Treaty of Utrecht Chair

The Treaty of Utrecht Chair offered a visiting professorship to various distinguished professors from a variety of academic and cultural fields of study. Until 2013, two times a year an international visiting professor was invited to hold the Chair for a period of three months. 

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From different angles the visiting professors reflected on the problems of cosmopolitanism, cultural diversity, and the influence of the media on society. They were giving public lectures and master classes, and they were also  attending cultural events, debates and conferences. 

The findings of these visiting professors were the subjects of academic symposia, political-economic forum’s and performing arts. The Treaty of 1713 served as a source of inspiration for these activities.

Who were the visiting professors?
Autumn 2012: Joan Scott 

Spring 2012: Femke Halsema

Autumn 2011: Martti Koskenniemi 

Spring 2011: Joanna Bourke.

  • See Prof. Bourke’s lecture here.

Autumn 2010: Frans Timmermans

Spring 2010: Peter Galison

Autumn 2009: Paul Gilroy

350px-Western_Europe_Utrecht_TreatyAbout the Treaty of Utrecht

The Treaty of Utrecht was signed in 1713 and is considered to be the commencement of modern diplomacy. This treaty marked the end of almost two centuries of (religious) wars and conflicts. In 1713 the rich and festive offer of art and cultural activities in Utrecht was the binding factor between the different cultures of the diplomats and negotiators, which brought them closer and made the signing of the Treaty easier.

The Treaty of Utrecht Chair is founded to highlight the relevance of the Treaty of Utrecht in current European and international perspective. Central in this programme are social sustainability, cultural diversity, dialogue, respect for each other, mediation, tolerance, inspiration and diplomacy.


The Treaty of Utrecht Chair is an initiative of the Province of Utrecht and is sponsored by Utrecht University, the Treaty of Utrecht Organisation and the Province of Utrecht. The Chair is hosted by the Centre for the Humanities of the Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University.