CERiM Awards


The Centre for European Research in Maastricht (CERiM) has awarded two prizes in the academic year 2020-2021 to appreciate efforts to integrate research and teaching, and to reward outstanding interdisciplinary research. The two prizes are worth €500 each and can be used to finance a research- and/ or teaching-related activity which takes place within one year from the receipt of the prize.

Communicating Europe Award for Research-Teaching Integration

The award is dedicated to an individual or group who has taken great efforts to integrate research and teaching in the field of studies on Europe (broadly defined). Possible contributions range from involving students in discussions about existing (or on-going) research, to academic staff integrating research into their teaching practice or the engagement of students in on-going research.

The 2020-2021 CERiM Communicating Europe Award for Research-Teaching Integration was conferred to Prof. Susan Schreibman and Dr. Costas Papadopoulos for their research-led course, Digital Collections I and II, which taught students how to create a digital collection that centred on, what was not only a key natural resource for The Netherlands, Coal Mining, but a source of pride and identity for the entire Limburg region. Moreover, the project was created for and with the Dutch Mijnmuseum in Heerlen. The final project, Mining The Netherlands: Intriguing Stories Brought to Light Through a 3D Digital Collection, was launched in December 2020 and is publicly available here. The final digital collection did not consist just of 3D models, but of pictures, scans, educational videos, interviews with former miners, and links to other resources that could enhance the learning experience of visitors (including children) to the digital collection. Originally in English, the site was so succesfull it is now being translated into Dutch.

Communicating Europe Award for Outstanding Interdisciplinary Research

Increasing specialisation has resulted in further fragmentation of expertise, limited engagement across disciplines and research traditions, and even duplication of similar research. Bridging or transcending disciplinary boundaries therefore becomes ever more important and can be achieved in research, in the design of curricula or through public discussion and debate.

The 2020-2021 CERiM Communicating Europe Award for Outstanding Interdisciplinary Research was conferred to Dr. Ferenc Laczo and his colleagues editors of The Routledge History Handbooks of Central and Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century (Jochen Boehler, Wlodzimierz Borodziej, Sabina Ferhadbegovic, Stanislav Holubec, and Joachim von Puttkamer). The Handbook's four volumes focus on the diverse shapes modernity has taken in CEE over time, the formation of state institutions, intellectual and cultural history, and the impact of war and violence in the ‘long twentieth century’ (1890 to 2004-07), respectively. The chapters all display ample familiarity with the essential primary sources in a host of relevant languages and offer up-date coverages of the secondary literature in Western as well as East European languages. The result amounts to the most complex and detailed comparative and transnational treatment of the recent past of Central and Eastern Europe in any language.
Gathering contributions by highly distinguished academics, such as Ulf Brunnbauer, John Connelly, Diana Mishkova, Pieter Judson, or Bela Tomka, the editors have managed to bring together, for the first time, leading scholars from Central and Eastern Europe, Germany, and the United States to jointly realize their ambitious plans. The volume thereby clearly attests to the broad interdisciplinarity of this undertaking in historical studies.


CERiM Awardees

Winners of the 1st edition 2019-2020

Communicating Europe Award for Research-Teaching Integration

Dr. Aline Sierp & Dr. Vincent Lagendijk: "Research Master European Studies - History Track"
Dr. Afke Groen & Dr. Patrick Bijsmans: “FASoS Teaching & Learning blog”


Communicating Europe Award for Outstanding Interdisciplinary Research

Dr. Ferenc Laczo & Dr. Luka Lisjak Gabrijelcic: “The Legacy of Division: East and West after 1989”
Dr. Diane Fromage: “The ECB’s accountability in a multilevel European order”
Ms. Pauline el Khoury: "EuroTeachers"