EUME Berliner Seminar "Urban Memory and Digital Nostalgia: Evidence from Ukraine" | Ivan Kozachenko | April 28

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EUME Berliner Seminar
» Urban Memory and Digital Nostalgia: Evidence from Ukraine«

April 28, 17.00 - 18.30 CET | 11.00 - 12.30 EDT

Speaker: Ivan Kozachenko (Prisma Ukraïna Fellow 2021)

Introduction: Andrii Portnov (Europa-Universität Viadrina / Prisma Ukraïna)

Moderation: Omar Al-Ghazzi (LSE / EUME Fellow of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation 2019-21).

This seminar session will be held virtually via ZOOM. Please register in advance via to receive the login details.

Social media allow for sharing stories about the past, indulging in nostalgia and constitute an important space for collective memorywork. Such nostalgic sentiments shape uncritical perceptions of the past and affect the processes of urban regeneration and mnemonic practices. Moreover, memory and nostalgia are used by political actors and serve as an important mobilising resource. The talk by Dr Ivan Kozachenko will focus on the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. This city, once the capital of the Soviet Ukraine, its scientific and industrial centre, has experienced a sharp economic decline in the post-Soviet period leaving many of its citizens with a strong longing for the past. Following the pro-European revolution of 2014, Kharkiv became the centre of the pro-Russian protests known as ‘Antimaidan’. But unlike Luhansk and Donetsk – two neighbouring regional centres that were seized by Russian-backed separatists – Kharkiv remained under the control of Ukraine. In the post-revolution years, the city has seen many of its Soviet-era monuments removed while its centre has undergone substantial regeneration. During this period divergent visions of the past were promoted on social media by local elites, urban social movements and ordinary citizens significantly affecting urban development and identity. Using an extensive ethnographic study, this talk will explore how the case of this Ukrainian city corresponds with social theorisations on memory, nostalgia, and conflict.


Ivan Kozachenko is a Prisma Ukraїna Fellow at the Forum Transregionale Studien, Germany. His research interests include nationalism and diaspora studies, memory and linguistic identities in the post-Soviet states, and the role of social media in social movements and cultural representations. His most recent publications appeared in Nations and Nationalism, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, and the Journal of European Studies. Prior to joining Forum, Dr Kozachenko held research positions at the University of Cambridge and Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta. He received his doctorate in sociology from the University of Aberdeen. 


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