Friday, November 26th 2010

9.00-11.00 First Session: Perspectives on Transport and Logistics

  • Jeroen Euwe (Erasmus University Rotterdam): Changing Traffic Flows along the Rhine during the Weimar Republic.
  • Vincent Lagendijk (University Leiden):  Transnational Dimensions of the Exploitation of International Rivers: A Comparative Approach.
  • Andreas Kunz (Institute of European History Mainz):  The Transport of Coal in the Rhine Economy 1850-1950.

Discussant: Monika Dommann (University Basel)

11.30-13.00 Second Session: Business and Financial Relations

  • Hein Klemann (Erasmus University Rotterdam):  Monetary and Financial Problems in the Rhine States during the Interwar Period.
  • Alfred Reckendrees (Copenhagen Business School): The Vereinigte Stahlwerke and its Financial Relations to the Netherlands 1926-1933.

Discussant: Christopher Kobrak (ESCP Europe Paris)

14.00-15.00 Second Keynote Speech: Ron Boschma (University Utrecht) How do regions diversify over time? The importance of technological relatedness.

15.30-17.00 Third Session: International Coal and the Rhine

  • Hendrik Fischer (University of Cologne), Boris Gehlen (University of Bonn): The Development of the Rhenish Lignite Industry: Enterprises and Markets 1880-1933.
  • Ralf Banken (Goethe University Frankfurt am Main): The Coal market between Mannheim and Basel: The Competition between the Saar and Ruhr Coal in the middle and upper Rhine Valley 1850-1914.
  • Thomas Jovovic (Ruhr University Bochum): The Rhenish-Westphalian Coal Syndicate and the Concentration of the Ruhr Coal Mining Industry.

Discussant: Dominique Barjot (Paris-Sorbonne-Paris IV) (to be confirmed)

17.00-18.00 General discussion


Saturday, November 27th 2010

Thursday, November 25th 2010

17.30-18.00 Introduction: Werner Plumpe and Ralf Banken (Goethe-University of Frankfurt/Main)  The Transnational Rhine Economy in the Period of the Coal-based Economy.

18.00-19.00 First Keynote Speech: Richard Coopey (Aberystwyth University; London School of Economics) Flowing across boundaries, flowing across history; The economy of rivers since 1800.

9.00-11.00 Fourth Session: Regulating and Regional Integration

  • Isabel Tölle (University Siegen), Fuming Chimneys under the Bridge: the first non-moveable Bridge over the Rhine as a Hindrance for Shipping.
  • Francoise Berger (University of Grenoble), Issues and imbalances of an insertion in the Rhine economy: The International Steel Cartel in the Inter-War-Period.
  • Kurosawa Takafumi (Kyoto University), The Hydro-powered Industrial Revolution in the High-Rhine: How Historical Inter-industrial Linkages Formed a Transnational "Proto-Economic Region".

Discussant: Peter Lyth (Nottingham University Business School)

11.30-13.00 Fifth Session: Food Trade

  • Laura Rischbieter (Humboldt University Berlin), Mark Jakob (University of Göttingen), The Trade with Colonial Goods on the Rhine in the Nineteenth Century.
  • Ben Wubs (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Feeding the Ruhr. How food connected the ever-growing industrial agglomerations with other parts of the world via Rotterdam and the river Rhine.

Discussant: Christian Kleinschmidt (University Marburg)

13.00-13.30 Preliminary conclusions: Harm Schroeter (Bergen University)

13.30-14.00 General discussion

14.00 End of the Conference