Comparing Deindustrialization: Initial Thoughts on a Global Phenomenon

Comparing Deindustrialization: Initial Thoughts on a Global Phenomenon


27 October    
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Event Type

GHIL Lecture by Professor Stefan Berger (Bochum)

Stefan Berger is Professor of Social History and Director of the Institute for Social Movements at the Ruhr University Bochum, and Executive Chair of the Foundation History of the Ruhr. Deindustrialization is usually associated with the industrial nations of the global north. Whilst there have been earlier phases of deindustrialization, chronologically deindustrialization studies usually focus on the decades from the 1960s on. Deindustrialization in the global north is associated with industrialization processes in the global south. However, there have also been processes of deindustrialization in pockets of the global south. The lecture will reflect on how deindustrialization might be studied in a global perspective. It will argue that deindustrialization studies should be brought together with social movement studies, memory studies, and heritage studies in order to find a framework within which processes of structural change might usefully be compared in their transregional entanglements. Among his most recent publications is the edited volume Constructing Industrial Pasts: Heritage, Historical Culture and Identity in Regions Undergoing Structural Economic Transformation (2019).

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