Staff’s Edition

Call for research Maastricht Working on Europe

Studio Europa Maastricht has reopened six research calls as part of the Maastricht, Working on Europe (MWoE) research agenda.

The MWoE research agenda has financially supported over 70 researchers collaborating in 24 interdisciplinary research teams.

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Johanna Hvalić’s third vlog about her MaRBLe research

Johanna is a third-year BA European Studies student. During the course On Expedition: travels into the unknown, MaRBLE students use travel books from the university library’s Special Collections to write their bachelor thesis and a Wikipedia entry. Johanna is one of them.

In her vlogs, Johanna takes you along her expedition and shares her experiences during this period. In this vlog, she tells how her research is going and she is returning to Maastricht!

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Technical assistance recording lectures

During the past weeks, staff members have expressed the need for technical assistance with recording and publishing lectures. To meet this demand, we have set up a service for this purpose. You can make an appointment for hands-on support with recording lectures using this form.

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Aagje Swinnen appointed head of department Art and Literature

The Faculty Board (FB) has appointed Aagje Swinnen as the new head of the department of Literature and Art. She will succeed current head of department Renee van de Vall on 1 September 2020. Aagje looks forward to starting this new role.

The FB thanks Renee for her many years of full commitment to leading the department and wishes Aagje a lot of success in her new position. Emilie Sitzia will succeed Aagje as head of the AMC research group.

Congratulations to our newly promoted colleagues at FASoS!

After hearing the advice of the BAC, the Faculty board is very happy to announce the promotion of several FASoS colleagues. See below for the new promotions.

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FASoS Weekly summer break from 6 July-14 August

Please note there will be no FASoS Weekly between Monday 6 July and Friday 14 August 2020. The current edition is the last FASoS weekly before the summer break. The first edition after the summer break will be published on Thursday 20 August.

If there are pressing matters during the break, we will consider sending out a special edition. Please contact the FASoS Weekly team via

FASoS PhD graduate elected Dutch teacher of the year

Johanna Höffken, who completed her PhD at FASoS, has been elected Dutch teacher of the year. Johanna currently works as assistant professor in innovation studies at the Eindhoven University of Technology. With the election comes a scholarship of €25.000 which Johanna will spend on educational innovation.

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Imogen Liu and Adam Dixon present research to the European Commission

On 30 June, Imogen Liu and Adam Dixon presented research findings from recent fieldwork to Beijing and Hong Kong on Chinese state capital to more than 70 staff of the European Commission.

Dixon and Liu were invited by DG ECFIN, with representatives from several other DGs present, including FINSMA and TRADE among others. This research is part of the ERC-funded SWFsEUROPE project hosted by FASoS.

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New categories and submission guidelines FASoS weekly

After the summer holidays, all editions of the FASoS weekly (staff and bachelor/master) will have new categories. Below you find the new categories and some of the guidelines for submission.

You can submit a message for the FASoS weekly through the submission form. In this form, you can indicate for whom the message you wrote is intended (staff, bachelor or master). Messages should be submitted before 17.00 on Wednesday. The FASoS Weekly is sent on Thursday afternoon.

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Nico Baakman interviewed by Omroep Zeeland

Nico Baakman has been interviewed by Omroep Zeeland about the Spahr case.

Spahr van der Hoek was mayor of Middelburg from 1997 until he had to leave after a vote of no confidence in 2000. Nico has just completed 16 years of research, which resulted in a book ‘de rechte weg’, into Spahr’s turbulent mayor years which were ruled by unjust declarations and a trust crisis.

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