Research institutes

FASoS Research Institute

                                                         Moving boundaries, bridging disciplines

The research institute of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) at Maastricht University studies societies and cultures as they unfolded during the modern and contemporary era in a radically interdisciplinary manner. We analyse the interrelationships of Europeanisation, globalisation, scientific and technological development, political change and cultural innovation. We are interested in how today’s societies cope with and reflect these challenges in various ways. These could be artistic practices and practices of remembrance as well as specific forms of governance and political integration as well as strategies for managing knowledge, technologies and risks. While our research starts from today’s problems, we have a strong interest in how the modern world came to be.

Research

To nurture and maintain this kind of innovative, interdisciplinary research, the research institute of FASoS has created a matrix organisational structure. Its backbone are four distinct research programmes, each of which is composed by an interdisciplinary team of researchers. While the research programmes form the core of the research activities at FASoS, the faculty also has five centres as specific research hubs and to facilitate interaction with external academic partners and societal stakeholders. Together, the research programmes and the research centres provide a framework that facilitates flexibility, networking, and mobility beyond disciplinary boundaries.

News

  • Valorisation wins at UM

    Thursday, April 12, 2018

    Dr. Hans Schouwenburg and dr. David Barata were awarded the Valorisation Prize 2017 at the University Dinner on 11 april.  

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  • Klaartje Peters

    Prof. Klaartje Peters receives KNAW grant for research on Local Governance

    Thursday, April 5, 2018

    The Staatsman Thorbecke Fund of the KNAW has awarded a grant for a research project on ‘Strengthening the role of the local council’ by Klaartje Peters.

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  • “Linguistic diversity in the workplace is a reality”

    Thursday, March 29, 2018

    PhD candidate Daan Hovens is studying multilingualism in the workplace. “It became clear very quickly that it would be Daan”, says his supervisor Leonie Cornips. “I admire his language skills and learn from him to ask my questions clearly in advance.” Hovens: “I enjoy sinking my teeth into a subject.” Both professor and PhD candidate are in agreement: “We need to learn to value people’s creativity in overcoming language barriers.”

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  • Sally Wyatt

    Sally Wyatt to coordinate VSNU 'Digital Society' initiative

    Thursday, March 15, 2018

    Sally Wyatt will coordinate a nation-wide VSNU initiative to conduct research about the ‘digital society' and to consolidate the Dutch position.

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  • Wiebe Bijker presents WRR report to PM Mark Rutte

    Wiebe Bijker presents WRR evaluation report to Prime Minister Rutte

    Monday, February 26, 2018 Read more
  • Claudia Egher-1

    Claudia Egher wins IDS Vision Essay Competition

    Wednesday, January 31, 2018

    Claudia Egher, PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, wins IDS Vision Essay Competition

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