On June 28-29, 2018, the project will organize the workshop Shipyards as transforming workplaces: methods of grasping shop-floor experiences from below which will take place at the City Museum in Gdynia. Although our project carries “from below” in its name, the term challenges us again and again. In this workshop, we want to pose the question if engineers and directors have their own “from-below” perspective and how our research can explore technology changes, the spatiality of the shipyard and the dissolution of the milieu.
On the first day, the human geographer David Jordhus-Lier holds the keynote speech. Visitors are welcome.
This years Annual Convention of ASEEES (Boston, 6-9 December 2018) has the overarching theme of “Performance”. This provoked us to suggest a panel on the “Performance of Performance”. The panel was just acceptes, so project members Philipp Ther, Piotr Filipkowski, Ulf Brunnbauer and Andy Hodges will present fresh results of our project. Adrian Grama, post-doc at the University of Regensburg, will add a paper on Romanian experiences with new evaluations of economic performance. Katalin Miklossy from the Aleksantieri Institute in Helsinki will provide commentary, with Tanja Petrovic from Ljubljana chairing the whole thing.
Istria used to be an industrialized region — and industry has not disappeared. Nevertheless, it is hardly present in self-images of the region. However, what’s about popoular memories? How do people remember a past when industry was the emblem of modernity and provided stable and decently paid jobs? To explore these tensions between popular memories and public regimes of representation is the goal of a two years project, run jointly by the University of Pula and the IOS Regensburg. The project is funded by the DAAD and the Croatian Ministry of Research, and directed by Igor Duda and Ulf Brunnbauer. It is also a result of our research on Uljanik — and this research will feed into this project as well. Apart from Uljanik, we will explore also other (post) industrial milieux, such as the former mining towns of Labin and Rasa, the tobacco factory workers in Rovinj and the Mirna Fish Conserve factory, also in Rovinj. The kick-off workshop took place in Pula at the end of March, 2018.
March 16, 2018, a unique experience for our project: to present it at the Faculty of Shipbuilding in Zagreb, thus engaging in a dialogue with the engineers and business people. We learnt a lot which we owe to Prof. Kalman Ziha, Prof. emerit. at the Faculty and Main Editor of the important industry journal “Brodogradnje”, who organized the event on short notice.
On March 13, 2018, we could present our project at the Institute for Ethnology and Folklore Studies in Zagreb. Apart from the useful feedback from the ethnologists working at the IEF, we were also exploring opportunities of cooperation with a project on post-socialist labor at the IEF.
For a podcast of our presentation see: https://www.facebook.com/236002576441992/videos/1904023016306598/