Staff publications

Ferenc Laczo publishes anthology Confronting Devastation

Ferenc Laczo has just published an anthology under the title ‘Confronting Devastation: Memoirs of Holocaust Survivors from Hungary’.

The anthology draws on the archives of the Azrieli Foundation’s Holocaust Survivors Memoir Program and features excerpts from 21 book-length memoirs. This volume contains some 480 pages divided into five thematic sections. Ferenc selected the excerpts and wrote the introduction to the book and all its sections.


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Collective volume on language in the mines by Leonie Cornips & Pieter Muysken

A special issue of the ‘International Journal for the Sociology of Language’ has just been published on language use in the mines. Language use in mining poses a particular challenge, since mining creates very specific social ecological circumstances. The issue came out of a symposium comparing mining languages in Africa, South America, and North Western Europe, held at Maastricht University, the Netherlands.


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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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The European Parliament Elections of 2019

50 authors from 30 different countries, and available exactly one month after the 2019 European Parliament election night.

Edited by Lorenzo De Sio, Mark N. Franklin and Luana Russo for CISE-LUISS University Press (with the cooperation of Maastricht University), “The European Parliament Elections of 2019” is now available as a free download.


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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.

Book by Maaike Meijer nominated for OPZIJ Literatuurprijs

Hemelse mevrouw Frederike, a biography of the Dutch poet and multi-artist F. Harmsen van Beek (1927-2009), written by FASoS Prof. Dr Maaike Meijer, has been nominated for the OPZIJ Literatuurprijs.

The winner will be announced on 3 July in a special edition of OPZIJ magazine.


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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.

Audiobook about the history of sound in and around the car by Karin Bijsterveld

Weg van lawaai: Geschiedenis van geluid in en om de auto‘ is a Dutch-language audio cd with a printed booklett on the history of sound in and around the car, with historical audio fragments.

The audiobook has been written by Karin Bijsterveld (Maastricht University), read by Rik van de Westelaken, published by Uitgeverij Rubinstein in collaboration with Sound and Image, and financed by NWO.

The full press release is available in Dutch.

New FASoS T&L Blog on word association and group learning

In the latest FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog contribution, Paul Stephenson asks whether we can gain insight into group learning by using word association at the beginning and end of a course. While students’ presentations and individual papers give a sense of their individual achievement, zooming out from the specifics of the student’s own research, can word association be used to assess a change in the group perspective over time?


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On Expedition to the Past: Tips for Hidden Cultural Heritage Destinations

A mysterious villa, a motionless ship, a luxurious library, a forgotten industry, an unusual museum. At the occasion of Prof. Dr. Ernst Homburg’s valedictory lecture (26 April 2019), members of the Maastricht University research programme in Science, Technology and Society Studies (MUSTS) have collected tips for cultural heritage destinations that are hidden gems, intriguing and highly worthy of visiting, but not widely known and at times hard to find.


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