Cultural Heritage in Lviv and Uman: What Is It Like?

Cultural Heritage in Lviv and Uman: What Is It Like?

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Alla Marchenko 

Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences / Center for Urban History

March 5, 2019 / 5.00 pm

Library, Center for Urban History

Questions connected to cultural heritage in cities with multicultural background acquire new senses when we define this heritage as common. What is the cultural heritage of Lviv and Uman, the two cities on the intersection of cultures, that are so different in their past, but so similar in the capacity of their shared things? What makes the heritage shared – is it about the shared responsibility or the common irresponsibility, is it about the emotionally impacted attitudes or the dissociation, on the other hand? Which challenges face those who deal with various aspects of cultural heritage on everyday basis? Alla Marchenko will present the range of answers to these and other questions, analyzing focus groups and interviews with experts of Lviv and Uman engaged in education, city tours, authorities, and activism in cultural heritage.

The presenter will also discuss the perception and understanding of common cultural heritage by residents of the two cities. What do regular inhabitants know about the cultural heritage of their cities? Which groups and individuals do they associate it with? Do they notice any monuments and museums in their daily routines, and do they need any information thereon? During the workshop, we will present the main findings of mass surveys in Lviv and Uman about local cultural heritage.

The research is done jointly with the Ukrainian Survey Center "Socioinform" and is part of the project "ReHerit: Shared Responsibility for Common Heritage" funded by the European Union.

Alla Marchenko 

is a doctoral student at the program of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Warsaw). Title of her doctoral thesis: “Comparative Analysis of Hasidic Pilgrimages’ Effects upon the Local Frames of Memory in Poland and Ukraine”. She received her first degree in Sociology in Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University. She was teaching there at the Department of the Methodology and Methods of Sociological Research at the Faculty of Sociology, for 9 years. Alla has participated in many international projects, such as the Carnegie Research Fellowship Program in New York University, and doctoral workshop in the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Alla’s recent publications related to the subject appeared in the journals Contemporary Jewry; Discourse, Context, and Media.

The event has a format of a workshop, with the guest researchers to discuss academic projects and research works on different stages of progress, and of the completed projects prepared for print.

Participation in the Urban Seminar implies reading and discussing the researcher’s text. If you wish to join the workshop, please, send an email to Nataliia Otrishchenko ([email protected]) to receive the materials in advance.


Сover Image: Lviv, Rynok Sq. Photo by Alla Marchenko.