Staff publications

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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Aline Sierp publishes new book

Aline Sierp has published a new book entitled ‘Dividing United Europe. From Crisis to Fragmentation’ (Routledge, 2019) together with Christian Karner (University of Nottingham).

The edited volume brings together scholars who examine the nexus between (economic) crisis, national identities and the use of historical images, and prejudices and stereotypes, by focusing particularly on media and political discourses in different European countries.


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New FASoS T&L Blog on grading known students in PBL

Nora Vaage discusses the (unacknowledged) challenge of grading the work of known students in PBL in the latest contribution to the FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog.

She finds that tutors grading their own groups raises major quality concerns. And while there may be a rising awareness of this – given an increasing number of courses where tutors do grade each others’ groups – we need to continuously search for better options.


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New FASoS T&L Blog on using video reflection in teaching staff training

In the latest contribution to the FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog, Vincent Bijman reflects on how video footage can be used to facilitate reflection. Last November’s PBL Movie Night led to new insights on strategies to improve the role of the tutor in PBL and underlined the importance of incorporating reflection on video footage as part of university teaching staff training.


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Blog post by Valentina Carraro on expertise in UN bodies

To what extent are members of the UN human rights treaty bodies truly expert and independent from their home governments – as their mandate requires – considering that they are nominated and elected by states?

Valentina Carraro wrote a blog post addressing this issue, discussing results from her recent article published in the European Journal of International Relations.

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