Context and Program

Context and Program

The expert meeting took place on May 7th, 2019 at Zuyd University, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Maastricht. Seven experts on mapping and/or border issues were invited to question the progress of- and themes raised by the Border Encyclopedia. At the moment of this meeting, the project is still twofold. Besides performing the border by crossing it regularly and making maps based on these border crossings, a metaphorical instrument is developed collectively. The aim of this instrument is to help being more systematic in performing the BCA’s. The expert meeting shines a light on both this metaphorical instrument and the crafted maps.

The morning program consists of an introduction of the experts through maps that are closely related to their practice and research context. In the second part of the morning the project Border Encyclopedia gets introduced as well as the approach. The afternoon program questions the output of the project, the value of it in variable contexts and possible steps to take. 

The list of participants contains the experts but also the students that, at that time, were a part of the project. The expert meeting was moderated by Ruth Benschop, reader of the research centre. 


  • Dr. Ruth Benschop, reader of the Research Centre for Arts, Autonomy and the Public Sphere at Zuyd University.
  • Prof. dr. Henk van Houtum, head of the Nijmegen Centre for Border Research and Associate Professor Political Geography & Geopolitics at Radboud University Nijmegen.
  • Dr. Ing. Carolin Stapenhorst, Junior Professor Tool Cultures at the RWTH Aachen University, Faculty of Architecture. (Stapenhorst now works as a professor of design, building science and theory of architecture at the FHErfurt)
  • Assoc. Prof. dr. Riccardo Palma, associated professor at the department of Architecture and design of the Politecnico di Torino.
  • Dr. Ing. Andrea Alberto Dutto, co-editor of the book ‘Sketching plans, drawing maps. Architecture, cartography, and architectural design machines’ (2016).
  • Asst. Prof. Djoeke van Netten, assistant professor (UD) Early Modern History at the University of Amsterdam.
  • Assoc. Prof. dr. Chiara Occelli, associated professor at the department of Architecture and desigh of the Politecnico di Torino, specialised in Cultural Heritage.
  • Alena Khamenshchikova, PhD candidate at the Department of Health, Ethics & Society at Maastricht University.
  • Remy Kroese, architect and co-founder of Dear Hunter and senior lecturer research at Zuyd University, Academy of Architecture, Maastricht.
  • Marlies Vermeulen, co-founder of Dear Hunter and PhD candidate at the Research Centre for Arts, Autonomy and the Public Sphere at Zuyd University, Maastricht University and RWTH Aachen. Simultaneously, she teaches at faculties of architecture of different universities.
  • Participating students: Theo Vantomme, Hannah Bosland, Omid Kheirabadi.