Cultural and Heritage-Led Postwar Reconstruction of Donbas
8.11.2022, 13:30 (EDT); 19:30 (Kyiv time)
online via zoom / offline at the Elliott School of International Affairs, Washington, DC
The Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at George Washington University invites to the roundtable discussion which will mark the opening of the poster exhibit "Labor, Exhaustion, and Success: Company Towns in Donbas". The exhibition presents the history of Donbas through the history of mono-functional industrial towns.
Participants will address the post-war reconstruction of Donbas, focusing on the transformational role of culture and heritage. How can we apply what we learned from the experience of post-2014 reconstruction to post-2022 reconstruction? What are the shortcomings of international aid projects, and how can they engage local initiatives and focus more on institution-building? How should culture, heritage, and collective memory be considered when developing a reintegration and post-war reconstruction strategy?
To participate, please, register.
The poster exhibit "Labor, Exhaustion, and Success: Company Towns in Donbas" will be on display at the Elliott School of International Affairs in the 2nd Floor Atrium throughout the month of November.
- Sofia Dyak, Director of the Center for Urban History in Lviv, Ukraine.
- Marlene Laruelle, Director of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at the George Washington University.
- Volodymyr Kulikov, visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin
The exhibition "Labor, Exhaustion, and Success: Company Towns in the Donbas" was presented for the first time in Lviv, Ukraine, in 2015. The main idea of the exhibition was to take a look at the history of the Donbass through the corporate cities, the settlements developed around a mine or a plant. In the cities, all relations between people, production and consumption, as well as the entire lifestyle were connected to the company or enterprise itself, as it offered jobs, developed the city, and shaped a true "new person," the creator of an industry.
Organizers: Center for Urban History, Lviv, and Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, Edmonton.
Authors: Volodymyr Kulikov and Iryna Sklokina.
Cover image: Oleksandr Kuchynskyi, from the series "De-industry?" based on the Pavlo Kashkel archive at the Mariupol Local History Museum, 2021.