Ongoing funded projects

Make-believe matters. The Moral Role Things Play in Dementia Care
Start and duration: January 2016- January 2018
Involved researchers: Ruud Hendriks, Ike Kamphof and Tsjalling Swierstra
FASoS researchers Ruud Hendriks, Ike Kamphof and Tsjalling Swierstra have won ZonMW funding for their project 'Make-Believe Matters. The Moral Role Things Play in Dementia Care.' From January 2016 until January 2018, Hendriks, Kamphof and Swierstra will be investigating how various low- and high-tech artefacts -- such as sociable robots, nostalgic interiors, virtual reality games, or fake bus stops -- transform current dementia care. They will specifically study when the use of these objects is manipulative or deceitful and when it is playful and (gently) supportive of persons with dementia.
Funded by: ZonMW

New Approaches in the Conservation of Contemporary Art (NACCA)
Starting date: 2015
Involved researchers: Renée van de Vall and Vivian van Saaze
Information about this project can be found here.

Platform for the Cultural History of Children's Media (PLACIM)
Starting date: 2014
Involved researcher: Lies Wesseling
This project works towards establishing an international platform for exchange between children's literature scholars and media studies experts. This Platform for the Cultural History of Children's Media (PLACIM) will initiate, develop and coordinate funding proposals for national and European granting agencies, beginning with a EUROCORES Theme Proposal for a European Collaborative Research Program in 2014. PLACIM aims to construct methodological tools for coming to terms with the ways in which childhood images circulate between media through time. We will prepare the ground for the installment of PLACIM through a series of three workshops and two joint publications. 
Funded by:  a competitive research grant from NWO, National Endowment for the Humanities.
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Live to be a hundred: Cultural Narratives of Longevity
Involved researcher: Aagje Swinnen
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Completed funded projects

De Vliegende Hollander: van (inter)nationaal symbool tot lokale held
Start and duration: September 2014, 1 year
Involved researchers: Agnes Andeweg, Andreas Fickers (University of Luxembourg) and Jo Wachelder, in collaboration with Susan Aasman (RUG).
NWO has granted Agnes Andeweg's Alfa Meerwaarde project 'De Vliegende Hollander: van (inter)nationaal symbool tot lokale held' (The Flying Dutchman, from (inter)national symbol to local hero'. In cooperation with the city of Terneuzen (which profiles itself as 'city of the Flying Dutchman'), and dr Manuel Stoffers (FASoS, History) Andeweg will write a publication, supported by a webpage, about the cultural-historical dimensions of the Flying Dutchman. The publication will show how the Flying Dutchman has spread around the world, how its meanings vary through time, what the Dutchman can tell us about images and stereotypes of Dutchness, and how the legend is shaped in contemporary Terneuzen.
Funded by: NWO (Vrije competitie )
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Hacking Heritage -- Exploring and enhancing user practices of mining heritage
Start and duration: April 2014, 1 year
Involved researchers: Karin Wenz and Annika Richterich
Karin Wenz and Annika Richterich investigated how the mines in South Limburg can shape contemporary local culture (heritage practices), but also how digital culture and media practices offer tools to re-appropriate heritage (innovative user practices). Looking at the socio-economic transition of South Limburg from a mining area to a region focusing on creative industries, the project aimed to use digital technologies to (re-)connect diverse age groups to the region's heritage and to achieve culturally inclusive practices. For this project FASoS teamed up with the Discovery Center Continium in Kerkrade, and the Heerlen-based Social Beta Foundation and the organisation Betawerk.
Funded by: The NWO programme 'Creative industry -- Knowledge Innovation Mapping' (KIEM) from 1.6.2014-31.5.2015. The Creative industry -- KIEM programme aims to encourage and facilitate public-private partnerships in the field of creative industries. The project was firmly embedded in the Maastricht Centre for Art, Conservation and Heritage (MACH) on its way and had the support of MACCH coordinator Dr Vivian van Saaze.

Changing platforms of ritualized memory practices. The cultural dynamics of home movies
Start and duration: 2012, 4 years
This project addresses a number of questions dealing with the complex interrelationship between technology, specific user generations and spaces or places of cultural memory production in home movie making and screening. More concretely we are interested in the question how changing technologies of cultural production (film, video or digital camera) have shaped new practices and rituals of memory staging (screening of the films in domestic of public venues) and thereby initiated processes of (re)negotiating user generations and group identities.
For more information: website homemovies project.
Funded by: NWO.

NIAS-theme fellowship "Terrorscapes in Postwar Europe"
Involved researchers: Georgi Verbeeck and Rob van der Laarse (UvA/VU)
: 2012-2013
This fellowship enabled 8 national and international scholars to conduct the above mentioned NWO reseach project.

Globaliseringserfgoed "Soldatenlaarzen en kauwgom" Limburgse kempen
Duration: 2011-2013
Involved researcher: Georgi Verbeeck (Member of the advisory board) 
Door de buitenlandse invloeden tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog op de vrij gesloten landelijke en behoudsgezinde maatschappij in de Limburgse Kempen kwam er een globaliseringserfgoed tot stand. Dit project wilde alle sporen van dit erfgoed onder de loep nemen. Het project was een samenwerking tussen 10 lokale gemeenten en hun historische verenigingen, Rijksarchief Hasselt, Provincie Limburg (België) en de Universiteit Maastricht.

New strategies for the conservation of contemporary art
Start and duration: September 2009-September 2013 (in close collaboration with museums in the Netherlands and abroad)
Involved researchers: Renée van de Vall and Vivian van Saaze
Works of contemporary art pose particular difficult conservation problems which cannot be solved along the lines of the so-called ‘scientific freeze’ paradigm that until recently was the standard in conservation theory and ethics. In the last 15 years conservation professionals from museums and heritage institutions have initiated a series of international research projects, which have resulted in the development of instruments and the implementation of measures that have improved the conditions for conservation practice and in the trying out of new conservation strategies. Yet there is still an urgent need for scholarly research and reflection on the aims, procedures and consequences of these new strategies. This interdisciplinary research proposal aims to empirically investigate the impact of museum conservation practices on the material constitution, meaning and agency of a number of problematic art works and provide a model for conservation ethics that is useful for this type of works. New Strategies in the Conservation of Contemporary Art is a collaborative, interdisciplinary research programme of Maastricht University (UM), the University of Amsterdam (UvA), and the Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE, formerly ICN). 
Partly funded by: the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).
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Collecting the performative
Involved researchers: Vivian van Saaze and Pip Laurenson (Tate London)
Collecting the Performative was an AHRC/NWO funded research network bringing together Dutch and British academic scholars and research practitioners. In the last decade, public and private collections have begun to acquire significant performance artworks from the 1960s and 1970s as well as works by contemporary artists. However, performance art, which is non-material, in many ways upsets museum's long-established conservation and documentation strategies which have been developed for material objects. The research network will examine emerging models for the conservation and documentation of artists’ performance and draws upon the practices of dance, theatre and activism in order to explore how legacy is created within these practices and how this might inform the museum’s approach of collecting performance-based art. By combining art-historical research with ethnographic research into museum practices, the network aims to provide more insight into the conceptual and practical challenges related to collecting and conserving these artworks. The network will organize expert meetings at Tate Modern (Performance and Dance / Performance and Theatre), the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (Performance and Activism) and Maastricht University (Drawing conclusions).
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NeCCAR: Network for Conservation of Contemporary Art Research
This three-year international research network funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) aims to develop joint research projects and a training curriculum on the theory, methodology and ethics of the conservation of contemporary art. Contemporary artworks are particularly difficult to preserve. Very often they consist of degradable materials, or involve technologies that become obsolete very rapidly. Many works are created for specific locations and can change their meaning when they travel to other contexts. Artworks may also require a specific performance of the artist or the audience in order to function and therefore differ from event to event. New media works may change considerably when they migrate to new systems.
Standard conservation theory and ethics start from the assumption that artworks should be preserved in their original state. As they do not recognise the inherent variability of most contemporary artworks, they do not provide adequate guidelines for their conservation. There is at present much case-based, practice-oriented research done by museums and other heritage institutions, facilitated through international professional networks. Theory development, however, is still fragmentary and scattered between many different universities, museums and heritage institutions in various countries.
Museums and other heritage organisations are aware of the problem and undertake research projects and establish networks to develop viable alternative strategies for contemporary art conservation. These projects primarily aim to solve particular conservation problems and develop practical tools, such as models for registration, documentation or decision-making. At the same time, there are a growing number of research projects (very often in the form of PhD research) aiming at systematic reflection on the theoretical and ethical problems posed by contemporary art conservation.

The Network for Conservation of Contemporary Art Research brings together established and emerging academic and professional research centres and groups in order to:

•    Critically assess new approaches to the conservation of contemporary art
•    Set an international research agenda
•    Enable young researchers to investigate the theoretical, methodological and ethical dimensions in the conservation of contemporary art in close connection to conservation practice

At the 2010 conference Contemporary Art: Who Cares? a PhD and postdoctoral network was initiated. The network currently consists of 71 members from over 30 organisations in 14 countries. This project closely collaborates with this network and provides it with institutional and scholarly support. It aims to create a sustained collaboration between senior researchers and research groups at universities, museums and other research institutions in order to develop joint research projects in the context of an international research training programme for young researchers.

Examination of electronic display sign as used in the work of Jenny Holzer at the University of Amsterdam's Conservation of Contemporary Art course
The project organised 3 expert meetings spread over 3 years. The meetings had the following purposes:

•    Present and thoroughly discuss current research in progress, including special sessions for PhD work
•    Provide a state of the art review and critical assessment of theorecal and methodological research
•    Discuss the relevance of current conservation theory for conservation practice with curators and conservators
•    Prepare peer-reviewed international publications on the themes of the meetings
•    Develop a grant proposal for a Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN).

For more information about the project email Prof.dr. Renée van de Vall.

Democracy Contested; The Dutch political essay in the twentieth century
Start date and duration: 2007, 2 years
Involved researchers: Sjaak Koenis and Jan de Roder
Funded by NWO.

Biography projects
•    Pierre Kemp by Wiel Kusters
•    Vasalis by Maaike Meijer