The Center’s research focuses on themes connected with the history and historical experiences in the cities in Eastern and Central Europe, including their spatial, social, and cultural transformations and everyday practices. Our research projects look at the history of Lviv, but also include the history of other cities and towns of the region in order to bring a comparative perspective and contextualize historically contemporary discussions and developments. The Center’s first research projects were developed within the framework of its digital projects, Lviv Interactive in particular. Gradually the range of topics and approaches has expanded, particularly through inter-institutional cooperation. Our research projects are developed and realized by the team of historians, sociologists, and historians of architecture working at the Center for Urban History or those affiliated as research fellows and guest researchers. This interdisciplinary quality allows for a fruitful framework and capacity for innovative work in urban history.
We are truly interdisciplinary, aiming to foster communication between history, sociology, urban studies, history of architecture, visual studies, and digital humanities. The chronology for the research projects covers broadly the period from the 19th century until today. Our research focuses includes the following topics: urban heritage; planned urbanity; cities, wars and recoveries in the 20th century; cultural infrastructures and audiences in cities; professionalization and urban developments; urban mediascapes; public history and urban spaces, digital history and archiving. Research projects are closely communicated and connected with our academic formats, such as conferences, lectures, seminars and teaching courses, as well as public history and digital history formats.
This focus incorporates the history of the cities and towns in the eastern parts of Europe, both on and behind the front lines, during periods of belligerence and post-war recovery.Details
This focus on planned cities, towns, and districts in socialist societies explores the visions of planners, experts, and decision-makers, who were all involved in the construction and experience of planned urbanity.Details
This focus brings together research on the forms, formats and multiple agendas in engaging with the past from urban perspectives and in urban settings.Details
This research focus aims to expand our understanding of the ways infrastructures shape creative culture in the modern city.Details
The goal of this project was to illuminate one of the most important pages in the history of contemporary Lviv: the transformation of the city from Polish border town Lwόw and German-occupied Lemberg into Soviet Ukrainian Lviv.Details
This project examines how industrialization changed the image of the cities in the Industrial South of the Russian Empire and how these changes affected the visual representation of the urban landscape.Details
The overarching objective of the project is to challenge the dominance of the nation-state paradigm in analyses of Ukraine by illustrating the interrelationship between national and regional dynamics of change.Details