Heritage During the War: Experiences of Interaction

Heritage During the War: Experiences of Interaction

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3.6.2022, 17:00

Courtyard of the Center for Urban History

We invite you to a conversation "Heritage During the War: Experiences of Interaction," which continues a series of meetings in the courtyard of the Center for Urban History "A Transient City."

The extreme face of war is not just about citizens who are in the epicenter of events. The wave reaches out to other countries and does not leave anyone aside. Various professional communities, to the best of their own convictions and capabilities, observe the development of Russia's war against Ukraine, build solidarity, and offer support.

During the conversation, together with a social anthropology, Diána Vonnák, and a historian, Iryna Sklokina, we offer to you to focus on the topic of sharing, in particular, what researchers in Ukraine and beyond give (but also receive) during the war. What are the personal and professional limitations and opportunities in dealing with heritage today? We will ask Diána Vonnák about her personal observations and experiences of the dilemma of being a friend-colleague-foreigner in Budapest. We will talk about how the attitude to heritage is changing now in Ukraine — where it begins and where it ends. Let us reflect on the experience of handling the affected heritage after the Second World War and other wars or military conflicts of recent decades and today. Finally, let us think about how Ukrainian (and not only Ukrainian) cities can work with the new heritage and whether there is a distance between the event and the beginning of its commemoration.

Moderator of the meeting – Daria Badior.

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Dr. Diána Vonnák

University of St. Andrews

Social anthropologist, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of St. Andrews, аffiliated researcher at the Center for Urban History. Her work focuses on cultural heritage regimes, the role of the state in cultural and memory policy, and on professional work in the context of rapid and drastical political and socio-economic change. She is a member of the Invisible University for Ukraine initiative at the Central European University.

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Dr. Iryna Sklokina

Center for Urban History

Historian, Ph.D. (2014), researcher at the Center for Urban History. Dissertation about the official Soviet policy of memory of the Nazi occupation of Ukraine using the example of Kharkiv. A member of the Kharkiv Historical and Philological Society. Participant of several international projects about historical memory and oral history, including “Region, Nation and Beyond: An Interdisciplinary and Transcultural Reconceptualization of Ukraine” and “OpenHeritage.

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Daria Badior

Critic, editor, journalist. Co-founder of the Union of Film Critics of Ukraine and the Coalition of Culture Actors. She worked as a journalist and editor of the “Culture” section of the online publication LB.ua. Presently, she is a freelancer; at different times, she published in LB.ua, Liga.net, Korydor, Osteuropa, Hyperallergic, and other outlets. Editor of a series of texts about 1941 created jointly with the Center for Urban History in Lviv.

The conversation is part of the public program "A Transient City: Courtyard Conversations" which retrieves the intertwining of networks in a city living through different experiences of war back then and today.


Cover Image: Roman Balyuk, Lviv, April 22, 2022 // Urban Media Archive of the Center for Urban History

Gallery Image: Bohdan Yemets