Veranstaltung: Workshop “Nuclear Heritage in East-Central Europe”, 07-08.12.2023, Potsdam

7–8 December 2023
Leibniz-Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam | Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History
Großer Seminarraum
Am Neuen Markt 9d
14467 Potsdam

Thursday, 7 December
13:00 – 14:00 Welcome
Coffee, Snacks and Registration
14:00 – 14:30 Official Opening
Welcome notes
Achim Saupe (Leibniz Research Alliance “Value of the Past”)
Torsten Meyer & Corinne Geering (Research Lab “Valorisation and Commodification”)
Short input & organizational remarks
Juliane Tomann & Magdalena Banaszkiewicz (University of Regensburg | Jagiellonian University in Krakow)
Short self-introduction by the participants
14:30 – 16:00 Nuclear cultural heritage and national politics of memory
Chair: Juliane Tomann (University of Regensburg)
Anna Veronika Wendland (Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe, Marburg): Creating nuclear heritage in Ukraine: Zhovti Vody, Chornobyl, and Zaporizhzhia NPP 1945–2023
Olya Feldberg (University of Virginia): Memory of Industry vs. Industry of Memory: VDNKh as “urban palimpsest” of nuclear heritage in Russia (online)
Anne Peiter (Université de La Réunion): Of wax figures, invisible rays and Hiroshima. Reflections on the museum concepts of the nuclear bunker in Budapest (online)
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 – 18:00 Nuclear cultural heritage – locality and perception
Chair: Corinne Geering (GWZO Leipzig)
Grit Ruhland (Dresden University of Technology): A utopic nuclear marker for Halde Stolzenberg
Magdalena Banaszkiewicz (Jagiellonian University in Krakow): Just an old mine? Performing past with tourists in the former uranium mine in Kletno (Poland)
Nikolaos Olma (Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO)): A silent legacy: Dealing with the atomic past in a former uranium mining town in Kyrgyzstan
18:00 – 19:00 Break
19:00 – 21:00 Dinner (“Mami Dang”, Am Kanal 53, 14467 Potsdam)

Friday, 8 December
9:00 – 10:30 Nuclear cultural heritage in urban landscapes
Chair: Karin Bürkert (Ludwig Uhland Institute, Tübingen University)
Saara Mildeberg (Tallinn University): What remains: The legacy and heritage of nuclear urbanism in Sillamäe
Liliana Iuga | Oana Țiganea (RWTH Aachen | Politecnico di Milano): Nuclear heritage in Romania: Silenced narratives at the periphery of the Soviet nuclear infrastructure
Alwin J. Cubasch | Christian Kassung | Anna-Lena Schubert | Heike Weber (Humboldt University of Berlin | TU Berlin): Oranienburg – a radioactive environment?
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:00 Symbolic heritage? Atomic bunkers between commodification and narration
Chair: Magdalena Banaszkiewicz (Jagiellonian University in Krakow)
Jovana Janinovic (University of Montenegro): Mainstreaming the underground: Burying and exhuming the nuclear history from Cold War bunkers in CEE
Kinga Gajda (Jagiellonian University in Krakow): Anti-nuclear shelters in Central and Eastern Europe: Narratives about nuclear heritage
12:00 – 13:00 Final discussion
concluding remarks by Jenny Hagemann (Serbski institut, Cottbus)
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
Goodbye and Departure

This workshop is organized by Juliane Tomann and Magdalena Banaszkiewicz in cooperation with Corinne Geering (Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO)) and Torsten Meyer (Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum, Leibniz Research Museum for Geo-resources). Funding is provided by the Leibniz Research Alliance “Value of the Past”.