Arts, Media and Culture

The Arts, Media, and Culture (AMC) research programme analyses the dynamics of cultural change by studying how developments in the arts and the media respond to socio-cultural and political changes and how, vice versa, cultural artefacts and practices can shape social and political culture. AMC researchers study many different outputs, ranging from novels to installation and performance art, from political essays to public monuments, and from online communities to hacking spaces. What unites these inquiries is a focus on the practices in which cultural artefacts are produced, distributed, and received. 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.

Theoretically, AMC scholarship follows new developments in critical theory, ethics, and digital and environmental humanities. AMC research relates to paradigms such as post-humanism and new materialism that may transform the humanities beyond its anthropocentric foundations. In addition, digital developments enable us to explore new forms of data collection, analysis, and presentation as well as new ways of engagement with audiences. The topics that we study and the questions that we ask have a strong social dimension. We are committed to engaged scholarly practices that combine conventional valorization activities (e.g., exhibitions, toolkits, and installations) with innovative co-creative practices that involve societal stakeholders in the development and production of knowledge (see our edited volume Engaged Humanities: Rethinking Art, Culture, and Public Life, forthcoming). Many of our projects have an ethical and normative component and several AMC scholars identify as activist-scholars.

Methodologically, research projects within AMC often combine approaches from the humanities and social sciences, for instance critical discourse analysis, philosophical reflection, and close reading with ethnographic field work including interventions, field observations, and interviews.

Topics AMC scholarship

AMC scholarship responds to the challenges that come with the following four topics. These topics are dynamic, and most scholars identify with at least two: inclusive societies, digital transformations, living histories, and engaging narratives.


  • A transnational eye-opener on Hungary

    Tuesday, August 9, 2022

    A Global History of Hungary, 1869-2022 is a comprehensive book that presents the country as an open society interacting with other nations, mainly within Europe.

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  • Eliza Steinbock

    Accessing, decolonising and queering the museum

    Thursday, January 13, 2022

    Eliza Steinbock, Associate Professor Gender and Diversity Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, leads the NWO Smart Culture project “The Critical Visitor: Intersectional Approaches for Rethinking and Retooling Accessibility and Inclusivity in Heritage Spaces”.

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  • Pomme van de Weerd

    “The term ‘foreigner’ does not necessarily have a negative connotation”

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020

    Pomme van de Weerd, PhD candidate at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will defend her dissertation 'Nederlanders and buitenlanders: A sociolinguistic-ethnographic study of ethnic categorization among secondary school pupils’ on 18 November. In her dissertation, Pomme researches how and why students use ethnic labels for themselves and for others.

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  • Jesuits exhibition

    Online exhibition: The Jesuits between East and West

    Thursday, October 8, 2020

    First online exhibition of Maastricht University: The Jesuits between East and West.

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  • Jolien Makkinga

    FASoS researcher Jolien Makkinga sets up advisory company "Thuis in Taal"

    Tuesday, July 9, 2019

    Jolien Makkinga acquires NWO Take-Off Haalbaarheidsstudie grant for her project ‘Thuis in Taal’.

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