Workshop ‘Confronting Decline: Challenges of Deindustrialisation in Western Societies Since the 1970s’

  • Location

    Black Box, Maison des Sciences humaines 11, Porte des Sciences

    4366, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

  • Topic
  • Type
    Courses and workshops

Confronting Decline: Challenges of Deindustrialisation in Western Societies Since the 1970s (CONDE) is a research project that explores deindustrialisation in a systematic historical perspective and places it in wider political, economic, social and cultural contexts. Building on regionally focused studies, the project examines the supraregional significance of deindustrialisation and its legacies in terms of the history of politics, culture and gender. Moving past the history of factory closings, the project aims at a history of deindustrialisation “beyond the ruins”. It will thus contribute to a deeper historical understanding of the era “after the boom”.

The second CONDE workshop takes place on 30 November and 1 December 2023 at the Black Box, Maison des Sciences humaines, University of Luxembourg, Belval Campus.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Tessy Delledera: tessy.delledera@uni.lu


Thursday, 30 November

14.00 Welcome
14.30Panel 1 (Chair: Frank Trentmann)Panel 1 (Chair: Frank Trentmann)
Deindustrialization and consumer society. Producers, trade and consumer culture
Christian Marx (Commentator: Christian Kleinschmidt)
Deindustrialization and Adult Education: Politics, Learning Opportunities and Participation
Jonas Fey (Commentator: Andreas Martin)
16.00Coffee break
16.30Panel 2 (Chair: Matthew Worley)
Dispositives of Deindustrialization in Pop History: Image Production in the Face of Structural Change
Paroma Ghose (Commentator: Andreas Fickers)
A history of structural change in Luxembourg
Zoé Konsbruck (Commentator: Nadir Kinossia)

Friday, 1 December

09.00 Panel 3 (Chair: Christoph Brüll)
Deindustrialisation and gender. Industrial work, family structures and gender identities
Helena Schwinghammer (Commentator: Lutz Raphael)
The Transformation of ARBED 1973-2001. A European business and labour history
Nicolas Arendt (Commentator: Laura Rischbieter)
10.30Coffee break
11.00Reading session (Chair: Martina Steber)
High, Steven, and Lachlan MacKinnon. 2020. “Deindustrialization.” In The Routledge Handbook to the Political Economy and Governance of the Americas, edited by Olaf Kaltmeier, Anne Tittor, Daniel Hawkins, and Eleonora Rohland, p. 57-67. London: Routledge (Commentator: Jörg Arnold)
Tomlinson, Jim, De-industrialization: strengths and weaknesses as a key concept for understanding post-war British history, in: Urban History 47 (2) (2020), p. 199-219 (Commentator: Jackie Clarke)
12.30Closing remarks

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