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Decisions and announcements Faculty Board meetings May 2020

The Faculty Board of FASoS held meetings on 13 and 27 May. For an overview of the decisions and announcements, see below.

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New research programme directors GTD, AMC and PCE

The Faculty Board has appointed three new programme directors.

Adam Dixon will be the new programme director of the Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development (GTD) research programme. Emilie Sitzia will be the new programme director of the Arts, Media and Culture (AMC) research programme. Hylke Dijkstra will be the new research programme director of the Politics and Culture in Europe (PCE) research programme.

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Borrow a DIY videokit for your smartphone from the library

You can borrow a DIY videokit for your smartphone via Ask your Librarian.

The kit consists of:

  • mini-tripod/selfie stick
  • shoulder pod (see picture)
  • external microphone including a ‘dead cat’ (to reduce noise) and connection cable
  • a light
  • a dual USB charger

For more information, see here.

Costas Papadopoulos and Susan Schreibman win PDI-SSH grant

Costas Papadopoulos and Susan Schreibman have been awarded a prestigious €1 million grant from the platform Digitale Infrastructuur Social Sciences & Humanities (PDI-SSH).

With this grant, they will develop ‘PURE3D’: a digital infrastructure for the publication and preservation of 3D scholarship. Such an infrastructure is in the national interest as it addresses a growing research area, in effect, elevating 3D models from static representations to digital scholarly editions.

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Christian Ernsten’s research in book, documentary and app

Christian Ernsten’s research on walking as a research method and on emergent Anthropocene landscapes is published as walking guide, VPRO radio documentary, and walking app.

In the book Voorland Groningen. Wandelingen door het Antropoceen published by nai010 publishers in Rotterdam, Christian Ernsten – in collaboration with journalist Marten Minkema and photographer Dirk-Jan Visser – presents four walks through the Groningen landscape.

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Call for applications RSF and VSF – round 2, 2020

The calls for the Research Stimulation Fund (RSF) as well as the ‘Valorisatie’ Stimulation Fund (VSF) are open as of today, Thursday 4 June. Download the calls below for more information and use one of the applicable application forms to submit your proposal by Thursday 27 August 2020, 12.00 to

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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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New FASoS Teaching & Learning blog post

In our latest blog post, Patrick Bijsmans discusses his first experience with using videos in online teaching and learning. While he had considered using videos pre-corona, he never actually came around to trying. Patrick wanted to use the current crisis to experiment with videos to support students’ learning, as he had to redesign three lectures that were ideal for introducing video.

This is what he learned – includes links to all videos!

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Mosaïek Magazine’s Spring Issue is available online

The Spring Issue of Mosaïek Magazine is now available! The theme is Bodies and our writers cover a variety of topics, from fiction to cosmetic surgery to our relationship with our bodies, and much more.

For the very first time the issue is available online. Thank you to all the writers and creatives who have contributed. We hope you all enjoy reading it!

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Cyrus Mody interviewed by UM about his Vici grant

Cyrus Mody has been interviewed by UM about his Vici grant. In the interview, he explains that he will research the dilemma of the entanglement between science and the oil industry with the €1.5 million grant he received.

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