Saturday, November 14th 2009

8.30-9.00 Entry: Coffee and tea

9.00-10.30 Fourth Session: Business History Perspectives

  • Ralf Banken and Werner Plumpe (University Frankfurt): The Rhine as a structuring element of business development in Western Europe.
  • Dieter Ziegler (University Bochum) and Thomas Jovovic (Deutsches Bergbaumuseum Bochum): The organisation of the Ruhr coal trade in the early twentieth century.
  • Monica Dommann (University of Zürich): Managing Material Flows. Writing the History of Logistics Cultures.

Discussant: Christian Kleinschmidt (University of Marburg)
Chair: Ben Wubs (Erasmus University)

10.30-11.00 Coffee break

11.00-12.30 Fifth Session: Technological Perspectives

  • Hans Buiter (TU Eindhoven) and Andreas Kunz (Institute of European History Mainz): Water and Rail Transport in the Rhine Economy.
  • Vincent Lagendijk (TU Eindhoven): Rhine Power: Connections, Borders, and Flows.
  • Uwe Lübken (Rachel Carson Center, LMU Munich): Risk Societies? Flooding and the Industrialisation of the Rhine and Ohio River Valleys.

Discussant: Alfred Reckendrees (Copenhagen Business School)
Chair: Ben Wubs (Erasmus University)

12.30-13.00 Werner Plumpe and Ralf Banken: Preliminary Conclusions and Perspectives for further Research. What is Next? Discussion with audience

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00 End of Conference

Friday, November 13th 2009

8.30-9.00 Entry: Coffee and tea

9.00-9.30 Hein Klemann and Ben Wubs: Creating a Transnational Rhine Network: Aims and Perspectives

9.30-11.00 First Session: Geographical Perspectives 

  • Theo Notteboom (University of Antwerp): A tale of maritime gateways and barge connectivity: container barge transport on the Rhine between 1968 and 2009.
  • Hugo van Driel and Ferry de Goey (Erasmus University Rotterdam): The Port of Rotterdam and the German Hinterland.

Discussant: Mila Davids (TU Eindhoven)
Chair: Abe de Jong (Erasmus University)

11.00-11.30 Coffee and tea break

11.30-13.00 Second Session: Macro-economic Perspectives

  • Hein Klemann (Erasmus University Rotterdam): The Nation, Nationalism and Modern Macro economics.
  • Niko Wolf (Warwick): Was Germany Ever United? Evidence from intra- and international trade flows, 1885-1933.
  • Michel Hau (University of Strasbourg): The Rhine and the Economic Development of Strasbourg, XIXth-XXth Centuries.

Discussant: Jan Otmar Hesse (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)
Chair: Abe de Jong (Erasmus University)

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-14.30 Keynote Speech: Johan Schot (TU Eindhoven) Transnational Infra structures and the rise of modern Europe.

14.30-16.00 Third Session: Institutional Perspectives

  • Jeffrey Fear (University Redlands): Cartels: Transnational, International, or National?
  • Harm Schröter (University of Bergen): International Cartels and the Sovereignty of Rhine border States, 1919-1939.
  • Ben Wubs (Erasmus University Rotterdam): The expansion of Dutch multinationals in Germany during the inter-war period, AKU, Royal Dutch Shell, Unilever and Philips.

Discussant: John Groenewegen (TU Delft)
Chair: Ferry de Goey (Erasmus University)

16.00-16.30 Tea break

16.30-17.30 Guided Tour World Museum

19.00 Diner in World Museum

Conference summary

A conference summary was published by H-Soz-u-Kult. Click here for the pdf file or visit the H-Soz-u-Kult website.


Thursday, November 12th 2009

19.30 Opening

20.00 Keynote speech: Patricia Clavin (Jesus College Oxford): Routes through Transnational History  

21.00 Drinks