“Liberated Histories and Imperial Afterlives: The Changing Faces of Ukraine’s Cities”
Svitlana Shlipchenko, Senior Researcher, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and Director, Center for Urban Studies in Kyiv
Svitlana Shlipchenko is one of Ukraine’s foremost experts in architecture and urban planning. She has written extensively on the use of public space in the USSR, on Ukraine’s efforts to desovietize its cities and monuments, and on architectural cultural preservation.
Empires are rarely content to seize the future of colonized peoples. They also seek to conquer their past. When identity and heritage become targets, architectural history becomes one of many battlefields. The process of recovering local identities in a post-colonial condition is complicated by the historical traces of empires that often remain, and at times become interwoven with a place and its peoples. Ukrainian cities are changed significantly in the last decade, and surely will again after the war ends.
Sponsored by the College of the Liberal Arts
Meeting ID: 325 783 1800