Democracy: Washing the Socialist Stains from our Heritage

Reinvald, Jaanika (2018) Democracy: Washing the Socialist Stains from our Heritage. In: ICOMOS 19th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium "Heritage and Democracy", 13-14th December 2017, New Delhi, India. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

After the collapse of the Soviet Union and the birth of the democratic Republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania the countries have consciously and subconsciously been eradicating the built reminders of their Soviet history. This has occasionally led to the mindless destruction of functional monumental edifices associated with Soviet legacy and resulted in the worship of everything new and innovative, such as glass and steel shopping malls and high rise office blocks symbolic of the consumerist nature of modern western democracies. The making of the cultural heritage for these newly independent countries is tightly tied to the largely failing integration policies in whereby young second generation Russians, even after 26 years of independence, still don’t identify themselves as citizens of the Republics and resulting problems and conflicts are common. In this paper we examine the correlation between democracies’ want and need to exemplify themselves as a beacon of free thought, speech and will with the requirement of heritage institutions operating within these democracies to preserve not just those sites deemed worthy according to current social thinking but also their moral duty to preserve sites created by all socio-economic models. We will compare and contrast the on-going discourse about achieving perceived democratic ideals within these countries through the production of new heritage with relevant data, information and case studies from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Reinvald, JaanikaUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: identity; reconciliation; conflict; cultural heritage; soviet heritage; built history; destruction; Latvia; Lithuania; Estonia; baltic states
G.DETERIORATION > 02. Causes of deterioration
K.LEGAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES > 03. National/Regional legislations
National Committee: ICOMOS
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 19th General Assembly, New Delhi, 2017
Depositing User: intern icomos
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2018 15:36
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2018 15:36
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