Staff updates

Introducing: Katleen Gabriels

Katleen Gabriels has joined FASoS as an Assistant Professor (Philosophy). Her expertise is in the area of philosophy and ethics of technology, computer ethics, and moral philosophy. Until December 2018 she worked as an Assistant Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology.


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Introducing: Tom Verhelst

My name is Tom Verhelst and on 1 January I joined the Department of Political Science to work as a part-time (50%) postdoc on a research project on local governance under supervision of Professor Klaartje Peters (end of contract: September 2021). The project will investigate how Dutch local councils are able to effectively control their executive. Next to this, I work at Ghent University on a part-time basis (50%) as a postdoctoral researcher.


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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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New coordinator of the Educational Policy Cluster: Joost Dijkstra

In January 2019 we will welcome a new colleague. Joost Dijkstra, who is currently working as a policy advisor at Academic Affairs (UM Office), will be the new coordinator of our educational policy cluster. Joost will succeed Sylvia Haerkens, who left FASoS in September this year. We are very happy that he will join us and we look forward to a fruitful collaboration!


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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.

Farewell drinks for Heleen Pott, on 11 December

On 8 May this year our colleague Heleen Pott officially retired from FASoS/UM; she will continue to work for a while at EUR – Erasmus School of Philosophy.

On behalf of the Department of Philosophy, all members of the faculty community are cordially invited for drinks in café De Poort on Tuesday 11 December between 18.00 and 19.00, to say farewell and goodbye to Heleen.

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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Staff changes at the office of student affairs

Last week the office of student affairs said goodbye to two important team members: Jenny Camps and Harry Timmers.

We know Jenny and Harry as two valuable teamplayers, who contributed to the teamspirit of the Student Affairs Office. Jenny has found a new challenge at the SSC Scholarship Office and Harry is going to enjoy his retirement. We wish Jenny and Harry all the best!


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