Staff updates

Grant for a team of UCM and FASOS researchers

In June 2018 a team of FASoS and UCM researchers (Prof. Roberta Haar (UCM), Dr. Gergana Noutcheva (FASoS), Dr. Petar Petrov (FASoS) and Prof. Sophie Vanhoonacker (FASoS)) was awarded a competitive grant from Maastricht Working On Europe. The grant will support the production of original research on the EU-NATO security and defence relationship as NATO commemorates its 70th anniversary.

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Christian Ernsten third at 2018-2019 UM Impact Course

FASoS researcher Christian Ernsten came in third place at the 2018-2019 UM Impact Course for his research on the history and development of the Meuse River and how this affects modern life.

Ties van de Werff and Arjan Schakel also participated in the course, next to 19 other UM researchers and two from Zuyd University of Applied Sciences.

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Introducing: Sergio Calderón Harker

Sergio Calderón is joining FASoS as a Teaching Assistant in the Philosophy Department as of August 2019.

Sergio completed his BA at the University College Maastricht (2017), where he focused on sociology and philosophy, and recently finished his MA in Political Philosophy at the Pompeu Fabra University (2019) in Barcelona, Spain.

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Introducing: Yoram Carboex

My name is Yoram Carboex. I have just joined the department of History as a teaching assistant and will be teaching mainly in the BA European Studies. During my MA in Leiden my main research focus was on the emergence of human rights in the global imagination in the post-war period.

However, as I pursued my BA at University College Maastricht I have developed quite broad academic interests and I am looking forward to start teaching in an interdisciplinary environment.

Introducing: Mariëlle Wijermars

Mariëlle Wijermars has joined FASoS as an Assistant Professor in Cyber-Security and Politics. She conducts research on Internet governance with a focus on the impact of Internet regulation on freedom of speech and the framing of cyberthreats and policy responses.

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New Teaching & Learning blog on teaching political ecology with PBL

Environmental problems of the Anthropocene require politically-orientated solutions, and a new generation of complex problem-solvers. Problem-Based Learning is a natural fit for teaching political ecology, and in this blog post Nick Kirsop-Taylor and Dan Appiah report on an experiment at the University of Exeter on this.

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Introducing: Janosch Prinz

Janosch Prinz joined FASoS as an Assistant Professor in Social and Political Philosophy in August 2019.

Janosch’s research interests lie at the intersection between normative and empirical inquiry into politics. He works on the relationship between philosophy and politics and on the basis of the critical edge the former may have for the latter (if any).

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Kiran Patel interviewed by ZDF on stepping down of Theresa May

For the programme Heute Journal of the ZDF Kiran Patel was interviewed after the announcement that Theresa May would step down as Prime Minister.

The full interview (in German) is available online.

FASoS writing workshop leads to photoessay in popular food/art magazine

Last year Simon Clews ran a number of interactive writing workshops for FASoS staff, PhD students and the Maastricht Young Academy. During the workshops participants wrote pitches for non-academic publications and worked on social media/public presentations.

One of the successful outcomes of the workshop is a photo essay by Anna Harris this month in the food/art magazine The Gourmand, which started as a pitch during a workshop writing exercise.

Klaartje Peters in ‘Buitenhof’ on national TV

Klaartje Peters was a guest on the national TV programme ‘Buitenhof’ on Sunday 16 June. Together with Wim Kuijken she discusses how the Dutch government can let large governmental projects fail.

The full episode is available online.

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