Mission statement


Academic knowledge is an essential part of contemporary society. The VU University has traditionally attached great importance to courses in the history of academic knowledge as a contribution to the balanced education of its students. University-wide courses can clearly demonstrate the interaction between academic disciplines and of academia with society. The Stevin Centre for History of Science and Humanities, a university-wide VU centre, will offer such courses. In addition it has formulated a common research theme entitled ‘Knowledge Practices and Normativity within their Historical Context’. This theme has links with the research of most of the participants. The concept of science will be problematised, and the role of philosophical, normative, religious and legal aspects will be central in the historical analysis. The Stevin Centre aims at making its results available to the wider community and to achieve this it will organise activities for the VU community and special activities for particular groups.


Read here the complete Founding Document.