Moscow 2014

National Research University Higher School of Economics

HistoriCity: Urban Space and Changing Historical Culture
Moscow, May 23-24, 2014

The conference will focus on the changing historicity of urban environment and the formation of modern city historical culture. Acceleration of historical time, incessant modernization of urban environment render the status of the Historical in modern city space problematic, change its meaning, and suggest different modes of historicity. Heritage becomes a subject of various kinds of conflicts, such as those between monuments and functional needs of city development, between different concepts of authenticity, or between different modes of urban historical experience. A relativization of historical consciousness deprives historical heritage of internal homogeneity and provokes clashes of different interpretations of objects’ value and authenticity, of city communities’ identities as well as clashes of history and memory.

Inherent conflict becomes typical of relationships between urban environment and cultural institutions, e.g. museums. As early as 1900’s, the German archeologist Adolf Furtwängler wrote about this conflict, pointing out that enthusiasm for museum construction is proportionate to destruction of urban environment which is being substituted for by a forged imitation of the past. Today, the tension between the museum and the city has also a reverse side: the mission of a museum consists in creating a standard representation of history which never can encompass the whole variety of cultural objects and values of the present time. In this sense, the limits of the museum remain problematic, while an expansion of the limits of the present time keeps challenging this cultural institution and, more widely, the practices of heritage preservation as a whole. Partly this challenge has to do with the activity of urban communities producing their own versions of the past and actively advocating them on public arenas.

The mobility of modern society provides the crucial context in which the existence of urban historical heritage today is to be analyzed. The development of tourism industry, with destinations competing for visitors, is among the key factors of urban environment transformation. It drives the designing of city images, the search and mobilization of cultural resources and the activity of other cultural industries. Massification of tourism generates new models of heritage consumption and development. It becomes an important factor of effective management within the experience economy and, at the same time, it propels the search of authentic, uncorrupted, individualized heritage experience.

The conference will provide an opportunity for an interdisciplinary discussion of historicity issues in modern cities within the context of various forms of urban development, musealization and tourism industry. Primarily modern trends will be discussed, but also historical subjects that help to contextualize them. Historians, researchers in urban studies, social scientists, as well as specialists in cultural studies, public history, museum studies, etc. are invited to participate.

The discussion will focus on the following subjects:
• Conceptualization of the changing historicity of a modern urban environment
• Relationship between heritage objects and practices of city space use
• The image of a city in tourist communication. Transformations of cities’ images and cultural resources management.
• The Museum and the City: ways of interaction. The museum as a cultural center and a tourist attraction.
• Actual art, new media and commemorative practices: ways of interaction.

May 23

10.30—11.00

Registration is open

11.00—11.10

Welcoming words by Irina Savelieva, director of the Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies

in the Humanities

11.10—12.00

Keynote lecture

Julie Buckler

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Urban Studies and Urban Humanities: Reconceptualizing the Field for an Interdisciplinary Digital Age

12.00—12.20

Coffee break

Session 1

Chair: Natalia Samutina

12.20—12.50

Ewa Bérard

CNRS-ENS, Paris

Urban Heritage or Historical Monument: Conflicting Urban Cultures?

12.50—13.20

Oksana Zaporozhets

IGITI HSE, Moscow

Subway as Time Machine: Discovering Urban Multi-Temporality

13.20—13.50

Ayse Erek

Yeditepe University, Istanbul

Contemporary Creative Reflections on Istanbul as a Historical City

13.50—14.20

Svetlana Eremeeva

RSUH, Moscow

Urbi et orbi: Russian Orthodox Church as an Actor in the Urban Apace

14.20—15.20

Lunch

Session 2

Chair: Oksana Zaporozhets

15.20—15.50

Alisa Maximova

CFS HSE, Moscow

Bringing Together the Meanings of Polytechnic Museum: Different Interpretative Contexts and Images of Museum’s Future Development

15.50—16.20

Andrey Vozyanov

EU, Saint-Petersburg

Where Can Exhibits Speak for Themselves? A Critical Cartography of the Museumified City

16.20—16.50

Yulia Kamaeva

LabCultPro,Moscow

The System of Heritage Management in Minor Historical Towns of the ‘Golden Ring’

16.50—17.20

Alexander Makhov
IGITI HSE, Moscow

History and City – Sense of the Past Beyond Great Narrative

Short break

17.30—18.15

Natalia Samutina
Boris Stepanov

IGITI HSE, Moscow

Multitemporality of the Museum-Reserve “Tsaritsyno”.

Presentation of the book: “Tsaritsyno: Attractions with History” (2014) / Eds. N. Samutina, B. Stepanov. M.: New Literary Observer

18.15—20.30

Welcome reception at Professorial Hall (room 300)

May 24

room 309

11.00—12.00

Keynote lecture

Eve Blau

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Urban Research Between History, Theory, and Practice: Project Zagreb

12.00—12.20

Coffee break

Session 3

Chair: Kirill Levinson

12.20—12.50

Eszter Gantner

Humboldt University, Berlin

From Electropolis to the Art – Production of Metropolisness in the Case of Berlin

12.50—13.20

Yulia Biedash

School of Cultural StudiesHSE, Moscow

Cosmic Moscow: Patriotic Tourism and New Iconography of the City

13.20—13.50

Luke Dickens

The Open University, Milton Keynes

Displaced Encounters with the Working Class City: Digitization, Materiality and Practices of Community Memory at the Salford Lads’ Club

13.50—14.20

Alexandra Kolesnik
IGITI HSE, Moscow

Mapping the Past: Popular Music Memoryscapes of Liverpool

14.20—15.20

Lunch

Session 4

Chair: Natalia Samutina / Oksana Zaporozhets

15.20—15.50

Yulia Lajus

Center for Historical Research, HSE, Saint-Petersburg

Fisheries in St. Petersburg: Forgotten history of City-River Interaction

15.50—16.20

Anna Tolkachova
Polina Ermolaeva

Institute for the Comparative Studies of Modernity, Kazan

City at the Crossroads of History and Mega-Events: Constructing the New Image of Kazan

16.20—16.50

Greg Yudin

LSES HSE, Moscow

Yulia Koloshenko

HSE, Moscow

Tale and tradition: Different Mechanics of Producing Touristic Experience in a Small Town

16.50—17.20

Pavel Kupriyanov

IEA RAS, Moscow

Constructing Historical Space in a Small Town: Case of Cherdyn (Perm region)

17.20—17.50

Vladimir Fajer

IGITI HSE, Moscow

Anti-Urban Architecture: Fictional Mediaeval Space in a Moscow Suburb

17.50—18.20

Kirill Levinson

IGITI HSE, Moscow

Heimwehtouristen and the Transformation of Local Historical Culture: a Case Study

18.20—18.30

The closure of the conference

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