Uncomfortable Landscapes of our Industrial Pasts -Transnationality,
Trauma?and Reconciliation (with Examples from Germany, France and Japan)
主講嘉賓： Professor Dietrich Soyez, Ph.D.
- Environmental Economic Geography (?industry – resources’ interface)
- Political Geography (transnationalization of civil society actors)
- Geography of Industrial Tourism/Transnational Industrial Heritage
The majority of industrial heritage sites worldwide, and iron and steel production / processing in particular, can be regarded as ‘sanitized’ for two main reasons:
First, they are markedly ‘national’ in terms of the politics of their designation, their social legitimacy and normal practices of their interpretation. In this sense, ‘national’ claims are privileged over the actual ’messiness’ of the industrial process which cuts across international boundaries and is decidedly transnational in character, marked by migrations and movements of people (including invading armies), ideas, inventions, capital and pollution.
Second, industrial heritage sites almost exclusively celebrate the brighter aspects of industrialization by focusing, for instance, on inventive engineers, far-sighted entrepreneurs and creative architects, assumed, for the most part, to work during times of peace, prosperity and progress.
Industrial sites and landscapes, however, marked by technological failure, active in times of war or annexation, and overseen by greedy industrialists, power-hungry politicians or fame-thirsty generals, are less common to our narratives of industrial heritage.
In this lecture I address transnationality and trauma as being constitutive – and often linked – facets of our industrial heritage. I seek to complement current narratives and the dominant tropes of our industrial past by making visible the concealed and troubled realities of industrial heritage. I draw upon examples from the industrial landscapes and major manufacturing facilities in Germany, Japan and France, all of them involved, in periods of war and annexation, in weapons production and forced labor.
In my conclusions, I offer reflections on the contemporary politics of (industrial) heritage within the conceptual frameworks of contested heritage, heritage dissonance and dark tourism, as well as offering possible ways of dealing with the realities of transnationality and the truths of trauma.