“From Burden to Resource: Industrial Heritage in Central-Eastern Europe”

September 28, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 13:00 PM CET

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Please find the preliminary program below.

Welcome and introduction

KEYNOTE: Yonca Erkan: Industrial Heritage as a Resource for Urban Development: Management Models from Istanbul

Denisa Chylová and Gábor Bindics: Reviving long forgotten heritage in Bratislava: the Grössling City Bath

Dr. Katarzyna Sadowy: New economy for industrial heritage. Looking for solutions in Warsaw

Dr. Hanna Szemző and Zsuzsa Sidó: Three pathways of industrial heritage in Budapest: Former beer factories in Kőbánya



KEYNOTE: Györgyi Németh: TICCIH and industrial heritage in the Visegrad Group countries

Dr. Milan Balaban: The Bata Company towns in Central Europe today

KEYNOTE: Piotr Kisiel: Industrial Heritage: Between technical monuments and post-industrial landscapes


Summary and closing

The keynote speakers:

Prof. Dr. Yonca Erkan

Is the UNESCO Chair on the Management and Promotion of World Heritage Sites: New Media and Community Involvement and PhD Coordinator of the Graduate Program on the Conservation of Cultural Heritage at Kadir Has Univeristy, Istanbul. In 2018, she worked as senior consultant at the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, as the Historic Urban Landscape/World Heritage Cities Programme Coordinator.  She is a jury member of European Union Cultural Heritage – EUROPA NOSTRA Awards in Education, Training and Awareness Raising (Category IV) since 2015.

Currently, she is coordinating the research project Horizon2020 Marie-Sklodowska Curie – RISE Project titled “Sustainable Management of Industrial Heritage as a Resource for Urban Development” (2021-2025). 

Yonca Erkan received her PhD from Istanbul Technical University in 2007. She got her S.M.Arch.S. degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998 and she received M.Arch. degree in architectural conservation in 1996 and B.Arch. degree in 1993 from Yıldız Technical University. Her research interests include management of world heritage sites, urban conservation, industrial heritage and community involvement.

Dr. Györgyi Németh

She has been associate professor in industrial history and industrial heritage studies at the Institute of History, University of Miskolc. She holds an MA and a PhD from the Kossuth Lajos University, Debrecen, Hungary.

She is the head of the Global & Local Section of The International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage (TICCIH) and has been a Board Member in the organisation with special responsibilities for Central and Eastern Europe. She is the founding chairperson of TICCIH Hungary, and an active member of ICOMOS Hungary. She has been a research fellow at Centre d’Histoire des Sciences et d’Histoire Techniques (CH2ST), Pantheon-Sorbonne, Université Paris 1, and at Maison des Sciences de l’Homme. She has also taken part in co-operational research programmes in the USA, France, Germany, Poland, and Slovakia. Her researches focus on the history of industry between the 18th and 20th century, as well as on the theory and practice of industrial heritage conservation.

She has been a keynote speaker at academic conferences in Germany, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Mexico, Chile, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Romania, and Hungary, among others. She has been visiting professor at Michigan Technological University in the USA and Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM) in Paris, and has lectured at Shizuoka University in Japan and at Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan. She has elaborated the first complex industrial heritage university programme in Hungary.

She has served on the editorial board of the scientific journal Patrimoine de l’industrie, Industrial patrimony and TICCIH Bulletin. She published Growth, decline and recovery: heavy industrial regions in transition, and has contributed recently to Industrial Heritage Re-tooled: the TICCIH guide to Industrial Heritage Conservation. Her latest English-language study “Contested heritage and regional identity in the Borsod Industrial Area in Hungary” was published by Routledge in Industrial Heritage and Regional Identities.

Dr. Piotr Kisiel

After graduating in history in 2011 from the University of Dundee, Scotland and in the same year from the Jagiellonian University, Poland, Piotr Kisiel pursued his PhD at the European University Institute, Italy where he defended his dissertation in January 2016. After working at the Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial, he joined the research team of Aleida and Jan Assmann at the University of Konstanz in 2018, where he focused on postindustrial heritage in Germany and Poland. In January 2021 he became the principal investigator of the subproject “Planning” at the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space, within the UrbanMetaMapping research consortium. His project deals with the post-war planning in East Germany and Poland. Piotr taught at universities in France, Poland and Turkey. His research lies at the crossroads of urban history, heritage studies and nationalism studies.