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Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage

The Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH) is an interdisciplinary research centre that brings together economic, legal, (art) historical, philosophical, sociological and practical expertise to the context of arts and heritage. In response to the demands of the increasingly complex challenges facing the fields of arts and heritage today, MACCH initiates collaborative research projects with researchers, professionals, and students from diverse backgrounds. MACCH is a joint effort of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Law, the School of Business and Economics, the Faculty of Science and Engineering (formerly Faculty of Humanities and Sciences), and the Sociaal Historisch Centrum voor Limburg (SHCL) and the Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL).



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    Vacancy: Post-doc researcher "Working on Europe: Identity, Heritage and the Citizens’ Perspective"

    Thursday, July 16, 2020

    Maastricht, Working on Europe aims to encourage multi-disciplinary Europe-focused research with societal impact. Apply and join the research of Europe!

    The successful candidate is a talented early-career researcher with proven interest in European affairs. They will be a member of the core research team Maastricht, Working on Europe (MWoE) of Maastricht University for a two-year appointment and will hold office at Studio Europa Maastricht (SEM).

    The deadline for applying is September 13, 2020. The complete vacancy text can be found here.




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    Vacancy: PhD position in transnational mining history.

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

    In cooperation with the Centre for the Social History of Limburg (SHCL) and the Centre for the Regional History of Limburg (RHCL), the Department of History in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a PhD position in transnational mining history. The project is broadly conceived, and is open to enthusiastic early-stage researchers aspiring to pursue a PhD in contemporary history.

    For the complete vacancy text, click here.

    The deadline for submitting your application is 23 August 2020.

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  • A PhD in the Arts - Now Possible in Maastricht

    Monday, June 15, 2020

    Getting a PhD in the arts is now possible in Limburg. It can be done in MERIAN, a collaboration in the area of artistic research between Zuyd Hogeschool, Maastricht University and the Jan van Eyck Academie.

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  • TerraMosana

    Terra Mosana call for help:

    Monday, May 25, 2020

    “We need your help on Euregional cultural heritage!”
    Within the framework of the Terra Mosana project, student-researcher Ilse Palmaers, Maastricht University, developed a short questionnaire, which helps us to learn and understand the expectations of Euregional citizens regarding the aspects of learning, engagement and public participation.

    You can help us by filling in this questionnaire, which takes about 5 minutes. The questionnaire (available until 26 May 2020) can be found here:

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  • Julie Fassbender

    Introducing: Julie Fassbender

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

    Combining Work and Studies in the Conservation of Contemporary Art
    Julie Fassbender is administrative assistant at MACCH’s partner institute Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL). As one of the leading institutes in the field of conservation and restoration, SRAL fosters an environment of learning and collaboration. Supported by SRAL, Julie enrolled in the master’s programme Arts and Heritage at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University. Julie reports on her experiences combining her studies at Maastricht University with her work at SRAL.

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  • TerraMosana

    Multilingualism in the Meuse-Rhine Euregion

    Thursday, May 7, 2020

    Terra Mosana invites citizens of the Euregio to make their languages heard. Participants are asked to record themselves via WhatsApp while they pronounce these seven sentences in their own dialect/language and send it to +31 6 8747 3826. These messages will be compiled into a sonic artwork.

    The seven sentences can be found here:

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  • Vacancy closed

    Vacancy: Assistant professor in Cultural Policy and Management

    Wednesday, April 1, 2020

    FASoS is seeking an assistant professor with demonstrated excellence in teaching and research in Cultural Policy and Management. 1.0fte 6-year tenure-track position.
    Vacancy is closed.

    For full text of vacancy, click here.

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  • Introducing MACCH affiliated researcher: Eslam Nofal

    Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Read more
  • Call for Projects, Workshops and Papers: Fail Better: Sharing Challenges and Learning in Classical Music Innovation.

    Tuesday, October 15, 2019

    Registration closed.

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  • Dr. Christoph Rausch

    Two Visiting Research Fellowships for Dr. Christoph Rausch

    Wednesday, September 4, 2019

    MACCH steering committee member Dr. Christoph Rausch will embark on two visiting research fellowships.

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MACCH addresses the need for an interdisciplinary approach to the academic nexus of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. We strive to make this expertise available in the EUregion and in a larger international context through publications and by organising workshops, events, and conferences, such as the annual MACCH conference during The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF). MACCH's collaborative research projects:

  1. examine the processes that turn cultural objects and practices into heritage
  2. critically assess how and for whom its values come about
  3. enhance novel ways of user engagement and participatory presentations
  4. investigate legal, economical and policy frameworks

Research lines

  • Arts & Heritage in the Making
  • Valorising Arts & Heritage
  • Participation & Presentation
  • Art Market, Law & Policy


Teaching in the areas of art, culture, conservation, and heritage is important to several faculties at Maastricht University, and interfaculty cooperation takes place in various forms and levels (bachelor’s, master’s and PhD). An example is the successful joint Minor “Art, Law and Policy Making” between the faculties of Arts & Social Sciences and Law. Another example is the course and skills training ‘Science and the Visual Arts: Conservation and its Histories’, a collaboration between the Maastricht Science Programme, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg. At the regional level MACCH collaborates with Hogeschool Zuyd and the Hubert van Eyck Academy. Our international network of partners includes the University of Amsterdam, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, KU Leuven, the University of Hasselt, and Maastricht University Campus Brussels.

Research valorisation & services

MACCH conducts research consultancy, contract research and other service activities directed towards the larger society and in collaboration with private and public partners. MACCH’s combination of legal, (art) historical, philosophical, sociological, economic, and practical expertise makes it an ideal partner for tackling the increasingly complex challenges facing arts and heritage today.

For more information, contact Dr. Joop de Jong

Research areas wherein we can offer services include:

  • cultural policy evaluation
  • cultural education
  • project monitoring
  • intellectual property law
  • art market research
  • re-use of industrial heritage
  • public participation
  • conservation and documentation of art


MACCH Newsletters

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Read the previous newsletters:
 February 2020
 July 2019
 June 2018
 January 2018

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Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH)