Staff updates

Introducing: Simone Slangen

My name is Simone Slangen. Since 1 November I support the exam administration. Among other things, I will be responsible for the academic structure in SAP and I have a key user role of VOLG SAP. I will also prepare graduation files and order diplomas and other related documents.

Some of you may already know me as a receptionist at FASoS. I enjoyed working there, but I am very happy that I now have a job that can offer me more challenges.


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FASoS welcomes Dr. Philipp Dorstewitz as senior research fellow

As of fall 2019, Dr. Philipp Dorstewitz will be a senior visiting fellow at the philosophy department at FASoS.

Dr. Dorstewitz is a former employee of FASoS and the philosophy department, who has since moved on to a position as an Associate Professor at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.


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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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Introducing: Simone Schleper

My name is Simone Schleper. I joined FASoS on 1 October as a postdoc in Raf de Bont’s Vici project ‘Moving Animals.’


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Introducing: Alexandra Koukidou

My name is Alexandra Koukidou and for the next four months (until the beginning of February 2020), I will be replacing my colleague Sathya Fixe as Social Media Editor at Marketing and Communications.


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Introducing: Eva Durlinger

Hi everyone!

I’m Eva and as of 1 October I’m the new editor and communications advisor at Marketing & Communications. My daily tasks involve editing and publishing the FASoS weekly for students and staff and internal and external (research) communication.

I received my BA in European Studies in 2017 and I recently graduated from the faculty’s Research Master in European Studies.


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New Faculty Council

On 11 September, the new Faculty Council convened for the first time this academic year.

The newly elected members are:

  • Faculty (WP): Karlijn Haagsman (TSS), Ferenc Lazco (History), John Parkinson (Philosophy), and Luana Russo (chair – Politics);
  • Support (OBP): Simon Vogel;
  • Students: Ziggy Birker, Xander Creed, Maria Petrescu, Bernard Praasterink (deputy chair), and Stella Theocharidou.

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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Introducing: Maria Vivas-Romero

My name is Maria Vivas-Romero. I have recently joined Maastricht University and the FAIR and Community for Data-Driven Insights as Data Steward.

As part of my Data Steward role, on Wednesday afternoons, I will be supporting researchers at the Research Support Office at FaSoS. My role will be to assist researchers with the creation of their Research Data Management Plans, and any other questions or inquiries related to Data Management.


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