Staff updates

Introducing: Farsan Ghassim

Hi everyone, my name is Farsan Ghassim.

I have joined FASoS as a postdoctoral fellow on the ERC project “Decline and Death of International Organisations”. More broadly my research concentrates on global governance and experimental survey methods.


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Katleen Gabriels appointed at Maastricht Young Academy

Katleen Gabriels, Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy, has been appointed at the Maastricht Young Academy (MYA).

The MYA had two available spots for FASoS, one goes to Katleen and the other goes to Costas Papadopoulos.

Their membership will begin on the day of the Dies Natalis on 28 January 2022 and will run until the Dies Natalis in 2026.

Giselle Bosse speaks at European Citizens’ Panel

Last week, Giselle Bosse participated as an expert speaker at one of the European Citizens’ Panels organised by the European Parliament.

The panel on “EU in the world/migration” was held online and involved 200 citizens who developed and presented policy recommendations for the future of the EU during two days of discussion.


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Introducing: Elene Kadagidze

Hi everyone, my name is Elene Kadagidze and I am a new researcher for the Comenius Project led by Emilie Sitzia.

This project looks at how to develop a ‘Senses-based learning’ that will bring to light the importance of sensory skills in tertiary education.


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Introducing: Sonia Froidmont

My name is Sonia Froidmont and I am happy to start working at FASoS as one of the educational coordinators.

I have been working at FHML for 16 years, of which the last 11 years at the Education Department as EleUM/Canvas coordinator and key-user of Verint, Mediasite and the student intranet.


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Costas Papadopoulos Appointed at Maastricht Young Academy

Costas Papadopoulos, Assistant Professor at the Department of Literature & Art (LK), has been appointed at the Maastricht Young Academy.

His membership will begin on the day of the Dies Natalis on 28 January 2022 and will run until the Dies Natalis in 2026.

During his term at MYA, Costas is looking forward to contributing to MYA’s Science Policy efforts for a more sustainable academic environment.

Marie Rickert & Leonie Cornips give Studium Generale lecture

Marie Rickert and Leonie Cornips gave a lecture on language practices in the German-Dutch border region as part of the Studium Generale series ‘Im Gespräch/ In gesprek’, organised by the partner towns Krefeld and Venlo.

They focused on current language practices, language socialisation in early childhood education, and the prospects of multilingualism, including dialect, in the border region. The event was Dutch-German bilingual and hybrid.


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7 colleagues receive UTQ certificate

On Wednesday 10 November, 7 colleagues received their certificate for the successful completion of the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) during an online ceremony.

Congratulations to Sergio Calderon Harker, Yoram Carboex, Imogen Liu, Eslam Nofal, Denise Petzold, Jacob Ward andSophie Withaeckx!

Clara Weinhardt & Johan Adriaensen new Excellence coordinators

The BA Excellence programmes at FASoS will continue with two co-coordinators.

Clara Weinhardt has taken over the responsibility to coordinate the Honours programme. Johan Adriaensen will be in charge of the MaRBLe programme.

They succeed Ragna Zeiss who ran the excellence programme in the preceding years.

Introducing: Luca Vanello

Hello everyone, my name is Luca and I have recently started as a PhD candidate at FASoS.

I’m an artist working with installation and sculpture, mixing and transforming organic and synthetic materials.

In my research, I will be exploring how the artistic strategies of what I call “Affective assemblages” and “The Hybrid Garden” can teach us to think with and through matter, allowing us to develop a broader notion of care and new forms of togetherness.


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