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CfP: Heritage Activism in Cities of Eastern Europe and Russia from 1968 to the Current

Exterior, Glanzer synagogue, Lviv, which activists are working to restore

We’re happy to share this Call for Papers for a workshop conference at the Herder Institute in September.

There is ample scope for researchers in Jewish heritage work — the rediscovery/recovery of Jewish heritage was a key element of post-Communist civil society, carried forward by committed activists who began their work when it was virtually taboo, and — as we have posted about frequently on this web site — committed activists still carry out this work.  (See for example, our report about Sasha Nazar and his efforts to restore the Glanzer synagogue in Lviv.)

The workshop will take place immediately after another conference that touches on this topic: the conference on Urban Jewish Heritage in Krakow.

Heritage Activism in Cities of Eastern Europe and Russia from 1968 to the Current

Date: September 13-14, 2018
Venue: Herder Institute, Marburg, Germany

Organizers: Olga Sezneva, Department of Sociology, University of Amsterdam, Eszter Gantner, Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe

The goal in calling this workshop is to examine and extend the existing knowledge about the political potential of heritage in the context of the post/socialist city, in the past and present.

  • How can urban heritage and its making in the context of the city politicize, mobilize and produce opposition, including one expressed artistically?

Papers are invited examining issues such as:

  • What role did urban heritage play in the expression of political discontent under socialism (between 1968 and 1991) in Eastern Europe and Russia; what was its material substance; and how exactly it was taken up and figured in protest movements and urban activism (broadly conceived)?
  • How do heritage-making and political dissent intersect in the cities of the former socialist block today?
  • What are the trajectories, if any, that the socialist-period subversive practices might have taken after 1989-1991?
  • What can we learn about heritage-making as a political practice from the history and the present of urban activism in Eastern Europe and Russia?
  • What can we learn about urban activism and other practices with subversive effects from their association with heritage-making?

The papers may address these and other related questions from a variety of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives, including the recent developments in Science and Technology Studies (STS), urban political ecology and artistic research practice.

Language of the workshop is English.

Send an abstract of 250 words to Olga Sezneva and Eszter Gantner by July 10.


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