European Rust Belts. West-East Comparisons – and Beyond

European Rust Belts. West-East Comparisons – and Beyond

Leibniz-Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung; Institut für Zeitgeschichte München-Berlin
Leibniz-Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung (IOS,) Landshuter Str. 4, 93047 Regensburg
Vom - Bis
07.05.2020 - 08.05.2020
Petra Preß

International Conference “European Rust Belts. West-East Comparisons – and Beyond” - Organizers Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History (Munich-Berlin) and Leibniz Institute for East and South East European Studies (Regensburg) - Cooperation Partner Institute for Social Movements, University of Bochum (Bochum) - Supported by German Research Foundation, DFG


7 May
9.30–10.00 Welcoming Remarks
10.00–12.00 Panel 1: The Struggle for Survival or the Calm before the Storm? Reactions to the Crisis of the 1970s in East and West
Jan KELLERSHOHN (Bochum): Beyond Comparison: On the Epistemology of Deindustrialization and Labour in the West German Ruhr Valley
Aleksandar SHIVAROV (Varna): Sprat Yet Fish: Bulgarian Adjustment Efforts amidst Economic Turbulences in the 1970s
Jörg ARNOLD (Nottingham): Deindustrialization, not Decline? New Approaches to the Study of the Crisis Decades in the United Kingdom
Adelina STEFAN (Florence): The Snowballing of Globalization: International Tourism and Economic Crisis in Socialist Romania in the Long 1970s
Commentator: Maurice COUTTIER (Bern)
13.00–15.00 Panel 2: Working Class Experiences and Fragmentations
Reana SENJKOVIĆ (Zagreb): Once Upon a Time, the Factory was our Second Home
Tibor VALUCH (Budapest): The Altering World of Work in Hungary and East Central Europe before and after the 1989/90 Transition
Jeremy MORRIS (Aarhus): Working-Class Life Strategies in the Russian Margins
Mikhail CHERNYSH (Moscow): Working Class as a Loser of the Neoliberal Reforms: the Russian Experience
Commentator: Sabine RUTAR (Regensburg)
15.30–17.30 Panel 3: The Many Fates of Heavy Industry
Stefan HOERDLER (Göttingen): A History of Decline? The Steel Industries in West Germany and the United States since the 1970s
Christoffer HOLM (Hanko): “You Are Tearing Down Our Grand Factory”. The Experience of Structural Change, Transformed Space and Lost Progress after the Shutdown of the Steelworks in Hanko
Łukasz TREMBACZOWSKI (Katowice): Half Way Rusted: Tentative Future for Upper Silesian Area as an Old Industrial Region
Dragoş PETRESCU (Bucharest): Avatars of Tractor Industry in Post-1989 Romania: From (Large-Scale) De-Industrialization to (Small-Scale) Re-Industrialization
Commentator: Christian WILKE (Utrecht)
Keynote Lecture by Philipp THER (Vienna)
Commentator: Sebastian VOIGT (Munich)

8 May
9.00–10.30 Panel 4: Post-Industrial Urban Revivals?
Patrick R. IRELAND (Chicago): Diamonds in the Rust? Evaluating Seemingly Successful
Economic/Industrial Transformation in three Medium-Sized Midwestern US Cities
Jan ROTTENBACH / Hans STEPHAN (Wurzen/Chemnitz): The New Class Situation of the Logistical Restructuring in Halle-Leipzig
Johannes KRICKL (Bochum): Duisburg and the New Silk Road: Scripting Post-Industrial
Success in a Post-Cold War World
Commentator: Olga POPOVA (Regensburg)
11.00–13.00 Panel 5: Transformations and Tribulations of Industrial regions
Karl LAUSCHKE (Bochum): Regulating the Crisis of the German Steel Industry: The Different Trajectories of the Ruhr Area, Saarland, and Bremen
Lachlan MACKINNON (Sydney): Ending the Industrial State: The Rise and Fall of the Cape Breton Development Corporation, 1966–2001
Margaret COWELL (Arlington, VA): From Rust to Green: Community Wealth Building as Industrial Transformation in Two Great Lake Cities
Richard A. BACHMANN / Friedrich W. OPITZ (Ann Arbor, MA/Dresden): Clearing the Path for Populism? Comparing the History and the Outcomes of the Political Economy Transformation in
Ohio and Saxony
Commentator: Max TRECKER (Berlin)
14.00-15.30 Panel 6: Post-Industrial Memoryscapes
Eleni KYRAMARGIOU (Athens): From Factory to Park: A Story of Grassroots Re-Appropriation of an Industrial Space
Bruno de CORTE (Antwerp): The End of Coal Mining and the Start of Heritage Strategies:
A Comparison of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Poland
Tanja PETROVIĆ (Ljubljana): Industrial Heritages and Workers’ Memories in the former Yugoslavia
Commentator: Ulf BRUNNBAUER (Regensburg)
15.45–16.30 Concluding Discussion
Inputs/summaries by Ulf BRUNNBAUER, Sebastian VOIGT, Max TRECKER


Ulf Brunnbauer

Leibniz-Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung (IOS,) Landshuter Str. 4, 93047 Regensburg

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