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Religious Spaces of Sykhiv
August 17, 2017

On August 17, 2017 at 7.00 pm, as a part of "Sykhiv by Night" public program Vlad Naumescu will give a lecture on "The Other Sykhiv: Religious Alternatives to a Modernist Vision."

The event will take place at the "Intercity" trade center, 62a Chervona Kalyna AvenueFree Entrance. 

This talk reflects on the postsocialist transformation of Sykhiv through a religious lens, inviting public reflection on its salience in collective memory and urban landscape. Based on field research done in 2003-2006 it observes Sykhiv’s metamorphosis from a typical Soviet mass housing district into a marketplace of religions. In the post-Soviet period religion reemerged into the public sphere becoming a major reordering principle of urban space and life. This rapid pluralization challenged the secular layout of the Soviet district and fragmented urban landscape but it also created unique opportunities for its dwellers to imagine alternative visions and inscribe them into the city.

Lecture will be held inb English with simultanous translation to Ukrainian. Entrance is free. 

Vlad Naumescu is associate Professor of Anthropology at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in Ukraine, Romania and South India on issues of memory, religion and cultural transmission. He is the author of Modes of Religiosity in Eastern Christianity: Religious Processes and Social Change in Ukraine (Lit 2007), co-editor of Churches In-between: Greek Catholic Churches in Postsocialist Europe (Lit 2008) and of several articles on related topics. In his research he combines ethnography with filmmaking. His research in Sykhiv in the early 2000s observed the urban transformation of a Soviet microraion through the lens of post socialist religious revival.

"Sykhiv By Night" is an open public program for broad audiences. It is related to other two projects of the Center for Urban History: the summer school "Sykhiv: Spaces, Memories, Practices" and a research project "Planned and Experienced: Planned Districts in Late Socialism and Beyond."