Conference: Futures in the History of Deindustrialisation, Bologna, October 13-15, 2022.   

The Labour In Mining – Working Group is happy to announce its participation to the International Conference “Futures in the History of Deindustrialisation” which will take place in Bologna, October 13-15, 2022. 
The workshop is jointly organised by the ELHN Working Groups: “Memory and Deindustrialisation”, “Labour in Mining” and “Workers, Labour and Labour History in East-Central Europe” within the European Labour History Network, Department of History and Cultures of the University of Bologna, Department of Education of University of Roma Tre, the Museo del Patrimonio Industriale Bologna and the Italian Labour History Association (SISLAV).
Deindustrialisation seems to possess a Janus-faced character as it entails a (potentially nostalgic) perspective towards the past and one (potentially fearful) towards the future. Thus, in this workshop, we aim to investigate the ways in which individuals and communities, trade unionists and politicians, scholars and artists envisaged their future once industry would be gone. What kinds of images of futurity did historical actors develop amidst the very process of industrial change?

2-3pm Opening
Welcome by Eloisa Betti and the Organizing Team

3-4.30pm Panel 1: Long Shots of Post-Industrial Temporalities
Chair: Liliosa Azara

From Ploughs to Computers: Socialist Visions of a Post-Industrial Age
Martin Babička (University of Oxford)

Alternative Futures? Preliminary Ideas on the Italian Workers’ Movement between Deindustrialization and Environmentalism
Gilda Zazzara (University of Venice)

The Future of Deindustrialization – A Cultural Turn? The Future of Former Industrial Landscapes and Industrial Societies in Central Europe
Tibor Valuch (Ezterhazy Karoly University)


5-6pm Presentation of “Il lavoro e la memoria” [Work and memory] and the collection of video-interviews on mines in Sulcis-Iglesiente

10–12am Panel 2: Image Politics, Cultural Politics and Heritagization
Chair: Stefan Moitra

“The Ruhr – Heading For a New Future”: Pasts and Futures in Regional Image Politics
Helen Wagner (University of Erlangen-Nürnberg)

Negotiating a Future for Coal: the RAG AG and the Creation of the Zollverein World Heritage Site
Gertjan Plets (Utrecht University) and Marin Kuijt (Leiden University)

Deindustrialization as Cultural Trauma: The Future of Mountain Industrial Ruins between Local and Global Imaginaries
Gianluca Lanfranchi (University of Bologna)

12am–1pm Lunch break

1–3pm: Guided tour to the Museum of industrial heritage


3–5pm Panel 3: Coming to Terms with Fears and Hopes
Chair: Francesca Sanna

(Not) Having a Future? Western Migration from a Former Industrial Center in Northern Hungary
Eszther Bartha (Eötvös Loránd University)

Middletown Revisited: Deindustrialization and Local Structures of Feeling in Muncie, Indiana
Patrick Collier and James J. Connolly (Ball State University)

Dystopian Futures: Cultural Creation and Decline in Asturian Coalfields
Ruben Vega (University of Oviedo)

The Healing Power of Art: Future Strategies for Mending a Cleaved Ex-industrial Community
Lisa Taylor (Leeds Beckett University)


5.15–6pm Presentation of Bologna metalmeccani@ and short film “Noi siamo la Minganti”



10–12am Panel 4: Urban Planning and Local Strategies
Chair: Christian Wicke

Building the Post-Industrial Future in Urban Britain
Alistair Kefford (Leiden University)

Nowa Huta: Then, Now and in the Future
Melinda Harlov-Csortán (Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg)

Towards a Bright Future: Examining the Transition from Mining to Industry in a Soviet Uranium Mining Town
Nikolaos Olma (Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin)

The Factory Between Heritage and Production: Memories and Perspectives of an Incomplete Deindustrialization
Francesco Caiazzo (University of Bologna)


12-12.30pm Closing Discussion
12.30-1.30pm Lunch Break


2–6pm Industrial heritage guided tour across Bologna area organized by the Museum of Industrial heritage


Find the complete Programm here: CLIONET2022-10-LOC
For more information, contact us

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LIM COORDINATORS (2022, September 27). Conference: Futures in the History of Deindustrialisation, Bologna, October 13-15, 2022.   . Labour In Mining. Retrieved June 17, 2024, from

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