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    Commemorating the Glorious Past, Dreaming of the Happy Future. WWII Burial Places and Monuments as Public Places in the Postwar Ukraine

    Higher seminar arranged by the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Södertörn University.

    Speaker: Dr. Iryna Sklokina, the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe (L'viv, Ukraine)
    Chair: Florence Fröhlig, Södertörn University
    Discussant: Yuliya Yurchuk, Södertörn University

    In her presentation, Dr. Iryna Sklokina would like to pose a question about the interrelation between the two seemingly opposing spheres: cult of the fallen soldiers, considered to be a sphere of sublime transcendent experience, extensively used by propaganda, and the practical everyday needs and postwar consumerist dreams.

    Most attention is paid to the process of production of monuments, ways of shaping their meaning, and their use and visiting (as well as non-visiting, neglect and vandalism), on three levels: grassroot (individual activity, family and community involvement), regional initiatives, and nationally renowned places of the WWII cult.

    The burial places and cemeteries were used for a row of different purposes, such as acquisition of social status, community-building, demonstration of loyalty to the central power, and as a part of more general efforts for the postwar reconstruction. Located in the public space, these places helped to crystallize the postwar power relations, hierarchies, and identities. Burials and monuments, proclaimed to be “sacred places”, fell between the sacred and the mundane, beyond just adoration and vandalism.

    The condition of these places also reflected the general situation in the public sphere with its lack of responsibility of particular actors, unclear rules of behavior, and (failed) attempts of the central power to monopolize it.

    Tid och plats

    När: måndag 2 oktober kl. 13:00-14:30

    Vad: högre seminarium

    Var: Room MA 796, CBEES, Södertörn University

    Arrangeras av: The Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Södertörn University

    Evenemangsspråk: engelska