The Venue: Maastricht University


The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) hosts 200 staff members and 1600 students, from The Netherlands and numerous other European countries, including the new member-states of the European Union. It offers two bachelor programs (European Studies, Arts and Culture), eight 1-year Master Programs (Media Culture, Arts and Culture, Arts and Heritage, European Studies, Analyzing Europe, European Public Affairs, European Studies of Science and Technology, Globalization and Development, two 2-year Research Masters (European Studies, Cultures of Arts, Sciences and Technology).

The University offers numerous English language curricula at the Bachelor, Master and PhD levels. Around 44 % of its 13.100 students and 30% of its 3500 staff members are from abroad. Thanks to the fact that Maastricht University is the most international university in The Netherlands, our student numbers are increasingly steadily every year. Maastricht University is known for its specific pedagogy, Problem Based Learning. In fact, it has introduced PBL into Europe.

Both teaching and research are founded on a thoroughly interdisciplinary basis, combining perspectives from literary studies, art history, media studies, sociology, history and philosophy (Arts and Culture), and history, political science, sociology, law and economics (European Studies). FASOS staff members also teach at the University College of Maastricht University, which offers a multi-disciplinary, English-language BA program. We are located in the historic city center, together with several other Maastricht Faculties (Economics, Law, University College).


The Conference venue will be located in the Business School Building at the Tongersestraat, a nineteenth-century monastery that has been restructured for teaching purposes. It accommodates spacious lecture halls as well as a large amount of seminar rooms that are equipped with cutting edge ICT facilities for DVD, CD, TV, USB, powerpoint beamers and screens, and internet access. Catering will take place in the Economics Cafetaria, which gives out on a spacious garden where one can also enjoy one’s lunch if the weather allows for it.

In Maastricht, everything is within walking distance. Delegates can walk from their hotels to the conference to the city centre on foot. The countryside surrounding the city is hilly and very pittoresque. It can be easily accessed from the city centre by hiring the national means of transportation par excellence: the bicycle!

Conference Convenor

The Event is managed and organized by Dr. E. Wesseling, Director Centre for Gender and Diversity and Associate Professor in the Department of Literature and Art of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in the Maastricht University.


Scientific committee:
  • Karen Ghonem-Woets (Tilburg University)
  • Vanessa Joosen (Antwerp University)
  • Rose-May Pham Dinh (IRSCL)
  • Helma van Lierop (Tilburg University)
  • Karin Wenz (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)
  • Roos Wolters (Stichting Lezen)
Organizing Committee:
  • Lidwien Hollanders, Wilma Lieben (Faculty of Arts And Social Sciences)



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