How the cities remember and how the cities forget
[cultural memory and city]
Since the fall of 2017, the Center for Urban Studies, in cooperation with the journal "City: History, Culture, Society", is holding a workshop " How the cities remember and how the cities forget."

This annual event aims to update our reflections on how and what cities and citizens remember, how the memory landscape changes and what influences these changes.

One of the goals of this event is to update the professional discussion and critical understanding of what memory is in the city and about the city, how the city and urban communities perceive and produce updates, whether these changes are always for the better, and whether it is always logical; whether preservation/destruction is justified and whether there are alternatives to these two extreme versions of interaction with architecture and space. We also raise the issue of the responsibility of various actors to formulate and implement a concept of development and preservation of urban space.
The preservation, support, representation or articulation of memory (cultural memory) in the city is not new, but its relevance and severity do not decrease. The tradition of cultural memory and the practice of commemorating and honouring memory is changing. Today, in the digital age, this is especially noticeable. Obviously, we need to rethink the attitude to monuments as "universal" agents of meaning, rethink the "emptiness" formed in space when an object or "materialized symbol" disappears/dismantled, we need to rethink the role of symbols in the public space of the city and in general - the hierarchy of civic values when public space is a priority.

The workshop has already taken place twice, and each time there has been a particular thematic focus. In 2019, this was the topic of Kyiv's capital status (both formal and informal) and its impact on the culture of memory. In 2020, the organizers raised the problem of the balance between preservation and renewal in the city.

The workshop has a public part and actually a workshop part. The public part usually involves a panel discussion with invited keynotes. The workshop usually lasts two days.