Dr Christoph Rausch, MA (C.)

Dr. Christoph Rausch is associate professor of Economic Humanities at University College Maastricht (UCM). He co-founded (and serves on the steering committees of) the Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH) and the Maastricht Experimental Research in and through the Arts Network (MERIAN). Rausch has been a visiting research fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, the Berlin Centre for Art Market Studies, as well as the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne.

Dr. Rausch situates his work between the Social Sciences and Humanities. Drawing from critical repertoires of cultural anthropology and sociology, as well as history and philosophy, he has a particular interest in establishing new norms and forms of doing Economic Humanities.

Rausch has published on the intersections of art and heritage worlds with a focus on the study of values, including economic and financial value. His book Global Heritage Assemblages: Development and Modern Architecture in Africa appears in the Routledge Studies in Culture and Development series. Rausch is editor-in-chief of the book series Studies in Art, Heritage, Law and the Market published by Springer.

Dr. Rausch’s current research is on the global relations between art and finance in the 21st century. Studying the emergence and proliferation of novel types of art storage spaces, including so-called freeports in offshore financial centers, he asks how an increasing financialization of art in and through storage problematizes public and private relations of ownership and display, speculation and risk, as well as regulation and taxation. Having conducted fieldwork at and around these new art storage spaces, Rausch currently finalizes a monograph (Better than Gold: Art in Storage and the Making of Financial Value) analyzing the contested technologies, politics, and ethics of art storage and art financialization practices.

As main applicant and principal investigator (PI) Rausch leads the research consortium Priceless Assets of Subversion: Financial Crime and the Valuation of Unique Goods (PRICELESS). PRICELESS has a budget of EUR 1.3 million and is funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), as well as partly by public and private partners.

Dr. Rausch is a member of the accountability body of ABP, one of the largest pension funds in the world with assets under management of more than EUR 500 billion.