in the Netherlands. In the United States, the system is often viewed as a 'second slavery' and strongly associated with racism. In the Netherlands, however, not racism but poverty has been seen as the main reason for its continued existence. By using a variety of historical sources and by analyzing the perspectives of both employers and workers, Lurvink provides new insights into how the truck system worked and can be explained. She reveals how the system was not only coercive but had advantages for the workers as well, which should not be overlooked.

Special event: René ten Bos: Leven in het Antropoceen


The Dutch ‘Thinker Laureate’ (Denker des Vaderlands) René ten Bos will visit the Environmental Humanities Center to talk about his new book Dwalen in het Antropoceen. Please note that this lecture will be in Dutch.

In memoriam: prof. dr. Ben Peperkamp


It is with great sadness that we have learned of the sudden passing of our colleague Prof Ben Josef Peperkamp. Ben passed away Saturday November 18, 2017 following a cardiac arrest triggered by pulmonary embolism.

PPE Bachelor’s programme awarded ‘top rated programme’ distinction


Announced by The Keuzegids Universiteiten – the Netherlands’

VU-promovendus Ype de Boer publiceert boek over de Japanse schrijver Haruki Murakami


Op 25 september was de officiële presentatie bij Spui25 in Amsterdam. Op 28 oktober vertelt Ype de Boer op het Brainwashfestival meer over zijn boek.

VU-hoogleraar Martin van Hees krijgt samen met vijf wetenschappers een NWO Zwaartekrachtsubsidie


Toekenning van 18,8 miljoen euro voor onderzoeksprogramma SCOOP

PPE goes India!


Webby award nomination for online radio platform RADIO.GARDEN. CO-developed by VU professor Alec Badenoch.


Workshops on how to write your Master’s Thesis


Want to write an award winning Master’s Thesis? Yussef al Tamimi (final mark 10) and Annie Wong (VU Master’s Thesis award 2015) share their insights on 4 and 5 April.