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Graduate School of Humanities - Activities

On this page you will find information regarding the range of activities provided by the Graduate School of Humanities.

Graduate Seminars

The Graduate seminars are a good example of the integration of research and teaching within the Graduate School. These yearly seminars see (Research) Master's students, PhD researchers and faculty researchers work together closely. Research students are given the opportunity to present the results of their classes and work on their thesis by means of poster presentations or mini symposia. Research Master's students and PhD researchers are encouraged to share their current research and fresh insights with each other. It is this direct interaction and transfer of knowledge that makes the Graduate School a prime example of a community of learners.

Graduate School Lectures

The Graduate School lectures allow (Research) Master's students and PhD researchers to come into contact with (inter)nationally known specialists in areas characteristic of the Faculty of Humanities at VU Amsterdam. Young researchers and students are given the opportunity to engage in conversation with these specialists and discuss their own research with them.

Is there a specialist in your field of study who you are really keen to meet and exchange ideas with? Do you think other people share this feeling? Send your ideas to

Webinar Series: Black Lives Past and Present 

In recent months we have been re-awakened by loud voices of anger and sorrow at the injustice called racism. They speak of violence that kills people. They also speak of hidden power structures in our society that put people at a disadvantage because of fewer opportunities to develop themselves or because of ethnic profiling. The research institute CLUE+ of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in collaboration with the Graduate School of Humanities of the Faculty of Humanities wishes to take part in the ‘courageous conversations’ about uncomfortable questions with sometimes painful answers. By organizing a series of webinars on the history of slavery, colonialism, institutional racism and violence we hope to contribute to these conversations with insights from history.

Practical information
The series consists of short introductions by the speakers after which the audience can ask questions via the chat. The webinars will be moderated by Aaron Peterer. Visit the website of CLUE+ for the upcoming webinars. Here you will also find the recordings of the past three webinars held in July this year.