Mission Dispatch Program: French-Japanese Workshop on Heritage of Industrial Modernisatiion (FY2009)
This project materialized as a follow-up of the participation of the French Institute for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences in the Symposium for Heritage of Industrial Modernization in Japan organized by IIST in 2007. IIST was requested to dispatch Japanese experts to a French-Japanese workshop organized by the French organization Koinetwork g.e.i.e. In this workshop, experts from Japan, France, Germany (the state of Saarland), Italy, Spain, and Greece delivered case presentations on the utilization of industrial heritage in their regions and engaged in discussions. The objective of the workshop was to further develop international cooperation in this field.
Dates: May 27 - 29, 2009
Organized by: Koinetwork g.e.i.e.(France); Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST)
Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Sciences, Ochanomizu University
Director, Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology
Senior Cultural Properties Specialist, Cultural Properties Department, Agency for Cultural Affairs
Vice President & Managing Director, IIST
Experts also participated from France (the Region Ile-de-France, National Heritage Institute), Italy (Municipality of Sesto San Giovanni, University of Turin, Milan Province), Germany (University of Applied Sciences, Sarrebruck), Greece (Pireus Bank Cultural Foundation), and Spain (Principality of Asturias, International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage(TICCIH)).
In the two-day workshop, the Japanese experts delivered presentations introducing the main industrial heritage in Japan, cases of its utilization, the efforts of the government (the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s “33 Heritage Constellations of Industrial Modernization” and “33 Heritage Constellations of Industrial Modernization: The Sequel” and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s “Law for the Promotion of Historical Environment”), efforts of the private sector (Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, etc.), guidelines for the utilization of industrial heritage as world heritage, and other topics. Experts from the European countries, meanwhile, delivered presentations on a wide range of topics, including the introduction of industrial heritage in their regions (Ile de France, Seine-Saint-Denis, and Rouen in France; the state of Saarland in Germany; Sesto San Giovanni and Milan in Italy; the Principality of Asturias in Spain; etc.), cases of utilization, preservation efforts by the government, the industrial heritage preservation efforts of a cultural foundation in Greece, and the social and economic significance of industrial heritage in Europe.
On the third day, there were visits to industrial heritage sites on the outskirts of Paris. Participants took a trip by cruise boat along the Canal de l’Ourcq, which goes from Paris to Seine-Saint-Denis, and observed such industrial heritage sites as former flour mills. In Seine-Saint-Denis they inspected the site of a former factory of Christofle (a French silversmith company founded in 1830), and in Noisiel they visited the headquarters of the Nestle-France Group, which reuses a nineteenth-century building that used to be a former chocolate factory of Menier as offices. After they had returned to Paris, the participants visited the Italian Residence at the Cite Internationale Universitaire in Paris, where they heard an explanation of an exhibition on industrial heritage in Sesto San Giovanni. Afterward the participants received welcome greetings from a member of the European Parliament and the chairman of the French company Printemps.
In the workshop, the presentations by each expert were followed by lively discussions. Participants commented positively that they had been able to understand the differences in thinking about industrial heritage and methods of utilization between their own countries and other countries and that the experience would be highly meaningful in future activities. After the workshop, the organizer, Koinetwork g.e.i.e., proposed the formation of a cooperative setup for the preservation and utilization of industrial heritage among the European countries and between Japan and Europe, and it was confirmed that exchange and cooperation would continue. International exchange in this field is still at the development stage, and there are few international meetings like this one bringing together experts from several countries. Therefore, it is hoped that this project will further advance international cooperation and contribute to the effective utilization of industrial heritage, thereby invigorating regional economies.
May 27 (Wednesday)
French-Japanese Workshop (Part 1) (Venue: Paris City Hall)
May 28 (Thursday)
French-Japanese Workshop (Part 2) (Venue: Presidence, Ile de France)
May 29 (Friday)
Visit to industrial heritage sites near Paris
(1)Visit to industrial heritage sites along the Canal de l’Ourcq (former flour mills, etc.)
(2)Visit to the former Christofle silversmith factory
(3)Visit to the headquarters of the Nestle-France Group
(4)Visit to the Italian Residence at the Cite Internationale Universitaire in Paris
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