Staff updates

Introducing: Wicke van den Broek

Hello everyone! My name is Wicke van den Broek and I am joining the political science department of FASoS as a PhD candidate. I am writing under the supervision of Giselle Bosse on EU democracy promotion in authoritarian countries, specifically Belarus.

I studied at FASoS from 2014 to 2017, so I look forward to reconnect with old colleagues as well as meet everyone who joined after 2017. Feel free to stop by office GG 86, 2.002 for a chat!

Yleen Simonis new Board secretary

As of 1 December 2022, Yleen Simonis will take up the position of Board Secretary, following up on Hannie Spronck, who has retired. Yleen will be available from Monday until Thursday and can be found in GG90-92, room C1.01.

Yleen is secretary to the Faculty Board and the Faculty Council; she draws up and manages the agenda, takes minutes, and follows up on action points. Yleen is also your contact point for the Board: if you have any questions, concerns, thoughts or ideas, make sure to address these to Yleen. Also, she is the secretary of the Complaints Committee and coordinates the procedure related to the establishment of professorial chairs.


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Introducing: Jiaqi Liang

Hi everyone, my name is Jiaqi Liang and I am from China. This is my first year at FASoS as a PhD candidate.

My research interests revolve around the connection between dark heritage/difficult heritage and human well-being. I am delighted to be able to discuss this subject with those who are interested. I’m also looking forward to visiting various museums and heritage sites in Europe related to this topic with you.


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(Re)Introducing: Lorena Ortiz Cabrero

Hi everyone! As many of you know, I have been working as a D4 in the History department for the past two years.

I am now joining the Politics department as an external PhD candidate, linked to UCLouvain and under the supervision of Soetkin Verhaegen and Claire Dupuy.

Very happy to continue working with you all at FASoS!

Bart Zwegers appointed as new heritage curator

Bart Zwegers is Maastricht University’s new curator of the Arts and Heritage Commission. He succeeds Annemieke Klijn.

Bart: “It is my ambition to continue Annemieke Klijn’s fine work and organise special public activities in which art, heritage and the special collection of the university library come together in a unique way.”


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Introducing: Plamen Akaliyski

Hi everyone! I am Plamen, and beginning in October, I will spend one year at FASoS as a visiting scholar at the Politics Department, under the mentorship of Gergana Noutcheva.

My research focuses on the cultural dynamics associated with EU integration. I do mostly quantitative analyses using secondary data from large multinational datasets such as EVS, WVS and ESS.

I am looking forward to getting to know my new colleagues!


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Farsan Ghassim leaves for Junior Research Fellowship in Oxford

Farsan Ghassim is leaving Maastricht University to take up a three-year Junior Research Fellowship at Queen’s College, University of Oxford.

Starting on 1 October 2022, he will work on his first book about international public opinion on global governance, as well as different articles in his two research areas: global governance and experimental survey methods.

New director MACCH

On 1 September, Vivian van Saaze stepped down from her role as director of the interfaculty and transdisciplinary Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH). She is succeeded by Claartje Rasterhoff.

Claartje is looking forward to, together with the many MACCH members across the faculties and partner organisations, continue strengthening the position of MACCH as a linking pin in knowledge production.


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Introducing: Maria Vtorushina

Hi! My name is Maria Vtorushina, I’m a researcher and curator from Kyiv. I will work at FASoS as a researcher from September 2022 to April 2023.

I’m a visiting scholar who is proud to have the first Soteria Fellowship, established by the board of FASoS in 2022. My main fields of research are the history of queer art and the fight for human rights in Ukraine.


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Introducing: Max Tromp

Hello everyone!

My name is Max and I have recently started as a Teaching Fellow (within the History Department). Although I know Maastricht well, there is still a lot that I need to learn here at FASoS. Especially since I did not study here myself: I hold a BA in history from Utrecht University, while I finished my MA Global and Colonial History at Leiden.

So far, I’ve pretty much enjoyed working here and I am looking forward to the coming year!

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