Hungary, Budapest

Industrial Heritage as a Source of Social Empowerment and Economic Revitalization

online course
when 6 July 2020 - 10 July 2020
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 EC
fee EUR 100

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 – landscape, built heritage, mobile heritage, practices, knowledge, social structures – linked to redundant industrial landscapes. It will address the question of how cultural heritage can change the cultural identity of a region promoting an optimistic future. The course aims to improve the participants` ability to understand industrial heritage within the dynamic relationship of three levels: the macro-level of regions (spatial planning and territorial development), the meso-level of settlements (urban planning), and the micro-level of buildings. Adaptive reuse of buildings and complexes will be a special focus.

The course will look at the regeneration not only of individual buildings but also of entire regions. Heritage studies will be combined with discussions of visionary leadership to consider how the disadvantages of a redundant region (such as mass-unemployment) can be re-positioned as benefits (such as an available skilled workforce). The re-development and management of former industrial sites is a complex process requiring multiple skills and fields of expertise. This is why the course involves a multidisciplinary faculty body, including researchers in various areas, policy experts, spatial planners, managers as well as cultural actors and artists.
Besides dealing with various theoretical and methodological problems related to de-industrialization, case studies will constitute an essential part of the course. 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 Hungary.

Course leader

Volodymyr Kulikov, Cultural Heritage Studies Program, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Dóra Mérai, Cultural Heritage Studies Program, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Jozsef Laszlovszky, Cultural Heritage Studies Program, Cen

Target group

Postgraduate students, junior researchers, practicing professionals active in the field of research, teaching, and policymaking of related subjects (heritage studies, urban studies, architecture, tourism studies, cultural geography, management, marketing, government and public policy, exhibition design, social technology, participatory design, etc.), with a minimum of MA or equivalent in any of these fields.

Participants shall meet the following criteria:
• Have a BA, MA or PhD degree or equivalent;
• Be fluent in English;
• Have demonstrable achievements in research or practice;
• Demonstrate familiarity with the fields related to the course. (Applicants are required to bring case studies identifying specific problems which will be the basis of seminar discussions.)
• Demonstrate originality and motivation in their application letter.

Course aim

The course aims to improve the participants` ability to understand industrial heritage within the dynamic relationship of three levels: the macro-level of regions (spatial planning and territorial development), the meso-level of settlements (urban planning), and the micro-level of buildings. Adaptive reuse of buildings and complexes will be a special focus.

Credits info

1 EC
CEU Summer University awards a certificate of attendance upon successful completion of the course. In order to gain this certificate, participants will be expected to attend and actively participate in all classes and complete assignments required by the course.

Our courses offer ECTS points, which may be accepted for credit transfer by the participants' home universities. Those who wish to obtain these credits should inquire about the possible transfer at their home institution prior to their enrollment. The Summer University Office will send a transcript to those who have fulfilled all the necessary course requirements and request one.

Fee info

EUR 100: payable until June 15
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Scholarships

A limited number of tuition waivers are available on a competitive basis.