Upcoming Events

AMC Colloquium:

Rewilding River Histories- A  walk through the Meuse’s living history.

Speaker: Christian Ernsten
When: Wednesday 15 May 2019

During this walk you will join Christian Ernsten on an ethnographic exploration of the Grensmaas or Border Meuse, a rewilded section of the river near Borgharen. This “most natural” part of the Meuse, just 5km north of Maastricht, became an important source of inspiration for the revitalization of rivers in the Netherlands. While we traverse the newly designed wilderness – potentially encountering (hopefully friendly) Konik horses, Galloway cows and beavers – Christian will invite you on a double journey. One is to explore notions such as wild and wilderness vis-a-vis the rogue, fleeting or broken natures of the Meuse; the other is to walk as a way of rewilding the historical imagination of the river. How can the Meuse walk allow for an undisciplined understanding of the river’s past and present?



Past events

Interspecies Communication and Posthuman Ethics
Speakers: Leonie Cornips & Louis van den Hengel
When: Wednesday 24 April 2019

Annual MACCH Conference 2019: Bridging the gaps between theory and practices in contemporary art conservation
When: 24-27 March 2019, 09:00-17:00 in Maastricht
Organised in cooperation with NACCA and ICOM CC.

The conference was 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 can be found on the events page of the conference.

Tacky and taboo stories? Life stories of care in a context of social neglect
Speaker: Janna Klostermann, Carleton University, Ottawa. Ontario
When: Wednesday 27 March 2019

Digital Humanities-Designing for New Audiences, Methods & Approaches
Speakers: Susan Schreibman & Costas Papadopoulos
When: Wednesday 20 February 2019

Feminism, sexuality, and religion
Speaker: Lana Sirri
Respondent: Louis van den Hengel
When: Wednesday 23 January 2019

AMC Presented Current Research with Renée van de Vall, Ruud Hendriks & Ike Kamphof
When: Wednesday 5 December 2018

  • Doing ethics in conservation practice: an example from the SBMK by Renée van de Vall
  • Home Making and Truthfulness in Dementia Care by Ruud Hendriks & Ike Kamphof

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

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.

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: https://homemoviesproject.wordpress.com/

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


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

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: http://hackheritage.org/.

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).
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: http://homemoviesproject.wordpress.com

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). 


  • 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: www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/law/conferences

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: PR[at]atria-kennisinstituut[dot]nl


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: http://www.nica-institute.com/heather-love-queer-affect-and-method/

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.

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


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.

Website: http://www.mash2013.wordpress.com

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

Taking our lead from new theoretical perspectives on “sexual nationalism”, neo-Orientalism and contemporary veil performances this workshop started with a discussion of current debates of a comparability of Antisemitism and “Islamophobia”. Secondly, it concentrated 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 aimed 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”.


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.

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
Organised by Eliza Steinbock (UM) and Esther Peeren (UvA)

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).


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


(Dutch only)

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​

(Dutch only)

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?

Surf naar http://www.facebook.com/ForaEnFauna.


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: www.ru.nl/cultuurenseksuele-emancipatie

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.


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.

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
Click here for more information.