Contested futures for Coal – Historical and Economic Foundations of the Energy Transition(s).

19. Dezember | 09:00

Energy Transition(s)

Pour une approche interdisciplinaire de l’énergie

Contested futures for Coal – Historical and Economic Foundations of the Energy Transition(s)

19 December 2019; Centre Marc Bloch, Friedrichstraße 191 Berlin

Foto: Jörg Farys / BUND


9:00 – 9:15        Arrival and Registration

9:15 – 9:30        Opening and Introduction
                           Ulrike Zeigermann, OVGU and Gilles Lepesant, CMB

9:30 – 11:00      Panel I: Phase-in Coal in European and Global History in the 19th and 20th Century

Chair : Silke Mende (Centre Marc Bloch)

  • Mining: the invention of a tradition, Jakob Vogel, Centre Marc Bloch
  • Historical Developments of Primary and Secondary Coal Regions Helge Wendt, Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte
  • Historiographies of coal phase-in in Britain, Germany, and the United States, Thomas Turnbull. Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte
  • From 1950 to 1990: Pathways in East and West Germany, Pao-Yu Oei, Technische Universität Berlin

11:00 – 11:30   Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00    Panel II : Coal Phase-Out? Socio-Economic Challenges and Contested Pathways in the 21st Century

Chair : Ulrike Zeigermann (OVGU)

  • Social and political challenges in Lausitz, Johannes Staemmler, IASS
  • Challenges for climate transparencyin the coal phase-out, Hannah Schindler, HVGP
  • From restructuring to sustainable development. The case of Upper Silesia., Zofia Wetmańska, Wise Europa, Warsaw
  • Spatialities of a contested German energy region, Ludger Gailing, IRS Leibnitz

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:30 Roundtable Discussion: Contested Futures for Coal

Chair : Gretchen Bakke (IRI THESys)

Opening Remarks: Uwe Steffen, Referatsleiter im Ministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie des Landes Brandenburg

  • Wiebke Witt, Klima-Allianz Deutschland
  • Rebekka Popp and Alexander Reitzenstein, Third Generation Environmentalism  E3G
  • Julia Wambach, Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung (tbc)

15:30 – 16:30 Reception

With the support of the French Embassy, Berlin - Service scientifique / Wissenschaftsabteilung

In Cooperation with the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg

Gilles Lepesant
lepesant  ( at )  cmb.hu-berlin.de

Ulrike Zeigermann
zeigermann  ( at )  cmb.hu-berlin.de


Centre Marc Bloch
Friedrichstrasse 191
10117 Berlin