Who owns the Past? Heritage, Conflict and Identity

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MACCH Kick-Off Conference 2015
Assembling Value: The changing roles of experts and expertise in art and heritage worlds
Sunday 22 - Monday 23 March 2015, Maastricht

Undoubtedly, the roles of experts and expertise in the worlds of art and heritage are changing. A number of recent developments affect these changes, e.g. the globalization and boom of art markets, as well as mounting uncertainty about experts’ liabilities when it comes to the authentication and evaluation of art works. In the wake of such developments, established types and standards of expertise are re-evaluated, re-interpreted and re-appropriated. Moreover, new norms and forms of expertise gain relevance. Think of, for instance, the digitalization of art and heritage practices and the rise of the amateur, or the partial substitution of institutional academic knowledge claims by marketing and communications tactics.

The purpose of this conference is to bring together different perspectives on the changing roles of experts in art and heritage worlds with a focus on legal, economic, and art-historical expertise. In particular, we aim to provide a trans-disciplinary forum for debate about relevant assemblages of value: In art and heritage worlds, past and present, who are the trusted experts and what characterizes their authority and legitimacy to valorize selected objects and practices of art and heritage? What precisely are the values that these experts create and negotiate – and what is the value of their expertise? In other words, how do experts and how does expertise assemble value when it comes to art and heritage?

Convened towards the end of The European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht, the MACCH Kick-Off conference begins with a keynote lecture, and panel disscussion on Sunday afternoon, the 22nd of March 2015 followed by a reception. Panels and paper presentations are scheduled on Monday the 23rd of March 2015.

The conference coincides with the launch of the Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH). MACCH is a joint initiative of four faculties of Maastricht University, the "Sociaal Historisch Centrum voor Limburg" and the Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL). This interdisciplinary research platform brings together scholars and professionals working on the intersecting fields of arts, culture and heritage, the national and international legal framework concerning these areas and the financial developments of the international art market. By combining legal, historical, philosophical and economic expertise, and by working across the traditional boundaries that separate academic and professional disciplines and institutions, MACCH meets the demands of the increasingly multi-layered and complex challenges facing the fields of arts, culture, conservation and heritage today. Focus areas of research and teaching include the changing role of experts and expert knowledge, public participation, and technological mediation. For more information, consult the MACCH website: www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/macch

Prof. Dr. Hildegard Schneider, Faculty of Law
Prof. Dr. Renée van de Vall, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Prof. Dr. Rachel Pownall, School of Business and Economics
Dr. Vivian van Saaze, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Dr. Christoph Rausch, Faculty of Humanities and Sciences
Dr. Joop de Jong, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Period23 Mar 2015
Event titleAssembling Value: The changing role of experts and expertise in art and heritage worlds. MACCH Launching Conference, University of Maastricht
Event typeConference