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Connect your neighbourhood & live cheap!

Are you curious what difference you can make for the people around you? Do you dream of having a real impact in your community and a society in which people look after each other? Do you speak basic Dutch? Apply now for Match Maastricht!

In a Match House you connect your neighbourhood. Together with your housemates you organise social projects. In exchange for your effort (8-10 hours a week), you pay a reduced rent (< €100 a month).

Research Master ES alumna Lea Smidt wins thesis award

Lea Smidt, alumna of the MSc European Studies (Research), has been awarded the Daniel Heinsius Prize for the best MA thesis in political science (by the Dutch and Belgian Political Science Associations).

Lea received the prestigious award for his thesis on: ‘Can Civil Society be Socially Engineered? The Influence of EU Democracy Aid on Civic Participation in Africa’. The prize was awarded at the Politicologenetmaal at Antwerp University on 13 June.

Theatre show by FASoS alumnus Micha Wertheim, on 13 June

On 13 June Arts & Culture alumnus Micha Wertheim performs in the theatre at the Vrijthof with his cabaret show ‘Voor alle duidelijkheid‘. Tickets are still available. The show received very good reviews in the national newspapers.

Slave or enslaved? Talk by Jean Casimir at Jan van Eyck, on 17 June

On Monday 17 June, 16.00, the Jan van Eyck Academie will host a talk by the sociologist, anthropologist and scholar Jean Casimir (b. 1938, Haiti). Focusing on the dynamic between modernity and coloniality, the expert will discuss various aspects of regional histories.

A talk by Marjolein van Pagee will follow at 17.30. Entrance is free and all are welcome!

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Kiran Patel gives a long interview in Germany’s Der Spiegel on the EU

In a long interview, Kiran Patel discusses lessons from the EU’s past and perspectives for the future. The interview builds on his 2018 book “Projekt Europa: Eine kritische Geschichte“ and discusses the prospects of Brexit and the EU’s role in creating peace, among other issues.

Practice your job interview at UM Career Services

Are you almost graduated and looking for a job? Practice your job interview at UM Career Services.

During this simulation job interview, we help you to be a confident person who has it all under control.

Read more and sign up on the Career Services website.

Aline Sierp editor of new Berghahn book series

Aline Sierp started a new book series entitled ‘Worlds of Memory‘ with Berghahn. Together with Jeffrey Olick and Jenny Wüstenberg she will edit the new series. The series will be launched during the Third annual conference of the Memory Studies Association in Madrid (25-28 June 2019). The first book will be published in August 2019.

New FASoS T&L Blog post on collaboration in PBL by two BA ES students

In the latest FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog post, BA ES students Kirstin Herbst and Sarah Goosens look back on two years of experience with Problem Based Learning (PBL). They discuss the one aspect of PBL that they find crucial: collaboration during tutorials, and explain why open-mindedness and active listening are crucial for this.

Also want to reflect on your experience in PBL? Leave your comments or contribute your own blog post!

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Three FASoS staff members featured on UM website

Recently Maarten Vink, Hylke Dijkstra and Patrick Bijsmans were featured on the UM website.

Dijkstra and Bijsmans were asked to shed their light on the European state of affairs as part of the series Maastricht, reflecting on Europe.

Vink was interviewed on the role of naturalisation in the integration of migrants, in line with his research project MiLifeStatus.

FASoS Weekly summer break from 1 July-16 August

Please note there will be no FASoS Weekly between Monday 1 July and Friday 16 August 2019. The last FASoS Weekly before the summer break will be published on Thursday 27 June. The first edition after the summer break will be published on Thursday 22 August.

If there are pressing matters during the break, we will consider sending out a special edition. Please contact the FASoS Weekly team via

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