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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).

 

Events

News

  • Chat conference October 2018

    Christian Ernsten presents at CHAT 2018

    Friday, September 14, 2018

    At the 2018 Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory (CHAT) conference, taking place form 26-28 October 2018 at Aarhus University (Denmark), Christian Ernsten co-organizes the workshop on “A heritage walk into the Anthropocene”. 

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  • Indie Clinic

    Indie Art Legal Clinic

    Thursday, September 13, 2018

    The Indie Art Legal Clinic provides pro-bono advice to independent artists (visual artists, musicians, performers, street artists, film makers, game designers, programmers, etc.).

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  • Nacca June 2018

    NACCA's sixth training event, Cologne

    Thursday, September 13, 2018

    From 25-29 June 2018, Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences, TH Köln, hosted the third and final Summer School for the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network ‘New Approaches in the Conservation of Contemporary Art’ (NACCA).

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  • Joop de Jong

    Joop de Jong appointed to the Council of Europa Nostra

    Thursday, September 13, 2018

    The participants of Europa Nostra’s General Assembly 2018, which was held on 23 June in Berlin, unanimously appointed Joop de Jong to the Council for a mandate of 3 years. He was nominated by Stichting Limburgse Kastelen (Limburg Castles Foundation).

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  • Christian Ernsten

    Introducing Christian Ernsten

    Monday, June 4, 2018

    Christian Ernsten is a researcher in heritage studies in the Department of History of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Maastricht University. He is affiliated with the Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation, and Heritage (MACCH). In addition, Christian is a lecturer in the Master in Arts and Heritage program. 

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  • Group picture NACCA

    NACCA's fifth training event, Porto, January 2018

    Monday, April 16, 2018

    The 3rd Winter School was hosted by the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto, and ran from 15-19 January 2018. It was a great opportunity for the ESRs to share their research with their peers and other professionals.

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  • Maastricht University to launch executive master in cultural leadership in partnership with Royal Academy of Arts in London

    Thursday, March 29, 2018

    In March 2018, Maastricht University (UM) launches an Executive Master in Cultural Leadership, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts in London. 

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  • Pownall

    Prof. Rachel Pownall in NY Times interview

    Monday, March 12, 2018 Read more
  • Looted art in a moral twilight zone

    Wednesday, March 7, 2018

    When it comes to the restitution of looted art, things are never black and white. The procedures are often lengthy and complex, and the dividing line between law and morals is paper-thin. Moreover, emotions and national sensitivities quickly come into play. Peter van den Brink knows the game like no other. In recent years, he has gained a reputation as the director who was able to trace nine lost canvases and bring them back to his Suermondt-Ludwig Museum, where they had hung before the war. Van den Brink will be a keynote speaker at the annual MACCH conference at the TEFAF on 18 March.

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  • Omslag dissertatie Bart Zwegers

    Public defence by Bart Zwegers, 7 February

    Tuesday, January 30, 2018

    Bart Zwegers defended his PhD dissertation Heritage in Transition: Global and Local Challenges in Germany and the United Kingdom, 1970-2010 on Wednesday 7 February 2018. His supervisors are Prof. dr. Ernst Homburg and Dr. Jo Wachelder.

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Research

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

Education

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

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