Adam Hajduga


Relinking Sites and Communities of Industrial Regions in Post-Modern Times.


Deindustrialization is not only the economical process, but first of all the cultural change. Restructuring of industry has got a strong influence on people’s lives transforming the symbolical order, the patterns and lifestyles characteristic for traditional industrial regions.

The social order that has been formed for centuries of industrialization is coming down, and the traditional social ties being observed in social communities are broken. The postindustrial objects and space as both symbols of proud past became the sign of modern fall and degradation.

For the authorities of the restructured regions building some new linking between industrial past and deindustrialized present became the biggest challenge, in which the postindustrial community creates the new version of its identity.

There will be some activity review in this presentation being realized by the Silesian Voivodeship authorities, the most industrialized region in Poland. The main attention will be paid to the Industrial Monument Route created in 2006 and the feast of this culture route – ‘Industriada’.


Adam Hajduga is Doctor of Humanities in the field of Sociology and specializes in the sociology of leisure, sociology of tourism and the cultural tourism.

He is the author of several academic publications. Teaching employee at The Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Faculty of Management and Social Communication, Department of Culture), teaching employee at The Higher School of Labour Safety Management in Katowice (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) since October 2013 up to now. Teaching employee at The Jerzy Kukuczka Academy of Physical Education in Katowice (Faculty of Tourism, Department of Sport and Tourism Management) since February 2013 till June 2013. An assistant professor at the Faculty of Sociology at The Katowice School of Economics since 2006 till September 2013.

Currently Adam is Head of the Unit for promotion industrial heritage (Department of Culture at the Marshal Office of the Silesian Voivodeship). Participant of numerous international internships in the field of construction, management and promotion of tourism product. Member of the Board of the European Route of Industrial Heritage with a head office in Germany. Member of the Programme Council of the Coal Mining Museum in Zabrze. Member of the Polish Sociological Association Co-creator and a long term coordinator of a regional tourism product: The Industrial Monuments Route of the Silesian Voivodeship -and its feast – INDUSTRIADA.