Public history

Neue Perspektiven auf die Geschichte des Bergbaus an der Saar (Werkstattbericht)

6 Juli 2021

Grubenlandschaft Dudweiler
Lecture by Birgit Metzger, cultural scientist and historian. The online event is part of the REMIX lecture series.

The REMIX lecture series accompanies the C²DH based research project “Remixing Industrial Pasts in the Digital Age”. The project explores the history of cultures, populations and territories of the Minett region and will be a sustainable contribution to the “European Capital of Culture Esch 2022” programme. The project is funded by Esch2022 ASBL.

Since the REMIX/Esch2022 project thematically includes the neighbouring regions in a comparative and transregional perspective, this lecture is dedicated to the mining history of the Saar region.

On 6 July, Birgit Metzger will give a lecture on Neue Perspektiven auf die Geschichte des Bergbaus an der Saar (Werkstattbericht) [New perspectives on the history of mining in the Saar (workshop report)]. As a social figure, the miner is deeply anchored in the cultural memory of the Saarland. He is heroised, romanticised, ruralised. This reflects the enormous importance of coal mining for the economic, social and political development of the region over the last 150 years. The lecture will reflect on the history of miners and mining in the Saar in the light of current research trends, including the transformation of energy systems and social change in de-industrialisation or the potential of combining cultural and social history approaches for understanding (post-)mining societies.

Birgit Metzger is a cultural scientist and historian. In 2012, she received her doctorate from the Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg with the thesis "Das Waldsterben. History of a West German Political Issue 1978-1986". She received the Monika Glettler Prize 2012 for this work. Her research interests focuse on environmental history, social movements and protest cultures, risk and accident history. Temporally, her focus is on the 20th century. She is currently reasearch associate and lecturer at the Institute of History at Saarland University and is working on a research project on the history of mining in the Saar.


Tuesday, 6 July 2021

17.00 - 18.30 on Webex

Please notice: This lecture will be in German, the discussion in German, English and French.

To receive the link to this online event, please send an e-mail to Werner Tschacher (