Public lecture: Industrial heritage as agent of gentrification?

What:
Keynote with simultaneous translation / Conférence avec traduction simultanée
When:
5:30 PM, Tuesday 30 Aug 2022 (1 hour 30 minutes)
How:

Efforts to preserve industrial heritage occurs in a socio-economic and political context. But what is being preserved and for whom? And, relatedly, what is the relationship between industrial heritage sites and the deindustrialized working-class communities that often adjoin them? The keynote will consider the ways that the preservation of Montreal’s Lachine Canal, Canada’s premier industrial heritage site, has enabled gentrification processes that have forcibly displaced the very working-class communities who once worked in these neighbourhood factories. Sadly, the preservation of the area’s industrial aesthetic and the creation of a green belt has served real estate developers extraordinarily well. The industrial heritage sector needs to go beyond recognition and consider the material consequences of our work for deindustrialized working-class communities. 

Speaker
Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling

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