Industrial Today
28 June 2015

One of the focuses of DonKult’s lecture and discussion program is industrial culture and heritage. Several events will be dedicated to this topic.

On Sunday, June 28, 2015, we started a conversation about the past and contemporary perspectives of postindustrial regions with the presentation by Dr. Dagmar Kift on the experience of industrial areas of Germany.

We continued this topic with the discussion "Rethinking Industrial Heritance: The Potential of Former Industrial Regions." In the discussion participated: Sofia Dyak (Center for Urban History, Lviv), Dagmar Kift (LWL-Industriemuseum in Dortmund), Anna Medvedeva (“Isolation,” Donetsk-Kyiv), Pavel Yahlo (Director of "History of New Guta" at the Museum of History in Krakow). Moderator - Iryna Sklokina (Center for Urban History).

The focus of the discussion was on the problem of how in different countries, where previously "heritage" was usually determined by categories of high and national culture, approaches to the industrial as heritage were formed. How are understandings of the industrial heritage changing today, in the conditions of a crisis/transformation of the narrative of national history? What groups and institutions that contribute to the rethinking of the industrial exist, and how do their activities relate to the creation of regional identities of industrial regions? What place is occupied by cultural institutions, among other actors, in this process? Can a heritage boom meet the challenges of the post-industrial era in the old industrial regions?

The Sunday program was accompanied by screenings documentary chronicles of industrial cities in Ukraine (in between events).