The Centre for European Research in Maastricht (CERiM) awarded two prizes in the academic year 2019-2020 to appreciate efforts to integrate research and teaching, and to reward outstanding interdisciplinary research.
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 recipient(s) of the award will receive a prize of 300€ to finance a research- and/ or teaching-related activity which takes place within one year from the receipt of the prize. Eligible for the prize are academic staff and students at Maastricht University (UM) who, individually or as a group, have made a significant contribution to research-teaching integration at UM. All UM staff and students can submit a nomination; self-nominations are not eligible.
Dr. Aline Sierp: "Research Master European Studies - History Track"
Dr. Sierp: "In the last three years I involved a number of students actively in several of my research projects. Three RMES students joined me in organising webinars, a workshop in Amsterdam, a filmseries and an exhibition for the EU funded project, “Europeans Win Ostracism. From Remembrance to a Dialogue Society” (E-WORDS) running between 2017 and 2019. In my capacity as founder and co-president of the Memory Studies Association (MSA), I furthermore provided several UM students with an MSA internship opportunity. They helped organise two of our annual international conferences, researched and put together a semi-academic text for Wikipedia, wrote book reviews, and developed funding strategies for the association’s short- and long-term goals. In this context I furthermore organised (aided by two of the interns) an eight-week “think tank” project allowing students to critically engage with the challenges faced by fast-growing academic associations such as the MSA."
Dr. Vincent Lagendijk: "Research Master European Studies - History Track"
Dr. Lagendijk: "Over the last few years, I tried to not just introduce RMES students to the history of European integration in the broadest possible sense, i.e. also moving outside the more traditional post-1945 and EU-centred approach. I also tried to train them to conduct historical research themselves, from a conceptual and theoretical point of view, but also as practical as possible. In recent years, this meant taking the class to an archive of choice, and the archive of the European Commission has been a favourite. In other instances, I sat down with individual students going over their archival collections, on site and digital ones. Research is a process we try to structure and plan rigidly, but also requires hands-on and on-site decision-making. This is a skill I tried to impress upon students through this as well. In addition, students have been working as interns for me, and Kiran Patel. This has resulted in successful funding applications, better book chapters, and even a spin-off single-authored article of one of the students. I think this gives our RMES students this extra edge as organisers, planners, and researchers, and this will prove valuable during their Maastricht time but also on the labour market."
Dr. Afke Groen & Dr. Patrick Bijsmans: “FASoS Teaching & Learning blog”
The FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog offers teaching staff a platform for the exchange of ideas, best practices and opinions. Published posts discuss particular challenges and situations in problem-based learning, novel ways of student assessment, interactive lecturing, online teaching and learning and so on. Contributors include both FASoS and non-FASoS staff. The FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog was set up by Patrick Bijsmans and Afke Groen in early 2018. They edited the blog together until early 2020, when Afke took on a new job at the Hans van Mierlo Stichting in the Hague. Since March 2020 the blog is curated and edited by Patrick, together with Diede Diederiks and Mirko Reithler.
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 recipient of the award will receive a prize of 300€ and will be compensated for travel and accommodation to collect the reward. Eligible for the prize are individuals and organisations, anywhere in the world, that have contributed to outstanding interdisciplinary research in the field of studies on Europe (broadly defined). All CERiM members can submit a nomination; self-nominations are not eligible.
Dr. Ferenc Laczo & Dr. Luka Lisjak Gabrijelcic: “The Legacy of Division: East and West after 1989”
The Legacy of Division. East and West after 1989 addresses timely and consequential questions on the 30th anniversary of 1989. How have perceptions and misperceptions between the two halves of the continent changed over the last three decades? Can one speak of a new East-West divide? If so, what characterizes it and why has it re-emerged? Conversely, how have the hopes expressed in ’89 of reunifying Europe been fulfilled?
The project, in which reputed experts from a host of pertinent fields and disciplines (history, political science, political economy, international relations, cultural studies, media studies, migration studies, comparative literature, history of architecture) have participated, makes a significant contribution to turning the discussions on East–West relations in contemporary Europe – a major source of public and political controversies in recent years – more multifaceted and analytical, adding much needed historical depth and nuance.
Dr. Diane Fromage: “The ECB’s accountability in a multilevel European order”
Dr. Fromage: "I have been working on the European Central Bank for the past couple of years, and am delighted to have been awarded a CERiM award for this project. In particularly, I organised a multidisciplinary workshop on ‘The ECB’s accountability in a multilevel European order’ in May 2018. It featured a keynote speech by an economist from the European Central Bank and presentations by economists, lawyers and political scientists from Maastricht University, and from other European universities. It subsequently led to the publication of a special issue in the Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law which comprises 11 articles from the speakers of all these disciplines. I am particularly pleased that the collaboration with the colleagues from the different disciplines, and with the practitioners, has been maintained ever since and has already given rise to several new workshops and joint publications."