Nuclear Waste and Future Heritage: Excursion to COVRA

On 9 October 2019, the Environmental Humanities Centre pays a visit to COVRA, the only nuclear waste facility in the Netherlands. In addition to learning more about the complex practices of safe storage, we also want to explore the relations between nuclear waste and art on site: COVRA also functions as a deposit for local art museums, and regularly hosts exhibitions. Even the building itself is an artwork, designed by Dutch artist Willem Verstraeten. How do the two seemingly contradictory phenomena of nuclear waste and visual art come together at COVRA, and what kind of interdisciplinary conceptions of heritage emerge here?

The excursion will take place on Wednesday 9 October 2019. A bus will take all participants from the VU to COVRA, where we will receive a 3-hour guide tour of the facility. We conclude with a group discussion on nuclear waste as cultural heritage (texts will be distributed in advance), after which the bus will drive back to Amsterdam.

There is a limited number of spots available, so sign up quickly by sending an email to We kindly ask for a personal contribution of 10 euros, to cover the bus fee.

Organized by Kyveli Mavrokordopoulou and Ruby de Vos.

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