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Research data: Ukrainian Polessye as a Nuclear Landscape, 1965–2015



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Research data of the project “Ukrainian Polessye as a Nuclear Landscape and the Transformation of Local Identities, 1965–2015”

Description

This collection includes digital data, primarily digital recordings of interviews with 34 interviewees, together with their transcriptions, and around 70 photographs that were produced between 2015 and 2018 in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, in Kiev, Varash, Netishyn, and the regions surrounding these cities, as well as in Berlin and Paris. The project investigates the history of Ukrainian Polessye as a history of intervention in the context of the (post) Soviet nuclear economy. In the 1970s and 1980s, three nuclear power plants were built there along with the necessary infrastructure: Chernobyl, Rivne and Chmelnyckyj. Thus, the “atomic city” (atomograd), a new kind of urban municipality, moved into the swamplands. The project describes the new types of relationships that this brought about and how local identities were transformed. The investigation is based on interviews with experts and contemporary witnesses from the atomic cities and surrounding rural areas, as well as on visual sources, museum presentations, the local press, and “gray literature”.

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Materials

Audio files
Audiovisual materials
Digital photographys (Digital camera)

Research online

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Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe – Institute of the Leibniz Association
ISIL: DE-2718

Gisonenweg 5-7
35037 Marburg
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Academic Forum
ISIL: DE-2542

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Referenced/represented regions

ChernobylChernobyl (Region)KhmelnytskyiKhmelnytskyi (Region)KyivParisPolesiaRivneRivne (Region)Soviet UnionUkraineUkrainian SSR...

Topics

History, Modern...

Referenced/represented time period

1965–2015

Classification

Ethnology / Historical AnthropologyIdentity constructionSpatial history, geography...

Languages

GermanRussianUkrainian...

History/Provenance

The data was generated by Dr. Svetlana Boltovska within the context of the project “Ukrainian Polessye as a Nuclear Landscape and the Transformation of Local Identities”, which ran from 2015 to 2018. The project was led by Dr. Anna Veronika Wendland and was carried out at the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe as part of the joint project “Polessye as a Landscape of Intervention. Space, Rule, Technology, and Ecology at the European Periphery 1915–2015”, which was funded by the Leibniz Association. The project partners were Prof. Dr. Thomas Bohn, professor of East European history at Justus Liebig University Giessen, and Prof. Dr. Claudia Kraft, professor of contemporary European history at the University of Siegen. The project coordinator was Dr. Silke Fengler. Interviews were conducted with a total of 20 people on the subject of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, 21 people on the Rivne plant, and 16 people regarding the Chemlnickij plant. The criteria used for selecting these 34 individuals were based on the relevance and importance, both of the content of the interviews and the biographies of the interviewees, with regard to the theme of the study. Another deciding factor was the thoroughness and quality of the information. All interviewees were verbally informed about the project at the beginning of the interview. Most of them gave written consent for the data to be archived and reused, while some expressed a wish for their data to be anonymized. In these cases, it was decided that photographs would not be archived. The audio files in MP3 format were transcribed by several people at the “Kyiv Mohyla Academy” (under the leadership of Olena Andreeva) and were formally written up by Alexander Lell at the Herder Institute. The research data described here served as sample data for research data management at the Herder Institute.

Creation/Production

Time Event: 2015-2018
Place/Area: Ukraine
Creator: Boltovska, Svetlana +

Aggregation/Collecting: Research data

Time Event: 2015-2018
Place/Area: Ukraine
Researcher: Boltovska, Svetlana +
Project director: Wendland, Anna Veronika +
Coordinator: Fengler, Silke +

Context Material

Projekte

Polessye as a “Landscape of Intervention”: Space, Rule, Technology, and Ecology at the European Periphery, 1915 to 2015   Website

Ukrainian Polessye as a Nuclear Landscape and the Transformation of Local Identities, 1965–2015   Website

Record Information

ID: DE-2718/HI000013
Record Type: Group/Holding
List title: Research data: Ukrainian Polessye as a Nuclear Landscape, 1965–2015
Title: Research data of the project “Ukrainian Polessye as a Nuclear Landscape and the Transformation of Local Identities, 1965–2015”
Short Title: Research Data "Polessye as a Nuclear Landscape"
Repository Name: Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe, Department of Academic Forum [ISIL: DE-2542]  +
Source/Rights: Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe – Institute of the Leibniz Association [ISIL: DE-2718]  +
Image: Mariia Shuryberko, painting on a private home, village Sopachiv, Rivne region, Ukraine, Photo: Svetlana Boltovska, 2016, Rights of use: Herder Institute, Marburg
Author: Boltovska, Svetlana
Author: Bracht, Johannes
Reviser/Editor: Bracht, Johannes
Export date: 2019-03-05

Highlights

Portrait of the interviewee Vita Bazan, Netishyn. In the background, graffiti "Atomamonty" by Oksana Chepelyk and Garage Gang, Photo: Diana Sulima, 2017, Rights of use: Herder Institute
Icons in the house of one interviewee in Netishyn, Photo: Svetlana Boltovska, 2017, Rights of use: Herder Institute
Portrait of Yakov Salobaj, Stara Rafalivka, Photo: Svetlana Boltovska, 2017, Rights of use: Herder Institute