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FACT SHEET CULTURAL HISTORY OF MODERN EUROPE The Cultural History group of the Department of History and Art History is delighted to welcome you as a Master’s student! You will encounter a group of lecturers who are eager to share their knowledge of modern cultural history with you and to provide you with the skills and knowledge to become a wellrounded cultural historian who has something to offer to the labour market. This programme book gives you an overview of the Master’s programme aims, modules and lecturers. You will find extensive information on internships and the Master’s thesis. We will do our utmost to make your year in Utrecht as worthwhile as possible by offering excellent teaching and by providing a number of extra-curricular events, such as excursions to museums and guest lectures from cultural historians working outside of academia. You are also welcome to join our Seminar in Cultural History, with (international) speakers who present their research. We hope you will have a fabulous year in Utrecht! Dr. Gertjan Plets, Coordinator of the MA Cultural History of Modern Europe Tekst




DO YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE? The Curriculum Committee consists of students and staff members who jointly discuss and assess the quality of the education in the Master’s programme. Every year, the committee is looking for new student members. If you are interested in becoming a member, or if you want to contact the committee about the standard of education, please contact the president of the committee, dr. Marloes Beers: m.c.beers@uu.nl. The MA Cultural History also has its own Instagram page, where you can find more information on the (research) activities of the staff and students.





Coordinator MA Cultural History. Heritage ethics; cultural landscapes; memory politics; Soviet and Russian history

France and Empire; race in France; pop culture; Black Atlantic; Gender studies

Digital text analysis; history of science; history of ideas; conceptual history




Public history; memory; life writing; egodocuments; race; gender

History of science and humanities; historiography; theory of history

History of media and publishing; consumer culture; visual culture; transatlantic relations; interwar history; modern German history




History of the body, gender, emotion, sexuality, medicine, psychiatry; cultural theory

Memory; comparative colonialisms; postcolonialism and material culture; British Empire; Germany and Africa

Transatlantic and transnational history; reference cultures in Europe; digital humanities











STUDY ADVISORS Facing issues with your studies? The study advisors are there to help and support you to successfully complete your degree. They can act as confidential counsellors, advise on issues regarding illness and special circumstances and, together with you, look at the possibility to cope with the studies while dealing with disabilities or chronic illnesses. They can also help with specific arrangements and procedures, such as complaints, objections and appeals. You can find more information on the university website, at: students.uu.nl/en/hum/cultural-history-of-modern-europe/practicalinformation/advising-and-counselling







THIS PROGRAMME The MA Cultural History of Modern Europe aims to prepare today’s students for the world of tomorrow. Our modern world is the result of major and increasingly rapid change. For Europe as a world-historical region, issues such as integration and assimilation, populism and elitism, and secularization and radicalization present new problems and challenges. The same applies to inequality, migration, urbanization, the renewed strengthening of the nation-state in the face of uncontrolled globalization, and new communication technologies. In this Master’s programme you will consider these issues from a cultural-historical perspective. In order to become engaged historians and citizens, we must grasp the historical backgrounds of the institutions, traditions, cultural values and mentalities currently influencing our lives, including ethical and political decisions. This Master’s programme combines three key cultural-historical approaches. It addresses Europe as a world-historical region; it offers insight into the theoretical and methodological toolbox of cultural historians; and it gives students a working knowledge of both public history and cultural heritage. The programme actively engages with current concerns through historical analysis.

COURSE PLANNER: You will find more information on this programme’s courses in the Course Planner: https://cursusplanner.scien ce.uu.nl/english/study/GECHME-17

LEARNING OBJECTIVES After completing this programme: 

EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY During this programme, you are handed the analytical instruments to actively gauge developments in the modern world and shape your own future on the labour market. Throughout the programme, you are given an understanding of historical methodologies ranging from visual analysis and the social production of knowledge to the new tools offered by digital humanities, including big data research based on print, image and social media. This MA translates theoretical insights into practical research, fusing academic excellence with social relevance and professional experience.

On the student website you will find more information about your programme, ranging from an overview of courses to policies and procedures. 

THIS MASTER’S PROGRAMME AND OUR SOCIETY In this programme we examine the role of culture in shaping past and present societies. We explore what culture is. We learn about the history of ideas and social practices, study how people use history today, apply cultural theories, and explore the formation of social identities and heritage. The scope of the programme is Europe in a global setting. We use transnational and comparative approaches to our topics. Furthermore, we have a keen interest in how history is used to craft contemporary cultures and identities. Public history and cultural heritage is an important avenue of research and teaching in this master. We ensure there is a balance between the theory and practice of cultural history and heritage through the combination of courses, internships, and thesis. The historians in the programme are specialists in the fields of empire, public history, race, media history, history of the body, intellectual history, heritage studies and digital humanities. We bring our academic expertise into classroom discussions. Students put theory into practice in their internships. Some choose internships at leading cultural history institutions while others select research-based internships working on cutting-edge projects with Utrecht researchers. Whichever option you choose, you will experience the challenges of being a historian in a changing society. Your internship experience should be connected to the research you do for your thesis, which is the product of a rigorous and rewarding process. Read more about career

You understand how Europe and European residents are involved in and produced by global processes You will have the skills and knowledge to analyse and understand culture and cultural history You will be equipped with the tools to analyse the relationship between history, memory, and heritage You will be prepared for careers that require an ability to process and synthesize knowledge fast, and that demand good analytic and communication skills You will have profound knowledge about presenting, preserving and communicating history and heritage to a broad public

development. Students emerge from the programme with skills in history, in analysis and writing, and with professional work experience. Our attention to public history and heritage has helped many graduates find jobs in these fields. Other students put our training to good use in a variety of fields from foreign policy and diplomatic work to journalism. This programme offers an English track and a Dutch track. The modules offered in these tracks are the same – only the language of instruction differs.

STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMME In order to help you achieve the aims of the MA, the curriculum has been designed along three main axes: • Theory and Methodology: Modules in this category provide the groundwork for your MA study. They offer an overview of the most important theories, themes and methods used in cultural history. • History and Practice: Modules in this category train you to apply historical theory and methodology in practice. You will be encouraged to reflect critically on the role of the historian in public debates on history. • Themes and Debates: Modules in this category are designed to deepen your understanding of important debates in the history of modern European culture, and in the uses of this past in the present. You will eventually formulate your own line of research in dialogue with these debates, bringing together the three strands of the curriculum in a final thesis.

Semester 1 Block 1 Theory:

Semester 2 Block 2 Themes and Debates

Understanding Culture in (Students take 2 out of 4 electives): the Modern World (Ruberg)

Practice: Public History, Memory and Global Heritage (Huisman)

Block 3

Block 4

Students select one of the following options: 1. 2.

Internship International exchange

1. The Experience of Modernity (Hung, in English) 2 Erfgoed en Identiteit: Casestudies (Plets, in Dutch)

Thesis 15 EC

3. Colonial Memory and Postcolonial Heritage (Schilling, in English) 4. Infrastructuur van de historische cultuur (Huistra, in Dutch)

Method and Design 10EC Research Seminar Cultural History (Gillett and Huijnen) Cultural Career Seminar Cultural History and Society (career orientation)

INTERNSHIP Representing a perfect chance to put academic theory into working practice, the cultural history internship not only serves as a vital link between academic study and the labour market, it is also the perfect opportunity to better come to grips with your talents, skills and abilities and to explore the practical value of your university education. The focus lies on ensuring better employment prospect by gaining practical professional experience, building a strong CV and develop a professional network. Students do an internship related to the field of cultural history, such as a museum, (heritage) institution or an educational institute. They learn to apply knowledge, theories, and methodology of cultural history they learnt during the master's programme. The MA coordinator will assist the students in finding and internship opportunities will be regularly shared with the students. During the cultural career seminar networking and job interview skills will be trained. The UU also offers grants to students that wish to do their internship abroad (within the European Union). For more information about the administrative context of the internship please consult the student website. THESIS The Master’s thesis is the final exam of the program. A thesis is the result of your own, original research. It is 12,000-18,000 words in length (excluding footnotes/endnotes, title page, and bibliography) for 15 EC. You will be working on it throughout the entire academic year, starting in week 1 of period 1, and ending with your thesis defence in week 10 of period 4. The thesis will be the result of your own, original research but you will be guided by a personal supervisor during the process, as well as receiving feedback from other Cultural History Staff members throughout the year, mainly during the Research Seminar Cultural History during period 1 and 2. The thesis process is divided into five steps, each connected to one or more deadlines. Steps Step 1: finding a topic and a supervisor Step 2: finding your sources and writing your introduction Step 3: doing your research, writing and presenting your first chapter Step 4: writing the first version of your thesis Step 5: rewriting, submitting and defending your thesis Deadlines Period 1, week 5: Early in period 2: Late in period 2: Period 3, week 8: Period 3, week 9: Period 4, week 3: Period 4, week 5: Period 4, week 9:

Period 4, week 10:

Finding a thesis & supervisor Archives assignment Introduction Cultural History Thesis Conference Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 / Whole thesis Thesis deadline

Thesis defence

A more elaborate explanation of the Thesis and the exact times and dates of the deadlines will be distributed to you during the Introduction days and will become available on Blackboard. The thesis defence is scheduled in period 4, week 10 and will be the official end of the Thesis. During the Thesis defence you will first give a short presentation on your finding

to the Cultural History staff members. After that, you will be questioned by the Cultural History staff members. CULTURAL CAREER SEMINAR Throughout the year we help you prepare for your future in the Cultural Career Seminar. In lectures and speed dates recent alumni and established cultural historians will share their experiences on finding a place on the labor market, their work and the different fields they work in – from museums and heritage institutions to ngo’s, policy, journalism, commercial companies and more. The Career Office offers workshops to find your motivation and work values, transform general ambitions into practical goals, and to provide you with tools to network. Join the ‘Cultural History @ Utrecht University’ group on LinkedIn to see where alumni end up, connect with them and stay in touch for future students looking for a start of their careers.

PROGRAMME DATES AND DEADLINES Excursion: Deadline MA thesis: Formal thesis defence: Deadline Internship report:

17-18 December 2020 or 14-15 January 2021 (TBC – depending on COVID-19 restrictions) Thursday 17 June 2021 9:00 a.m. Tuesday 29 June 2021 Tuesday 22 June 2020

IMPORTANT FOR STUDENTS IN THE HUMANITIES Academic calendar students.uu.nl/hum-calendar Information about days off, course registrations and change-of-enrolment days. UU online Information about our online systems and how to log in: students.uu.nl/hum-online In need of a manual? IT manuals: https://manuals.uu.nl/en

REGISTRATIONS, PROCEDURES, INTERNSHIP Student Information Desk Humanities students.uu.nl/hum-contact Programme related matters, such as • course registration • schedules • study results (Osiris) • study progress overview (SVO) • graduation Student Services students.uu.nl/en/contact/student-services Information about: • registration as a UU student • tuition fees • elite athletes • disability or chronic illness Internship coordinator students.uu.nl/hum-internshipcoordinator Information about: • guidelines and procedures • internship placements and businesses • alumni-network


FACT! You can find your grades, student card and timetable in the MyUU portal and the MyUU app: students.uu.nl/en/myuu and students.uu.nl/en/ myuu-app FACT! In the second semester, you will have to register in Osiris for courses you wish to attend. If you want to switch courses, you can do so on the change-of- enrolment days before the start of the block in question. FACT! Deadlines are always communicated by your lecturers in the course manuals they provide around two weeks prior to the start of the course. FACT! If you need more programme specific information about for instance internship or thesis, consult the Curriculum page on your programme’s website, see: students.uu.nl/hum.

Career Services students.uu.nl/hum-careerservices For all your questions about your steps into the job market. You can attend workshops, have your CV examined and ask our Career Officer for coaching. Your programme coordinator will tell you more about what is organised within your programme.

NEED EXTRA HELP? Study advisor: Student psychologist: Workshops: Skills Lab:

students.uu.nl/hum-studyadvisor students.uu.nl/psychologist students.uu.nl/en-skillslab

THINKING OF GOING ABROAD ? International office Humanities:


FACT! Check students. uu.nl/hum-studentlife for information about living, jobs, sports and leisure in Utrecht!

O T H E R FACILITIES University Library: Olympos sports centre: Parnassos cultural centre:

students.uu.nl/hum-library olympos.nl/en-us/home.aspx uu.nl/en/parnassos

© June 2020. Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities. This factsheet has been compiled with the utmost care. It is for informational purposes only, and no rights can be derived from its contents.

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Factsheet Master in Cultural History of Modern Europe 2020-2021  

The master of Cultural History of Modern Europe's factsheet gives you an overview of the Master programme’s aims, modules, lecturers as wel...

Factsheet Master in Cultural History of Modern Europe 2020-2021  

The master of Cultural History of Modern Europe's factsheet gives you an overview of the Master programme’s aims, modules, lecturers as wel...

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