Deindustrializing Eastern Europe


After the collapse of Communism in East Central and Eastern Europe, most countries transitioned rapidly to liberal capitalist regimes. This transition process was often characterized by neoliberal strategies for transitioning which resulted in accelerated processes of deindustrialization, as many of the industries that operated under Communism either were not profitable under capitalist market conditions or […]


New Approaches to Deindustrialization Studies


The DePOT partnership continues to grow as faculty and PhD students affiliate with the project. These new team members enable the project to make wider geographic connections as well as deepen our research in our core study area of six countries. This virtual roundtable showcases some of their work-in-progress.


Where did all the jobs go? A CIH and DePOT Roundtable

Where did all the jobs go? What the history of deindustrialization can tell us about working-class survival in the face of economic change In the midst of global ecological crisis, working-class communities formed around resource extractive industries face an uncertain future. What lessons can be learned from the experience of diverse working-class areas across Canada […]

Nostalgia – a reassessment in the era of austerity


This roundtable brings together scholars to focus on the role, and representation, of nostalgia in deindustrialisation studies. In their paradigm shifting piece, Cowie and Heathcott (2003) urged us to 'move beyond' smokestack nostalgia and tales of victimisation through closure. However, 20 years later, this perspective requires revisiting. Across the deindustrialising world, areas formerly built-up around industry continue to suffer from multiple deprivations in: crime; poverty; poor environment; addiction; unemployment; poor health, and more. In this roundtable, we consider how a reassessment of nostalgic reflections, and their meanings, can contribute to our understandings of experience in deindustrialisation's half-life across generations. Taken together, they offer fresh insights into how we can reconnect the history of deindustrialisation with the contemporary experience of those communities worst impacted.

Chairs/Organisers: Dr Hilary Orange (Swansea University) and Dr Andy Clark (Newcastle University)

Andy Clark, Newcastle University
Fred Burrill, Cape Breton University
Jackie Clarke, University of Glasgow
Sinead Burns, Queen’s University Belfast
Stefan Berger, Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum
Magdalena Novoa, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Ewan Gibbs, University of Glasgow


Book Launch: Deindustrializing Montreal by Steven High

Les Sans-Taverne - Coop et Brasserie Artisanale 1900 Rue le Ber, Montréal, QC

Join us for the launch of Steven High's new book, Deindustrializing Montreal: Entangled Histories of Race, Residence, and Class. The event will be held at Batiment 7’s Les Sans Taverne (1900 rue Le Ber) in Pointe-Saint-Charles, 28 August from 1pm to 3pm. Hope to see you there!

Transnationalizing Deindustrialization Studies Conference

Transnationalizing Deindustrialization Studies: Deindustrialization and the Politics of Our Time (DePOT) 2022 Conference August 17-20, 2022, beginning at 9am (GMT+2/Berlin Time) The program for DePOT’s Transnationalizing Deindustrialization Studies conference is now available. The inter-disciplinary conference will be taking place in the Ruhr in Germany from August 17-20. All are welcome to attend, and registration is […]


This roundtable brings together researchers that study deindustrialization in Italy, beyond the traditional heartlands of industry.

La désindustrialisation en France

La désindustrialisation en France    Register here.    January 28, 2022 – 9am EST (3pm CET)      The study of deindustrialization in France is flourishing with new books, special issues, and dissertations coming out regularly. The DePOT panel will consider this new scholarship and situate it within the transnational field. The panel will be in French but many of the presentations […]


This final session in our Rethinking Deindustrialization Studies roundtable series brings curatorial and archival knowledge into the conversation.


The second of two sessions aimed at expanding the geographic imaginary of deindustrialization studies from the old industrial heartlands of Western Europe and North America.