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Industrial Heritage: Towards Comparative Perspectives

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Regular session
13:30, Samedi 4 Juin 2016 (3 heures 30 minutes)
UQAM, pavillon J.-A. De Sève (DS) - DS-M240 - SALLE ANNULÉE
Heritage Changes the Living EnvironmentIndustrial HeritageUrban HeritageArchitecture and Urbanism
Heritage changes the environmentHeritage values
In many parts of Europe and North America, but also in Australia, Japan and parts of China, regions of heavy industry, in particular regions of coal and steel industries, have been in decline since the 1960s. In many of these regions, the transition to post-industrial landscapes has provoked discussions surrounding industrial heritage, what to do with it and for which purposes. One of the most ambitious industrial heritage projects was initiated in the Ruhr region of Germany from the 1960s onward. In this session these efforts in the Ruhr will be compared with other efforts in similar regions, such as Nord-Pas de Calais in France, Asturias in Spain, Upper Silesia in Poland, South Wales in Britain, Pittsburgh in the US, Kyushu in Japan, and Newcastle in Australia. In particular the session will focus on the nexus between the attempted structural economic transformation of those regions and identity constructions. Three factors seem vital in explaining the success of industrial heritage initiatives: a) strong state traditions, b) a positive identification with the industrial past, and c) an absence of other historical identity constructions onto which to hang regional identity.

Prof. Stefan Berger


Sous sessions

13:30 - 14:00 | 30 minutes

What is the cultural significance of structural change? How have individuals and entire communities reinterpreted the process of deindustrialization through different memory processes? What is the role of culture in the course of this process? Not only the former industrial workers themselves, their children and grandchildren, but also people from the outside react to the phenomenon despite deindustrialization being only partially based in their own memory, if at all. But how exactly do th...

Jana Golombek

13:30 - 14:00 | 30 minutes

This paper will compare ten regions of heavy industry from North America to Australia and from Japan and China to Europe, in order to find out about the extent to which projects of industrial heritage are linked to regional identity constructions. In particular, the paper will seek to bring Reinhardt Koselleck’s concept of “layered temporalities” to an analysis of identity constructions in de-industralizing regions of heavy industry and ask to what extent the specificities of such “layered...

13:30 - 14:00 | 30 minutes

En novembre 2011, la dernière mine d’amiante de Thetford Mines ferme ses portes, mettant fin à près de 130 années d’exploitation du minerai dans la région. La ville, dont l’économie dépendait en grande partie de l’industrie minière, doit en conséquence trouver de nouveaux vecteurs de développement. C’est alors que l’héritage unique laissé par cette industrie se présente comme une ressource potentielle à mettre en valeur sur le plan touristique.  Au début de l’année 2013, la Ville d...

13:30 - 14:00 | 30 minutes

Industrial heritage has become a most successful concept in the Ruhr and other former German mining regions in recent years. This holds true in both museum and academic practices as well as in terms of cultural marketing and tourism. Museums like the Zollverein mine, now a world heritage site, have become epitomes of transition, from industry as a source of urbanization and growth to a kernel of memory and identity politics in the face of economic change. The image of the industrial past s...

Dr Stefan Moitra

13:30 - 14:00 | 30 minutes

Shanghai, as a typical booming city in Asia, is one of the biggest metropolises and the eldest city under the industrialization process in China. And during the last thirty years of open policy, Shanghai has become one of the most vital metropolises again. The city is booming constantly while the manufacturing industries have been upgraded. On the other hand, the adaptive reuse and conservation of historic buildings has been regarded as an important strategy for urban regeneration and deve...

Dr Yiping Dong


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