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Critical approaches: social power, sustainability and decolonizing industrial heritage III

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Regular session
3:30 PM, Mardi 30 Août 2022 (1 heure 30 minutes)

Drawing on case studies from diverse social, cultural, and political contexts the papers in this session discuss the different responses to maintaining and assessing not only the physical sustainability of industrial heritage but also the sustainability of its social values and meaning.

Prof. Laurajane Smith


Sous sessions

3:30 PM - 3:50 PM | 20 minutes

In this paper, I will explore the geopolitical utility of Pyramiden, an abandoned Russian mining village in Sbvalbard, as a post-industrial ruin and as a political instrument in order to theorize how the intertwined subjects of post-industrial heritage, UNESCO World Heritage policies and practices and Arctic geo-politics have become conflated and actualized using Pyramiden as a case study and artifact. The purpose of this project is to analyze Pyramiden with the purpose of situating the risin...

Eric Nay

4:00 PM - 4:20 PM | 20 minutes

Since 2017, I have been a participant-observer in an innovative project to use industrial heritage as a springboard for community development.  As an academic historian, I had spent nearly two decades studying the ways in which civic leaders and preservationists in Pittsburgh mobilized the language and physical remains of industrial society in order to help shape a post-industrial future.  I was looking for an opportunity to test the replicability of the ...

Allen Dieterich-Ward

4:30 PM - 4:50 PM | 20 minutes

This paper discusses the poetics of creative writing research methodology used to draw out understandings of abject communities through sewerage ghost towns, and resurrect an almost lost community. It focuses on the methods employed to capture the social history of Melbourne's first sewerage farm community established on the outskirts of Melbourne in Australia, where those working on the sewerage farm, lived on site with their families for around 100 years. The community reached a peak popula...

Monika Schott


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