Staff updates

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.

Maarten Vink appointed Chair in Citizenship Studies at EUI

Maarten Vink, Professor of Political Science with a focus on Political Sociology, has been appointed to the Chair in Citizenship Studies at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence from 1 September 2020. Maarten will be on special leave from Maastricht University for the duration of his five year-appointment at the EUI.


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Anna Herranz-Surrallés new programme director RMES

The Faculty Board has appointed Anna Herranz-Surrallés as the new Programme Director of the Research Master European Studies (RMES). She will succeed current Programme Director Giselle Bosse on 1 September 2020.


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Ernst Homburg appointed member of merit KNCV

Ernst Homburg has been appointed member of merit at the Koninklijke Nederlandse Chemische Vereniging (KNCV; Royal Netherlands Chemical Society). He has been member of the KNCV since 1974.


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Introducing: Jordy Friedrich

Hi colleagues, about a month ago I had my first (online) workday as HR advisor at FASoS. Via this message, I would like to tell a little more about myself.


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Tsjalling Swierstra appointed associate member COGEM

Tsjalling Swierstra has been appointed associate member of the Subcommittee Ethics and Societal Aspects of The Netherlands Commission on Genetic Modification (COGEM).

COGEM is an independent scientific advisory body that provides advice to the government on the risks to human health and the environment of the production and use of GMOs, and informs the government of ethical and societal issues linked to genetic modification.

Introducing: Dawid Juraszek

Hello everyone! My name is Dawid and I’m thrilled to have recently joined FASoS as an external PhD candidate.

Under the supervision of professors Lies Wesseling and Louis van den Hengel I will work on cognitive ecocriticism.

I teach literature and other courses at a university in Guangzhou, China and write environmentally aware fiction, non-fiction, and poetry in Polish and English.

Raf De Bont appointed member of the Council of the Humanities (KNAW)

Raf De Bont has been appointed member of the Council of the Humanities (Raad voor Geesteswetenschappen) of the KNAW.

The Council promotes scholarly research in the humanities, works to improve the position of the humanities in general, and facilitates dialogue and knowledge transfer between Dutch and foreign scholars.

Introducing: Saskia van Bergen

Hey there! I’m Saskia van Bergen and as of 1 May I’m joining the Global Studies team as Student Care Officer; a dream coming true!

I’m not new at UM; before starting at FASoS, I worked at FPN as a policy advisor.

I have a positive attitude towards life and love to look on the bright side of things. I love to spend time with my children, partner, friends, and family, go outdoors, host/attend dinner parties, and sing in Vocal Group 2Enjoy.

Harro van Lente appointed member ZonMW societal dynamics panel

Harro van Lente has been appointed as member of one of the three expert panels for the ZonMW/NWO funding programme COVID-19.

The societal dynamics panel, of which Harro will be member, is led by Jet Bussemaker. The panel will work on detailing the call for the funding programme.

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