Living With Ghosts?

Soviet Heritage in the Russian North

Authors

  • Bjornar Olsen UiT - The Arctic University of Norway

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/jca.21646

Keywords:

Soviet heritage , modern ruins, specters, hauntology, Nikel, Teriberka

Abstract

Heritage is commonly understood as denoting sites, objects and traditions that are selected and protected for their uniqueness, monumentality, beauty and/or historical and cultural significance. Heritage, thus, is almost by definition something unquestionably valuable and good, and of outmost importance for our wellbeing and identity. This paper takes a different position and asks what happens if we question heritage’s status as a selected reserve of desired things and traditions. Based on fieldwork conducted in contemporary settlements in the Russian North, it explores how the role and significance we ascribe heritage may come out radically altered upon facing the unruly legacies of the Soviet past.

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Published

2022-09-20

How to Cite

Olsen, B. (2022). Living With Ghosts? Soviet Heritage in the Russian North. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, 9(1), 7–22. https://doi.org/10.1558/jca.21646

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