Staff updates

Afke Groen, Patrick Bijsmans and Johan Adriaensen publish article

Afke Groen, Patrick Bijsmans and Johan Adriaensen have just published a new peer-reviewed article in ‘European Political Science’ on the generic skills self-assessment tool that is part of the BA ES mentor programme portfolio. They re-developed the existing self-assessment tool and tested its merits through a quasi-experimental study.


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Joep Leerssen wins ALLEA’s Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values

Joep Leerssen, Professor of European Studies at the University of Amsterdam and special chair Limburg and Europe at FASoS, has won the Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values.

This prize is worth €10,000 and is awarded by ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, jointly with the foundation Compagnia di San Paolo.


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Anna Harris receives funding from Global Young Academy

The Global Young Academy has funded and supported an initiative led by Anna Harris and fellow GYA member William Godsoe which takes a critical look at experiments.

Use of experiments is growing in the humanities/social sciences and questioned in fields like psychology and economics. The pandemic has led to both new kinds of fast experimentation and interruptions. The initiative draws on the interdisciplinary and global expertise of the Academy.


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Valentina Mazzucato appointed member of KHMW

Prof. Valentina Mazzucato has been appointed member of the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (KHMW; Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities).

The KHMW is a unique society that aims to bridge the gap between science and society. It is composed of 400 societal leaders and 550 professors with an impressive track record.

You can find a list of other appointed members and directors here.

Afke Groen leaves FASoS

Afke Groen will be leaving FASoS and Maastricht University by the end of February.

As of March, she will be working at the national office of the Dutch liberal-democratic party D66, where she will be a researcher for the party’s political foundation, the Mr. Hans van Mierlo Stichting.

She would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to her FASoS students: “it has been a great joy to have been your tutor, supervisor or mentor”.

Hylke Dijkstra contributes to European Security and Defence College

Hylke Dijkstra has provided training for the 15th European Security and Defence College (ESDC) High-Level Course in Berlin on 20 January.

He briefed approximately 70 senior military officers, diplomats and EU officials on civilian capacities for EU security missions and chaired a roundtable on the new EU Civilian Compact to improve such capabilities.


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Patrick Bijsmans awarded UM diversity and inclusivity research funding

Patrick Bijsmans (FASoS) and Carla Haelermans (SBE) have been awarded UM funding for a Diversity & Inclusivity research project on the international classroom and global citizenship education.

The project builds on earlier research that Patrick has been conducting with Arjan Schakel (now University of Bergen) and BA ES alumni Asena Baykal and Sven Hegewald. The new project will look at BA programmes at several UM faculties.
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Maarten Vink collaborates with National Geographic

Maarten Vink collaborated with National Geographic and published a 1-page data visualisation on the global variety in citizenship laws, drawing on data from the Global Citizenship Observatory (GLOBALCIT), a web platform that provides user-friendly open access to a major worldwide collection of data and analyses on citizenship laws and franchise.

National Geographic magazine reaches 49 million print and digital readers in 33 languages worldwide.

Workshop Anna Harris, Sally Wyatt and Shanti Sumartojo filmed

On 22 October, Assistant Professor Anna Harris, Professor Sally Wyatt and Assistant Professor at Monash University Shanti Sumartojo organised a workshop called ‘designing atmospheres of learning’. In the ethnographic workshop, staff members gathered to discuss the meaning of spaces and also designed new spaces in FASoS classrooms.

The workshop was filmed by the UM Video Team. You can watch the end result here.

New FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog on course evaluations

The pros and cons of course evaluations are a continuous issue of debate, here at FASoS, but also elsewhere in academia. Building on a previous FASoS T&L Blog post about biases in teaching evaluations, Matthijs Krooi addresses strengths and limitations of the standard approach to such evaluations in a new blog post.

Join the debate in the comments or contribute your own blog entry.


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