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

  • Eight Veni grants for young UM scientists

    Tuesday, July 17, 2018

    The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant to eight young, highly promising UM scientists. Maastricht University congratulates the eight UM laureates: dr. Vigjilenca Abazi (FdR), dr. Matthijs Cluitmans (FHML), dr. Tim Hendrikx (FHML), dr. Laurentius Huber (FPN), dr. Miriam Meissner (FASoS), dr. Tim Snijders (FHML), dr. Tim van Sloten (FHML), and dr. Emiel van der Vorst (FHML).

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  • making clinical sense

    Making Clinical Sense

    Wednesday, June 27, 2018

    In her project “Making Clinical Sense,” anthropologist Anna Harris is researching how medical skills are taught and learnt.

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    The plastic brain as a new moral compass

    Friday, June 8, 2018

    Our brains are not only an exciting area of research, but it also seems more and more that they influence how we think we should live. Ties van de Werff (FASoS) devoted his PhD research to this.

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  • 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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