Lviv 2014

Embracing the City

International Social Science Summer School in Ukraine, 1-8 July 2014, Lviv, Center for Urban History of East-Central Europe

One of the most powerful lenses on the transformative past and present is the city. The region of East and Central Europe, in particular, witnessed dramatic changes in urban space over the last centuries. Industrialization encouraged urban growth from the late 19th century; projects of social engineering, deportation, migration and ethnic cleansing transformed the city in the 20th century; today new movements, communications, and technologies are shaping the 21st century city. The city offers itself as a space for investigation: social construct, material reality, economic unit, national symbol, artistic project, political battlefield, and intellectual idea. Cities everywhere face the challenge of global change, but cities in East and Central Europe face the past everyday in urban space. Cities in East and Central Europe are often torn “east” and “west,” and between different “posts,” whether socialist, communist, or colonial.

In Ukraine Euromaidan changed the face, the identity, and the meaning of the city of Kyiv for its residents, for Ukrainians, and for the world watching as buildings, streets, and neighborhoods took on new meanings. The emerging civil society and the terrifying urban violence transformed urban space, and urban space also shaped the movement itself. Beyond Maidan, we can theorize more broadly movements of urban mobilization. Today’s map of the city reflects both the historic sea change of the last several months, but also much more: the traces of multiple imperial projects, and a rich interwoven ethnic and religious and linguistic past. Traces of the past exist in close proximity and emerge in new ways in the present; today people both new and old are using the built environment and spaces of the past for a new vision of the future.

The Summer School tried to embrace the city as a focal point for examining questions of belonging, place, power and the intersection of society and state in urban space. What makes a city? What are the boundaries of the city–and within the city? Who are the stakeholders in building, transforming, managing, and narrating the city? How do urban changes shape and represent changes in society at large? How is the identity of city in the age of branding and rebranding shaped and challenged? How does the city shape urban mobilization and what is the connection between urban space and political change? How do people transform the built environment around them, and how are people, in turn, influenced by buildings, places, and urban space?


Wednesday July 2: The Soviet City

Introductory Remarks by Anna COLIN LEBEDEV ( Centre franco-biélorusse d’études européennes Minsk / CERCEC Paris, and Dominique AREL (University of Ottawa, Canada )

Sofia DYAK (Center for Urban History of East-Central Europe, Ukraine The Center and its research agenda

KALEMENEVA Ekaterina (European University at Saint-Petersburg, Changes in Urbanization Models in the Soviet Far North in the 1960s. Discussant François-Xavier NERARD (University Paris 1, France,

KOZLOV Dmitry (Russian Academy of National Economics, Russia, Constructing Spaces for Alternative Communication in the Soviet City: Case of 1950–1980s Arkhangelsk. Discussant Mayhill FOWLER (Stetson University, USA,

KUZINA Kseniya (Donetsk National University, Ukraine, – By SKYPE from Donetsk. The Mentality of the Inhabitants of the Mining City of Donetsk and of the Lviv-Volyn Basin (1950-1980’s). Discussant Alissa KLOTS (Rutgers University, USA,

Field trip: Layers of Lviv history.


Branding the city. Meeting with Andriy Khudo (FEST!)

Thursday July 3: Rethinking and Transforming the Soviet/Communist Experience

Presentation by François-Xavier NERARD. Variations on a Shchi theme. Everyday food in Soviet factory canteens during the First Five Year Plan

GREGOIRE SAUVE Guillaume (Sciences Po Paris, France, The Lust of Fight: The Russian Liberal Intelligentsia Between Opposition and Power in 1991. Discussant Dominique AREL

STUREIKA Stsiapan (European Humanities University, Lithuania, The Dazhynki Harvest Festival in Belarus. Discussant Ioulia SHUKAN (University Paris Ouest Nanterre, France,

 BULAKH Tetiana (Indiana University, US, Adaptation and Resistance to Western Consumer Culture in the Contemporary Ukrainian City Space. Discussant Mychailo WYNNYCKYJ (National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Ukraine,

Mysak Nataliia (Lviv Polytechnic National University, Identity Formation of Large-Panel Housing Estates built in 1960-1980. Discussant Anna COLIN LEBEDEV

Friday July 4: Urban Protest

ILCHENKO Mikhail (Institute of Philosophy and Law, Ekaterinburg, Russia, Protest Movements in the Russian Regions: New Developments in Urban Context. Discussant Mikhail MINAKOV

MALYUTINA Darya (Independent Researcher, UK, Euromaidan in London: the Development of Transnational Protest. Discussant Ioulia SHUKAN

STEPANIUK Natalia (U of Ottawa, Canada, Urban Insurrections and Regionalism in the Ukrainian East. Discussant Mikhail MINAKOV (National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Ukraine,

Workshop: Maidan Then and Now: Civic Revolution and Political Violence. Dominique AREL, Ioulia SHUKAN, Mikhail MINAKOV, Sophie LAMBROSCHINI, Mychailo WYNNYCKYJ, Ashley BIGHAM

Special Guest: Andrew Danyliw from George Wolodymyr Danyliw Foundation


Saturday July 5

Mlynky. Picnic, free time


Sunday July 6: Memory 1

Presentation by Nathalie MOINE (CNRS, France, Popular Memories and Memorialization Policy of Former Persecutions in a Moving Urban Landscape : the Cases of Belleville (Paris), Cité de la Muette (Drancy) and Mariina Roshcha (Moscow)

KWIECINSKA Magdalena (Historical Museum of the City of Krakow, Poland, “Tell me the City”: An Acquired Knowledge of Krakow by the Stories of his Inhabitants. Discussant Anna COLIN LEBEDEV

MULLER Anna (University of Michigan-Dearborn, US, “Tell me what you forget and I will tell you who you are.” The Power of Oblivion and the Creation of Polish Gdańsk after 1945. Discussant Nathalie MOINE

Dominique AREL. The Lonsky Museum Project in its Context

Field trip: Lonsky Museum

Monday July 7: Memory 2

DUDKO Oksana (Center for Urban History of East Central Europe, Ukraine, Shifting Hierarchies. Artists and Theatre in Lemberg (September 1914 – June 1915). Discussant Mayhill FOWLER

CHOPARD Thomas (EHESS, France, Kiev and its Camps during the Civil War. A Comparative Approach. Discussant Dominique AREL

SVARDOVA Petra (INALCO, France/Institute of History, Slovakia, The Soviet Monument as a Mediator in the Post-Communist Urban Space. Discussant Sofia DYAK

JARZABEK Marcin (Jagiellonian University, Poland, The Legacy of an Unwanted Past: Transformation of Urban Space and the “Stigmatized Heritage”. Discussant Alissa KLOTS

Field trip: Sites of Holocaust Memory