The Biography of the Meuse
Climate change, water management, and heritage, these are issues that people around the globe feel passionately about. For the province of Limburg these issues are epitomized by its relation to the Meuse river. In response to the flooding in 1993 and again in 1995, the largest river engineering project in the Netherlands, the Maaswerken, fundamentally transformed the Meuse with regard to water safety, but also in terms of ecology and heritage.
Against this backdrop as well as an increasing scholarly interest in notions of ‘landscape biography’ and the Anthropocene, Ernsten, Mater and Randeraad have organized this meeting in order to bring together researchers, professionals and artists who are dealing with and concerned about water and rivers, in particular the river Meuse.
The program is designed to inspire a dialogue about the Meuse as heritage, ecology and infrastructure. As an outcome of this expert meeting, they intend to make an inventory of relevant research collaborations and funding opportunities.
For more information contact Christian Ernsten: +31(0)433882536
N.B. Project funding for this meeting has come from the Nationale Wetenschapsagenda, SWOL/Universiteitsfonds Limburg, the Limburgs Museum, the Koninklijk Limburgs Geschied- en Oudheidkundig Genootschap, the Province of Limburg, the Regionaal Historisch Centrum Limburg, the Sociaal Historisch Centrum Limburg, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Maastricht Centre for Arts, Culture, Conservation and Heritage of Maastricht University. All these institutions are acknowledged with gratitude.