Kyiv is becoming a palimpsest of its older self and at the same time, the civil society is losing its right to the city. This erasing of the urban memory through active urban renewal and lifestyle changes, has the unexpected benefit of the emergence of an imaginary cultural memory. In the essay, this new nostalgia phenomenon is explained in the context of the urban globalization processes.

The nostalgia we are discussing here has its own idiosyncrasies: its specific features can be traced back to Ukraine’s socialist past, much akin to the famous Ostalgie — nostalgia for the GDR. Eastern European…

Yesterday was too early, tomorrow will be too late: hence, act now

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