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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).



  • PaulStewens

    Introducing guest researcher Paul P. Stewens

    Tuesday, May 17, 2022

    Paul P. Stewens is a guest researcher at the Faculty of Law's Department of Criminal Law and Criminology (until 4th of July 2022), working with MACCH affiliated researcher Donna Yates among others.

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  • CulturalHeritage_Zwegers

    Bart Zwegers publishes book about UNESCO World Heritage

    Monday, April 11, 2022

    In the Springer Book Series 'Studies in Art, Heritage, Law and the Market', MACCH affiliated researcher Bart Zwegers has published the book Cultural Heritage in Transition: A Multi-Level Perspective on World Heritage in Germany and the United Kingdom, 1970-2020, which introduces the multilevel perspective to analyse how local, national, and international actors and institutions in the heritage field interact.

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  • MareikeOpena

    Introducing new PhD candidate: Mareike Opeña

    Tuesday, March 15, 2022

    Mareike Opeña has joined MACCH as an external PhD candidate with a project focusing on decision-making processes in conservation for the contemporary art market. Her research is predominantly located in New York City, where she has lived and worked in private practice conservation for the past decade.

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  • Eliza Steinbock

    Eliza Steinbock wins NWO grant

    Monday, March 7, 2022

    Together with The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Eliza Steinbock has won an NWO ‘Museum Grant’, which facilitates scientific research in the museum sector and is awarded to museum employees who carry out research related to the collection.

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  • Lou Spronck Lecture

    3rd Dr. Lou Spronk lecture by Michiel de Vaan published as book

    Monday, March 7, 2022

    The third Dr. Lou Spronck lecture of the chair “Language culture in Limburg” by language historian Michiel de Vaan has been published as a book.

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  • hildegard schneider

    “I want to make crossing borders easier”

    Wednesday, March 2, 2022

    Hildegard Schneider is set to say goodbye. As professor of European Migration Law and former dean of the Faculty of Law, her career coincided with the foundation and pioneering years of the law faculty. She herself made an important contribution to the profiling of Maastricht University as a ‘European’ university. “Now the university has to get ready for global challenges.”

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  • Tunsmeyer_Springer

    Vanessa Tünsmeyer publishes book 'Repatriation of Sacred Indigenous Cultural Heritage and the Law: Lessons from the United States and Canada

    Monday, January 31, 2022

    In the Springer Book Series 'Studies in Art, Heritage, Law and the Market', this book examines the ways in which law can be used to structure the return of indigenous sacred cultural heritage to indigenous communities, referred to as repatriation in this volume. In particular, it aims at developing legal structures that align repatriation with contemporary international human rights standards.

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  • TerraMosana

    Three podcasts by Terra Mosana: A multilingual journey through the Euregio Meuse-Rhine

    Wednesday, January 12, 2022

     In a three-part podcast, two young people from Dutch Limburg are looking for answers to questions related to the future and origin of multilingualism in their homeland: the Euregio.

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  • ClaartjeRasterhoff_NDE

    Claartje Rasterhoff in podcast of Dutch Heritage Network (NDE)

    Tuesday, January 4, 2022

    Claartje Rasterhoff was interviewed for the bi-weekly NDE-podcast ‘Paulus en De Nijs op reis’ by the Dutch Heritage Network.

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  • Symposium: 'The EU Culturally Corrected Market Economy' on February 4, 2022

    Tuesday, January 4, 2022

    The online symposium aims to provide fresh legal insights into the ways in which culture interconnects with the market economy. The interdependencies but also conflict and discord between culture and the internal market as distinct EU policy fields will be discussed from different perspectives. Speakers include several MACCH affiliated researchers.

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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).

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


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.

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