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Patrick Bijsmans and alumna Christiane Barth win best article prize

Patrick Bijsmans (Department of Politics) and MA European Studies alumna Christiane Barth have been awarded the 2018 Journal of Contemporary European Studies Best Article Prize for their work entitled ‘The Maastricht Treaty and public debates about European integration: The emergence of a European public sphere?’.

Their open access article discusses the gradual convergence of public debates on Europe at the time of the Maastricht Treaty.

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FASoS researchers publish book on South-South Development Cooperation

Elsje Fourie, Wiebe Nauta and Emma Mawdsley (Cambridge) have published a new edited volume with Routledge, titled ‘Researching South-South Development Cooperation: The Politics of Knowledge Production’.

This is the culmination of an international collaboration that began with a workshop in Maastricht in 2015. FASoS’ own RSF and ART funds helped to bring the project to fruition.

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Introducing: Eslam Nofal

Eslam Nofal has recently joined FASoS as a postdoctoral researcher in Digital Heritage. He will be working closely with Vivian van Saaze and Sally Wyatt in the Terra Mosana project, which aims to strengthen the tourist attractiveness of the Euregio Meuse-Rhine (EMR) and the sense of belonging to it through the digital exploitation of its cultural heritage.

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Introducing: Jacob Ward

I’m Jacob Ward, and I joined FASoS on 1 October as Assistant Professor in the History of Information, Computing, and Digitality. I am a member of the History department and the MUSTS research programme, and I have joined UM from the University of Oxford, where I was a postdoc in the history of computing.

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New FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog on attendance at FASoS

Does attendance matter in a Problem-Based Learning environment? In the latest contribution to the FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog, Arjan Schakel and Patrick Bijsmans provide new evidence on the effect of attendance on study success from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. They contextualise the discussions on attendance, and present options for further research and refinement of the faculty’s attendance policy.

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Introducing: Isabell Burmester

Isabell Burmester is a doctoral researcher at the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of Geneva. She is visiting FASoS as a NORTIA early-career residency researcher for her research on EU and Russian hegemony in the Eastern Partnership countries. Her thesis “EU and Russian hegemony in the ‘shared neighbourhood’: Between coercion, prescription, and co-optation” is supervised by Prof. Sandra Lavenex.

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Toneelhuis LFA commissions Joop de Jong to conduct research project

The Roermond-based Limburg Amateur Theatre Association (Dutch: Toneelhuis LFA) has asked a group of researchers, among which FASoS professor Joop de Jong, to conduct a research project.

Joop de Jong, together with Sandra van Helden and Ward Schoonbrood, will repeat the 2011 survey and analysis – by Pieternel Fleskens and Joop de Jong – of membership experience, expectation and satisfaction with Toneelhuis LFA and its services.

Sally Wyatt interviewed by IP magazine

Sally Wyatt was interviewed by ‘vakblad voor informatieprofessionals’ (IP magazine, issue 7, 2019) about the start of the new bachelor’s programme Digital Society.

In the interview (in Dutch), Prof. Wyatt reflects upon the initiation of the Digital Society programme and the importance of starting such a programme.

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Hylke Dijkstra trains Dutch diplomatic class

On 18 September, Hylke Dijkstra provided a training to the incoming diplomatic class of The Netherlands (“Het Klasje”) on International Organizations at the Clingendael Institute in The Hague. He gave an academic perspective on multilateral cooperation on the basis of his recent textbook. Other trainers of the class include senior Dutch diplomats.

The module on international organizations is concluded by a former NATO Secretary-General.

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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