Staff updates

Kiran Patel interviewed by German radio station on the EU in 2018

The public German radio station MDR looks back on 2018 from an EU-perspective and interviews Kiran Patel on the subject.

The interview was also broadcasted in the radio show ‘Tagesschau‘ from the channel Deutschlandfunk, part of ARD.

Giselle Bosse’s course on ‘Survey Research’ UM best practice example

The course ‘Research Methods: Survey Research’ (BA European Studies), coordinated by Dr Bosse, has been selected by EDLAB as ‘Best Practice Example for the Use of Creative PBL’. In this course, students carry out quantitative surveys for cultural and social organisations in Maastricht and the wider Meuse–Rhine Euroregion. Students also create interactive WordPress websites to present research results and policy recommendations to local clients.

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Maarten Doorman member of Supervisory Board Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Maarten Doorman has been appointed as one of the new members of the Supervisory Board of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Together with Carla Aalse (vice-chairman), Homme ten Have, Truze Lodder (Chair), Henriëtte Prast and Jos van Rooijen all members of the Board share an affinity with the social objective of the Stedelijk and meet the key selection criteria of independence and integrity.

Various national media outlet have reported on the appointment.

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Introducing: John Parkinson

John Parkinson has joined FASoS as Professor of Social & Political Philosophy. A democracy theorist, he is partly responsible for the deliberative systems approach in deliberative theory. He has also written on referendums and democracy’s need for physical public space. John’s current project uses electronic tools to map topics and arguments in two debates: Scottish independence and Australian constitutional recognition of First Nations.

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Introducing: Maria Debre

Maria J. Debre joins the Department of Political Science as a Post-doctoral Researcher in the ERC Project “Who get’s to live forever? Towards an Institutional Theory on the Decline and Death of International Organisations” lead by Hylke Dijkstra.

Maria received her PhD from the Free University Berlin in 2018 within the Berlin Graduate School of Transnational Studies and the Research College (KFG) ‘The Transformative Power of Europe’.

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Arjan Schakel wins large BFS Starting Grant

The Bergen Science Foundation has awarded Arjan Schakel a highly competitive Starting Grant of 20 million Norwegian Krones (more than 2 million euros) for his project ‘Strengthening Regional Democracy – Contributing to Good Democratic Governance’. The grant will enable Arjan to set up a Centre on Regional Democratic Governance and to establish a team of two postdocs, one PhD, and one research assistant at the University of Bergen in Norway.

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Geert Somsen wins HERA grant for collaborative research project

The European Research Area in the Humanities has awarded 1 million Euros to the research project ‘The Scientific Conference: A Social, Cultural, and Political History’. The project has the UM collaborate with Birkbeck University London, Uppsala Universitet, and the Centre Alexandre Koyré (CNRS) in Paris. FASoS will receive a PhD position and research time for Geert Somsen. Thomas Mougey is the named candidate for a three year postdoc in Paris.

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New Programme Directors bachelor Arts & Culture

The Faculty Board has appointed Alexandra Supper as the new Programme Director and Nora Vaage as the new Deputy Programme Director of the BA programme Arts & Culture.

Alexandra Supper (the current assistant director) will succeed the current programme director Anique Hommels on 1 January 2019 for a period of three years.

Patrick Bijsmans joins UM steering group ‘Learning & Innovation’

Patrick Bijsmans has joined the steering group for one of the university’s main research themes, ‘Learning & Innovation‘. Maastricht University is known for its innovative approach to education and for its university-wide choice for Problem-Based Learning. A defining characteristic of the research in this domain is the strong link between educational research and educational practice.

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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’.

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