Images from the Social History of Monotowns in the Donbas

  • Date: –17:00
  • Location: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) Gamla Torget 6, 4th floor, room 4219 B
  • Lecturer: Volodymyr Kulikov is a Research fellow in the Department of History, Karazin Kharkiv National University in Kharkiv, Ukraine and a recurrent visiting faculty at Central European University, Budapest. Currently he is a guest scholar at IRES with the financial support from the Swedish Institute. His publications cover the history of industrialization and entrepreneurship in the Russian Empire and of company towns in Ukraine.
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  • Organiser: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES)
  • Contact person: Jevgenija Gehsbarga
  • Phone: 018 471 1630
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The seminar will start with a brief presentation of the new book "Labour, Exhaustion, and Success: Monotowns of the Donbas" published recently in Lviv (in Ukrainian), followed by a discussion of the social history of industrial towns in the Donbas based on the analysis of photos taken between 1890 and 1950.

The photos of landscapes, work sites, households, work and leisure activities testify about the construction of communities, social experiments, labor relations, and free time within the industrial settlements.

The initial thesis for the discussion is that a photo was a reflection and, at the same time, also an instrument of modern changes. Various actors applied photography to achieve their goals such as to control, to educate, to entertain, and to construct a community. Some took photos at industrial settlements to criticize the effects of industrialization: hard work and the lack of basic infrastructure. Others used them to glorify industrial success, social harmony, the new social order, and prosperity. A critical analysis of the photographs is a useful approach to understand better the rise and development of industrial society.

Read more about the book Labour, Exhaustion, and Success: Monotowns of the Donbas