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Research project

Mining, post-mining and Multicultural Limburg

Research on mining and post-mining history of Limburg

Sabine Luning

MSc Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology: Policy-oriented research internship

Milena Mulders, working for Framer Framed, has played a central role in organizing the Year of the Mines in Limburg in 2015 and she has published on how her own family history is linked to the mining history of Limburg (Mulders 2009). In collaboration with the Nederlands Mijnmuseum and Continium, she will start a research and public event program on the mining history in Limburg and its aftermath. The Work title of the project is Niet Bang Zijn (Don't be afraid), and the focus will be first of all on the importance of migration in the mining history of Limburg. With migrant workers coming from Poland, Slovenia, Italy, and Morocco, Limburg has a long history of multicultural connections. This aspect will be highlighted in a pop-up exhibition to be organized in the context of the heritage festival Bovengronds in Heerlen, autumn 2018. After the festival, the partner in the project wants to pursue plans for further research, museum and other public experiments.

We are looking for one of our MA students to be involved in this endeavor. The student will be invited to follow the discussions around the pop-up exhibition and to take this as a starting point for a research project on mining and post-mining history of Limburg between January and March 2019. The topic of research can be determined in the course of the process of organizing the pop-up exhibition. It can be on oral history project either on work practices in the mines or on the lives of former miners and youth after mine closure. It can be on the expertise of the migrant miners who came to the Netherlands, or on the politics of the (local) government that informed post-mining labor and/or heritage policies in Heerlen, and Limburg more broadly. The MA student will engage in the project as PIP student and could combine this with the visual ethnography specialization.

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