Research institutes

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).




  • NDE

    UM first university in the Netherlands to sign NDE manifesto

    Monday, July 5, 2021

    During the online event Digital Heritage @UM on Wednesday 16 June, Nick Bos, vice president of the Executive Board of Maastricht University (UM), signed the manifesto of the Digital Heritage Network (NDE).
    With the signing of the manifesto, and with it the National Digital Heritage Strategy, UM recognises the strength of the network and reinforces its ambitions to make its digital heritage more visible, usable and sustainable.

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  • WalkingSeminar

    Christian Ernsten launches Walking Seminar Den Haag

    Monday, July 5, 2021

    In collaboration with Dirk-Jan Visser, photographer based at the Royal Academy of the Arts The Hague, and with contributions by Research Master CAST students, MACCH affiliated researcher Christian Ernsten launched the Walking Seminar Den Haag: an online walking project on the future of art in public space in The Hague.

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  • terramosana_macch

    Call for Papers: International Conference of Terra Mosana: Sustainable Digital Heritage - Deadline: 8 July 2021

    Wednesday, June 9, 2021

    For the International Conference of the Terra Mosana project, organised by Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH), which will taking place from 29 September - 8 October 2021, we invite you to join our tradition of bridging disciplinary boundaries to find solutions to current challenges related to sustainability and digital heritage. For the panels, we welcome papers addressing one of the conference themes.
    In consideration of the requests received about the abstract submission to the International Conference of Terra Mosana “Sustainable Digital Heritage”, the deadline for submissions of abstracts will be extended to the 8th of July 2021. Please send an abstract (max. 350 words) with a short bio (100 words max) to: Eslam Nofal
    Deadline for abstract submission: 8 July 2021.
    Please click here for more information.

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  • vanessatunsmeyer

    Vanessa Tünsmeyer Receives Canon Foundation Grant for Research on Ainu Heritage & Rights

    Wednesday, June 9, 2021

    Dr Vanessa Tünsmeyer has been selected as a Canon Foundation Fellow for her research project on Ainu indigenous rights and cultural heritage. The grant will enable her to conduct community engaged research with the Ainu communities in Hokkaido, Japan, for a period of one year. Prof. Hirofumi Kato and the Center for Ainu and Indigenous Studies of Hokkaido University will host her during this visit, and the project is designed to establish sustainable collaborations with Japanese and Ainu researchers.

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  • PatriciaDeVries

    Introducing New Member: Dr Patricia de Vries

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021

    As an assistant professor of philosophy at FASoS, Dr Patricia de Vries recently joined MACCH as an affiliated researcher. Her work resides at the intersection of philosophy, art and technology. More specifically, exploring artistic and social imaginaries of emerging technologies, and the anxieties that often underpin our relation to them.

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  • NicoleBasaraba

    Introducing New Member: Dr Nicole Basaraba

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021

    Nicole Basaraba, based in Studio Europa Maastricht as a postdoctoral researcher, is affiliated with MACCH through her collaboration with Vivian van Saaze and with the Faculty of Science and Engineering through her collaboration with Gerhard Weiss and Jerry Spanakis.

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  • tate modern

    Life in the museum

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021

    In August 2020—the year of the coronavirus—Vivian van Saaze, associate professor at FASoS, moved with her husband and daughter to London for a fellowship at the renowned Tate museum.

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  • ClosedVacancy

    Vacancy: PhD candidate position on Nazi Looted Art

    Thursday, February 11, 2021

    The PhD researcher will perform research and write a thesis on the theme of reclaiming artwork looted by Nazis and their collaborators. The reseach will be performed with the support of experts from the Maastricht Law Faculty, the Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage, and with the support of experts from our art law network in which other universities and groups participate. For full text of vacancy, please click here. Application deadline is 4 April 2021.

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  • Closed

    Vacancy: PhD Position in Artistic Research

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020

    PhD Position in Artistic Research Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University Faculty of Architecture and Arts, Hasselt University – PXL-MAD Call for Proposals 2021.
    For full text of vacancy, please click here.

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  • Vanessa Tunsmeyer

    PhD Defence Vanessa Tünsmeyer "Repatriation of Sacred Indigenous Cultural Heritage and the Law – Lessons from the United States and Canada"

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020

    On 22 October 2020, at 12:00, MACCH affiliated researcher Vanessa Tünsmeyer defended her PhD thesis “Repatriation of Sacred Indigenous Cultural Heritage and the Law – Lessons from the United States and Canada.”

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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 (Arts and Heritage in the Making); 
  2. critically assess how and for whom its values come about (Valorising Arts and Heritage);
  3. enhance novel ways of user engagement and participatory presentations (Participation and Presentation);
  4. investigate legal, economical and policy frameworks (Art Market, Law and Policy);
  5. bring together methodologies and practices from the arts and sciences in between making and thinking (Artistic Research).

Research lines

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


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.

Commissioned Research

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


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