Third Transnational Rhine Conference

Third Transnational Rhine Conference

Prof. Dr. Werner Plumpe (Goethe University Frankfurt am Main); Prof. Dr. Hein. A.M. Klemann (Erasmus University Rotterdam); Prof. Dr. Dieter Ziegler, (Ruhr-University Bochum); Dr. Ben Wubs (Erasmus University Rotterdam); Dr. Ralf Banken (Goethe University Frankfurt am Main)
Institute for Social Movements-Ruhr University, Bochum
Vom - Bis
01.12.2011 - 03.12.2011
Ralf Banken

After a lively kick-off conference in Rotterdam in November 2009 and a fruitful second conference in Frankfurt am M. in November 2010, a third Transnational Rhine Conference will be organized at the Institute for Social Movements-Ruhr University, Bochum.

This next conference focuses on the move from coal to petrochemical feedstock of the Rhine Industry. It aims to explore the rise of an oil based economy and its consequences for the transnational economic region from Rotterdam to Basel from the 1950s up to the 1970s.

The organisers endeavour to build a transnational network, consisting of economist, economic and business historians, as well as historians of technology, in the first place coming from the countries along the Rhine and its delta, however not exclusively. To explore the long-term economic development of the Rhine region the organisers have selected five different themes, i.e. Oil as a New Basis, Chemical and Industrial Clusters, European Integration and the Rhine Economy, Transport and Logistics, the Rhine as an Environmental System.


Thursday 1 December 2011

14.00-14.15 Introduction: Dieter Ziegler (Ruhr-University Bochum)

14.15-15.00 Key Note Speaker
Ray Stokes (University of Glasgow),
Oil on the Rhine: Origins and Location of a new Industry,

15.30-17.00 First Session: Oil: a new Basis for the Rhine Economy

Marten Boon (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Energy transition and the changing patterns of oil transportation in the Rhine basin; the case of Royal Dutch/Shell’s captive fleet on the Rhine, 1945-1976

Ben Wubs (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Royal Dutch Shell in Germany 1945-1960: Recovery and Expansion

Harald Wixforth (Ruhr-University Bochum), Thyssen´s Coal Trade with the Netherlands 1948-1960

Discussant: Alfred Reckendrees (Copenhagen Business School)

17.30-18.00 Key Note Speaker: Hein Klemann (Erasmus University) River Dependence,
followed by Project Discussion

Friday 2 December 2011

9.00-10.30 Second Session: Chemistry and Industrial Clusters
Christian Kleinschmidt (Philipps-University Marburg), Rhine or Schelde? Bayer´s Decision to locate in Antwerp and its Role as a Gateway to the World Market 1961-1979

Ralf Banken (Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main), The Developement of the West European Pipeline Network and its Implications for the Chemical Industry in the Rhine Economy 1938-1975

Margrit Müller (University of Zürich) Internationalisation of the Swiss Chemical Industry 1950-2000

Discussant: Ernst Homberg (University of Maastricht)

11.00-12.30 Third Session: Transport and Logistics
Monika Dommann (University of Basel), Waterways and Warehouses.

Ingo Heidbrink (Rachel Carson Center/Old Dominion University Norfolk) Tankers on the Rhine and other inland waterways - from barges in tow to supertankers (1950 - ca. 1980)

Martijn van der Horst (Technical University of Delft) Coordination in hinterland transport chains: a major challenge for the seaport community

Discussant: Richard Coopey (London School of Economics)

Excursion Zeche Zollverein

Saturday, 3 December 2011
9.00-10.30 Fourth Session: European Integration
Klara Paardenkooper (Erasmus University Rotterdam), European cooperation in rail container transport. European Rail Networks: CEMT, Interfirma, Intercontainer, Interfrigo, Europool

Hisashi Watanabe (Kyoto University) The Euregios on the Dutch-German Border -- Transitional zone between Randstad and Rhine-Ruhr?

Christopher Kobrak (ESCP Europe, Paris), "From Rhine to Transnational Finance: The Role of Regionalism in International Banking, 1950-1980

Discussant: Joost Jonker (University of Utrecht)

11.00-12.30 Fifth Session: The Rhine as a environmental System
This panel is sponsored by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU Munich

Christoph Bernhardt (Leibniz-Institut für Regionalentwicklung und Strukturplanung e.V. (IRS), Erkner), "From pipe to riverscape: Environmental problems and perceptions of the Upper Rhine during the "trente glorieuses" (1945-1975) from a transnational perspective",

Miriam Gassner (University of Göttingen), "Economic lifelines or ecological menace? Transnational crude oil pipelines and environmental protests in the Lake Constance area in the 1960s."

Cornelis Disco (University of Twente), "From the Chemicals Convention to the Rhine Action Plan (1976-1986): The power of positive thinking."

Discussant: Uwe Lübken (Rachel Carson Center/Ludwig Maximilian University Munich)

12.30 – 13.00 General discussion


Ralf Banken

Universität Frankfurt am Main

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