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.


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.


  • Akudo McGee

    Poland’s erosion of EU standards

    Wednesday, February 16, 2022

    PhD candidate Akudo McGee is studying the contestation of EU norms, particularly in Poland. An American citizen of Nigerian descent, she views the European project from an outsider’s perspective—with fascination and, increasingly, concern.

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  • Eliza Steinbock

    Accessing, decolonising and queering the museum

    Thursday, January 13, 2022

    Eliza Steinbock, Associate Professor Gender and Diversity Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, leads the NWO Smart Culture project “The Critical Visitor: Intersectional Approaches for Rethinking and Retooling Accessibility and Inclusivity in Heritage Spaces”.

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  • Yf Reykers

    Ad hoc crisis responses: a curse for international organisations?

    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

    Yf Reykers, Assistant Professor in International Relations at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, has received a 1.2 million euro grant from the Norwegian Research Council to study the impact of ad hoc crisis responses on international organisations.

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  • Willemine Willems

    Fair healthcare in primary care plus centres in Maastricht

    Thursday, September 9, 2021

    Willemine Willems, PhD candidate at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, will defend her dissertation 'Connected at the joints; Calibrating knowledge, morals and health care' on 10 September. In her dissertation, Willemine researches the fairness of a new type of healthcare: primary care plus.

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  • Katleen Gabriels awarded Edmond Hustinx prize 2021

    Wednesday, September 8, 2021

    Dr. Katleen Gabriels was awarded the Edmond Hustinx prize for Science 2021 during the Opening of the Academic Year.

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  • Ernst Homburg

    Ernst Homburg wins Morris Award 2021

    Monday, June 28, 2021

    Emeritus professor Ernst Homburg has won the SHAC award for his outstanding work on the history of the chemical industry.

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