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**Maria Grever** (1953) is professor em. Theory and Methodology of History and founding director of the Center for Historical Culture at Erasmus School of History, Culture & Communication (ESHCC). She is currently research fellow at NL-Lab of the KNAW Humanities Cluster.

Her research interests are historical culture, historical consciousness, historiography; collective memory, nation, identity; heritage, history education, popular culture; monarchy, political culture, gender.

She studied Social and Economic History at the Radboud Unversity Nijmegen (graduation 1981) and defended her PhD thesis on gender and historiography (1994) at the same university. Her cum laude dissertation won the SNS-Bank Award of the Nijmegen University for best PhD dissertation at the recommendation of an academic jury.

In 2002-2007, Grever was at Erasmus University Rotterdam a board member of the Faculty of History and Art Studies (FHKW), and director of BA/MA Programs History. In 2017-2020 she was head of the History Department, and board member of the ESHCC. She successfully coordinated (external) assessments of the history program and history research in the ESHCC.

In 2006 she founded the Center for Historical Culture at Erasmus University which produces academic research on historical culture. The Center organizes lectures and conferences, the publication of scholarly results, the promotion of (inter)national cooperation and exchange, and attracts national and international PhD-students and post-docs. The Center strives to bridge the gap between the academic world and the popular / educational sector by initiating, maintaining and extending cooperative relationships with various institutions.

Grever was also program leader of several research projects - e.g. Paradoxes of De-Canonization (2004-2007) and Heritage Education, Plurality of Narratives and Shared Historical Knowledge (2009-2014), both funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). From 2015-2021 she is leader of the research program War! Popular Culture and European Heritage of Major Armed Conflicts; co-leader is prof.dr. Stijn Reijnders. She is supervisor of several PhD dissertations. Since 2010 Grever is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW). Over the years she has been involved and still is as president or board member of KNAW committees, national foundations, advisory boards, editorial boards of journals, and other professional (historical) organizations. In november 2015, she received the first ENVH Athena Award in recognition of outstanding contribution to the promotion of female talent within science in general and within Erasmus University Rotterdam in particular.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Research fellow, NL-Lab KNAW Humanities Cluster

1 Oct 2020 → …


  • AZ History of Scholarship The Humanities


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