Two extremes at the European Peripheries: Baltic and Iberian post-industrial cultures

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Abstract

'Two extremes at the European peripheries: Baltic and Iberian post-industrial cultures' departs from a precise title and essays grasping distant and, to a certain extent, unrelated contemporary cultural conditions of two extremely diverse regions in the periphery of Europe, one facing the Baltic sea and the former USSR, the other facing the Atlantic and its former empires. Undergoing dissimilar historical and political processes, the Baltic region and the Iberian Peninsula relate to recent XXth and XXIst Century history differently: the resignification of past events, sites and stories can be extreme, whether celebrated or remembered, other times actively supressed and effaced. The spatial strategies towards the (industrial) past and the new unbound contemporary cultural practices are diverse and may not be represented in a single overarching map. This written essay aims to bring forth examples of resignification of the past and memory through new contemporary and spatial cultures by posing a set of questions: which pasts are celebrated and effaced through spatial intervention? Are new cultural projects altering historical narratives? The document sits in observations taken from fieldwork and research activity in three different sites – Tallinn, Chernobyl/Prypiat and Porto - and assumes a fragmentary and grounded position, inscribing the annotations and a posteriori conceptualization on a possible dialogue between the conditions and the contrasting cultural approaches.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNotes on Europe.
Subtitle of host publicationThe dogmatic sleep. Walking around the sun. Machines, spiders and buccaneers
EditorsEduarda Neves
Place of PublicationPorto
PublisherCentro de Estudos Arnaldo Araújo (CEAA/ESAP)
Pages140-151
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9789728784898
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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