Oleksiy Gnatiuk

Articles

Historical heraldic symbols as a marker of reproducing and transforming regional identity: The case of Ukraine

Oleksiy Gnatiuk, Anatoliy Melnychuk

Geographia Polonica (2021) vol. 94, iss. 4, pp. 589-607 | Full text
doi: https://doi.org/10.7163/GPol.0222

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Abstract:

This paper demonstrates a way to examine the transformation of the territorial shape of the region. The official symbols (flags and emblems) of modern administrative units of Ukraine were analyzed for the usage of heraldic symbols of historical regions that lost their administrative status a century before. The results confirm more or less constant symbolic reproduction of historical regions, but their spatial shapes has changed under the influence of new administrative boundaries. Simultaneously, in certain cases historical heraldry loses its former meaning and is involved into the development and strengthening of identities with new administrative regions rather than historical ones.

Keywords: transformation of the identity of a region, territorial shape of the region, heraldic symbols, historical regions, administrative reform, Ukraine

Oleksiy Gnatiuk [alexgnat22@ukr.net], Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv Volodymyrska Street 64/13, 01601, Kyiv: Ukraine
Anatoliy Melnychuk [melnychuk@knu.ua], Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv Volodymyrska Street 64/13, 01601, Kyiv: Ukraine

Do street status and centrality matter for post-socialist memory policy? The experience of Ukrainian cities

Oleksiy Gnatiuk, Victoria Glybovets

Geographia Polonica (2020) vol. 93, iss. 2, pp. 139-161 | Full text
doi: https://doi.org/10.7163/GPol.0167

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Naming and renaming of urban space often is sensitive in terms of the street location and status and implies categorization of streets according to the perceived importance of a street name. Thus, different locations in the city have different symbolic significance, and the urban toponymy could be read as a spatial projection of the societal axiological system. This article represents an attempt to study the importance of location (centrality vs. peripherality) and status (significance) of the urban public spaces in the 36 largest Ukrainian cities in terms of symbolical value and memory policy. The findings indicate that both investigated factors constitute an important tool of identity shaping and historical memory policy, but their influence and manifestation may vary considerably depending on specific historical, cultural and (geo)political conditions. Therefore, although the central parts of cities and the main urban arteries have tangibly larger symbolic significance, the toponymy of less presentable urban areas may be no less eloquent in the critical toponymy studies.

Keywords: urban toponymy, renaming of streets, identity, commemorative policy, street location, street status, Ukraine

Oleksiy Gnatiuk [alexgnat22@ukr.net], Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv Volodymyrska Street 64/13, 01601, Kyiv: Ukraine
Victoria Glybovets [victoriasatiya@gmail.com], Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv Prospekt Hlushkova 2a, 03022 Kyiv: Ukraine