"Valorisatie" at FASoS

At the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS), we conceptualize “valorisatie” as creating and demonstrating the societal value and relevance of our academic work. As such, “valorisatie” is not only concerned with knowledge utilization, but covers many forms of societal engagement, on different levels (local, regional, national and international) and with diverse partners and communities. Our activities for example include staging exhibitions, writing policy reports, and organizing science festivals. Next to this, we aim to co-create knowledge with societal partners and to contribute to public debates. We are committed to developing tools for the demonstration and assessment of our research’ societal relevance. At FASoS “valorisatie” is a sub-dimension of research that builds on the faculty’s tradition of engaging with societal challenges both in research and teaching.

For general information about this topic:

 VSNU online magazine 'Valorisatie in beeld 
 Maastricht Valorisation Centre

 

FASoS 'Valorisatie' Prize

Award Valorisatie prize at FASoS

On Wednesday 27 September 2017, we awarded the first FASoS ‘Valorisatie’ Prize to Aagje Swinnen, Pieternel Fleskens, Ruud Hendriks, Annette Hendrikx and Ike Kamphof for their research strand ‘An Arts and Culture Perspective on Dementia’. 

The procedure was based on an open call. The jury consisted of Marjolein van Asselt, Hylke Dijkstra, Kiran Klaus Patel (chair) and Klaartje Peters.

Summary: The research strand “An Arts and Culture Perspective on Dementia,” hosted by the Arts, Media, and Culture research program, examines the cultural representation of dementia and identifies and implements innovative practices in dementia care that support the personhood and wellbeing of people living with dementia. These practices include technological approaches and the participatory arts, i.e., arts interventions in which people with dementia are offered a creative role as an escape from their role of patient. We aim to illustrate the breadth and depth of our engagement with people living with dementia and their caregivers as well as how transgressions of the boundaries of academic research can result in new academic insights while stimulating a more dementia-friendly community. Co-creation with societal partners including people with dementia characterizes the impact of this interdisciplinary research strand.

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Showcase research "valorisatie" projects

This section shows several FASoS research "valorisatie" projects, accessible via the menu at the right side. In case you would like to return to our main section, click here.

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History of sound: a Smart Audiobook for the Car

This project (by Karin Bijsterveld and her project partners) aims to develop a new type of audio book which focuses in both its form and content on the motorist. By making the audiobook—an audio CD plus downloadable files—partially GPS-based, the audio stories can match the scenery experienced by the motorist at a particular location on the road. In terms of content, the audiobook is about the history of sound in and around the car.

Its three stories are intended to raise the environmental awareness of motorists. The first narrative traces the rise of the noise abatement movement in The Netherlands, and unravels how its campaigners paradoxically contributed to set the road free for the rather noisy car. The second story concerns the history of car radio, and explains how its role shifted with increasing traffic density and authorities starting to promote the use of radio traffic information. The third story is the one actually intended for the GPS-based part of the audiobook. It is a guided tour along the noise screens at both sides of the Dutch highway A2, with historical, acoustical and architectural information. In addition, the three stories function as case studies for a theory on the role of coalitions around campaign texts, media formats and built artefacts in innovation. In the project, Maastricht University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will collaborate with the Dutch Institute for Image and Sound (Hilversum) and publishing-firm Rubinstein (Amsterdam).

Maastricht University has knowledge of and will do additional research into the history of sound. Image and Sound provides relevant historical audio materials. Rubinstein, market leader in Dutch-language audio books, will take care of the production and marketing of the audio book. Together, these partners will organize three workshops to prepare for a consortium that aims to submit an additional grant proposal about technically developing GPS-based audio books. In doing so, they hope to make use of the innovation-theoretical insights that draw on the case studies.

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The project ‘Make-Believe Matters. The Moral Role Things Play in Dementia Care’ developed and piloted a workshop for ethical reflection for designers and caregivers

Residential dementia care is currently flooded with high- and low-tech interventions that contain aspects of make-believe. These interventions van help caregivers respond to different realities that people with dementia often experience, but they also involve the pro-active creation of different realities for people with dementia. As such, these objects and environments are potentially deceptive. Based on ethnographic fielwork into practices of use and design of these objects, the project 'Make-Believe Matters: The Moral Role Things Play in Dementia Care' by Ruud Hendriks, Ike Kamphof, and Tsjalling Swierstra, developed a three hour workshop for caregivers and designers. The workshop was piloted at the symposium 'Dementia Lab. Stoeis from Design and Research in Dortmund, and at facilities for residential care in the Netherlands and Belgium. The workshop will be further developed for use as an independent educational module.

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EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Federica Mogherini speaks at conference ‘Thinking Europe Forward’

The Konrad Adenauer Stifting (KAS) and the Centre for European Research in Maastricht (CERiM) jointly organised a conference on "Thinking Europe forward", coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the Treaty of Maastricht. Along with a keynote speech given by the EU's High Representative and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini, the conference brought together politicians, academics and some 200 students from Maastricht University to discuss current issues and future challenges confronting Europe.

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Participating in the Health Council

Harro van Lente and Tsjalling Swierstra are members of the Health Council of the Netherlands. This independent scientific body informs and advises Dutch government and the Dutch parliament about questions, risks and policies in the field of public health. While most Council members are experts in the field of medicine, pharmaceutics or environmental health risks, the expertise of Science, Technology and Society Studies (STS) is also highly valued. Public health issues raise typical STS questions about the boundaries of expertise, about the dynamics of novel technologies and about the normative grounds of public interventions. Van Lente and Swierstra bring such questions to the table and suggest how the Health Council might work. The Health Council is, thus, a unique setting to bring STS insights to fruition.

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Kick-off ERC funded research project MiLifeStatus

With an inspiring conference, the research project 'Migrant Life Course and Legal Status Transition'(MiLifeStatus) was officially launched. MiLifeStatus is a five-year research project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) which studies the relationship between migrant naturalisation and integration. The kick-off meeting brought together the MiLifeStatus team, led by Maarten Vink, and fellow academics from Europe and North America. In the morning MiLifeStatus researchers Maarten Vink, Floris Peters and Swantje Falcke discussed their research plans and shared some initial results. In the afternoon, invited speakers gave additional presentations.

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  • History of sound: a Smart Audiobook for the Car

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  • The project ‘Make-Believe Matters. The Moral Role Things Play in Dementia Care’ developed and piloted a workshop for ethical reflection for designers and caregivers

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  • EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Federica Mogherini speaks at conference ‘Thinking Europe Forward’

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  • Participating in the Health Council

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  • Kick-off ERC funded research project MiLifeStatus

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Showcase teaching "valorisatie"

This section shows several FASoS teaching "valorisatie" projects, accessible via the menu at the right side. In case you would like to return to our main section, click here.

 

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International summer school ‘Critical Approaches to the Study of Religion and Gender: Postcolonial, Post-secular and Queer Perspectives’

The international summer school ‘Critical Approaches to the Study of Religion and Gender: Postcolonial, Post-secular and Queer Perspectives’ took place from 17-21 May and was organised by the Centre for Gender and Diversity (CGD) and the International Association for the study of Religion and Gender (IARG).

In contemporary multicultural societies, religious subjectivities, conflicts and contestations often focus on the themes of sexual difference, gender and sexuality. It is evident that in our postcolonial world and in (post)secular ‘Western’ as well as in ‘Non-Western’ societies, the confrontations, profiling and ‘identity’ politics of, and over and against religion[s] are often shaped by issues directly related to gender and sexuality (e.g. the recurrent heated debates over women’s veiling, abortion, or homosexuality). The expanding academic field of religion and gender provides critical tools to analyse these issues, and we wish to continue developing critical approaches to the study of religion and gender in the IARG advanced summer school.

This summer school provided an advanced programme consisting of keynote lectures and intensive masterclasses guided by scholars in the field of religion, gender and sexuality. Leading scholars from internationally renowned research institutions interacted with junior researchers from a variety of global and national contexts. This set-up enriched the understanding of the participants of new critical developments in the field of religion and gender, and enables an in-depth theoretical exploration of their individual research projects. In addition, the summer school offered workshops on writing, on integrating theory and data, as well as peer-sessions on the process of a PhD-project or publishing. Furthermore, it provided opportunities for future collaborations and building up an international network.

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Premium students present findings from initial research on the introduction of a tri/four-national museum pass

At the beginning of 2016, three highly motivated students from Maastricht’s honours programme ‘Premium’ embarked on the mission to research the feasibility of introducing a tri- or even four-national museum pass in the Dutch, German, Belgium and eventually Luxembourgian areas in a radius of 120km around Maastricht. The idea of such a cross border international museum pass stems from existing collaboration with the Association of Museums-PASS-Musées in the Upper Rhine Region at the frontiers of Germany, Switzerland and France. The Association was founded in December 1998. At present, more than 120 organisations participate in the single access card, including museums, galleries, castles and gardens.

The interdisciplinary and international research team, consisting of Jane Catterall (FASoS), Anna de Jong (Law) and Camila Gutierrez López (FHS), focused on three areas: first, the analysis of the structure of the existing museum card (legal, financial and organisational structure). Secondly, the possible overlap and differences with regard to existing initiatives such as the Museumkaart in the Netherlands. Thirdly, the most interesting partners to be included when setting up a Maastricht-based international museum card were mapped. The students conclude from the mapping and contact with directors and conservators that there is a large pool of potential cultural partners in the area that could benefit from the implementation of a museum pass. They recommend starting with organisations within a radius of 70 km around Maastricht as initial partners for the museum pass. From discussions with museum directors, there is positive initial interest in the project.

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Vogelsang – the past and future of a former Nazi training site

Building on his research about camps during the Third Reich, Kiran Klaus Patel has contributed to the public debate about what to do with the “Ordensburg Vogelsang”, a Nazi estate built during the 1930s to train future party leaders. During the early stages of the debate about what to do with the estate after decades of use as a Belgian military training area. Patel advised the North Rhine-Westfalian Ministry of the Economy and Labour/Landeszentrale für politische Bildung. Between 2009 and 2016, he was part of the advisory board (2009-2016) for the new permanent exhibition on the Nazi past of the estate; this exhibition opened its doors in fall 2016. Moreover, Patel  authored an article for the exhibition catalogue (on everyday life at Vogelsang) and participated in public debates about Vogelsang, for instance in November 2016 in an event with the North Rhine-Westfalian Minister of the Environment Johannes Remmel.

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  • International summer school ‘Critical Approaches to the Study of Religion and Gender: Postcolonial, Post-secular and Queer Perspectives’

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  • Premium students present findings from initial research on the introduction of a tri/four-national museum pass

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  • Vogelsang – the past and future of a former Nazi training site

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"Valorisatie" events

You can find an actual overview of our current  "valorisatie" events in our Faculty newsletter  .

"Valorisatie" media

Our research institute focusses on topical issues that are important to stake holders in society. We make sure that this knowledge is available to the general public through a variety of ways. Our researchers actively engage in the public debate by giving interviews to and writing articles for international, national and regional newspapers and magazines and by appearing in television and radio programmes. In our Faculty newsletter you can find the most recent media appearances of our researchers.