Heritage and the post-socialist cities, small towns, and peripheries: cultural, social, and economic perspective

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Call for Papers
December 30, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Eastern Europe History / Studies, Local History, Urban History / Studies, Russian or Soviet History / Studies

The aim of COLLOQUIA HUMANISTICA, the interdisciplinary journal of humanities of the Institute of Slavic Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences is to introduce a variety of perspectives in discussing contemporary issues. We would like to propose a unique space that would allow an intensive intellectual debate and a dynamic exchange of thoughts between researchers of different perspectives in humanities and social sciences. COLLOQUIA HUMANISTICA kindly invites submissions of manuscripts that address the topic:

Heritage and the post-socialist cities, small towns, and peripheries:

cultural, social, and economic perspective

The notion of heritage has become one of the key concepts in imaging the culture as a set of symbolic practices. Moreover, heritage constitutes one of the main concerns of space policies throughout Europe. The European Union, and national heritage institutes of individual countries, through different programs and special purpose funds support the conservation of objects, practices, or buildings, which value is connected to the past. One of the mechanisms of building the symbolic value, with also an impact for the economy, is the UNESCO World Heritage List. The heritage is crucial as well in any discussion on national identity.

We propose to open a discussion on heritage in a specific context of the post-socialist urban and rural areas. The process of a cultural, social, and economic transformation and development had an impact on guarding, protecting, and creating heritage. The end of the socialist era brought also a new problem of objects, monuments, and other artifacts related to the previous period. Another question concerns for example industrial complexes, which lost their productivity, remaining an unwanted burden, on the other hand, they gradually receive the attention of photographers or explorers as witnesses of the past.

Several thematic fields can be proposed as examples of possible contributions:

  • the architecture of 1945—1990 and its destiny after 1990;
  • urban planning and urbanistic ideas of socialist modernism from the contemporary perspective;
  • industrial heritage and the problem of its conservation or reuse;
  • unwanted or abandoned heritage: objects, buildings, neighborhoods or practices;
  • symbolic practices associated with the socialist era.

Other themes, related to the leading topic, are encouraged as well.

We invite researchers with experience in humanities and social sciences, history of architecture, urban planning, to contribute to the 10th volume of Colloquia Humanistica. Manuscripts should be submitted by December 30th, 2020. Contributors are encouraged to refer to the author guidelines at the website of the journal: https://ispan.waw.pl/journals/index.php/ch/about. Papers should be submitted on the open journal platform. Please, send us a short abstract at the one of following e-mail addresses, by September, 30th, 2020.

Feel free to contact scientific editors of the volume:

Maciej Falski, Ph.D., Post-Yugoslav Area Research Center, University of Warsaw (mf.falski(a)gmail.com)

Linda Kovářová, Ph.D., Seminar of General and Comparative History, Charles University in Prague (Linda.Kovarova(a)ff.cuni.cz)

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