Dr Christoph Rausch, MA (C.)
Dr. Christoph Rausch is assistant professor in the Humanities and Social Sciences at University College Maastricht (UCM). He is a co-founding steering committee member of the Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH), which also constitutes the interdisciplinary institutional context for his research. Rausch serves on the research ethics review committee of Maastricht University's inner city faculties (ERCIC).
From September 2017 until September 2019, Dr. Rausch is appointed head of the department of Human Resources Management at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences and the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience. In this capacity, Rausch has served as advisor to the MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine, the M4I research environment, and the Department of Cognitive Neurosciences.
During his interim tenure as head of department, Rausch is responsible for the implementation of Maastricht University's tenure track instrument, as well as for the broad introduction of a new career policy for academic staff.
From February 2019 onwards, Dr. Rausch leads a project group to redefine existing frameworks for the recognition and reward of academics with the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU). This project aims at a differentiation of academic career pathways, as well as at the renewal of research assessment methodologies and the promotion of open science. Moreover, the project calls for a better acknowledgment of the collaborative efforts and accomplishments of teams in the advancement of individual academic careers.
In September 2019, Rausch will return to his academic position to complete a research project on the emergence and proliferation of new types of art storage spaces and their implications for the changing relations between art and finance. During the academic year 2019/2020, he is visiting researcher at the Forum Kunst und Markt/Centre for Art Market Studies at TU Berlin. In the fall semester of the academic year 2020/2021, Dr. Rausch will be visiting research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne.
Sociology (of Art and Culture)
Cultural Heritage Studies
History, Theory, and Criticism of Modern and Contemporary Art and Architecture
Professional career history
Rausch obtained his PhD in 2013. His dissertation was selected by the Boekman foundation and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) as one of the three best theses written in the Netherlands between 2012 and 2014 in the fields of arts, culture, and related policymaking. Dr. Rausch's new book Global Heritage Assemblages: Development and Modern Architecture in Africa is published in the Routledge Studies in Culture and Development series. Rausch was a visiting researcher at the University of California, Berkeley in 2011 and a guest scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany in 2014.
For the Dutch scientist union, Dr. Rausch was a member of Maastricht University’s local consultative body advising the executive board on scientific policy making, academic career management and labor conditions. Having served on various boards and committees in the past, including the committee Studium Generale and the editorial board of Maastricht University’s independent magazine Observant, at present Rausch is a board member of the Observant foundation as well as a member of Maastricht University’s Arts and Heritage committee.
Head of Department | Human Resources Management