2021 TICCIH Congress in Montreal: Industrial Heritage Reloaded: New Territories and Changing Culturescapes
Industrial Heritage Reloaded
New Territories, Changing Culturescapes
August 31 to 4 September 4, 2021
The Canada Research Chair in Urban Heritage of Université du Québec à Montréal, directed by its holder, Professor Lucie K. Morisset, in collaboration with the Association québécoise pour le patrimoine industriel (Quebec association for industrial heritage) and with the support of Tourisme Montréal, will be hosting the 2021 TICCIH Congress in Montreal, from August 31 to September 4, 2021.
The theme is designed to encourage a redeployment of reflections and practices beyond classical “post-industrial” formulations coloured by escheat and obsolescence. It thus aims to further decompartmentalize industrial heritage, as instigated by previous congresses. While reserving a space for discussion on buildings and their conservation, as well as, naturally, on other industrial infrastructure and artefacts, the 2021 TICCIH congress in Montreal is designed to perpetuate and renew research and exchanges on less-discussed areas of industrial heritage, by addressing the identity of industrial civilization from the angle of its representations, culture, and territories, and of their documentation and enrichment. As such, beyond the manufacturing industry, we can ask ourselves what is “the industrial” in the contemporary world, both in terms of what remains and with regard to current productions: is the knowledge economy an industry? How does the major multinational industry of the 20th century view itself, faced with “castles of the industry” and at the time of its own demise? How to discuss neighborhoods where the working-class identity is disappearing? Or how, conversely, to preserve the brand of industry in the urban centres that it forged, including modern cities, company towns, or working-class neighbourhoods undergoing significant economic, social, and cultural changes? One can, likewise, question the methods and practices beyond mere preservation: what are the contributions and issues of increasingly popular oral history? What about branding strategies, which have positioned vast requalification operations on a planetary scale? How can industrial tourism adapt to the new desires of visitors?
It is around such questions that the 2021 TICCIH Congress will be based. This will, in short, “reload” industrial heritage by capitalizing on its territorial and social reality to reflect on its new or potential identities and to rethink it within the changing culturescapes of the decades to come.
Congress : 31 August to 4th september 2021
First call for sessions : to come mid-February 2019
First call for papers : October 2019