Staff updates

Leonie Cornips in video about animal-human relations

Leonie Cornips was the main applicant of a project proposal entitled “Naturecultures as an Answer to Global Challenges” for funding by the Research development Fund (RDF) from the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) in its 2019 round.

The proposal did not make it in the final WUN round but UM considered this initiative a highly valuable contribution to cooperation in the context of WUN. The UM granted Leonie Cornips a small budget and she decided to make a video letter as COVID-19 makes it impossible for the network to come together. The video corresponds to the aims in the WUN proposal.


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Leonie Cornips part of consortium that received NWA grant

Leonie Cornips is part of a consortium that will actively participate in science communication. The NWO has awarded €200,000 in the context of the Dutch Research Agenda (NWA) to the project ‘Kletskoppen op Maat’, led by Dr. Sharon Unsworth (Radboud University).


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Introducing: Melih Özkardes

I am very excited to join the FASoS family as the new event manager at the marketing and communications office.

I want to introduce myself to you shortly: My name is Melih Özkardes. I am 35 years old. I am a European with German and Turkish roots. I am married and have two small trilingual children (2 and 4 years old). You can talk to me in German, Dutch, Turkish and of course English.


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Ferenc Laczó heads section History of Ideas of new Review of Democracy

Ferenc Laczó will co-head, together with Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins, the section ‘History of Ideas’ of the new platform Review of Democracy (launched in January 2021).

Review of Democracy is an initiative of the Democracy Institute of the Central European University and is based in Budapest. Other section heads include Alberto Alemanno (Paris) and Dimitry Kochenov (Groningen).

Introducing: Félix Streicher

Hi everyone! My name is Félix Streicher, and I am very excited to join FASoS as a PhD student on 1 January 2021.

I will be working on a case of foreign rule hitherto completely neglected in academic historical research: the Luxembourgish occupation zone in post-war Germany (1945–1955).


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Introducing: Odinn Melsted

Hello everyone!

My name is Odinn Melsted and I recently joined the History Department and MUSTS as a postdoc. My research here is part of Cyrus Mody’s project “Managing Scarcity and Sustainability: The Oil Industry, Environmentalism, and Alternative Energy in the Age of Scarcity.”


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Luana Russo new co-editor in chief of Politics of the Low Countries

As of January 2021, Luana Russo and Min Reuchamps will be the new editors in chief of the journal Politics of the Low Countries (PLC).

Politics of the Low Countries (PLC) provides scientific insights in Belgian and Dutch politics. It is the official journal of the Flemish (VPW), Francophone (ABSP) and Luxembourg (LuxPol) political science associations in cooperation with the Dutch Political Science Association (NKWP).


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Joop de Jong appointed member Supervisory Board SRAL

Joop de Jong has been appointed as member of the Supervisory Board of the Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg.

Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg – or SRAL for short – is a leading institute specialised in the conservation and restoration of paintings, sculptures, modern and contemporary artworks and historic interiors. SRAL is located in Maastricht.

Veerle Spronck launches podcast about art and technology

Veerle Spronck has launched a podcast (in Dutch) called ‘Kunstmatig’, together with Rosa Wevers (Utrecht University), about art and technology.

This podcast aims to discuss developments between art and technology in the Netherlands and Flanders in an accessible yet critical manner.

Check out the first episode of Kunstmatig on Spotify or on iTunes. More information can be found on the Kunstmatig website.


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Introducing: Soetkin Verhaegen

Hi, I am Soetkin Verhaegen, a new Assistant Professor in European Politics at FASoS.

Before coming to Maastricht, I was postdoctoral researcher at UC Louvain (2019-2020), Stockholm University (2017-2019), and KU Leuven (where I also did my PhD, 2015). In 2016, I worked as a teacher at Europe House Ryckevelde, a Flemish NGO aiming to connect citizens and the EU.


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