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Programme outline

Director: Dr. A. Swinnen

The aim of the Arts, Media and Culture (AMC) programme is to analyse the dynamics of cultural transformation by studying how developments in the arts and the media respond to socio-cultural and political changes and how vice versa cultural artifacts and practices can shape social and political culture. AMC researchers study the whole spectrum of high-brow, middle-brow and low-brow culture, ranging from poems to installation artworks, from political essays to public monuments, from social media to performance art and from digital games to Limburg Carnival. What unites these inquiries is a focus on the practices in which cultural artifacts are produced, distributed and received. AMC research continues to analyse and interpret the meaning of cultural objects as ‘texts’, but increasingly this research includes the sites of their production, reception and/or co-creation: the classrooms where children’s literature is taught, the museum storage rooms where installations are stored and conserved, the supermarkets where dialect is spoken, the elderly homes where clowns perform with people with dementia or the virtual communities where game or music enthusiasts share fan productions. This emphasis on situated practices means that we are interested in the social and historical, but also in the material and bodily constituents of culture-in-the-making. 

The topics we study and the questions we ask have a strong social dimension. AMC’s concern with theories and methods reflects this emphasis on the social dimension of our research. The programme is interdisciplinary not only in the sense that we represent and combine various disciplines from within the field of the humanities, but also because we explore possible methodological crossovers with the social sciences.

Research in AMC focuses on three themes:

•    Gender & diversity
•    Media & aesthetics
•    Cultural memory & cultural heritage

Research focusing on gender & diversity  analyses the ways in which the crucial social differences of age, religion, sexuality, disability, ethnicity, language and nationality continually redefine each other. We study art forms from high culture and popular culture (i.e. fiction, poetry, film, photography, life writing, the performing arts and children’s media).

Research in the context of media and aesthetics studies how (digital) media technologies give rise to new aesthetic forms and how digital aesthetics structure the social and cultural participation of media audiences. As such, it investigates how the dynamics of cultural memory formation is currently being redefined in the context of new media, for instance through new mechanisms of bottom-up canon formation through contemporary fan practices, or the use of hackathons for heritage.

Research on cultural memory and cultural heritage investigates both intentional and unintentional forms of remembrance. AMC researchers study the history of commemorations of war; contemporary processes of questioning the truth about painful episodes in the past; the many ways in which truth finding and memorial practices take place and to what effect; and the complex ways in which monuments and buildings are used in memorial practice. Increasingly, we address issues of cultural heritage formation and conservation, in particular of contemporary art – which has resulted in the establishment of a new interfacultary research center, MACCH, and the funding of a Marie Curie Innovative Training Network on the conservation of contemporary art, NACCA.

Several research projects, like those on Global Adoption, Hacking Heritage or Language Culture in Limburg, combine two or all of the research themes.

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Funded projects

Make-believe matters. The Moral Role Things Play in Dementia Care
Start and duration: January 2016- January 2018
Involved researchers: Ruud Hendriks, Ike Kamphof and Tsjalling Swierstra
FASoS researchers Ruud Hendriks, Ike Kamphof and Tsjalling Swierstra have won ZonMW funding for their project 'Make-Believe Matters. The Moral Role Things Play in Dementia Care.' From January 2016 until January 2018, Hendriks, Kamphof and Swierstra will be investigating how various low- and high-tech artefacts -- such as sociable robots, nostalgic interiors, virtual reality games, or fake bus stops -- transform current dementia care. They will specifically study when the use of these objects is manipulative or deceitful and when it is playful and (gently) supportive of persons with dementia.
Funded by: ZonMW

New Approaches in the Conservation of Contemporary Art (NACCA)
Starting date: 2015
Involved researchers: Renée van de Vall and Vivian van Saaze
Information about this project can be found here.

Platform for the Cultural History of Children's Media (PLACIM)
Starting date: 2014
Involved researcher: Lies Wesseling
This project works towards establishing an international platform for exchange between children's literature scholars and media studies experts. This Platform for the Cultural History of Children's Media (PLACIM) will initiate, develop and coordinate funding proposals for national and European granting agencies, beginning with a EUROCORES Theme Proposal for a European Collaborative Research Program in 2014. PLACIM aims to construct methodological tools for coming to terms with the ways in which childhood images circulate between media through time. We will prepare the ground for the installment of PLACIM through a series of three workshops and two joint publications. 
Funded by:  a competitive research grant from NWO, National Endowment for the Humanities.
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Live to be a hundred: Cultural Narratives of Longevity
Involved researcher: Aagje Swinnen
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PhD projects

Identity and communication at the multilingual workplace in Dutch-German Euroregions
Start: 1 January 2017
PhD Candidate: Daan Hovens
Supervisor: Prof. Leonie Cornips
His research is about multilingual workplaces in the Dutch-German border area. This project is part of the euroregional research institute ITEM. Read more about his research in this article.

Linguistic Inequality and Globalization among VMBO students in Limburg
Start: 1 November 2016
PhD Candidate: Pomme van de Weerd
Supervisor: Prof. Leonie Cornips
The PhD project falls under the discipline of linguistic anthropology, and examines practices of identification, as related to processes of globalization and inequality, among students in a preparatory middle-level vocational track (VMBO) in Limburg.

Private Collections as Care-takers
Start: 1 September 2016
PhD Candidate: Artemis Rüstau
Supervising team: Prof. dr. Renée van de Vall and Dr. Vivian van Saaze
With Europe-wide budget cuts in the public cultural sector, private collectors play an increasingly important role in the future survival of contemporary art. This project investigates how various types of private collections organize management of and care for their works. Private collections come in different types, from small-scale collections in the owners’ living spaces to larger, semi-public museums with an exhibition space and professional staff. Collectors often maintain close relationships with artists whose works they collect and may even have had a say in the creation of works they have commissioned – how does such involvement affect conservation decisions, loans and/or presentations? How do private collectors communicate with conservation professionals, public art institutions and the wider public? What role does professional expertise play in different types of collections? Are the ethical obligations, legal constraints and financial interests at stake different from those of public collections? What happens if private collectors support public institutions with acquisitions or provide long term loans?
The project will compare conservation practices in smaller and larger collections divided over at least two European countries. Through archival research, semi-structured interviews and on-the-spot observation, it will reconstruct the biographies of a sample of artworks for each collection in order to determine what factors and what stakeholders play a role in decisions about their acquisition, exhibition, storage, documentation, re-installation, preservation and restoration. It will focus particularly on periods of transition, such as the sale or donation of a collection, or the transfer to a new exhibition venue, to bring out the tensions between different ‘pragmatic regimes of engagement’ governing how actors handle objects and things in their care. Two collections will be investigated in more detail through an internship: the former Collection Eijck recently acquired by the Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht with the support of the Province of Limburg and the Fundación Helga de Alvear which has an exhibition venue in the Centro de Artes Visuales, in Caceres, Spain.The project is part of NACCA.

Audience Participation in Performance-based Art
Start: 15 January 2016
PhD candidate: Iona Goldie-Scot
Supervising team: Prof. Renée van de Vall and Dr. Vivian van Saaze
This PhD project aims to explore the opportunities of audience participation for the documentation and conservation of performance-based artworks with the objective to reflect on this emerging practice and to contribute to the development of documentation methods accommodating future re-execution. In doing so, it addresses urgent questions about distributed responsibilities, the longevity and re-execution of performances and their documentation emerging in the wake of live-art accessioning. Whereas recent research has shown that the perpetuation of performance-based art in a museum context highly depends on external memory holders (e.g. artists, audiences, performers), traditional models of museum documentation rarely include the engagement of the audience.
In light of this, the project will examine the viability of public participation in conservation practices, and explore how such practices might be of benefit in relation to live art conservation. During an internship at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and on the basis of case study research at different museums, this project will therefore develop strategies to include audiences in conservation practices - both their views and interpretations of the live work and how they engage with it. The project will be adopting a biographical approach with a foundation built on practice theory. The overriding methodology will be ethnography, with participant observation and interviews featuring as the primary methods. The research will draw on insights and existing models of oral history and community participation in other fields of heritage to explore to what extent these are helpful for developing such strategies for performance-based art. The project is part of NACCA.

The choice for Frisian varieties on social media
Start: 1 November 2015
PhD candidate: Lysbeth Jongbloed-Faber
Supervising team: Prof. Leonie Cornips, Dr. Edwin Klinkenberg (Fryske Akademy) and Dr. Hans Van de Velde (Fryske Akademy)
Social media make up an increasingly important share of daily-life communication and connect people, irrespective of place and time. On the internet, the line between public and private domains has become obscure. Local issues can receive, (un)intentionally, national or global attention. The eventuality that one may also address a non-local audience considerably complicates language choice on social media: it is easier to choose a language at the schoolyard where one knows exactly to whom one is talking, and who might be overhearing a conversation, than writing a message to an imagined audience on Facebook. Consequently, how, when and why Frisian varieties, which so far have been predominantly used in spoken communication, are used on social media is therefore a very interesting topic of research. Lysbeth will investigate the use of Frisian varieties on social media by using a mixed methods approach. Besides analysing data acquired through large-scale quantitative surveys, she will also study actual language use on social media and interview people about their language use on social media.

Speaking Cité Duits in a coalminers' neigborhood: The reconstruction and reproduction of social identities through language practices
Start: 1 September 2015
PhD candidate: Nantke Pecht
Supervising team: Prof. Leonie Cornips and Prof. Peter Auer (University of Freiburg, Germany)
The district of Tuinwijk in Eisden, located in Belgian-Limburg, was founded at the beginning of the 20th century in order to accommodate immigrant mine workers and their families from all over Europe. Originating from countries such as Italy, Hungary, Austria and Poland, they developed a singular language variety within the district, self-labeled Cité Duits. Nowadays there are only about a dozen speakers left. 
Nantke Pecht investigates how social identities are constructed through language practices among speakers of Cité Duits. At the same time, she wants to find out how newcomers in our society deal with changing identities and what can be done in order to help them integrate into society.  
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Tales from the Golden Age: Narrating Communist Childhoods in Romania (2000-2015)
Start: 1 October 2013
PhD candidate: Codruta Pohrib
Supervising team: Prof. Lies Wesseling, Prof. Renée van de Vall and Prof. Georgi Verbeeck
This project researches a remarkable shift in the cultural remembrance of communism in contemporary Romania. Immediately after Ceausescu‘s downfall in 1989, his regime was mainly remembered through national mourning over the persecution of political enemies. With the widespread use of digital media from 2000 onwards, a new memorial discourse has emerged alongside the old one, articulated by the last generation to have spent its youth under communism. Rather than dwelling on the collective trauma of political oppression, this generation remembers communism through cherished childhood memories. These individual childhood recollections share specific narrative strategies, images, figures of speech, and commonplaces, united by a joint interest in the recycling of childhood commodities. Together, they create a generational identity for Ceausescu‘s children. This project investigates how digital media shape the new memorial discourse, focusing on the autobiographical role of childhood memorabilia. This research project was funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), PhDs in the Humanities programme.

The Performance of Age Identities in Online Dating 50Plus
Start: 15 August 2010
PhD candidate: Elena Fronk
​Supervising team: Dr. Aagje Swinnen, Prof. Maaike Meijer, Prof. Sally Wyatt and Dr. Karin Wenz
50+ online-dating is on the rise. By recognizing the older population as a viable target group, it can be understood as being symptomatic of both consumerism and the ideals of self-fashioning and self-fulfillment, which pervade contemporary culture. It also suggests that cultural ideas about love and later life do increasingly intersect. While romantic love and dating seemed to be preserved for the young in the past – at least in common understanding – dating in later life has become culturally intelligible and, indeed, an important cultural practice that continuously gains visibility, but remains under-researched. My project takes the intersecting themes of age and love as a starting point to explore central questions about contemporary cultures of ageing: How is (the quest for) love in later life imagined, experienced and understood in today’s culture? How do contemporary cultural practices such as online dating play into conceptualizations of love and later life? How do these practices and conceptualizations relate to consumerism, and the ideals of self-fashioning and self-fulfillment? These questions are illuminated through three perspectives: That of older singles themselves (by looking into their accounts in online dating discussion forums), that of the online dating industry (by looking into the ways in which 50plus users are targeted on online-dating sites), and that of popular media (by looking into cultural texts which feature the quest for love in later life).

Individual memories and the cultural memory of the Second World war in roermond and Dülken
Start: 1 January 2010
PhD candidate: Barbara Beckers
​Supervising team: Prof. Arnold Labrie, Prof. Maaike Meijer and Ton Nijhuis (Duitsland Instituut Amsterdam)
This PhD project is a study on the relationship between eye witnesses’ individual memories and the cultural memory of the Second World War Roermond (Limburg), Dülken (North-Rhine-Westphalia) and the Dutch-German border region in between. 
A comparison between the two towns, only 28 kilometers apart, currently both part of the euregion Rhine-Meuse-North, but belonging to different nation states and political settings, will make it possible to study how wartime experiences have affected the lives, perceptions and narratives of people on both sides of the Dutch-German border and will offer an insight into local and transnational memory and memories.
My research focuses both on the childhood memories and life stories of eye witnesses – through oral history interviews and egodocuments – and on the way these narratives interact with the dynamics of cultural memory in both towns. Foregrounding historical culture, my project takes into account not only local historiography but a plethora of initiatives from within civil society in which eye witnesses switch back and forth between the roles of memory makers and memory consumers (Kansteiner). 
I will focus on a number of cases, the first of which is the popularly termed ‘The March of the 3000’ referring to 30 December 1944, when approximately 3000 men between 16 and 60 years of age were deported as part of the last phase of the Arbeitseinsatz from their home town Roermond to the Ruhr area and the Rhineland. Other case studies are on memories of the persecution of the Jewish citizen from Roermond and Dülken and of Jewish refugees in the border region, on memories of allied air raids and their victims and, finally, on memories of the evacuation of women, children and elderly or injured men mere weeks before liberation / Kriegsende.
The interviewing method I have developed for this project takes oral history out of the armchair and into the streets and into the woods as it combines 1) traditional life story interviews with 2) the use of memorial aids such as photographs and literature and 3) on-site interviews at significant memory-laden places and spaces.

Digital technologies in dance performances 
Start: 1 January 2008
PhD candidate: Verena Anker
Supervising team: Prof. Renée van de Vall , Dr. Karel Vanhaesebrouck and Dr. Jessica Mesman
This project investigates how and with which consequences new digital media technologies are being used in contemporary dance performances. Through ethnographical observations of the creation and rehearsal processes of two dance productions, Loop Diver by Troika Ranch and Habitat by Labor Gras, the project sets out to elucidate the interaction of the technological and artistic dimensions in the development of both works’ choreographies. Rather than choosing for an instrumentalist or a determinist view of digital technologies, the research starts from an Actor Network Theory perspective to show how both the technologies used and the creative ideas aimed for have to adapt to each other and may inspire each other. Furthermore, the project follows the frictions, adaptations and negotiations through which the dancers integrate the technologies into their bodily movements in successive stages of the process, describing these integration processes with the help of phenomenological concepts. The resulting performances will be interpreted in terms of the history of dance performances, in particular those thematizing human-technology relations.

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Funded projects

De Vliegende Hollander: van (inter)nationaal symbool tot lokale held
Start and duration:September 2014, 1 year
Involved researchers: Agnes Andeweg, Andreas Fickers (University of Luxembourg) and Jo Wachelder, in collaboration with Susan Aasman (RUG).
NWO has granted Agnes Andeweg's Alfa Meerwaarde project 'De Vliegende Hollander: van (inter)nationaal symbool tot lokale held' (The Flying Dutchman, from (inter)national symbol to local hero'. In cooperation with the city of Terneuzen (which profiles itself as 'city of the Flying Dutchman'), and dr Manuel Stoffers (FASoS, History) Andeweg will write a publication, supported by a webpage, about the cultural-historical dimensions of the Flying Dutchman. The publication will show how the Flying Dutchman has spread around the world, how its meanings vary through time, what the Dutchman can tell us about images and stereotypes of Dutchness, and how the legend is shaped in contemporary Terneuzen.
Funded by: NWO (Vrije competitie )
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Hacking Heritage -- Exploring and enhancing user practices of mining heritage
Start and duration: April 2014, 1 year
Involved researchers: Karin Wenz and Annika Richterich
Karin Wenz and Annika Richterich investigated how the mines in South Limburg can shape contemporary local culture (heritage practices), but also how digital culture and media practices offer tools to re-appropriate heritage (innovative user practices). Looking at the socio-economic transition of South Limburg from a mining area to a region focusing on creative industries, the project aimed to use digital technologies to (re-)connect diverse age groups to the region's heritage and to achieve culturally inclusive practices. For this project FASoS teamed up with the Discovery Center Continium in Kerkrade, and the Heerlen-based Social Beta Foundation and the organisation Betawerk.
Funded by: The NWO programme 'Creative industry -- Knowledge Innovation Mapping' (KIEM) from 1.6.2014-31.5.2015. The Creative industry -- KIEM programme aims to encourage and facilitate public-private partnerships in the field of creative industries. The project was firmly embedded in the Maastricht Centre for Art, Conservation and Heritage (MACH) on its way and had the support of MACCH coordinator Dr Vivian van Saaze.

Changing platforms of ritualized memory practices. The cultural dynamics of home movies
Start and duration: 2012, 4 years
This project addresses a number of questions dealing with the complex interrelationship between technology, specific user generations and spaces or places of cultural memory production in home movie making and screening. More concretely we are interested in the question how changing technologies of cultural production (film, video or digital camera) have shaped new practices and rituals of memory staging (screening of the films in domestic of public venues) and thereby initiated processes of (re)negotiating user generations and group identities.
For more information: website homemovies project.
Funded by: NWO.

NIAS-theme fellowship 'Terrorscapes in Postwar Europe'
Involved researchers: Georgi Verbeeck and Rob van der Laarse (UvA/VU)
This fellowship enabled 8 national and international scholars to conduct the above mentioned NWO reseach project.

Terrorscapes in postwar Europe. Transnational memory of Totalitarian Terror and Genocide.
Involved researchers: Georgi Verbeeck and Rob van der Laarse (UvA/VU) (2011-2013)
The research project was part of the larger programme Dynamics of Memory. The Netherlands in the Second World War (Dynamiek van herinnering. Nederland tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog). The project was a combined application by representatives of the University of Amsterdam, the Free University of Amsterdam, Leiden University and Maastricht University.
Funded by:  National Westerbork Memorial, Camp Vught National Memorial, the Mondriaan Foundation, and NWO Division for the Humanities (200.000 euros).

Globaliseringserfgoed ""Soldatenlaarzen en kauwgom" Limburgse kempen
Duration: 2011-2013
Involved researcher:
Georgi Verbeeck (Member of the advisory board) 
Door de buitenlandse invloeden tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog op de vrij gesloten landelijke en behoudsgezinde maatschappij in de Limburgse Kempen kwam er een globaliseringserfgoed tot stand. Dit project wilde alle sporen van dit erfgoed onder de loep nemen. Het project was een samenwerking tussen 10 lokale gemeenten en hun historische verenigingen, Rijksarchief Hasselt, Provincie Limburg (België) en de Universiteit Maastricht.

New strategies for the conservation of contemporary art
Start and duration: September 2009-September 2013 (in close collaboration with museums in the Netherlands and abroad)
Involved researchers: Renée van de Vall and Vivian van Saaze
Works of contemporary art pose particular difficult conservation problems which cannot be solved along the lines of the so-called ‘scientific freeze’ paradigm that until recently was the standard in conservation theory and ethics. In the last 15 years conservation professionals from museums and heritage institutions have initiated a series of international research projects, which have resulted in the development of instruments and the implementation of measures that have improved the conditions for conservation practice and in the trying out of new conservation strategies. Yet there is still an urgent need for scholarly research and reflection on the aims, procedures and consequences of these new strategies. This interdisciplinary research proposal aims to empirically investigate the impact of museum conservation practices on the material constitution, meaning and agency of a number of problematic art works and provide a model for conservation ethics that is useful for this type of works. New Strategies in the Conservation of Contemporary Art is a collaborative, interdisciplinary research programme of Maastricht University (UM), the University of Amsterdam (UvA), and the Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE, formerly ICN). 
Partly funded by: the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO)

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Collecting the Performative
Involved researchers: Vivian van Saaze and Pip Laurenson (Tate London)
Collecting the Performative was an AHRC/NWO funded research network bringing together Dutch and British academic scholars and research practitioners. In the last decade, public and private collections have begun to acquire significant performance artworks from the 1960s and 1970s as well as works by contemporary artists. However, performance art, which is non-material, in many ways upsets museum's long-established conservation and documentation strategies which have been developed for material objects. The research network will examine emerging models for the conservation and documentation of artists’ performance and draws upon the practices of dance, theatre and activism in order to explore how legacy is created within these practices and how this might inform the museum’s approach of collecting performance-based art. By combining art-historical research with ethnographic research into museum practices, the network aims to provide more insight into the conceptual and practical challenges related to collecting and conserving these artworks. The network will organize expert meetings at Tate Modern (Performance and Dance / Performance and Theatre), the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (Performance and Activism) and Maastricht University (Drawing conclusions).

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NeCCAR: Network for Conservation of Contemporary Art Research
This three-year international research network funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) aims to develop joint research projects and a training curriculum on the theory, methodology and ethics of the conservation of contemporary art. Contemporary artworks are particularly difficult to preserve. Very often they consist of degradable materials, or involve technologies that become obsolete very rapidly. Many works are created for specific locations and can change their meaning when they travel to other contexts. Artworks may also require a specific performance of the artist or the audience in order to function and therefore differ from event to event. New media works may change considerably when they migrate to new systems.
Standard conservation theory and ethics start from the assumption that artworks should be preserved in their original state. As they do not recognise the inherent variability of most contemporary artworks, they do not provide adequate guidelines for their conservation. There is at present much case-based, practice-oriented research done by museums and other heritage institutions, facilitated through international professional networks. Theory development, however, is still fragmentary and scattered between many different universities, museums and heritage institutions in various countries.
Museums and other heritage organisations are aware of the problem and undertake research projects and establish networks to develop viable alternative strategies for contemporary art conservation. These projects primarily aim to solve particular conservation problems and develop practical tools, such as models for registration, documentation or decision-making. At the same time, there are a growing number of research projects (very often in the form of PhD research) aiming at systematic reflection on the theoretical and ethical problems posed by contemporary art conservation.

The Network for Conservation of Contemporary Art Research brings together established and emerging academic and professional research centres and groups in order to:

•    Critically assess new approaches to the conservation of contemporary art
•    Set an international research agenda
•    Enable young researchers to investigate the theoretical, methodological and ethical dimensions in the conservation of contemporary art in close connection to conservation practice

At the 2010 conference Contemporary Art: Who Cares? a PhD and postdoctoral network was initiated. The network currently consists of 71 members from over 30 organisations in 14 countries. This project closely collaborates with this network and provides it with institutional and scholarly support. It aims to create a sustained collaboration between senior researchers and research groups at universities, museums and other research institutions in order to develop joint research projects in the context of an international research training programme for young researchers.

Examination of electronic display sign as used in the work of Jenny Holzer at the University of Amsterdam’s Conservation of Contemporary Art course
The project organised 3 expert meetings spread over 3 years. The meetings had the following purposes:

•    Present and thoroughly discuss current research in progress, including special sessions for PhD work
•    Provide a state of the art review and critical assessment of theorecal and methodological research
•    Discuss the relevance of current conservation theory for conservation practice with curators and conservators
•    Prepare peer-reviewed international publications on the themes of the meetings
•    Develop a grant proposal for a Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN).

For more information about the project email Prof.dr. Renée van de Vall.

Democracy Contested; The Dutch political essay in the twentieth century
Start date and duration: 2007, 2 years
Involved researchers: Sjaak Koenis and Jan de Roder
Funded by NWO.

Biography projects
•    Pierre Kemp by Wiel Kusters
•    Vasalis by Maaike Meijer

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PhD projects

Language-culture in Roermond, the Netherlands. Place-making and belonging through languagecultural practices
Defended: 11 January 2018
PhD candidate: Lotte Thissen
​Supervising team: Prof. Leonie Cornips, Vincent de Rooij (UvA), and Irene Strengs (Meertens Institute)
Lotte's PhD research focuses on the construction of place-making and feelings of belonging through language and culture in the Dutch Limburgian city of Roermond. The province of Limburg can be seen as a peripheral area which is mostly linked to a strong local identity and dialect. This research aims to give insight into the multi-layeredness and complexity of how people are giving meaning to places. In this, she wants to explore how people use linguistic and cultural resources to identify themselves with particular groups in a given place. Consequently, this research gives insight into the importance of language ideologies interrelated with place and belonging in daily lives and routines.
This will be investigated by doing anthropological fieldwork, characterized by participant observation. Through participating within particular places and groups within the city of Roermond (e.g. a local supermarket and a carnival association) it is possible to collect data about the ways people are interacting in daily situations and constructing language ideologies connected to places and feelings of belonging. Such a bottom-up approach gives deeper understanding of how people experience and shape processes of place-making through the use of linguistic and cultural resources. In order to come to this understanding, it is necessary to explore questions like: How do people relate to the use of different languages in a place like Roermond? How do people construct identifications in a place which is multicultural and multilingual? Does “the Limburgian identity” play a role in daily lives? Who belongs to (places within) Roermond – us – and who does not – them –, and how is this expressed in linguistic practices? What linguistic and cultural forms are required to be perceived as part of a particular group or community?

Memory practices on the move: technological innovations and user generations in home movies
Defended: 18 January 2018
PhD candidate: Tim van der Heijden
​Supervising team: Dr. Andreas Fickers, Dr. Jo Wachelder, Dr. Susan Aasman (RUG) and Prof. Maaike Meijer
This research focuses on the changing practices of home movie making and screening from a long term perspective. In general, it aims to study how changing technologies of memory production (film, video or digital camera) have shaped new practices and rituals of memory staging (screening in domestic or public venues) and thereby initiated processes of (re)negotiating user generations and (group) identities. The project aims at spanning the whole period from before the introduction of 9,5mm and 16 mm for amateur filmmakers, via video to end up with digital and mobile technologies. The research will elaborate upon the multi-dimensional concepts of ‘dispositif’ and ‘user generations’ to analyze the impact of technological innovations on memory practices. It will address its technical dimension (focusing on innovations and the life cycle of products), social dimension (focusing on the family and/or peers as a social frame), and cultural dimension (focusing on archival desires and the construction and reconstruction of memories and identities). The concept of generations and the interactions in and between generations will be a central element of the analysis.

Narrative Fan Practices in Role-Playing Games
Defended 28 April 2016
PhD candidate: Rafael Bienia ​

Supervising team: Prof. Sally Wyatt and Dr. Karin Wenz
At work and in free time, most of us communicate, share information, and make decisions often simultaneously in the physical and the digital. How do people make sense of their experiences? In my dissertation, I investigate the creative practices that a dedicated group of people has evolved in three different types of role-playing games: live action role-playing, augmented reality role-playing games, and tabletop role-playing games. In these games, participants imagine fictional roles to take control of a narrative they share with each other. While book readers follow the narrative as written down by the author, role players take over the author’s part to some extent. Moreover, in role playing participants share one common narrative and influence the experience of each other while ‘reading’ and ‘writing’ simultaneously. The difference between the three types is based on the game materials used to communicate within the narrative and share the decisions of the chosen roles. I have chosen Actor-Network Theory (ANT) to answer the question how role players create a stable network and how game materials influence narratives. As it is debatable whether ANT is a theory at all, another challenge in my work is to find a solution for this seeming dilemma.

Emergent Cultural Literacy: subproject Children’s Poetry
Defended 21 December 2015
PhD candidate: Annette de Bruijn
Supervising team: Prof. Maaike Meijer (promotor) and Piet Mooren

This project belongs to the N.W.O.funded program Emergent Cultural Literacy. The program as a whole develops evidence-based criteria for selecting picture books that induce the emergence of cultural literacy in the very young. It pays due attention to the fact that text appropriation obeys a different logic in four- to eight-year-olds than in older readers. Young children assimilate texts by doing things with them such as singing, dancing, or engaging in symbolic action and play. Texts will be more effectively assimilated if they can be embedded within regularly recurrent routines and cultural or religious celebrations. 
This project ‘Children’s Poetry’ studies the textual features which stand out if we compare lyrical texts in anthologies of nursery rhymes and children’s verse to each other. First, many of these rhymes, such as jumping and clapping songs, directly relate to children’s play and to recurrent festivities such as Christmas or Valentine’s day. This direct evocation of recurrent routines and rituals is a first criterion of canonicity. Second, nursery rhymes and children’s poems often amalgamate objects, persons, repetitive acts, and locations that have nothing to do with each other through rhyme, creating what one might call nonsensicality, a second criterion of canonicity. Poems for young children draw one’s attention away from meaning and reference, refocusing it on the linguistic properties of the medium employed through rhyme, meter, alliteration, puns or repetitions. Ritualized nonsensicality achieves this effect for young children. Third: the comical effect of this nonsensicality is often enhanced through the inversion of behavioral norms (Tell her! Smell her! Kick her down the cellar’) (third criterion) or the hyperbolic representation of transgressive behavior such as Annie M.G. Schmidt’s (1987) poem (‘Het zoetste kind dat ik ooit zag/was Hendrik Pieter Hagelslag …’).

Ken Russell’s Artist Biographies as Baroque Performance of the Self
Defended 5 November 2015
PhD candidate: Christophe van Eecke
Supervisors: Dr. Karel Vanhaesebrouck, Dr. Jack Post and Prof. Maaike Meijer (promotor)

Ken Russell has directed a long series of films on the lives of artists. These films are never true to historical fact. Russell stresses that he offers the viewer his own impression of the artist’s life, based on the feelings and images that the artist’s work conjures up in his own mind. This means that Russell’s films are as much about Russell as they are about the artists they portray. In fact, Russell uses his subjects as a medium to write/film an oblique autobiography, painting a self-portrait through the portrait of other artists. The results are excessively baroque films that have been condemned as vulgar, superficial, and overly subjective. In cultural terms, they are a puzzle. In their subjective, collage-like structure, they are close to the postmodern idea that one’s life should be a work of art (Foucault) and that we conceive of ourselves through mirror images found in others (Lacan). But with their robust vitality and abrasive loudness, Russell’s films seem in conflict with visual styles that are commonly associated with the postmodern, such as minimalism, conceptual art, and political art (identity-based art). To resolve this contradiction and establish Russell’s value and importance for contemporary cultural issues I will argue that Russell’s approach to artist biography is rooted in romantic and baroque notions of selfhood that have generated postmodern culture as an effect of, rather than a reaction to, modern culture. To do this, I will show that the baroque and romantic eras saw changes in science and philosophy that undermined traditional concepts of the self. This forced modern man to adopt what I would call performative concepts of identity: the subject had to actively assemble his own identity from various sources and influences, without metaphysical guidance, and present himself to the world. As such, personhood literally became a performance. 
This project seeks to establish the historical continuity of concepts of (auto)biography from the renaissance and baroque, through romanticism, to the postmodern age. This will allow us to understand the work of Ken Russell as central to contemporary issues of the representation of selfhood.A video made by Christophe van Eecke (Window #3; 2011) has been included in the exhibition "Once More" at Lokaal 01 (Breda).

Resilient Recapitulation. Ramifications of Haeckel’s undead evolutionary theory in German culture (1918 - 1965)
Defended 23 october 2015
PhD candidate: Constance Sommerey.
Supervising team: Prof. Maaike Meijer (promotor), Dr. Lies Wesseling, Dr. Jo Wachelder, and Dr. Raf de Bont

Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919) was Germany’s most successful popularizer of evolution in the late 19th century. His popular scientific books Natürliche Schöpfungsgeschichte (1868) and Die Welträthsel (1890), among others, were enormous successes and more widely read than Darwin’s Origin of Species (1859). In his evolutionary writings, he not only wanted to disseminate Darwinian mechanisms of natural selection, he saw evolution as a means to establish a new religion that relinquished the need for any transcendental forces in nature: monism. Nature, for Haeckel, was in a constant, transformative development. Together with Darwin’s idea of natural selection, Haeckel revealed what he termed the “monistic Genesis” (Haeckel, 1899, p.13). 
Up to this day, Haeckel’s impact on the public understanding of evolution is heavily discussed. We are presented with historians who try to exorcize Haeckel’s un-Darwinian ghost in biology (Gould, 1977), historians trying to explain Haeckel’s pseudo-Darwinism (Bowler, 1988), historians who try to explain the link between Haeckel and Hitler (Gasman, 1971; Gasman, 2002; Weikart, 2004), or historians who try to rehabilitate Haeckel (Richards, 2007; Richards, 2008; Gliboff 2008). In most of these stories Haeckel is presented as a biologist who stole elements of Darwin’s theory to appropriate them for his own religious and scientific convictions. The academic preoccupation with Haeckel indicates that Haeckel’s writings still carry importance in today’s perception of evolution (Richardson & Jeffery, 2002). How did Haeckel’s ideas survive?
In this context, I believe that the question of Haeckel's Darwinism is obsolete. It is a misconception to assume that there is one essential story of evolution by natural selection. Every scientist, including Darwin himself, transformed the story of evolution in the act of narrating. I believe Haeckel’s writing to be yet another example of the transformative power of narrating evolution. Haeckel established his own, particular narrative of evolution by natural selection that was so persuasive that it remained alive.
This project studies the survival of Haeckel’s particular narrative in German school books and children’s literature (1918-1965). Which ‘Haeckelian’ narrative elements were deemed important enough to be appropriated and thereby passed on to future generations?
Constance Sommerey is co-founder of the blog Shells and Pebbles: Interesting finds on the shores of the history of science.'

Exploding theatre. Structural transformation of the theatre landscape.
Henk Havens (HBO promovendus Hogeschool Zuyd, Maastricht)
Ddefended 15 October 2015
Supervising team: Prof. Maaike Meijer (promotor UM) Dr. Peter Peters (co-promotor UM en Hogeschool Zuyd). 

I am investigating the state of the current Dutch theatre landscape within the context of contemporary cultural dynamics. One can read the theatre landscape as a system, a systematic coherent collaboration of institutions like theatre companies, theatre stages/venues, theatre schools and governmental theatre policies. In the course of the last decennia the theatre has moved to a different position in cultural life than the one it occupied just after the Second World War, when the current theatre system was being constituted. The theatre did change from a leading canonical position to a perfomative subcultural one. The state-funded theatre seems to change structurally from a central kind of cultural ‘premier league’ to a co-ordinate position amidst of other networked subcultures. Considering theatre like this, one can look at the performing arts more and more as constantly changing, heterogeneous and hybrid instead of hierarchical and disciplinary, organised according to a traditional theatrical canon. My research project started from the question: can the seemingly coherent and still dominant ‘interplay’ of theatre-institutions within the context of present day cultural dynamics, boosted by migration, technology and a global cultural industry, be considered as anachronistic? 
With this research project I aim to reconsider the historically shaped theatre system, by mapping how it has fundamentally changed by the cultural dynamics of intermediality, interculturality and globalisation. I hope it will make clear that the current perception of the relation between theatre system and contemporary cultural dynamics is far from optimal. This project may provide insights in how to bring the theatre system more in line with the heterogeneous and hybrid context of an intercultural, intermedial and international performative spectrum.
Besides mapping contemporary cultural dynamic effects through four exemplary case studies, I am also describing these dynamics by investigating the work of relational thinkers like Itamar Even-Zohar, Gilles Deleuze, Bruno Latour and Michel Foucault. By connecting some of their main concepts to the results of the case studies, I try to point out the relevance of a structural reassessment of important theatre-institutions.

Rearticulating Sounds: Popular Music Enthusiasm in a Digital Era
Defended 22 June 2015
PhD candidate: Maarten Michielse
Supervising team: Dr. Karin Wenz and Prof. Renée van de Vall (promotor)

This project researches how music enthusiasts appropriate popular music by remixing, covering, and/or mashing-up a wide range of songs and sharing these self-made products via (online) communities. The project analyses the creative practices of these music enthusiasts qualitatively, zooming in on the practical level and spending time with them trough a virtual ethnographic approach. Rearticulating Sounds will be looking at how music enthusiasts produce their works, how they deploy, develop, and share all sorts of skills and competences within their everyday practices, and how they deploy different tactics in order to be able to call these songs ‘their own’.
While consumers always had the possibility to engage creatively with music in one way or another - from nineteenth century domestic piano practices to audio-cassette mix-taping in the 1970s and 1980s -, it is only since the last decade that the general availability of creative software and, especially, the networked computer has made it possible to produce, distribute, and share musical appropriations on a scale never seen before. Within the academic world, this process has often been framed in overarching theories such as Toffler’s “prosuming” (1980), Jenkins’ ”participatory culture‟ (1992), O’ Reilly’s “Web 2.0” (2005), and Lessig’s “read/write culture” (2004; 2008). Although these frameworks help to understand the dynamic relationship between producers and consumers, they also bring along the danger of presenting participation as something that happens almost naturally and automatically. In other words: they make it easy to overlook the effort it takes for consumers to actually become producers and how these consumers constantly develop and deploy all sorts of tactics and skills in order to be able to participate in the first place. More empirical research is needed to understand the practical reality behind these broader theories.

In Pursuit of Meaning. The Dynamics of Cultural Memory on the 4th and 5th of May in the Netherlands 1945- 2010
Defended 15 December 2014
PhD candidate: Ilse Raaijmakers
Supervising team: Prof. Georgi Verbeeck, Prof. Maaike Meijer and Frank van Vree (UvA)

Which meaning is given to the memories of the Second World War during commemorations on May 4 and 5 from 1945 onwards? I want to find out which meaning was given to the memories of the Second World War during the commemorations on May 4 and 5. I’m not interested in the history of the war itself, but only in the period after the war, in the Dutch polemic designated as ‘the war after the war’. The objects of analysis in this project are the commemorations and celebrations themselves as well as the discussions surrounding these commemorations. I therefore focus on the tensions and interactions between memory makers, memory consumers and the larger socio-cultural context in which these processes take place. In the field of memory studies much attention has been paid to the national framework. This framework is of importance, but only as one among others. If I want to get a grasp on memory cultures on the 4th and 5th of May in the Netherlands I have to include the local framework in my research as well. I have selected three local case-studies: Eindhoven, Leeuwarden and Haarlem. Both on a national and on a local level, I will analyse the commemorations and festivities on May 4 and 5, for which I will make a selection of five reference years. 
For all activities I want to address questions like: who or what is remembered, in which ways and by whom? How did these memory cultures come into being and how did they develop over time? How can continuities and discontinuities in their commemorating practices be explained? Which memories of the Second World War are represented and (re)mediated, and which are forgotten? Who speaks and who is silenced? What discussions surrounded the commemorations? It is important to focus on the social-cultural context as well, because only in this context the 4th and 5th of May get their meaning.

The Sounding Museum
Defended 9 May 2014
PhD Candidate: Hein Schoer (HBO-promovendus Fontys Tilburg)
Supervising team: Prof. Maaike Meijer and Prof. Renee van de Vall (promotores)

This project is about cultural soundscapes as presented in a museum, namely the aboriginal soundscape of North America’s Pacific Northwest Coast. The dissertation will consist of a book and an audio-CD and DVD. The project is tied to the NONAM, the Nordamerika Native Museum in Zürich, Switzerland, where I helped to build the Sound Chamber some years ago. I since then have been supervising its operation. The core objective of the project is to produce a cultural soundscape composition and put it to use at the Sound Chamber, where my piece “Two Weeks in Alert Bay”, based on field recordings made in collaboration with members of the Namgis Band of the Kwakwaka’wakw people of British Columbia, can be experienced under optimized conditions (as compared to the qualitative limits of CD playback). The book contains all the background information on the project that cannot be brought across by the composition alone; it’s the kind of artwork that requires explanation in order to be valued to its full depth. I argue that, unless affectively effective, a work of art has failed it’s purpose. In this dissertation I try to integrate my artistic, scientific, and pedagogical aspirations. That means that not only the content is of relevance, but also it’s packaging; the visual and acoustic design is as important as the words I have chosen to get my message across.

Productive Fandom: Intermediality and Affective reception in Fan Cultures
PhD Candidate: Nicolle Lamerichs
Defended 26 March 2014
​Supervising team: Prof. Maaike Meijer (promoter), Karin Wenz (co-promoter)

Loners, geeks, fanatics - fans have often been misunderstood and ridiculed in popular media. Productive Fandom proves this imagery to be false and offers a media ethnography of fan cultures as they are lived: social, creative and felt spaces of productive reception. Fans appropriate populare culture to suit their alternative tastes.
Written from an insider's perspective, Productive Fandom explores these rich subcultures that provide new insights on the shared spaces of consumers, producers and media texts. Productive Fandom shows that fans are above all creative. They write their own stories, "cosplay" in their own dresses and invent their own games. Fandom is a rich and vibrant culture of rewriting - a formation of media spaces and audiences that come together online and offline.
Fandom gets more complex as media franchises are distributed across different platforms and audiences translate a television text from one medium to the other. Intermediality is a core concept in this study that shows the diversity of contemporary fandom by studying fans of Sherlock, Glee, Firefly and other popular franchises. The book addresses both scholars and fans and tackles broader questions about production hierarchies, gender, sexuality, play and affect.

In touch with life - Investigating artistic and life scientific laboratorial practices from a hands-on perspective
PhD Candidate: Jenny Boulboullé
Defended 20 December, 2012
​Supervisor: Prof. Rob Zwijnenberg

This interdisciplinary research project comprises several subprojects that all investigate the role of hands-on experiences and hands-on notions in relation life sciences.
1. Hands-on Bio Artists: this first subproject focuses on a phenomenon in contemporary art and describes and analyses the artistic practice of ‘bio artists’ who have entered today’s laboratories to explore the aesthetic potentials and ethical implications of working with biotechnological materials, such as living cells, bacteria, genetically modified organism. My study focusses on the rhetoric of bio artists who lay great emphasis on the fact that they work ‘hands-on’ in laboratories and attach great importance to ‘hands-on experiences’ for a critical engagement with the life sciences and draws on ethnographic material gathered at a Biotech Art Workshops and the Australian art-science research laboratory SymbioticA.
2. Descartes as hands-on practitioner: this second subproject focuses on the conspicuous lack of hands-on notions in theoretical discourses in the history and philosophy of science and discusses this in relation to the work of the French philosopher René Descartes. In popular reception the French philosopher René Descartes has been identified with his famous ‘cogito’, creating an image of a thinker with no hands who explored the possibilities of knowledge with his ratio alone. In this part I explore Descartes thoughts on what knowledge is and how it can be obtained from a different perspective. What if we envision Descartes as a researcher who has first and foremost explored the world from a hands-on perspective? Recent studies have convincingly argued that Descartes has been an experimenter who was actively involved in the sciences of his day, demonstrating that he stood at the cradle of what has become known as the ‘new science’. I discuss recent philosophical and historical studies that re-contextualise his metaphysical works historically and situate these works within and experimental natural philosophical inquiries and the Vesalian renaissance in the Low Countries. Instead of confining his epistemological considerations to the bloodless realm of pure reason, I re-examine Descartes epistemological writings for reflections on the new ways of hands-on engagements in relation to his anatomical experiments and theoretical attempts to historicise epistemology. 
3. The Practical turn – studying life sciences from a hands-on perspective: this third subproject analyses some classics of ethnographic laboratorial studies conducted in molecular biology laboratories (Latours& Woolgars Laboratory Life and Knorr-Cetinas Epistemic Cultures) and discusses how their attempt to theorise scientific knowledge practices from a hands-on perspective, remains trapped in an anti-cartesian rhetoric and understands itself as a counter discourse to traditional epistemology, which becomes problematic, as I argue, in light of my thesis that modern epistemology grounds in hands-on reflections and hands-on experimental practices and on basis of my own ethnographical observations focusing on benchwork as embodied activity.
I close my investigation with an epilogue that elaborates on peculiar hands-on/hands-off experiences in life scientific research with the concept of Cleanroom aesthetics.

Dominant Mothers, Queer Sons. (Re)producing Momism in Postwar American Culture
PhD Candidate: Roel van den Over
Defended 15 June 2012
Supervising team: Prof. Maaike Meijer (promotor), Renee Hoogland (Wayne State University USA) co-promotor

This dissertation offers interpretations of four American fictional texts from the 1950s and 1960s, each featuring a dominant mother and her queer son. They are the novel The Grotto (Grace Zaring Stone, 1951), the play Suddenly Last Summer (Tennessee Williams, 1958), the film Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960), and the novel Portnoy’s Complaint (Philip Roth, 1969). I read these texts in three different ways. 
First, I consider them as cultural representations of Momism and homophobia, two discourses prominent in America at the time. From the 1940s until the early 1970s, sociologists and psychiatrists advanced the idea that an over-affectionate or too-distant mother – or better, Mom – hampers the social and psychosexual development of her son, in extremis causing conditions such as asthma, autism, and schizophrenia. Perhaps worst of all was the outcome of homosexuality, since the period saw an intense policing of sexual deviancy, incited especially by Senator Joseph McCarthy’s vilification of communists and homosexuals alike. After presenting an historical overview of Momism and its attendant homophobia in chapter one, I zoom in on the four selected instances of their joint cultural representation – a facet seldom studied.
Second, in addition to complementing the received knowledge of Momism, I aim to complicate the picture. I show that the selected representations convey not only Momism beliefs, but alternative imaginations and appreciations as well: the mother is not always blamed for her son’s intriguing sexual transgressions. Ergo the four texts simultaneously do and undo Momism. 
Third, I tease out these contradictory portrayals and valuations of mother and son via interpretation. My preferred reading method is narratology.

Beyond the ideal: Representation of Motherhood in Dutch literature, 1980 until 2010
PhD Candidate: Josje Weusten
Defended 25 november 2011
Supervising team: Prof. Maaike Meijer (promotor) and Dr. Lies Wesseling (co-promotor)

The dissertation De idylle voorbij. Verbeelding van moederschap in Nederlandse literatuur, 1980 tot 2010 by Josje Weusten reveals that contemporary Dutch society has a tendency to idealize motherhood in quite a normative manner. Motherhood is considered a conscious choice due to the introduction of the birth control pill and it is generally believed that the practice of mothering can be molded, changed and controlled as one sees fit. It should therefore be a success. Educational self help books for parents, commercial glossy magazines for women, popular educational magazines for parents, and advertisements and other promotional activities for baby products contribute to the rosy picture of motherhood. The idealized mother generally is white, well-to-do and belongs to the middle class. Furthermore, she is a member of a nuclear family household with young, healthy children. Her husband is the main bread winner, while she does most of the care work. This particular type of mother is expected to enjoy motherhood and to have a symbiotic relationship with her young child(ren). If she does experience any unpleasantness, she is expected to call upon professional services that enable her to become happy after all. Her happiness is considered to be her own responsibility; if she is not happy she only has herself to blame. Due to the coercive presence of this idyllic notion of motherhood, many mothers find it difficult to openly discuss less pleasant experiences and aspects of motherhood. This seems to be taboo.
In contrast to this tendency to idealize motherhood in Dutch society, motherhood seems to be anything but a pleasurable experience in contemporary Dutch literature. Many novels depict mothers who loose control and go off the rails. Some of these mothers even murder their own children. The current study by Josje Weusten deals with the way in which Dutch literature represents motherhood in relation to the social construction of rosy-spectacled motherhood. In order to analyze this relationship, methods from the sociology of literature and of textual interpretation of novels are combined in an innovative manner. The analysis of four well-known novels on motherhood by female authors takes center stage. Two of them deal with unwanted childlessness: De reis naar het kind (The journey to the child, 1989) by Vonne van der Meer, and Nieuwe buren (New neighbours, 2006) by Saskia Noort. The other two centre on infanticide: Een hart van steen (A heart of stone, 1998) by Renate Dorrestein, and Met onbekende bestemming (Unknown destination, 2000) by Maya Rasker.
At the end of this dissertation it is argued that the modern idea of enjoyment, which surrounds motherhood nowadays, is questioned in a critical manner in all four novels. It proves to be possible to put the novels at hand at work, in order to undercut the modern, normative idealization of motherhood. A major result of this research is that pre-modern and/or anti-modern perspectives turn out to play a pivotal role in the undermining force of the novels. All books contain intertextual references to genres that open up pre-modern or anti-modern representations of motherhood. Van der Meer’s novel contains intertextual references to the fairy tale, Noort refers to the a-heroic crime novel; we find references to the (homely) gothic novel in Noort (2006), Dorrestein (1998) and Rasker (2000); to Greek tragedies in Dorrestein (1998) and Rasker (2000), and poetry in Rasker’s Met onbekende bestemming (2000). These references often, though not always, unlatch meanings, which make it possible to read the novels as critical commentaries on the modern discourse of enjoyment.
De idylle voorbij is a cultural history of motherhood, in which the relationship between society and literature plays an important part. Ample attention is also paid to important social debates about unwanted childlessness, infanticide, de combination of a career and motherhood and postpartum depression. This book is not only interesting for literary scholars, gender studies scholars and sociologists, but for everyone who wants to know more about motherhood in The Netherlands.

Griezelig gewoon. Gotieke verschijningen in Nederlandse romans, 1980-1995
Amsterdam University Press, 2011. 224 pp.
PhD Candidate: Agnes Andeweg
Defended 1 April 2010
Promotores: Prof. Maaike Meijer (1e) and Dr. Lies Wesseling (co-)

Het genre van ‘the gothic novel’ is vooral bekend uit de Angelsaksische literatuur. Sinds Walpole’s befaamde The Castle of Otranto in 1765 werd het genre enorm populair. De theatrale en fantastische ‘gotieke’ verhalen spelen zich bij voorkeur af op ruïneuze kastelen, waar jonge onschuldige heldinnen worden belaagd door schurkachtige oudere mannen – aristocraten of (corrupt) katholieken. Deze barokke, vaak bloedstollend-spannende vertellingen zijn doortrokken van bovennatuurlijke verschijnselen, geweld, dood en verval. Het genre beleefde een grote bloei tot 1820 en dook vervolgens in vele literaturen steeds weer in nieuwe vormen op – denk aan Dracula, Jane Eyre, Jekyll and Hyde, en in de moderne tijd bij auteurs als Toni Morrison, Donna Tartt, Angela Carter om alleen wat bekende Engelstalige voorbeelden te noemen. 
Het gotieke is internationaal het voorwerp geweest van literair historisch en cultuurpsychologisch onderzoek. De vraag naar de functie van het gotieke is daarbij vaak gesteld. Andeweg presenteert de theorie dat het gotieke een verwerking is van sociale spanningen die modernisering met zich meebrengt. Modernisering is altijd incompleet en contradictoir en het gotieke raapt de brokken op, om het huiselijk te zeggen. Andeweg presenteert het gotieke als het culturele podium waarop maatschappelijke conflicten worden uitgespeeld. Dat gebeurt na elke golf van maatschappelijke verandering: het podium blijkt verrijdbaar. In 2006 is voor het eerst geopperd dat sommige Nederlandstalige auteurs – Couperus, Haasse, Ruebsamen - ook door de bril van het gotieke zouden kunnen worden gelezen. Dat voorstel ging in tegen de gevestigde beeldvorming over Nederland als modern en nuchter. Andeweg zet het gotieke leeskader nu op fascinerende wijze in, door meeslepende analyses van romans van Kellendonk, Reve, Rosenboom, Dorrestein en Van der Meer. Die romans worden onder haar handen verwerkingen van de revolutionaire jaren zestig, van de onverteerde brokken die bleven liggen na de secularisatie, seksuele bevrijding, acceptatie van homoseksualiteit, nieuwe man-vrouw-verhoudingen, de modernisering van de klassenstructuur. Andeweg verlost de literatuur uit zijn ivoren toren en laat er de maatschappelijke bemiddelingsfunctie van zien.

Doing Artworks. A Study into the Presentation and Conservation of Installation Artworks.
PhD Candidate: Vivian van Saaze
Defended December 2009
Prof. dr. R. Zwijnenberg (Maastricht University, now University of Leiden), Prof. dr. R. van de Vall (Maastricht University), Y. Hummelen (ICN, RCE)

During the last three decades, installation artworks have become mainstream in contemporary artistic practices. Acquiring and displaying such works, however, implies that curators and conservators have to deal with obsolete technologies, ephemeral materials and other problems concerning the care and management of these artworks. Installation artworks challenge traditional museum practices of collecting and conservation. How do museums approach these challenges and how to understand the role of conservation theory and ethics in these practices? Drawing on fieldwork in contemporary art museums, this book explores how key concepts such as authenticity and artist’s intention figure in day-to-day museum work. Moreover, the study shows how conservation practices behind-the-scenes play an important role in the perpetuation of installation artworks. Consequently, it argues that the common distinction between front (presentation and display) and back (conservation and collection management) is particularly untenable in the case of installation artworks.

Theodoor Weustenraad (1805-1849) en de ‘Percessie van Scherpenheuvel’ [Theodoor Weustenraad (1805-1849) and the ‘Pilgrimage of Scherpenheuvel’]
Hilversum 2009 (Maaslandse Monografieën 72) [520 p.; ill.]
PhD Candidate: Lou Spronck
Defended 9 October 2009
Promotores: prof. dr. W. Kusters (Maastricht University), prof. dr. A. Hanou (Radboud University Nijmegen).

This thesis consists of two parts: a biography of the lawyer, journalist, and poet Theodoor Weustenraad (1805-1849), and a critical edition of the autograph of his epic poem in Maastricht’s idiom, the Percessie van Scherpenheuvel (‘Pilgrimage of Scherpenheuvel’).
Weustenraad was a child of the French Revolution. He was devoted to the ideals of freedom and equality, and felt the dissatisfaction of a romantic who dreams of a novel world. His mentor at the University of Liège, Johannes Kinker, freemason from Amsterdam, honed his critical outlook. In Maastricht, which in the 1820s underwent several promising changes in education, culture, and economics, Weustenraad became an editor for the new daily paper L’Éclaireur. In this paper he publicly opposed the government of king Willem I. He encouraged political activism amongst his readers, and enlightened them with understanding of democracy.
In October 1830 he was forced to move to Belgium. Here he became enthused by Saint-Simonism, the ‘new Christianity’, which promised a society which no longer offered room for idle privileges. This period of fanatical support for these new teachings went quickly past, but Weustenraad maintained his belief in a better future thanks to industrial progress. He lauded the wonders of technical developments in Le Remorqueur (the locomotive) and Le Haut-Fourneau (the furnace). By such poems and by his polemics he contributed to the forming of the young Belgian nation. 
He continued to deplore the fate of his mother city, which remained in Dutch hands. His 1834 elegy Maestricht marks the origins of a myth that purported high commander general Dibbets as a rapist of the opinions of the people of Maastricht. From a different perspective, Weustenraad enjoyed the poetical expression in Maastricht’s idiom, the humoristic and sarcastic results of which he entertained his friends with. At the young age of 43, Weustenraad unexpectedly succumbed to cholera in Jambes near Namur.
As mentioned, Weustenraad’s biography is followed by an edition of the manuscript of the Percessie van Scherpenheuvel. The Percessie is a ‘mock epic’ in Maastricht’s idiom, which, despite containing 2000 verses, Weustenraad left to us unfinished. In the Percessie he turns away from the seriousness of his French poetry, and displays his multi-faceted nature: levity, eroticism, anti-clerical satire, self-mockery, social criticism. A-century-and-a-half after his death, this poem proves to be alive and well.

Intimate Relationships with Artificial Partners
Published in a popular edition as: Levy, David. Love and sex with Robots. Harper Collins, New York, 2007. ISBN 0-06-135975-0.
PhD Candidate: David Levy
Defended 11 October 2007
Promotores: Prof. Maaike Meijer (1) and Prof. Jaap van den Herik (2)

Levy’s thesis argues that trends in robotics and other areas of artificial intelligence will, within a few decades, result in robots that are so humanlike in their appearance and functionality, in their personality, and in their expression of emotions, that many people will be falling in love with them, having sex with them, and even marrying them. This Ph.D. research has encompassed the fields of psychology, sexology, sociology, robotics, artificial intelligence, and gender studies. His forecasts are based on his analysis of certain trends and on what he sees as the inevitability of how these trends will continue in the future. One of these trends follows the objects of human affection – at first this was only for other humans, then it expanded to include pet animals, then virtual pets such as the TAMAGOTCHI and Sony’s robotic dog AIBO, and in the future, according to Levy’s thesis, for robots. Another trend examined in the thesis follows our attitudes to various sexual practices, as these attitudes have become steadily more liberal. The thesis also examines the principal reasons, identified by research psychologists, why we fall in love and why we have sex. Most of these reasons are shown in the thesis to be equally applicable to the human-robot relationships of the future as they are for human-human relationships today.

Tussen wet en werkelijkheid – euthanasie in het licht van een roman van Willem Jan Otten en de filosofie van Marcel Merleau-Ponty
PhD Candidate: Monica Soeting
Defended 28 April, 2005
Promotores: Prof. Dr. Guy Widdershoven en Prof. Dr. Wiel Kusters

Euthanasie en hulp bij zelfdoding zijn uitermate complex. Formele richtlijnen voor het handelen bij een verzoek tot hulp bij zelfdoding schieten tekort. Aanvullende methodieken zijn nodig. Monica Soeting werkt in haar studie een dergelijke methodiek uit aan de hand van een filosofische benadering van een roman waarin het euthanasievraagstuk centraal staat. Weliswaar kunnen ook filosofie en literatuur in dit soort situaties geen concrete richtlijnen bieden, ze kunnen wel helpen een houding te bepalen inzake euthanasie en hulp bij zelfdoding. Ze maken als het ware de spanning tussen algemene beginselen (de wet) en concrete situaties (de werkelijkheid) inzichtelijk en hanteerbaar. Door de roman “Ons Mankeert Niets” van Willem Jan Otten te lezen (waarin de vraag centraal staat wat te doen als een nabije ander wil sterven) en aan de hand van de filosofie van Maurice Merleau-Ponty, beantwoordt Soeting de vraag hoe een roman of verhaal ons kan helpen de kloof tussen wet en werkelijkheid te overbruggen. Soeting laat zien dat literatuur een belangrijke rol kan spelen bij het inzichtelijk maken van de spanning tussen algemene beginselen en concrete situaties, zonder dat ze, zoals Otten zelf doet, er bij voorbaat vanuit gaan dat wet en werkelijkheid haaks op elkaar staan.

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AMC Presents Current Research with Renée van de Vall, Ruud Hendriks & Ike Kamphof
When: Wednesday 5 December 2018
Where: Spiegelzaal, Grote Gracht 80-82

First Presentation:

Doing ethics in conservation practice: an example from the SBMK by Renée van de Vall
My presentation will outline the relevance of the ‘turn to practice’ (Schatzki (eds), 2001) for the theory and ethics of the conservation of contemporary art. It will analyse two Platform meetings of the Foundation for the Conservation of Contemporary Art (SBMK) devoted to the maintenance of Joost Conijn’s Hout Auto. I will explore what types of ethical deliberation are articulated in these meetings and how the Platform meetings constitute a ‘middle-grounding’ form of practice in which the conservation profession organises its own learning processes, gradually moving from an ‘ethics of protection’ to an ‘ethics of care’ (Rabinow and Bennett, 2012).


Second Presentation:

Home Making and Truthfulness in Dementia Care by Ruud Hendriks & Ike Kamphof
Residential care in the Netherlands and many other European countries sees it as their special task to make people feel ‘at home’. Care interventions to reach this goal often involve objects that have aspects of make-believe. The project True Doors, for instance, provides door stickers that cover the institutional doors of residents’ personal rooms with a simulation of their former front door. Comfort dolls and interactive pets are used to provide people soothing company. Or how about phantom bus stops that some care-homes use to calm people that are agitated and want to leave? In our contribution we will discuss the use of these kinds of objects for home-making in person-centred dementia care. We will argue that two different notions of truthfulness are at stake in these set-ups. Both are needed to secure care that does not threaten the dignity of people with dementia in materially mediated practices of home-making.




Annual MACCH Conference 2019: Bridging the gaps between theory and practices in contemporary art conservation

When: 24-27 March 2019, 09:00-17:00
Where: Maastricht (location to be anncounced)

Organised in cooperation with NACCA and ICOM CC.

The conference is linked up with the closing conference of the research and training programme New Approaches in the Conservation of Contemporary Art (NACCA). The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network NACCA is funded by the European Union H2020 Programme (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014) under Grant Agreement n°642892.

More information on the conference will follow.



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How to profile AMC in light of the changing (inter)nationals research landscape
When: Wednesday 7 November 2018, 15:30-16:30

Meeting Junior AMC Researchers: Daan Hovens, Pomme van de Weerd & Areesha Banglani, Executing and analysing fieldwork
When: Wednesday 10 October 2018

Crossing Borders in Arts & Heritage, MACCH Conference 2018

Annual conference of the Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH)
When: Sunday, 18 March until Monday, 19 March, 2018

The Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage hosted  its annual, transdisciplinary conference together with the Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht. This year’s theme ‘Crossing Borders in Arts & Heritage’ explored the challenges we encounter when arts and heritage cross geographical borders today or which persist because of past cross-border movements.
More information can be found on the conference page.


Literature, fieldwork, and the social sciences

When: 13-14 March 2018
Where: Maastricht University, Grote Gracht 80-82 (Soiron building), Spiegelzaal (first floor)

Bringing together an international group of specialists, this workshop reflected on the role of literary and cultural studies in the contemporary humanities and on potential collaborations with colleagues from the social sciences who use qualitative methods like interviewing and fieldwork. This is a timely topic, as is shown by special issues devoted to ‘description across disciplines’ and ‘postcritique’ (Representations, 2016; PMLA, 2017) as well as by recent publications of scholars like Amy Hungerford, Margaret Mackey, Shalini Puri, Heather Love, Rita Felski, Ivan Jablonka and many others. These articles and research projects are different in various ways, but they share the ambition to develop new paths for literary studies with the help of insights from the social sciences, to develop future forms of ‘fieldwork’, broadly construed. Our workshop aimed to map these new paths and set the agenda for new collaborations between literature, literary studies, and the social sciences. The following questions were tackled:  what role does literary studies play in the contemporary humanities? Which insights from the social sciences can help us to rethink contemporary literature and literary studies? What themes, methods, and histories connect literary studies and the social sciences? How have novelists and other writers picked up on these ideas, and used/criticized them? How does a social sciences approach to novels, poems, and other cultural artifacts differ from a literary approach, and how can they enrich each other?


Workshop Bilingual children with autism, SLI or deafness
On 3 November 2017 the chair Language Culture in Limburg, Prof. Leonie Cornips, organised an interactive workshop (in Dutch) in collaboration with Fontys OSO Sittard about the educational needs of bilingual/bi-dialectal children with autism, Speech Language Impairment (SLI) or deaf children. A report in Dutch (including pictures) can be found on the Fontys website.


Inaugural lecture prof.dr. Aagje Swinnen
When: Wednesday 1 November 2017
Where: Pieterskerk, Pieterskerkhof 5, Utrecht

PhD Conferral Lies Netel
When: Wednesday 8 November 2017
Where: Aula, Minderbroedersberg 4-6, Maastricht


During the Festival of Pleasure, Art and Science (PAS, 8 and 9 September 2017), two AMC researchers presented their research during a lecture:


AMC writing retreat: Inspiring and productive days at Alden Biesen
When: Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 August, 2017
Where: Alden Biesen. Bilsen, Belgium

The AMC research group kicked off the new academic year with a writing retreat, spending two inspiring and productive days at the beautiful Kasteel Alden Biesen in Belgium. The group got together for writing and finalising journal articles, chapters, book manuscripts and grant applications. After a short introduction by AMC chair Aagje Swinnen, the two days were entirely dedicated to conceptualising, writing and editing – interrupted only by lovely break-time walks and joint meals. Thanks to its serene atmosphere and surroundings, with beautiful views of orchards, English and French landscape gardens, Alden Biesen provided a perfect, inspiring environment for everyone’s work. While some rooms were ‘quiet rooms’ only dedicated to writing, others could be used to discuss each other’s papers and current/future collaboration. Later in the evening, the multi-media walk ‘Bilzen Mysteries’ gave an impression of Alden Biesen’s rich history and sparked some interesting discussions on the dos and don’ts of mediating history, literature, and culture. The AMC members hope that this year's writing retreat was the start of a new, fruitful tradition!

Image Wars in Past and Present. Religious Matters in Pluralist Settings
Speaker: Professor Dr Birgit Meyer, Universiteit Utrecht
When: Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 15:30–17:30
Where: Spiegelzaal, GG 80–82

The point of departure of this presentation is that human relations to images are culturally constituted and are central to the politics and aesthetics of world making. Images, and human attitudes towards them, are formidable entry points for cultural analysis devoted to understanding the constitution of worlds of shared life experiences and clashes between such worlds. Evolving around particular figurations of the unseen, religions play a central role in shaping human-image relations, and that has longstanding repercussions for the secular sphere. In this presentation I will 1) address the repercussions of the rejection of images as suitable harbingers of the divine in favour of the biblical text on the part of Calvinists for the concepts and approaches developed in the study of religion (and society), 2) point at the implications of the export of an iconoclastic stance by Protestant missions to West Africa, where they kicked off an image war against the indigenous gods, which were dismissed as pagan, and 3) by way of conclusion, speak to the current struggles over images in a global, culturally, and religiously diverse setting.

Annual MACCH conference: Participatory Practices in Arts and Heritage
When: Friday 17 March and Saturday 18 March, 2017
Where: Friday venue: Auditorium, Van Eyck, Academieplein 1, Maastricht.  Saturday venue: Auditorium, Bonnefantenmuseum, Av. Ceramique 250, Maastricht

In recent decades, ‘participation’ and related notions such as ‘community engagement’ and ‘co-creation’ have become increasingly commonplace in the vocabulary of policy makers, politicians, academics and practitioners. Building on Arnstein’s seminal ladder of participation (1969) continued efforts have been undertaken to create new frameworks for building participation in arts and heritage worlds – online and offline. Museum policies and practices tend to prioritise visitor engagement over the traditional focus on collecting and preservation (cf. Simon 2010, McSweeney and Kavanagh 2016). Similarly, heritage worlds see an upsurge in participatory governance models favouring the expertise of local communities rather than that of trained professionals (cf. Waterton and Watson 2013, Schofield 2015). Yet, although new forms of audience and community engagement as well as models for ‘co-creation’ are flourishing, the development of ethical frameworks, the jurisdiction concerning intellectual property rights, and theoretical reflection and critical assessment are lagging behind.
This conference aims to fill this gap by offering a critical space to scrutinize participatory practices and their economic and legal frameworks. How can art and heritage worlds learn from participatory practices and reflection in other domains? What are good practices for public participation? What are the pitfalls and limitations of participatory development? How can we understand and respond to the seductive claims of participation as an instrument for social innovation and related – often naïve – assumptions of radical shifts in power relations? (Cooke and Kothari 2001).
Conference programme.

Symposium: Spoken Language in the Mines: Euregion and beyond
When: 25 and 26 April, 2016
Where: FASoS (Spiegelzaal and Turnzaal)
Organisers: Prof. L Cornips (FASoS) & Prof. P. Muysken (Radboud University)

The colloquium had the aim to study the social practices and structural features of mining languages in a comparative perspective. Mining languages have a unique social ecology. Factors involved are rapid expansion and migration, the multi-ethnic composition of the workforce, binding to a locality, gender and male bonding, concerns for danger and safety, special technology, job specialization, and life underground as distinct from above ground. Generally, the language underground is not that of the owners of the mines but a lingua franca spoken by a chunk of the workforce. Also, there is always special vocabulary and new words being formed. Existing work on the socio-cultural effects of globalization has typically focused on the huge contemporary metropolises with their explosive and conspicuous diversities (Wang, Cornips et al. 2014; 26). The mining areas go hand-in-hand with a huge diversity in linguistic resources but, nevertheless, are located in peripheral non-metropolitan areas, and often in border regions such as the Dutch, Belgian and German and borderland. These peripheral areas have remained understudied. 
The focus was on three continents: Europe (the former Oostelijke Mijnstreek, Belgian Limburg and the Ruhr area), Africa and South America. The afternoon of the second day targeted in Dutch a broad audience of local laypeople who relate in one way or another to the Belgian, German and Dutch Limburgian coalmines). 
This colloquium would not have been possible without the financial contributions of:

•    Chair Languageculture in Limburg
•    Research Stimulation and Valorisation Fund, FASoS, UM
•    Arts Media and Culture, FASoS UM
•    ITEM
•    Raod veur 't Limburgs  
•    Meertens Institute  

What does dialect mean for growing children?
When: 19 April, 2016
Where: Schunck* Glaspaleis Heerlen
Time: 19.30-21.30
Speaker: Prof. L. Cornips

In this lecture Prof. dr. Leonie Cornips showed that the label “dialect” has different meanings to everyone depending on where you live in Limburg, age, conception of dialect and how we perceive each other in the province. In the second part she presented the results of research involving more than 100 dialect speaking children between the age of 5 and 8 years in Elsloo and surroundings and answers the question of whether these children differ from monolingual Dutch speaking children in the acquisition of their Dutch vocabulary. 

Conference: Fair and Just Practices: Art and heritage worlds from the perspectives of markets and law
When: 18 & 19 March, 2016
Where: Maastricht

Recent developments in art and heritage worlds call to our attention questions of fairness and justice. While art and heritage practices have always been governed, implicitly or explicitly, by standards of fairness and justice, these standards are subject to change and are approached differently from the relevant academic fields of anthropology, cultural studies, economics, history, law, sociology, and the conservation sciences.
This conference, organised by MACCH in partnership with the Bonnefantenmuseum, aims to analyze and contextualize (un-)fair practices in art and heritage worlds from a variety of disciplinary and trans-disciplinary perspectives. For instance, while we currently witness a global explosion of art and heritage markets with billion-dollar auction sales dominated by ultra rich buyers, most individual artists cannot earn a living wage. And as subsidies are cut for public art and heritage institutions, ever-larger private museums emerge that house the art collections of the super rich – who in return may claim tax reductions for their philanthropy. But these issues of income inequality and distributive justice are by no means the only matters of fairness in art and heritage worlds today: A surge of art forgery cases, the illicit trade in – or restitution of – looted objects of art and heritage, as well as controversies regarding the conservation of artworks hint at further challenges and risks, respectively. How can art and heritage worlds fairly acknowledge these economic, political and ethical challenges and mitigate the legal risks? What are best practices of fairness and justice when it comes to building and reassuring trust and transparency in the market, as well as when it comes to establishing and enforcing necessary legal frameworks and regulations in art and heritage worlds at large?
Mrs. Mieke Damsma, Alderman for Culture, Education, Youthcare, Health, Student & City | Municipality of Maastricht performed the official opening. On Friday afternoon, two inaugural lectures took place within the framework of the seminar. First, Prof. dr. Pip Laurenson held a lecture on “Practice as Research: Unfolding the Objects of Contemporary Art Conservation” (16.00h), followed by Prof. dr. Rachel Pownall on “The arts and finance” (16.30h).

The confirmed keynote speaker on Saturday March 19th was Dr. Olav Velthuis, Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology of the University of Amsterdam, specializing in economic and cultural sociology.

Scientific Committee
Prof. dr. Renée van de Vall, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University
Prof. dr. Hildegard Schneider, Faculty of Law, Maastricht University
Prof. dr. Rachel Pownall, School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University
Prof. dr. Ad Knotter, Director Sociaal Historisch Centrum Limburg
Dr. Vivian van Saaze, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University
Dr. Joop de Jong, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University
Dr. Christoph Rausch, Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, Maastricht University
Mr. René Hoppenbrouwers, Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg

For the press release, please see: conference website

Inaugural lectures Pip Laurenson and Rachel Pownall
Pip Laurenson and Rachel Pownall gave their inaugural lectures on Friday 18 March 2016 during the annual conference of the Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH). Pip Laurenson has been appointed Extraordinary Professor in ‘Art, Collection and Care’ at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS). In addition to her position at FASoS, Prof. Laurenson is the Head of Collection Care Research at Tate, UK. The title of her lecture is ‘Practice as Research: Unfolding the Objects of Contemporary Art Conservation’. Rachel Pownall has been appointed professor in ‘Arts and Finance’ at the School of Business and Economics. The title of her lecture is ‘The Arts and Finance’. A video of the inaugural lectures is available here.

Inspiration meeting 'Taalkunstenaars in de dop. De toekomst van tweetalig Limburg'
When: 19 November, 2015
Where: Fontys Hogeschool, Mgr. Claessenstraat 4 in Sittard
Time: 13.00-17.30

Programme (in Dutch only):

Wordt er straks door de jonge generaties in Limburg nauwelijks nog dialect gesproken? Tijdens deze inspiratiebijeenkomst gaven sprekers uit de hoek van beleid, ouders, onderwijs en wetenschap hun visie op en ervaringen met tweetaligheid. Ook was er een interactief gedeelte waarbij alle deelnemers hun ervaringen, vragen en ideeën met elkaar konden delen. 

12.30 uur    Inloop
13.00 uur    Start en introductie door dagvoorzitter Frans Pollux
13.10 uur    Welkomstwoord en introductie aanleiding ‘Taalkunstenaars in de dop’ door Leonie Cornips
13.15 uur    Tweetaligheid in de praktijk.

Visie en ervaringen van: Felix Meurders, radio- en televisiepresentator, Susan Beckers, moeder van een peuter, docent en opleidingscoördinator Nederlands FLOS- Fontys Lerarenopleiding Sittard, Marie-José de Bruijn, intern begeleider en waarnemend directeur Basisschool De Poolster Elsloo, Paul van Wersch, logopedist, voorheen werkzaam bij GGD Roermond, Jan Philipsen, schrijver en filmmaker cultureel erfgoed, ex-bassist Rowwen Hèze 
14.30 uur    Pauze
15.00 uur    Tweetaligheid in de praktijk.

Visie en ervaringen van: Petra Dassen, burgemeester te Beesel, Anne Kerkhoff, lector taalbeleid en diversiteit Fontys Lerarenopleiding Tilburg, Paul Jungbluth, onderwijssocioloog Economische Faculteit Maastricht University, Leonie Cornips, hoogleraar ‘Taalcultuur in Limburg’ Maastricht University en het Meertens Instituut

16.00 uur     Toehoorders gaven hun mening over onderstaande stelling in het World Café ‘Hoe kunnen de overheid, onderwijs, kinderopvang, media en anderen ertoe bijdragen dat in de toekomst genuanceerder over dialectsprekende kinderen in Limburg wordt gedacht, gesproken en geschreven?’

16.45 uur    Afsluitende conclusie en netwerkmoment
Podiumdichter: Quirien van Haelen

Changing Platforms of Memory Practices. Technologies, User Generations and Amateur Media Dispositifs. 
When: 10-12 September, 2015
Where: University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Keynote speakers: 

  •     John Ellis, Professor of Media Arts, Royal Holloway, University of London
  •     Roger Odin, Professeur Émérite – Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3
  •     José van Dijck, Professor of Comparative Media Studies, University of Amsterdam

During the conference scholarly debate was combined with media-archaeological experiments and special screenings on and with home movies, home videos and digital media.

About the conference organisers:

Conference committee:

Prof. dr. Andreas Fickers (University of Luxembourg), dr. Jo Wachelder (Maastricht University), dr. Susan Aasman (University of Groningen), Tom Slootweg MA (University of Groningen), Tim van der Heijden MA (Maastricht University).

The conference was supported by NWO, ICOG (RUG) and the University of Luxembourg and was related to “Changing Platforms of Ritualized Memory Practices. The Cultural Dynamics of Home Movies”, a collaborative research-project of the University of Groningen, Maastricht University and the University of Luxembourg.

See for more information:

Book presentation De Vliegende Hollander en Terneuzen
When: 12 June, 2015
Where: Terneuzen

Agnes Andeweg will present her new book De Vliegende Hollander en Terneuzen on Friday 12 June in Terneuzen. She will present the first copies of the book to the mayor of Terneuzen and to Captain Vanderdecken, the ghostly Dutchman who will be present for the occasion. Please find the details below; the meeting will be in Dutch.
The book is the result of a cooperation between the city of Terneuzen and Maastricht University; the research for this project was financed by the NWO valorisation programme Alfa Meerwaarde.
The book describes how the story of the Flying Dutchman spread around the world, and how a ghost ship could become the nickname of very material items such as ink pens, trains, race horses and sportsmen. It tells how the Dutchman transformed from a pathetic figure to a national hero, and how the story presents different versions of the Netherlands as a colonial power. Above all, it explains how Terneuzen developed such close ties to the Flying Dutchman, thanks to the once immensely popular writer Frederick Marryat.
This little cultural history explains the popularity of the Flying Dutchman figure by relating it to different contexts: of Dutch colonialism and Anglo-Dutch competition, and of new technological developments. It demonstrates the importance of stories and symbols in shaping local and national identities, highlighting the role of different actors (historians, entrepreneurs and governors) in the process.

Workshop: The languagecultural conceptualisation of ‘belonging’
When: 9-10 June, 2015
Where: Grote Gracht 80-82, room 0.001, Maastricht, Maastricht University – Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Meertens Institute/KNAW – Amsterdam

While the concept of ‘belonging’ has been much theorized across other fields, in the field of (socio-)linguistics it seems to have been transplanted as one of the components or, even, substitutes of ‘social identity.’ How can we, based on empirical data, conceptualise and operationalise this notion and see to what extent it has explanatory power in modern-day sociolinguistic and linguistic anthropological studies. How can we approach this concept in a rigorous manner without pre-supposing that some linguistic features are inherently linked with belonging (Cornips & Strycharz 2014)? For sociolinguists, one of the challenges is to find out whether and how linguistic features (Jorgensen et al. 2011) we are less aware of take part in the construction of belonging as well.

‘Belonging’ may be related to official, public-oriented ‘formal structure’ of membership (Antonsich 2010) but may also refer to “personal, intimate, feeling of being ‘at home’ in a place” (ibid: 644). Belonging can thus have a political as well as a personal meaning, and can be considered to have an analytical as well as an emic dimension (Cornips & de Rooij, in press; Thissen 2013).

During this workshop, all speakers will elucidate their own understanding and conceptualisation of ‘belonging’. More specifically, (socio-) linguists will think about what ‘belonging’ could offer in sociolinguistic studies and how it could best be conceptualized (theoretically and methodologically). Those working outside (socio-)linguistics on the topic of  ‘belonging’ will share their expertise and experience with the concept in their disciplines.

We are also very pleased to let you know that the following scholars (besides the organisers) have confirmed as a speaker for our workshop:

  • Dr. Marco Antonsich (Loughborough University)
  • Dr. Joost Fontein (University of Edinburgh)
  • Prof. Marie Maegaard (University of Copenhagen)
  • Dr. Malene Monka (University of Copenhagen)
  • Prof. Dr. Valentina Mazzucato (Maastricht University)
  • Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Wesseling (Maastricht University)
  • Dr. Markus Balkenhol (Meertens Institute, KNAW & Utrecht University)


  • Antonsich, Marco. 2010 Searching for Belonging – An Analytical Framework. Geography Compass 4 (6): 644-659
  • Cornips, Leonie & Vincent de Rooij. In press Belonging through Languagecultural     Practices in the Periphery. Anthropological Journal of European Cultures.
  • Cornips, Leonie & Anna Strycharz 2014The Sociolinguistics of Belonging. NWO     submission Vrije Competitie.
  • Jørgensen, Jens N., Martha S. Karrabæk, Lian M. Madsen, Janus S. Møller 2011    Polylanguaging in Superdiversity. Diversities 13(2): 23-37.
  • Thissen, Lotte. 2013. The Ambiguities of Limburgerness: Language, place, and     belonging in Limburg, the Netherlands. Etnofoor 25(2):119-143.

MACCH Kick-Off Conference 2015
Assembling Value: The changing roles of experts and expertise in art and heritage worlds
When: Sunday 22 - Monday 23 March, 2015
Where: Maastricht

Undoubtedly, the roles of experts and expertise in the worlds of art and heritage are changing. A number of recent developments affect these changes, e.g. the globalization and boom of art markets, as well as mounting uncertainty about experts’ liabilities when it comes to the authentication and evaluation of art works. In the wake of such developments, established types and standards of expertise are re-evaluated, re-interpreted and re-appropriated. Moreover, new norms and forms of expertise gain relevance. Think of, for instance, the digitalization of art and heritage practices and the rise of the amateur, or the partial substitution of institutional academic knowledge claims by marketing and communications tactics.

The purpose of this conference is to bring together different perspectives on the changing roles of experts in art and heritage worlds with a focus on legal, economic, and art-historical expertise. In particular, we aim to provide a trans-disciplinary forum for debate about relevant assemblages of value: In art and heritage worlds, past and present, who are the trusted experts and what characterizes their authority and legitimacy to valorize selected objects and practices of art and heritage? What precisely are the values that these experts create and negotiate – and what is the value of their expertise? In other words, how do experts and how does expertise assemble value when it comes to art and heritage?

Convened towards the end of The European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht, the MACCH Kick-Off conference begins with a keynote lecture, and panel discussion on Sunday afternoon, the 22nd of March 2015 followed by a reception. Panels and paper presentations are scheduled on Monday the 23rd of March 2015.

Official launch of Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH)

The conference coincides with the launch of the Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH). MACCH is a joint initiative of four faculties of Maastricht University, as well as the Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL) and the Sociaal Historisch Centrum voor Limburg (SHCL). This interdisciplinary research platform brings together scholars and professionals working on the intersecting fields of arts, culture and heritage, the national and international legal framework concerning these areas and the financial developments of the international art market. By combining legal, historical, philosophical and economic expertise, and by working across the traditional boundaries that separate academic and professional disciplines and institutions, MACCH meets the demands of the increasingly multi-layered and complex challenges facing the fields of arts, culture, conservation and heritage today. Focus areas of research and teaching include the changing role of experts and expert knowledge, public participation, and technological mediation.


  • Prof. Dr. Hildegard Schneider, Faculty of Law
  • Prof. Dr. Renée van de Vall, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Prof. Dr. Rachel Pownall, School of Business and Economics
  • Dr. Vivian van Saaze, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Dr. Christoph Rausch, Faculty of Humanities and Sciences
  • Dr. Joop de Jong, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


For questions regarding MACCH please contact Dr. Vivian van Saaze



Cultural Hackathon Maastricht: “Hacking Heritage”
When: February 7-8​, 2015
Where: Boschstraat 30a​,

Hackathons − also called ‘hackdays’, ‘hackfests’ or ‘codefests’ − are events during which participants get together to realise digital projects. They may, for example, develop new soft- and hardware, create apps or augmented reality games. Karin Wenz and Annika Richterich are organising a ‘cultural hackathon’ which will take place at the Continium Discovery Experience in Maastricht on February 7-8 (Saturday/Sunday). During this event, participants from various backgrounds will create innovative, digital projects related to Limburg’s mining heritage. Their projects will show how one can visualise material and data related to the mining history of the region. 

This hackathon is not only for programmers: people from various backgrounds and with different interests will join – hackers, students and professionals from arts and heritage, media culture, design, computer science as well as engineering. The Continium Discovery Experience Maastricht (Boschstraat 30a) will be open to the public during the hackathon. Visitors are welcome!  

The hackathon is part of the KIEM project “Hacking Heritage”: a collaborative project between Karin Wenz and Annika Richterich (FASoS), the Betawerk and the Social Beta Foundation in Heerlen, and the Continium Discovery Center Kerkrade. “Hacking Heritage” is a flagship project of the Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH). 

For more information about the “Hacking Heritage” project and the hackathon, go to:

Climate Change Workshop
When: 6 and 7 February, 2015​
Where: Museum aan het Vrijthof
, Maastricht

Ben de Bruyn is organizing an international workshop on literary and cultural responses to climate change in Maastricht on the 6th and 7th of February 2015.The third workshop in a series devoted to 'the natural history of memory', it will take place in Museum aan het Vrijthof and tackles an exciting list of topics.  If you are interested in the workshop or have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch. For more details, please consult the website.

Creative Writing Minor Reading: Poetry, Prose & Music
When: Thursday 12 February,​ 2015
Where: Mandril
, Maastricht
Time: 19.30

Wondering who can spin a yarn in this town? Find out on Thursday 12 February when the soon-to-be graduates of Maastricht University’s minor in Creative Writing will give a showcase reading at the Mandril. Singer-songwriter Jeska Onderwater will perform in between the readings. RSVP as space is limited. Doors will open at 19.30 and the programme will kick off at 20.00.

Mosaiek Magazine will launch a special issue dedicated to the best work from these budding writers.

This reading wraps up 2014-2015 minor in Creative Writing: the only minor of its kind in the Netherlands. After five months’ immersion in the world of creative reading and writing, this event and publication are a farewell party before sending these writers into their bright futures, where they are sure to continue developing their skills and talents. There will also be limited copies of a pamphlet available, to showcase a poetry translation projected completed by the students.

The event takes place on Thursday 12 February, at the Mandril. Doors open at 19.30 and the programme will kick off at 20.00. If you would like to attend, please be so kind as to RSVP and include the amount of people you would like to bring along, as space is limited and it looks like we will need to create a guest list!

Inaugural Speech Prof. Lies Wesseling
When: September 12, 2014
Where: Aula Minderbroedersberg 4-6, Maastricht. 
Time: 16:30h

Doing Gender in the Netherlands: Feminism in Transition (Activism, Institutions and Canons)
When: May 26, 2014
Where: University of Amsterdam, t.b.a.

The Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies (NOG) hosts the annual National Research Day dedicated to the cutting edge work of junior researchers of Dutch universities in the field of Gender, Ethnicity, Sexuality and Diversity. Prof. Lies Wesseling from FASoS is one of the co-organisers. Read more ...

Link to Anja Meulenbelt's report in Dutch: webblog

Home movies project ‘performs’ media archeological experiment at upcoming International Orphan Films Symposium
When: March 31​, 2014
Where: EYE Film Institute, Amsterdam​

On March 31st, the research-team of the project ‘Changing Platforms of Ritualized Memory Practices. The Cultural Dynamics of Home Movies’ will be giving a special presentation at the 9th edition of the International Orphan Film Symposium, held from March 30-April 2 in the EYE Film Institute, Amsterdam

In the presentation Andreas Fickers, Jo Wachelder, Susan Aasman, Tom Slootweg and Tim van der Heijden will collectively perform a media archaeological experiment in which they reconstruct the changing dispositif of home movie screening practices. In three ‘tableaux’ it will be explored how past media usages of film, video, and new media have altered the practices of home movie staging. The experiment is based on the project’s research which aims to trace how changing technologies of memory production have shaped new practices and rituals of memory staging. For more information about the concept of ‘experimental media archaeology’, see Andreas Fickers’ recent publication called ‘Experimental Media Archeology: A Plea for New Directions’ (2014).

Watch the promo of the event’s performance here.

Orphan Films symposium is organized by New York University Cinema Studies and the University of Amsterdam. More than fifty presenters – scholars, archivists, curators, technology experts, librarians, collectors, distributors, preservationists, and artists – will reflect on the history and future of film and other moving image media.

For more information about the event, see the project’s weblog:

Whose culture is it? On cultures of authenticity and ownership in art and cultural heritage
When: March 23-24​, 2014
Where: European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht​

Issues of authenticity and ownership are a frequent source of tension in the fields of art and cultural heritage. Different actors may endorse competing or conflicting conceptions of authenticity and ownership. As a consequence, it is often not immediately clear what an authentic material object of art or culture is, who owns it, and how. Likewise, questions of authenticity and ownership can be complex when it comes to intangible art and culture. Some artistic and cultural expressions may even outright deny dominant conceptions of authenticity and ownership as meaningful frames for interpretation. But, such denials will not always prevent powerful authentications and appropriations. In any case, they cause conservationists and other experts major headaches. To put it brief: cultures of authenticity and ownership are pervasive in the fields of art and cultural heritage. 

The purpose of this conference was to explore the diversity of cultures of authenticity and ownership in the fields of art and cultural heritage, today. We aimed to provide a trans-disciplinary forum and call for relevant contributions from the intersections of anthropology, economics, history, legal-studies, museology, sociology, etc. 

Convened towards the end of the European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht, the conference begins with an open expert meeting on the evening of Sunday, the 23rd of March 2014 (see below). 

Paper presentations were scheduled on Monday the 24th of March 2014.


  • Prof. Dr. Hildegard Schneider, Faculty of Law
  • Prof. Dr. Renée van de Vall, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Dr. Rachel Pownall, School of Business and Economics
  • Dr. Vivian van Saaze, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Dr. Christoph Rausch, Faculty of Humanities and Sciences

Conference website:

When: Sunday 23 March, 2014 
Where: Stay Okay Maastricht, Maasboulevard 101, Maastricht

Speakers Expert Meeting:

  • Dr. Pip Laurenson, head of collections care research Tate, London
  • Dr. Anna Dempster, Senior Lecturer, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London
  • Lawrence Shindell, chairman ARIS art insurance, New York
  • Prof Dr. Jos Bazelmans, head of Kennis, Landschap en Archeologie of the Dutch Cultural Heritage Agency

Respondents Expert Meeting:

  • Prof. Dr. Bert Demarsin, professor of comparative art law, Brussels
  • Dr. Rachel Pownall, associate professor of art finance, Maastricht/Tilburg
  • Prof. Dr. Marieke Kuipers, professor of architectural heritage of the 20th century, Delft

Inaugural speech: Dr. Klaartje Peters "The local state"
When: Friday, 14 March, 2014​
Where: Minderbroedersberg 4-6, Maastricht

Time: 16:30

Dr. Klaartje Peters was appointed as extraordinary professor of local and regional governance at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. She held her inaugural speech on "The local state" (in Dutch) on Friday, March 14th, 2014 at 16:30.

ATRIA goes masculine!
Beeldige mannen: lezingenserie over mannelijkheid door Maaike Meijer

When: four thursdays in January and February 2014: 16, 23 and 30 January, 6 February, 2014
Where: auditorium Atria, Vijzelstraat 20, Amsterdam

Time: 16-18u

(Dutch only)

Na een geslaagd programma over mannelijkheid tijdens de Amsterdamse Museumnacht begin november duikt Atria verder de diepte in. Maaike Meijer, hoogleraar gender en diversiteit aan de Universiteit van Maastricht, gaf begin 2014 vier lezingen over mannelijkheid in film, lied en literatuur.

Mannelijkheid wordt over het algemeen cultureel geassocieerd met standvastigheid en stabiliteit. ‘La donna e mobile’, maar de man zou zijn wat hij nu eenmaal is. Niets is minder waar: het man-zijn is voortdurend in beweging. 

Deze lezingenreeks richtte zich op na-oorlogse culturele verbeeldingen van mannelijkheid in film, lied en literatuur, en bewoog zich van de Deense TV-serie Borgen naar de antihelden van W.F. Hermans en Pascal Mercier, van het blad Playboy naar de Amerikaanse neo-macho McMurphy (uit One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), van kokende en zich opmakende mannen naar de knuffelberen met baarden en gitaren uit de jaren zestig. 

Maaike Meijer benadert mannelijkheid vanuit het kritische gender- en diversiteitsperspectief. Daarnaast ziet zij mannelijkheid als iets dat niet exclusief gebonden is aan mannenlichamen.

1.    Nieuwe mannen. Moderne  sekseverhoudingen in de Deense tv-serie Borgen
2.    Amerikaanse toestanden. Van Playboy tot de heiligverklaring van de macho in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
3.    Jongens met gitaren: Jaap Fisher, Boudewijn de Groot en het Europese poplied in de jaren zestig
4.    Antihelden – van de Donkere kamer van Damocles (van W.F. Hermans) tot Perlmans Zwijgen van Pascal Mercier

Wanneer: vier donderdagen in januari en februari 2014: 16, 23 en 30 januari, 6 februari
Voor wie: een breed publiek van studenten en andere belangstellenden  
Tijd: 16-18u
Waar: auditorium Atria, Vijzelstraat 20, Amsterdam

Kosten: donatie
Meer informatie:


NICA Public Lecture and Masterclass with Heather Love
When: 16-17 January, 2014
Where: University of Amsterdam

An epilogue to the NICA “Approaching Affect” Soirees (Spring 2013).

Organised by Eliza Steinbock (Maastricht University) and Esther Peeren (University of Amsterdam)

For more information, please see:

Heather Love is the R. Jean Brownlee Term Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include gender studies and queer theory, modernism and modernity, affect studies, disability studies, film and visual culture, psychoanalysis, sociology and literature, and critical theory. She is the author of Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History (Harvard, 2007), the editor of a special issue of GLQ on Gayle Rubin ("Rethinking Sex"), and the co-editor of a special issue of New Literary History ("Is There Life after Identity Politics?"). She has current projects on reading methods in literary studies, comparative social stigma, and generations and mentorship in queer studies.  

Public Lecture:  The Natural History of Queer: Affect, Impersonality, and the Social Science Roots of Sexuality Studies
Date: Thursday 16 January, 2014
Time: 17:00-19:00
Location: Doelenzaal, University Library, Singel 425, Amsterdam

In this lecture, I trace the roots of sexuality studies in the postwar social sciences, arguing that the flattening, observational approach of these researchers offers a valuable model for queer critics today. I focus on two traditions in the social sciences: deviance studies and microsociology. With its attention to the variegated and potentially universal category of the underdog, research in deviance studies produced a model of exclusion that emphasized shared experiences of marginalization. Microanalytic researchers in the 1960s developed a “natural history” approach that attended to visible behavior, and avoided speculation about both large-scale social structures and psychological interiority. These two approaches converge in the work of Erving Goffman, whose account of social stigma situates deviance in scenes and interactions, not in people. Although Goffman is not often cited as a precursor for queer studies, he exerted a profound influence on foundational works such as Laud Humphreys’ Tearoom Trade: Impersonal Sex in Public Places. I argue that Humphreys’s ecological account of sex play in public bathrooms in the 1960s was de-stigmatizing because it objectified and flattened its actors, setting aside questions of affect, motivation, and desire to describe highly specific, local interactions in concrete settings. I argue that microanalytic research in deviance studies models a highly specific account of social relations that is particularly useful at a moment when queer life is changing rapidly. I also suggest that these observational, descriptive approaches offer an alternative to the deadlock between humanist and anti-humanist accounts of affect.The lecture is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Masterclass: Affect and/as Queer Method
When: Friday 17 January, 2014
Where: Room 1.01A, University Theatre, Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16-18, Amsterdam
Time: 14:00-17:00

In this workshop, we addressed questions of method across the humanities and social sciences, with focus on issues of exemplarity, scale, hermeneutics and post-hermeneutics, situated knowledges, personal criticism, and humanism and anti-humanism. We paid particular attention to the question of queer method, considering recent approaches such as queer affect studies, queer temporality, and the anti-social thesis, and evaluating claims for queer studies as an anti-disciplinary form of knowledge. We also discussed longstanding tensions between universalizing and minoritizing accounts of queer, considering the fate of sexuality studies in a moment when queer is often understood primarily as a method rather than an object. If queer is delinked from particular sexual practices and communities, what distinguishes it from its methodological doubles such as post-structuralism, affect studies, critical race studies, or new materialism? Should we hold on to the specificity of queer, and what are the political ramifications of queer with or without links to identity-formations in the contemporary moment? Readings:

  • H. Love, 2010. "Truth and Consequences: On Paranoid Reading and Reparative Reading” Criticism 52 (2): 235-241.
  • H. Love, 2012. "What does Lauren Berlant Teach Us about X?" Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 9(4): 320-336.
  • H. Love, 2012. "Safe” American Literary History pp. 1-12.
  • H. Love, 2013. "Close Reading and Thin Description" Public Culture 25 (3): 401-434. 

FASoS Programme UM Dies Natalis: Public Lecture by Prof. Peggy Levitt
When: 10 January,  2014

AMC was co-organiser of the Dies lecture: "Migrating People, Migration Culture: Concepts, Methods and Implications for Development”, by Prof. Peggy Levitt (Wellesley College and Harvard University) on the occasion of receiving an honorary doctorate from Maastricht University. Read more about this event here. 

NIAS workshop: Languages in the margin
When: 15-18 December, 2013

Organised by Leonie Cornips and Vincent de Rooij

AMC Summer Harvest 2013
When: 25 September, 2013
Where: Maastricht

The AMC Summer Harvest is an annual meeting of colleagues to present and discuss their latest research results. Below you can see our program, with this year's presenters and respondents. 

When: 23-24 September, 2013
Where: Amsterdam

Agnes Andeweg will present her new research results at the seminar. The title of her talk is “The Flying Dutchman: spectres of national identity in times of globalisation". For more information on the seminar and an abstract, go here.

21st IRSCL conference, 10-14 August 2013. Maastricht, The Netherlands
When: 10-14 August, 2013​

The 21st biennual IRSCL conference was hosted by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Maastricht University in Maastricht, the Netherlands, on 10-14 August 2013.

The theme was: Children’s Literature and Media Cultures.

Click here for more information.

Public History of the Holocaust. Historical Research in the Digital Age
When: July 9, 2013​

On July 9, 2013 an international conference “Public History of the Holocaust. Historical Research in the Digital Age” took place in the Jewish Museum Berlin. Scholars and practitioners  from various branches in Holocaust research and education discussed the impact of new digital tools and methods on the study and representation of the history of the Holocaust. Johanna Wanka, Federal Minister for Education and Research, and Robert-Jan-Smits, Director General of DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission, opened the conference. Georgi Verbeeck (Maastricht University / KU Leuven) delivered a keynote speech to the conference : “The Holocaust : Use and Abuse of a Paradigm”

When: 5-6 July, 2013
Where: Grote Gracht 90-92. Hof van Tilly, Turnzaal. 
Time: 14.00-17.00

(Dutch only)

Verdiep uw Rieu-beleving! Kom luisteren naar de visie van de Maastrichtse wetenschappers drs. Jacques van den Boogard, prof. Maaike Meijer en dr. Peter Peters!

vrijdag 5 juli 14.00-17.00 
zaterdag 6 juli 14.00-17.00

Grote Gracht 90-92. Hof van Tilly, Turnzaal. Zaal open om 13.45.

De Vrijthofconcerten van Andre Rieu staan voor de deur. Tussen 28 juni en 14 juli zal de wereldberoemde Maastrichtse violist en dirigent van het Johann Strauss orkest de sterren weer van de hemel spelen. Tienduizenden kaartjes zijn verkocht, de zomerse koorts rond Maastrichts bekendste exportproduct slaat binnenkort weer toe. Algehele euforie gegarandeerd! Hoe doet hij dat toch? En hoe komt het dat zijn spetterende muzikale show niet alleen lokaal en regionaal werkt, maar wereldwijd?
Aan de Grote Gracht 90-92, nog geen 200 meter van het Vrijthof, ligt de Faculteit Cultuur- en Maatschappijwetenschappen van de Universiteit Maastricht. Drie cultuurwetenschappers onderzoeken er het fenomeen Rieu en delen hun bevindingen met u, om uw Rieu-ervaring te verdiepen. Wij stellen de vragen die u zichzelf misschien ook stelt. Bijvoorbeeld: hoe dragen Andre Rieu, zijn orkest, zijn muzikale gasten en zijn repertoirekeus bij tot het dichten van de historische kloof tussen ‘hoge’ en ‘lage’ cultuur? Hoe populariseert Rieu klassieke muziek? Wat doet hij er precies mee? Hoe weet hij andere oude, nog net niet uit het collectieve geheugen verdwenen songs weer nieuw leven in te blazen? Wat doet de kleding van het orkest, hoe werken de speciale effecten, waarom springt de vonk van de ontroering over? Dit onderzoek brengt kunst, wetenschap, cultuurgeschiedenis en het Rieu-publiek bij elkaar.


13.45 zaal open
14.00 Jac van de Boogard:

Rieu maakte de wals weer populair. Hoe begon de opmars van deze aanstekelijke maar scandaleuze dans? De wals werd salonfähig en bepaalde goeddeels het muzikale aanzien van de negentiende eeuw. Begon die eeuw niet met het Congres van Wenen na de Napoleontische tijd? En wist niet iedereen dat de deelnemende diplomaten aan het congres geen steek opschoten in de onderhandelingen, omdat ze het veel te druk hadden met… walsen. Der Kongress Tanzt!  
De dans is een van de oerbronnen van de muziek. Volksmuziek is eigenlijk niets anders dan dansmuziek. Dit wervelende geschiedverhaal wordt geïllustreerd met luisterfragmenten en videoclips. Van de eerste wals ooit geschreven tot de Second Waltz - wereldhit van Andre Rieu in 1994

15.00 Peter Peters: 
Rieu trekt met zijn orkest de hele wereld rond en zijn muziek slaat in tal van wereldsteden aan.  Hoe kan dat? En wat heeft dat te maken met de globalisering van communicatie, media en cultuur die we heden ten dage meemaken? Hoe werkt het in zo’n globaliserend bedrijf?

15.40-16.00 pauze met koffie, thee, versnapering

16.00 Maaike Meijer:

Nostalgie is misschien wel het sleutelwoord voor de Rieu-ervaring. Je herkent de melodieën, maar ze komen vaak van diep uit je geheugen. Met de muziek komt er een hele wereld tevoorschijn. Verzonken, bijna vergeten maar nog niet helemaal. Nostalgische effecten gaan ook uit van de kleding die Rieu en zijn orkestleden dragen, evenals van zijn citaties uit locale en regionale muziekculturen. Wat tenslotte ook van ver komt is de traditie van het volksfeest dat door Rieu weer in ere wordt hersteld, in waarlijk middeleeuwse proporties.

16.45 slotdiscussie en afsluiting met een feestelijk glas prosecco.

De groep onderzoekers bestaat uit prof. dr. Maaike  Meijer,  hoogleraar genderstudies, dr. Peter Peters en dr. Louis van den Hengel,  (alle drie van de Faculteit Cultuur- en maatschappijwetenschappen) en drs. Jac van den Boogard (van het Sociaal Historisch Centrum voor Limburg). 

Deze ‘Andre Rieu Academie’ is ons eerste publieke optreden. Het wordt een prikkelende middag vol verhalen, muziek en discussie voor alle cultuurhistorisch en muzikaal geïnteresseerden. De Rieu Academie zal werken als een verdieping van wat U later tijdens de Vrijthofconcerten gaat beleven.

“De Andre Rieu Academie ‘’ vindt plaats op vrijdag- en zaterdagmiddag 5 en 6 juli a.s. als randprogramma bij de Vrijthofconcerten. Wilt u deelnemen aan een van deze info-tainmentmiddagen? Stuur een mail aan Zie voor een uitgebreider programma

MASH 2013
When: July 4-5, 2013
Where: Maastricht

This interdisciplinary conference aimed to critically engage in the discourse on participatory culture and the implications of (new) media tendencies towards user-created content. The innovation and appropriation of cultural objects and texts by users, fans, and gamers have changed the media landscape profoundly. We aimed to engage in debates about the cultural contexts of audience activities, and the implications of the media-saturated networks in which their cultures flourish.

The conference bridged academia and practice by also including activities and panels that are chaired by fans and game designers rather than scholars. Innovative panel ideas and teams helped to strengthen this idea.

The conference took place in Maastricht (The Netherlands) in Lumière, an independent movie theater with a vintage charm. It included the screening of documentaries on fandom as well as exemplary fan practices. Applicants were encouraged to submit creative fannish materials that they had worked on and that they wanted to show in public.

Conference organisers
The research project on Fan Practices at Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
Dr. Karin Wenz, Nicolle Lamerichs, Maarten Michielse and Rafael Bienia.


Gender, Sexual Nationalism, Antisemitism and Orientalism in European Identity Discourses
When: 30.5. – 1.6.2013​
Where: Maastricht University (NL), Grote Gracht 80-82, Room 001​

First Workshop. Day one is open for guests and staff members.
Date: 30.5. – 1.6.2013 
Place: Maastricht University (NL), Grote Gracht 80-82, Room 001

Outline of the Conference Topic

Taking our lead from new theoretical perspectives on “sexual nationalism”, neo-Orientalism and contemporary veil performances this workshop starts with a discussion of current debates of a comparability of Antisemitism and “Islamophobia”. Secondly, it will concentrate on historical constructions of Jewish identity from the perspective of colonialism and Orientalism. How did the stereotypes of the external and the internal Other intertwine? What role did/do gender and processes of sexualisation and ‘aesthetic formations’ play therein? The first workshop aims at a state-of-the-art overview of gender and postcolonial-studies approaches to intersections of new and old Orientalism, pre-Shoa Antisemitism, and the ambivalent trope of an ‘inner Orient’, as can be seen, for example, in the figure of the “beautiful Jewess”.

Taking our lead from new theoretical perspectives on “sexual nationalism”, neo-Orientalism and contemporary veil performances this workshop starts with a discussion of current debates of a comparability of Antisemitism and “Islamophobia”. Secondly, it will concentrate on historical constructions of Jewish identity from the perspective of colonialism and Orientalism. How did the stereotypes of the external and the internal Other intertwine? What role did/do gender and processes of sexualisation and ‘aesthetic formations’ play therein? The first workshop aims at a state-of-the-art overview of gender and postcolonial-studies approaches to intersections of new and old Orientalism, pre-Shoa Antisemitism, and the ambivalent trope of an ‘inner Orient’, as can be seen, for example, in the figure of the “beautiful Jewess”.


The format of the workshops aims at intensive exchange and developing the formation of the network, getting in contact, learning from each other, comparing the different case studies, historical fields, and methodological approaches and strengthening common ground and goals. Every speaker has 20 minutes, plus ten minutes for direct questions and remarks. Afterwards we will have a plenary discussion about each unit. In the program you’ll find the function ‘respondent’. Since we do not have time for elaborate responses, the ‘respondents’ will formulate some questions and add remarks about the session to create a reflective way of communication. Only the starting session on Thursday will be public.

Program & Schedule

Thursday, 30.5.2013 – Open for guests and staff members.

14:30-15:30 Registration and Coffee
15:30- 16:00 Ulrike Brunotte (Maastricht) Welcome Introduction

Session A, Chair:/Respondent Ulrike Brunotte, Respondent: Jay Geller
16:00-16:30 Juliane Wetzel (Berlin): Towards a comparability of Antisemitism and Islamophobia
16:30-17:00 Achim Rohde (Marburg): Inner Orient. Antisemitism and the (Self-)Orientalization of the (German) Jews
17:00-17:30 Axel Stähler (Kent, UK): Constructions of Jewish Identity and the Spectre of Colonialism
17:30-18:15 Respondents comments, open discussion

20:00 Dinner in La Rilette, St. Pieterstraat 54

Friday, 31.5.2013

Session B, Chair/Respondent: Christina Spaeti (Zürich)
9:15-9:45 Anna-Dorothea Ludewig (Potsdam): "Alle diese orientalischen Gestalten aber übertreffen die Frauen unseres traurigen und gemeinen Abendlandes" Das Bild der Jüdin in der europäischen Literatur des 19. und beginnenden 20. Jahrhunderts
9:45-10:15 Stefanie Schüler-Springorum (Berlin): Was wir alles nicht wissen. Deutsch-jüdische Geschlechtergeschichte im langen 19. Jahrhundert
10:15-10:45 Respondent, discussion
10:45-11:00 Coffee

Chair: Christina Spaeti, Respondent: Claudia Bruns (Berlin) 
11:00-11:30 Tatjana Petzer (Berlin/Zürich): Schleier in Aktion. Der Oriental Turn in Mode und Kunst
11:30-12:15 Sarah Dornhof (Frankfurt/Oder): Embodied Protest. Bareness and Unveiling in Contemporary Visual Politics
Christina von Braun (please put her here) 12:15-12:45
12:45- 13:15 Respondents, discussion

13:15-14:15 Lunch break

Chair/Respondent: Susanne Enderwitz, Respondent: Daniel Wildmann
14:15-14:45 Claudia Bruns (Berlin): Interrelationen zwischen Rassismus, Antisemitismus und Orientalismus um 1900
15:45-15:15 Jan den Hond (Amsterdam): Dutch Orientalism

15:15-15:45 Respondents, discussion
15:45-16:00 Coffee

Chair: Susanne Enderwitz, Respondent: Willy Jansen

16:00-16:45 Patricia Plummer (Duisburg/Essen): Imperial Desire. Homoeroticism, Colonial Contact
16:45-17:15 Paul Mepschen (Amsterdam): Sexual Nationalism, Homophobia, Orientalism and Citizenship
17:15-18:00 Respondent, discussion

Saturday, 1.6.2013

Chair: Ulrike Brunotte/Achim Rohde (Berlin Network-Partners)
9:45-10:15 Open Discussion zum Netzwerk, Struktur, finanzielle Möglichkeiten, Planung des nächsten Workshops, COST-application etc.

Chair/Respondent: Stefanie Schüler-Springorum, Respondents: Tatjana Petzer and Anna-Dorothea Ludewig
10:15-10:45 Jay Geller (USA, Vanderbilt): Kafkas “Schakale und Araber”: Gleichnis, Tiergeschichte, dialektisches Bild?
10:45-11:15 Willy Jansen (NL, Nijmegen): Entangled Histories: Radboud Researchers on European and Middle Eastern Identity Discourses on Gender and Sexuality
11:15-11:45 Daniel Wildmann (UK, London): Golem??
11:45-12:30 Respondents, discussion
12:30 Lunch break end of the workshop

How to Keep our Audiovisual Memories Safe?
When: May 2-3, 2013
Where: Institut für Landeskunde und Regionalgeschichte in Bonn​

Storing Home Movies, Home Video and Online Content

On May 2-3 in Bonn, in the Institut für Landeskunde und Regionalgeschichte in Bonn an international event tookplace in which various parties will discuss several practices of collecting, storing, preserving and contextualizing home movies and how this knowledge can be transferred to do-it-yourself archivists at home as well. The workshop explored different perspectives offered by film archivist, scholars and film makers on how to store home movies, home video and online content.

The aim of the workshop was to develop an online Best Practice Guide that will bring together expertise and experience about the following themes:• Collecting and cataloging the family archive
• Preservation and digitization
• Contextualizing the audiovisual home mode
• Exhibiting/re-use of the private archive

The workshop was organised by the project-team of the research project “Changing Platforms of Ritualized Memory Practices. The Cultural Dynamics of Home Movies” and was hosted by the Institut für Landeskunde und Regionalgeschichte in Bonn.

Speakers are: Viviane Thill, Centre National de l'Audiovisuel (Luxembourg), Ryan Shand, University of Glasgow, Valentine Kuypers, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Tim van der Heijden, Maastricht University, Christoph Blasé, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (Germany), Harry Romijn and René Duursma, The Groninger AudioVisual Archive, Paolo Simoni and Karianne Fiorini, Home Movies – Archivio Nazionale del Film di Famiglia (Bologna), Annamaria Motrescu, University of Cambridge, Michael Strangelove, University of Ottawa, Sylvie Dhaene and Greet Vanderhaegen, Huis van Alijn (Belgium), Tom Slootweg, University of Groningen, Johan Oomen, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Francesca Morselli, Europeana, Guy Edmonds, the Netherlands, Jo Wachelder, Maastricht University.
See you in Bonn!

Dagmar Hänel (LVR), Andreas Fickers (Maastricht University) en Susan Aasman (University of Groningen)


Doing Gender in the Netherlands: Taking Turns in Feminist Theory
When: Friday 5 April, 2013
Where: Maastricht University

National Research Day for PhD students in the field of Gender, Ethnicity, Sexuality and Diversity
Friday 5 April, 2013 – Maastricht University
The Netherlands Research School of Genderstudies (NOG) would like to invite you for the annual National Research Day dedicated to the cutting edge work of junior researchers of Dutch universities in the field of Gender, Ethnicity, Sexuality and Diversity. This year the National Research Day will be hosted by our colleagues of the Centre for Gender and Diversity at Maastricht University.


Approaching Affect Soirees
When: Spring 2013​
Where: Maastricht University: Grote Gracht 80-82 (Soiron building of Faculty of Art and Social Sciences), Spiegelzaal on 1st Floor
            University of Amsterdam: 2.13 BG5 (dinner in Atrium)​
Time: 17:00 – 20:00​

NICA/ASCA/AMC Event, Spring 2013
Organized by Eliza Steinbock (UM) and Esther Peeren (UvA)

Time: 17:00 – 20:00

guest speaker: 30min
respondent: 10min
presentation discussion: 20min
break dinner: 45min
text discussion: 75min

Maastricht University: Grote Gracht 80-82 (Soiron building of Faculty of Art and Social Sciences), Spiegelzaal on 1st Floor
University of Amsterdam: 2.13 BG5 (dinner in Atrium)

The focus of the sessions will be as follows [all texts can be found in our dropbox]:

1. Thursday 14 March 2013 (Maastricht): 
Speaker: Louis v.d. Hengel
Respondent: Renee van de Vall
1) Spinoza, Benedict. “Part III: The Origin and Nature of the Affects.” Ethics Demonstrated in Geometrical Order. 50-83.
2) Deleuze, Gilles. "Lecture transcripts on Spinoza's concept of affect" (24/01/1978). Cours Vincennes. N. pag. (17) Online at: 
3) Massumi, Brian. “Introduction.” A Shock to Thought: Expression after Deleuze and Guattari. Ed. Brian Massumi. London and New York: Routledge, 2002. xiii-xxxix. 
4) Massumi, Brian. “Perception Attack: Brief on War Time.” Theory & Event 13.3 (2010): n. pag. (9)

2. Thursday 11 April 2013 (Maastricht): 
Speaker: Iris v.d. Tuin
Respondent: Annelies Kleinherenbrink 
1) Bergson, Henri. “Chapter One: The Comic in General – The Comic Element in Forms and Movements – Expansive Force of the Comic” in Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic. New York: MacMillion, 1911: n. pag. Available for free through
2) Stengers, Isabelle. “Another Look: Relearning to Laugh.” Hypatia 15.4 (2000): 41-54.
3) Barad, Karen, “Posthumanist Performativity: Toward an Understanding of How Matter Comes to Matter.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 28.3 (2003): 801-31.

3. Thursday 16 May 2013 (Amsterdam): 
Speaker: Ernst v. Alphen
Respondent: Lies Wesseling
1) Tomkins, Silvan. “What are Affects?” Shame and Its Sisters: A Silvan Tomkins Reader. Ed. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and Adam Frank. Durham: Duke University Press, 1995. 33-74. 
2) Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky. “Shame, Theatricality, and Queer Performativity: Henry James’s The Art of the Novel.” Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity. Durham: Duke University Press, 2003. 35-66. 
3) Probyn, Elsbeth. “Everyday Shame.” Cultural Studies 18.2/3 (2004): 328-49.

4. Thursday 6 June 2013 (Amsterdam): 
Speaker: Eliza Steinbock
Respondent: Esther Peeren 
1) Ngai, Sianne. “The Cuteness of the Avant-Garde.” Critical Inquiry 31 (2005): 811-47.
2) Love, Heather. “Spoiled Identity: Stephen Gordon’s Loneliness and the Difficulties of Queer History.” GLQ 7.4 (2001): 487-519.
3) Hemmings, Clare. “Invoking Affect: Cultural Theory and the Ontological Turn.” Cultural Studies 19.5 (2005): 548-67. 
4) Mazzarella, William. “Affect: What Is It Good For?” Enchantments of Modernity: Empire, Nation, Globalization. Ed. Saurabh Dube. New Delhi and Abingdon: Routledge, 2009. 291-309.

NICA Soirees - Approaching Affect
When: four thursdays in spring 2013
Where: Maastricht
Time: 17.00-20.00

What is it?

Affect is one of the buzzwords of contemporary cultural theory, yet at the same time it remains curiously ungraspable. Even the editors of the Affect Theory Reader do not provide a precise definition; they use their introduction to chart a range of “affective orientations” that do not congeal into a singular theoretical framework, but elude such disciplining by persisting as “an inventory of shimmers.” While there is nothing wrong with a concept that remains heterogeneous, there is a danger of reaching the point where a term is thrown about in scholarly work without seeming to require specification.

To prevent ourselves from assuming that affect is now so ubiquitous that it must have some meaning, and consequently becoming embarrassed to inquire what this meaning actually is, we propose to trace some of the routes (rather than roots) of affect by looking at the different, yet highly particular, ways in which it has been approached by different theorists. We will do this in a series of four soirees in the second semester of 2012-2013. A public guest lecture by Heather Love, Associate Professor of English at University of Pennsylvania, and author of Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History (Harvard University Press, 2007), in January 2014 will constitute an epilogue (and perhaps an impetus for further meetings).

The soirees took place in Amsterdam and Maastricht, in the evening, with food provided.

Each session featured a guest speaker, a respondent and texts for discussion selected by the organizers and/or speakers.

The dates and focus of the four sessions were as follows:

Session 1: Thursday 14 March 2013, 17:00-20:00, Maastricht


Session 2: Thursday 11 April 2013, 17:00-20:00, Maastricht


Session 3: Thursday 16 May 2013, 17:00-20:00, Amsterdam


Session 4: Thursday 6 June 2013, 17:00-20:00, Amsterdam


Who is organizing it?

The soirees were organised by Eliza Steinbock (Maastricht University) and Esther Peeren (University of Amsterdam)


Vierde Gendergala van het Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies
When: 8 March,  2013

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Op 8 maart 2013 (Internationale Vrouwendag) heeft het Vierde Gendergala van het Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies plaatsgevonden.

Spreeksters: Maaike Meijer en Saskia Grotenhuis
Muziek werd verzorgd door Dolores

Dit fundraisingdiner werd georganiseerd door het bestuur voor de vriend/inn/en van het Tijdschrift en was bedoeld voor iedereen die ons wil ondersteunen.

Fora en Fauna
When: 18.02.2013 - 03.03.2013​

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In het kader van de kunstmanifestatie JaNatuurlijk is FASoS filosofe Ike Kamphof van 18 februari tot 3 maart in de huid van 2 badkonijntjes gekropen. Altijd al willen weten hoe konijnen de wereld beleven en wat ze van het nieuws vinden?

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Of volg 2_ badkonijntjes@Fora_en_Fauna op Twitter.

Houd je niet van konijn(en)? Vanaf 4 maart is het de beurt aan de huiszwam, gevolgd door de naaktslak, de spermatozoïde, de cyborg bij, het schaap en nog veel meer.

Culturele dimensies van seksuele emancipatie in Nederland
When: Wednesday 20 February, 2013
Where: Spinozagebouw, Montessorilaan 3, Nijmegen
Time: 10.15-17.00, followed by drinks

(Dutch only)

Instituut Historische, Literaire en Culturele Studies, 
Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen

woensdag 20 februari 2013
Tijd: 10.15-17.00, gevolgd door borrel
Locatie: Spinozagebouw, Montessorilaan 3, Nijmegen
Informatie en aanmelding:

Nederland staat bekend als een seksueel geëmancipeerd land. In discussies over de multiculturele samenleving is seksuele emancipatie - met name tolerantie ten aanzien van homoseksualiteit - de afgelopen jaren zelfs uitgegroeid tot een gezichtsbepalend element van de Nederlandse identiteit. Dit fenomeen wordt wel ‘seksueel nationalisme' genoemd. Zoals voor iedere vorm van nationalisme geldt, zijn verbeeldingen van die gemeenschappelijke identiteit cruciaal voor de constructie ervan. Welke rol speelden en spelen kunst en cultuur in de beeldvorming van Nederland als seksueel geëmancipeerd land?
Al in 1990 verzuchtte Paul Schnabel dat de bijdrage van kunst en cultuur onderbelicht is gebleven in de geschiedschrijving van seksuele emancipatie in Nederland.

Tijdens dit symposium pakten we de handschoen op, en stelden we de geschiedenis, receptie, en/of esthetische aspecten van kunst/cultuur met betrekking tot transformaties op het gebied van seksualiteit in Nederland centraal. Waarom denken Nederlanders meteen aan Reve en Wolkers als het over seksuele bevrijding gaat? Wat zegt dat eigenlijk over Nederland? En hoe kunnen we dat onderzoeken?


Zaal ochtend: A 01.12
10.15 zaal open, ontvangst met koffie en thee
10.45 Opening - André Lardinois, onderzoeksdirecteur Instituut Historische, Literaire & Culturele Studies, RU

Sessievoorzitter: Stefan Dudink
11.00 Agnes Andeweg -'Een ezel in Afrika trok gewoon de kar'. Seksueel nationalisme en Nederlandse romans.
11.30 Gijsbert Pols (Freie Univ. Berlin) - 'De littekens van de revolutie, seksueel misbruik en narrativiteit in Ik, Jan Cremer
12.00 Maaike Meijer (UM) - Het Franse chanson in Nederland en de singer-songwriter Boudewijn de Groot
12.30 lunch
Zaal middag: A 01.16

Sessievoorzitter: Maaike Meijer
13.30 Femke Essink (UvA) -De avonden als graadmeter voor de mythe van Nederland als homotolerante natie
14.00 David Bos (UvA) - t.b.a.
14.30 Stefan Dudink (RU) -Een mateloos verlangen. Homoseksualiteit, jodendom en de geëmancipeerde natie
15.00 theepauze

Sessievoorzitter: Agnes Andeweg
15.30 Pauwke Berkers (EUR) - Van Kees van Rees tot E.L. James: cultuursociologische verkenningen van de relatie tussen literatuur en seksuele emancipatie
16.00 Jan Willem Duyvendak (UvA) -De culturalisering van burgerschap. Over de omarming van 'Nederlandse' waarden, de canon en nativisme.
16.30 Christiaan Weijts - Voorbij de blijheid. Seksuele emancipatie na de sixties
16.50 slotdiscussie
Borrel Cultuurcafé

Voor vragen neem contact op met Agnes Andeweg, via

Guided tour (in English) and lecture (in Dutch) on the magazine Playboy
When: Thursday 31 January, 2013
Where: NAIM​, Avenue Ceramique 226 in Maastricht
Time: 12.30

This was an interesting exhibition at the NAIM (Nederlands Architectuur instituut Maastricht) on the history of the American magazine Playboy, which has been an important medium for the construction of a new kind of Man and Consumer. The exhibition focused on the influence of Playboy on architecture and design. There was a guided tour (in English, by curator and artistic director Saskia van Stein) through the exhibition Playboy Architecture Thursday 31st of January at 12.30 in the NAIM (Dutch Institute for Architecture) Avenue Ceramique 226 in Maastricht. (Adjacent to the Bonnefantenmuseum). 
This guided tour was organized in the framework of the Honours program on Contemporary Masculinity offered by professor Maaike Meijer.

Inhoud van de lezing: Mannelijkheid wordt cultureel geassocieerd met standvastigheid en stabiliteit. La donna e mobile, maar de man zou zijn wat hij nu eenmaal is. Niets is minder waar: het man-zijn is alleen al sinds het midden van de twintigste eeuw al onderhevig aan grote schommelingen: manbeelden, gendernormen en mannenlichamen veranderen dramatisch. Deze lezing richt zich op de economische en sociologische ontwikkelingen die daaraan ten grondslag liggen. Het Amerikaanse tijdschrift Playboy (1952) is een interessante casus: het was erop gericht een klasse van jonge welgestelde mannelijke consumenten te bedienen, waarbij het gevaar van homoseksualiteit – het spookbeeld van de jaren vijftig – werd bezworen door de nadrukkelijke aanwezigheid van vrouwelijk naakt. Vrouwenlichamen zijn het scherm om mannelijke heteroseksualiteit te garanderen en de nieuwe levensstijl toegankelijk te maken voor een nieuwe klasse mannen. Als Playboy een Nederlandse versie krijgt zijn we dertig jaar verder, homoseksualiteit is niet langer taboe, zeker niet in Nederland, maar het format van mannen-onder-elkaar met vrouwelijk bloot als omlijsting heeft zich dan als vast model gevestigd. 
Maaike Meijer

Workshop - Terrorscapes: Transnational Memory of Totalitarian Rule, Terror and Mass Violence in Europe
When: 23 January, 2013
Rob van der Laarse and Georgi Verbeeck (NIAS Theme Group coordinators)


  • Rob van der Laarse, University of Amsterdam 
  • Francesco Mazzucchelli, University of Bologna 
  • Robert Jan van Pelt, University of Waterloo, ON 
  • Carlos Reijnen, University of Amsterdam 
  • Karen Till, National University of Ireland, Maynooth 
  • Georgi Verbeeck, Maastricht University

External participants:

  • Britt Baillie, University of Cambridge 
  • Gilly Carr, University of Cambridge 
  • Marek Jasinski, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim 
  • Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto-Arponen, University of Tampere 
  • Caroline Sturdy Colls, Staffordshire University 
  • Geneviève Zubrzycki, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

This research project aims to reveal how Europe’s WWII topography of memory has expanded over the years, and how it has completely been transformed by the integration of new member states into the European Union in the last decade. For after a period of commemorating the Second World War along national and often nationalist lines, Auschwitz and other Holocaust and Nazi terror related sites gradually developed into significant icons of modern European identity. This development was enhanced by the fall of the Berlin Wall and, most significantly, by the war in former Yugoslavia, demonstrating what important role the horror of terror, ethnic conflicts and genocide play in politics, history and heritage. Yet in Southern and Eastern European countries, due to the competing legacy of dictatorship and totalitarian rule, including Nazi genocide on non-Jewish populations and mass terror tied to civil war and Soviet occupation before and after the Second World War, the horror of Auschwitz often has a less privileged status.

Focusing on transnational memory and terrorscapes, by comparative research at iconic sites as well as newly recovered places and traces, the project is expected to contribute to a deeper insight, for academics as well as heritage professionals, into processes of memory making as well as forgetting and the negotiation of contested memories of conflicted pasts

Theorizing age: Challenging the disciplines
When: 6-9 October 2011
Where: Maastricht University, the Netherlands

7th International Symposium on Cultural Gerontology
Inaugural Conference of the European Network in Aging Studies (ENAS)
Maastricht University, the Netherlands, 6-9 October, 2011


  • Jan Baars, Interpretative Gerontology, University of Humanistics Utrecht (NL)
  • Anne Basting, UWM Center on Age & Community / Peck School of the Arts, Milwaukee (US)
  • Tom Cole, McGovern Center for Health, Humanities, and the Human Spirit, University of Texas, Health Science (US)
  • Roberta Maierhofer, Center fort he Study of the Americas, University of Graz (A)
  • Margaret Morganroth Gullette, Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University (US)
  • Philip Tew, Brunel Centre for Contemporary Writing, Brunel University (UK)
  • Kathleen Woodward, Simpson Center for the Humanities, University of Washington (US)

Convener: Dr. Aagje Swinnen
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