Postgraduate summer course on “Industrial Heritage as a Source of Social Empowerment and Economic Revitalization” at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest


Postgraduate summer course on “Industrial Heritage as a Source of Social
Empowerment and Economic Revitalization
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European University (CEU) in Budapest

Following the profound changes in Central & Eastern Europe in the last 30
years, the region has a legacy of many industrial sites and buildings.
Through this course, you will learn how an industrial site can be converted
from a problematic legacy into a social and economic resource. The
multidisciplinary faculty includes practitioners and academics, featuring
researchers, policy experts, spatial planners, managers, cultural actors,
and artists. Based on their personal experience, they will present model
projects such as ExRotaprint <> in Berlin or
Industrial Heritage Management in the Ruhr Area. The course offers a unique
opportunity to discuss your own project and ideas with the top-level
experts in the field.

The course will focus on the potential of industrial heritage to be a
transformative influence in the post-industrial regions. It aims to bridge
an industrial past, through a deindustrialized present, towards an
economically and socially sustainable future. It is based on the
recognition that there is a gap between heritage specialist focusing on
heritage assets on one side, and policymakers and developers focusing on
social and economic development on the other. The way to bridge this gap is
using heritage as a resource for development, which, at the same time,
secures the sustainability of heritage. Heritage is considered as a lever
of economic growth and social renewal in post-industrial landscapes.

The course will look at tangible and intangible heritage – landscapes,
buildings, industrial equipment and artefacts, practices, knowledge, and
social structures – linked to industrial areas. It will address the
question of how cultural heritage can change the cultural identity of a
region promoting an optimistic future.

Applicants will be expected to bring cases and tutorials which can serve as
a basis of in-class discussions. When students present cases, they will
place themselves in the role of the decision-makers as they analyze the
situation and identify the problem they were faced with. Some prospective
tutors bring experiences with successful cases and best practices that will
enrich the discussion. In addition, in order to have the first-hand
experience with the sites under discussion and their special context, the
course will include site visits in Budapest and a field trip in Northern

The course is composed of three modules focusing on three broad areas
connected to industrial heritage as a social and economic resource.
*Module 1* focuses on the value assessment of industrial heritage. It
addresses industrial heritage as a resource, the concept, and methods of
heritage value assessment in general, and theories and methods of research
in various disciplines such as industrial archaeology, oral history, public
history, economic history, heritage studies, social and labor history,
sociology, economic studies.
*Module 2* is about policies towards industrial heritage: addressing its
economic and social potential, its protection, and redevelopment. Here
industrial heritage is discussed in the context of spatial and urban
planning. The role of industrial heritage in regional as well as local
identities and participatory governance will also be addressed.
*Module 3* is designed to present practices: industrial heritage research,
protection, management, and interpretation are discussed through case
studies, best practices as well as problem cases, including case studies
from the Ruhr Area.

*Course Directors:*

Volodymyr Kulikov, Cultural Heritage Studies Program, Central European
University, Budapest, Hungar

Dóra Mérai, Cultural Heritage Studies Program, Central European University,
Budapest, Hungary

Jozsef Laszlovsky, Cultural Heritage Studies Program, Central European
University, Budapest, Hungary

*Course Faculty:*

Daniela Brahm, ExRotaprint, Berlin, Germany

Dagmar Kift, formerly LWL-Industriemuseum, Dortmund, Germany

Maciej Kisilowski, Department of Economics and Business, Central European
University, Budapest, Hungary

John Pendlebury, School of Architecture Planning and Landscape, Global
Urban Research Unit, Newcastle University, United Kingdom

Laszlo Pinter, Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central
European University, Budapest, Hungary

Levente Polyák, Eutropian Research & Action, Vienna, Austria

Blair Ruble TBC, The Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center, USA,
Washington DC, United States of America

Marsha Siefert, Department of History, Central European University,
Budapest, Hungary

Daniel Walkowitz, Faculty of Arts and Science, New York University, United
States of America


Both postgraduate students and practitioners can apply on the website

First application deadline: 15. March 2020