The panel is dedicated on the different symbolic practices and conflicitng memories on the recent past, which motivate reshaping and transforming of the cultural heritage in the city.
In postsocialist counries, urban communities includes rival memory groups. Controversial, often mutually exclusive, narratives of the past are produced. Social actors, sometimes in interchange with state institutions, engage in various symbolic practices while staging their conflicting visions of the past. Cultural heritage is reshaped, transformed and even invented in the strugle for meaning, power and economic benefits. In which ways are urban spaces transformed and used in this process? A quarter of century after the demise of the Berlin wall, why do legacies of socialism continue to exert prowerful influence onto present agendas of postsocialist societies, in different local and national contexts? Addressing these questions, various ethnographies would be able to contribute to better understanding of the nature of postsocialism.