Deindustrialization: The Structural Transformation of Nord-Ovest and the Ruhr in Comparative Perspective

Deutsches Historisches Institut in Rom, Via Aurelia Antica, 391, 00165 Rom
Martin Baumeister (German Historical Institute, Rome), Stefan Berger (Ruhr University Bochum), Stefano Musso (University of Turin), Christian Wicke (Utrecht University)
18.04.2018 - 20.04.2018
Deutsches Historisches Institut in Rom

Deindustrialization in Europe has followed an uneven development, which has affected particular regions and cities more strongly than societies as a whole, and transformed particular sectors rather than the entire economy of a nation. This conference aims to make an important addition to deindustrialization studies by marking the beginning of a comparative regional history that takes multidisciplinary perspectives required to better understand the complexities and effects of deindustrialization processes. Experts in the field will meet at the German Historical Institute in Rome to discuss two examples of the most heavily industrialized regions in Italy and Germany, the Ruhr and Northwest Italy. Both have experienced dramatic structural changes over the second half of the twentieth century. Comparing them makes visible the distinctly transformative developments at the regional level and allows us to contextualize the sustained German-Italian comparison in a wider framework beyond the national. As both regions have taken very different paths in their economic, social, environmental, urban and cultural histories, they can learn from each other and serve as examples for others.


18 April 2018

Martin Baumeister & Christian Wicke, Introduction

14:30 – 16:30
Methodology and Historiography of the History of Deindustrialization
Chaired by: Stefan Berger

Giuseppe Berta (Bocconi University) & Angelo Pichierri (University of Turin)
Deindustrialization and Structural Change in Historical Perspective: The Case of Nord Ovest

Hans-Werner Wehling (University of Duisburg-Essen)
The Industrial Cultural Landscape of the Ruhr: Its Structures and Perspectives

Roberta Garruccio (University of Milano Bicocca)
An Oral History and Public History Project in Sesto San Giovanni

Stefan Moitra (German Mining Museum, Bochum)
Framing Structural Change in Life Stories: Oral Histories of Labor and Deindustrialization in the Ruhr

16:30 – 17:00

17.00 – 18:30
Keynote Lecture by Marcel van der Linden (International Institute for Social History, Amsterdam)

19 April 2018

9:00 – 11:00
Labour Relations and Social Movements under Conditions of Deindustrialization
Chaired by: Stefano Musso

Salvatore Cominu (AASTER, Milan)
New Jobs, New Workers and Social Movements in De-industrialized Urban Environments

Manfred Wannöffel (Ruhr University Bochum)
Forms of Glocalization: Economic Globalization and Political Regulation: The Role of Labor Re¬la¬tions in the Process of Deindustrialization in the Ruhr

Gilda Zazzara (University of Venice)
Italian Trade Unions Facing Industrial Change: Restructuring, Metamorphosis, Decline, De¬in-dus¬trialization

Sebastian Voigt (Institute for Contemporary History, Munich-Berlin)
Structural Crisis? The Perception of Crises and the Debate about Structural Policy in the Ger-man Trade Union Confederation (DGB) in the 1970s

11:00 – 11:30

11:30 – 13:30
Economic Policy Responses to Deindustrialization
Chaired by: Stefano Musso

Stefan Goch (Ruhr University Bochum)
Which Endogenous Potentials and which Exogenous Aids Promote the Management of Struc-tural Change in the Region? Experiences from the Ruhr Area

Aldo Enrietti (ISMEL / University of Turin)
The Structural Changes in the Nord-Ovest Car Industry

Jan Kellershohn (Ruhr University Bochum)
From Coal and Steel to Education and Knowledge? Deindustrialization and Politics of Know-ledge in the Ruhr Region

Marco Doria (University of Genoa)
Governing the City in Deindustrialization Processes: The Case of Genoa

13:30 – 15:00

15:00 – 17:00
Environmental Histories of Deindustrialization
Chaired by: Christian Wicke

Frank Uekoetter (University of Birmingham)
Brownfield Green: Growing Environmentalism along the Ruhr

Gabriella Corona
The Case of Bagnoli: The Failure of Environmetal Policies in Italy

Pia Eiringhaus (Ruhr University Bochum)
From Black to Green: A Critical Perspective on Post-industrial Representations of Region and En¬vironment in the Ruhr Area

Salvatore Adorno, Francesco Martinico & Marisa Meli (University of Catania)
Decontamination and Redevelopment in Southern Italy: Historical, Legal and Urban Profiles

20 April 2018

9:00 – 11:00
Urban Histories of Deindustrialization
Chaired by: Martin Baumeister

Giorgio Bigatti (ISEC / Milan and Bocconi University)
Deindustrialization in the History of Milan

Christa Reicher (TU Dortmund University)
Urban Transformation of the Ruhr and the Influence on Urbanity

Sergio Scamuzzi (University of Turin)
The Role of Local Government for Economic Recovery and Urban Transformations: The Case of Turin

Sebastian Haumann (Darmstadt University of Technology)
Deindustrialization in Urban History: Current Research and Desiderata

11:00 – 11:30

11:30 – 13:30
Historical Cultures of Deindustrialization
Chaired by: Christian Wicke

Jörn Rüsen (Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Essen)
A Cultural Reaction to the Deindustrialization in the Ruhr-area: Historical Museums

Roberto Tolaini (University of Genoa)
Deindustrialization between Memory and Reutilization: Some Cases in Nord-Ovest

Jana Golombek (German Mining Museum, Bochum)
Filling the Gap: The Aesthetic Transformation of the Deindustrializing Ruhr through Industrial Land Art since the 1960s

Anna Moro
Re-use of Former Industrial Areas and Cultural Issues: The Case of Sesto San Giovanni

13:30 – 15:00

15:00 – 16:00
Stefan Berger and Stefano Musso: Concluding Discussion

End of Conference


Stefano Musso

Università degli Studi di Torino
Via Verdi, 8 - 10124 Torino

Deindustrialization: The Structural Transformation of Nord-Ovest and the Ruhr in Comparative Perspective, 18.04.2018 – 20.04.2018 Rom, in: H-Soz-Kult, 21.03.2018, <>.