Diána Vonnák’s research in Lviv, Ukraine, uncovered a range of conflicts regarding heritage – especially over who gets to shape heritage policies and to what end.
“Increasingly, authorities are inviting communities to have a say in the fate of their heritage. But they often lack the means to take ownership of such spaces: a community theatre can rarely compete with cafés or office spaces. To take participatory heritage seriously, it’s necessary to ask what the current political and economic context allows for – and to stop taking such constraints for granted.”
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