Industrial Heritage: Historical Context, Social Challenges and Management Opportunities

May 22, 2015 - 18:00 - 19:30
Nador u. 9, Monument Building
Popper Room
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Department of Medieval Studies
Industrial Heritage: Historical Context, Social Challenges and Management Opportunities

The discussion connected to the exhibition Labor, Exhaustion and Success. Company Towns in the Donbas focuses on a special aspect of the topic: In what respect can these complexes be considered part of cultural heritage? In the 19th and 20th centuries, the great period of industrialization, all over Europe these establishments were perceived as landmarks of development and the products of modern technology and social modernization. Today abandoned factories and mines spotting the landscape testify, especially in Eastern and Central Europe, to the end of this era. Social and economic problems connected to this industrial crisis overshadow the issue of architectural and material heritage in the public discussion. The plants, however, mark an important phase in the history of industrial regions, when local and regional identities were centred around industrial work. To what extent does present society consider historical industrial establishments as having any value? Is it necessary to preserve, present or re-utilize them, and if yes, how? How is this problem handled in various historical and geographic regions? The roundtable discussion will explore the problem of industrial heritage with the contribution of experts from a variety of related fields.

Participants of the roundtable:

Sofia Dyak (Director, Center for Urban History of East Central Europe, Lviv)

Pál Germuska (Researcher, Institute and Museum of Military History, Budapest)

Volodymyr Kulikov (Associate Professor, Karazin Kharkiv National University)

Györgyi Németh (Hungarian National Representative of the International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage, President of the Industrial Heritage Committee of TICCIH/ICOMOS Hungary)

Alfred Rieber (Professor, Department of History, CEU, Budapest)

Piroska Varga (Vice President, Association of Cultural Heritage Managers)

Moderator of the discussion: József Laszlovszky (Head of the Program Committee, Cultural Heritage Studies Program, CEU)