Staff updates

Hylke Dijkstra interviewed by Luxemburger Wort

The Luxemburger Wort published an article about the 25-year anniversary of the EU Treaty, the European Studies programme and the city of Maastricht. Hylke Dijkstra was interviewed for the article, which includes his quote that ‘the Treaty had the same significance as the Yalta conference of 1945’.

The full article is available online after entering an email address.

Hylke Dijkstra presents research to policy-makers

Hylke Dijkstra was invited to an expert conference in Schwielowsee (Potsdam) to present research findings from the EU-CIVCAP project on civilian CSDP capabilities to a large group of EU officials.

FASoS researchers are part of a Horizon 2020-funded EU-CIVCAP project (2015-2018) consisting of 11 research institutes to study the civilian capabilities of the EU for crisis response.


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Erlichman publishes edited collection on post-war Germany

Camilo Erlichman has published an edited collection on ‘Transforming Occupation in the Western Zones of Germany: Politics, Everyday Life and Social Interactions, 1945-55’ (Bloomsbury: London, 2018). The book was launched in the Netherlands with a round-table discussion at the workshop ‘Towards a European History of the 1940s’, organised by Erlichman on 10 October at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam.


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Sonic Skills book by Karin Bijsterveld published in open access

‘Sonic Skills: Listening for Knowledge in Science, Medicine and Engineering (1920s-Present)’, authored by Karin Bijsterveld, has been published by Palgrave in open access format.

About the book

It is common for us today to associate the practice of science primarily with the act of seeing—with staring at computer screens, analyzing graphs, and presenting images.


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New FASoS T&L Blog post on stress among students

Media have been reporting about increased levels of stress and psychological problems among students in Higher Education. While some question to what extent this really is a serious problem, others describe this as one of the biggest challenges universities are currently confronted with.

In our latest FASoS Teaching and Learning Blog post, student advisor Pia Harbers gives her take on the matter and suggests ways in which teaching staff can act.


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Introducing: Fréderic Croughs

My name is Fréderic Croughs and I am a Belgian historian. I am proud to join the teaching staff of Maastricht University. My main fields of expertise are modern history, political history and international relations. I hope to inspire my students to have the same passion in their fields of interest as I have for these topics.


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Introducing: Lea Beiermann

I was glad to join the History Department on 1 October after receiving an NWO PhDs in the Humanities grant for my project “’Advancing Microscopy’: New Media and Citizen Microscopists in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America”.

In the nineteenth century, microscopy was immensely popular with amateurs and professionals in various scientific fields.


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Introducing: Denise Petzold

I am Denise Petzold and I joined the Philosophy department this October as a PhD candidate. My project is positioned in the newly conceived ‘Maastricht Centre for the Innovation of Classical Music’ (MCICM) and supervised by Peter Peters and Karin Bijsterveld. In my research, I will examine the accessibility and innovation of the artistic heritage of classical music with help of my contemporary art/museum studies background.


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New FASoS T&L Blog post on academic research and writing

Academic research and writing are at the core of university studies. Just before the summer break student magazine Mosaïek published an excellent issue on research and writing with contributions by FASoS students and staff. We have just published the contribution by Patrick Bijsmans, highlighting four underestimated ways to become a better academic writer, on our FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog website.


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Patrick Bijsmans hosts PBL workshop in Bolzano

Patrick Bijsmans, teacher and researcher in the Politics Department and faculty coordinator of the University Teaching Qualification, hosted a workshop on PBL and active learning in Bolzano on 9 October 2018. Entitled ‘Tutors in problem-based learning: From distant facilitator to approachable coach’, the workshop was all about tutoring and mentoring in an active learning environment. Participants included several full professors.


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