The High Council of Nobility will celebrate its 200th anniversary on 23 June. René de Groot, Maastricht professor of Comparative Law and International Private Law, will deliver the keynote address in the presence of King Willem-Alexander. De Groot’s position on nobiliary law is anything but vague: one should refrain from…

Migrants and women underground

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Written by Tuesday, 15 April 2014 11:06
PhD thesis on shortage of miners in Liège coal industry In the late 1960s, 70% of miners in Liège came from abroad. “That was twice the proportion in the Belgian Limburg mines and almost five times more than in Dutch Limburg”, says Leen Roels. She recently obtained her PhD at…

Schönberg’s loss

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Written by Wednesday, 05 February 2014 14:50
Groningen, early 1980s. The sociology student Peter Peters – now a lecturer at Maastricht University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – attends a performance of modern classical music for the first time. The Schönberg Ensemble performs chamber music by Anton Webern, conducted by Reinbert de Leeuw. It is a…

The science of fans

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Written by Wednesday, 06 November 2013 14:52
Most people play computer games for fun. But for assistant professor Karin Wenz, gaming is serious business. At the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, she coordinates the project Narrative Fan Practices, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The researchers scrutinise fans not only of computer games, but…

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