Soviet Youth, Rituals of Resistance and Normalization
Volodymyr Okarynskyi, Bohdan Shumylovych, Aimar Ventsel
September 24, 2019 / 4.00 pm
Center for Urban History, Lviv
Despite the fact that Soviet authorities have always treated Western popular culture with suspicion and often with hostility, Communists would gladly include the elements of this culture to develop their own Socialist pop-style. It can be illustrated by the art of Karel Gott, Maryla Rodowicz, or such bands as "Vesiolyie Rebiata" or "Smerichka". Key requirement was to create not the mass culture but the culture for the masses. In order to distract young people from the "hostile" and "capitalist" music, different methods were used, such as threats and sanctions, or over-persuasion and production of own "imitations". Authorities tried to create the alternative past with no place for show business but filled with sincerity, happiness, and kindness. However, despite the willingness of social elites, Western music was confidently capturing the hearts of Soviet youth.
There will be three presentations at the seminar:
- Volodymyr Okarynskyi (Volodymyr Hnatiuk Ternopil National Pedagogical University) "Dissemination of Soviet Music Among Young People in the West of Soviet Ukraine (1960s-1980s)"
- Bohdan Shumylovych (Center for Urban History) "In a Bid for Hearts: the Study of Tastes of Ukrainian Young People in the Early 1980s"
- Aimar Ventsel (Universtiy of Tartu) "Soviet Estonian Punk: Resistance, Pastiche and Nationalism"
Working languages - English and Ukrainian