Staff publications

Adriaensen, Bijsmans & Groen publish on skills development in the BA ES

Johan Adriaensen, Patrick Bijsmans and Afke Groen have just published a first article from their research project on generic skills development in the BA ES. The open access article in particular looks at how a portfolio – and in this case, a PBL self-assessment – may help to monitor students’ generic skills development. The current portfolio may achieve its educational objectives, but has limitations in light of teaching and learning research.


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Eurozine launches new Focal Point, co-edited by Ferenc Laczó

With the release of six essays and an editorial, Eurozine, a network of European cultural journals, has just launched its new Focal Point ‘The Legacy of Division. East and West after 1989.’. Dozens of essays by prominent intellectuals will be published throughout the year. The Focal Point is edited by Luka Lisjak from (Slovene journal) Razpotja and Ferenc Laczó from Maastricht University.


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New blog @FASoS T&L blog by Constance Sommerey and Afke Groen

On International Women’s Day, Constance Sommerey and Afke Groen blog about the gender biases they encounter in the teaching evaluations of students. Being a young and female tutor is a recipe for poorer teaching evaluations, which can have real consequences. It’s thus about time to address and disarm such bias.


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Roundtable Contemporary European Historians on Brexit published

The journal Contemporary European History has just published a roundtable titled ‘Contemporary European Historians on Brexit’ with twenty contributions by historians from across Europe. Ferenc Laczo has co-authored one of the contributions with his colleague Mate Rigo (Yale-NUS College, Singapore) under the title ‘New Versailles or a Velvet Revolution? Brexit and the Exits of Central and Eastern European History, 1916–2016.’

Katleen Gabriels in Financieel Dagblad on 15 years Facebook

The Financieel Dagblad published an article on Fifteen years of Facebook: one big social experiment. In the article Katleen Gabriels talks about the influence of Facebook on our lives and the up- and downside of using it.

Gabriels: “Facebook made everything a lot more transparent. That is not only nice and fun, but it can also be very confronting.”

The full article is available online (in Dutch).

New Book by Jessica Mesman on Video-reflexive Ethnography

Together with Rick Iedema, Katherine Carroll, Ailleen Collier, Suyin Hor and Mary Wyer, Jessica Mesman has published a book on Video-reflexive Ethnography (VRE) in Health Research and Healthcare improvement. Rather than being guided by an instrumentalist methodological procedure, the book offers a collaborative, applied, visual method.


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Yf Reykers published ‘Multinational Rapid Response Mechanisms’ (Routledge)

Yf Reykers, together with John Karlsrud (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs), has edited the volume ‘Multinational Rapid Response Mechanisms: From Institutional Proliferation to Institutional Exploitation’.

This edited volume brings together a group of leading scholars to explore and identify the key factors that hamper and enable the development and deployment of multinational rapid response mechanisms.


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New textbook on EU-China relations co-authored by Thomas Christiansen

A major new textbook on relations between the EU and China, co-authored by Thomas Christiansen, Emil Kirchner (Essex University) and Uwe Wissenbach (EEAS) has just been published by Palgrave Macmillan in their European Union book series. This accessible text offers a comprehensive analysis of one of the most important relationships in global politics today.


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Hylke Dijkstra published third edition of International Organization

Hylke Dijkstra has joined a team of authors to publish the third edition of a bestselling textbook ‘International Organization’ (Red Globe Press, formerly known as Palgrave).

This book puts forward a unique political systems approach to understanding international organizations and fully accounts for the challenges to international organizations by the emerging powers, the Trump administration and Brexit.


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CRISPR in Humans? Publication by Darian Meacham

Darian Meacham and Matthias Braun (FAU) have published a commentary in EMBO Reports on the announcement that CRISPR gene-editing tools had been used to modify the genome of babies born in China. They argue that the debate needs to go beyond issues concerning safety and informed consent to include difficult questions about inequality, risk-sharing, and vulnerability.


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