Public and private shaping of Soviet mining city: contested history?
The paper tells the story of the shaping of a Soviet oil-shale mining city - Kohtla-Järve, Estonia - by contrasting the public sphere represented by photo-albums with private ones represented by life-stories. The reason for Kohtla-Järve's existence is oil-shale and its usage as political tool has caused the city's rise and decline in the socio-economic turmoil of the 20th century. Yet, as contradictory as we would like to think results of visual representation analysis and a biographical approach concerning Soviet and contemporary worlds are, they both still broadly follow political and socio-economic circumstances. Imagery and life-stories are not poles apart, they just focus on different things; representations are somewhat rooted in real life and biographies are partly lived in public space.
The interface between Marx and Brussels. Editorial
The editorial introduces papers mostly presented at the 22nd session of the biennial Permanent European Conference for the Study of the Rural Landscape (PECSRL) in the sub-theme Interface between Marx and Brussels. The title of the Conference was European Rural Future: Landscape as an Interface and it was held from 4th-9th of September 2006 in Berlin and Hubertusstock, Brandenburg, Germany. The place and time were liminal as European Union (EU) accession included eight post-communist states on 1st of May 2004. The papers that make up this twin special issue address the interface between the East/West and the past/future each uniquely.
Introduction for living in agricultural landscapes: practice, heritage and identity
This is an introduction into a compilation of selection of papers presented in a special session Living in Agricultural Landscapes: Practice and Heritage organised by EUCALAND-(European Culture expressed in Agricultural Landscapes)-Network at the 24th session of PECSRL (The Permanent European Conference for the Study of the Rural Landscape) Living in Landscapes: Knowledge, Practice, Imagination held in Riga and Liepāja, Latvia from 23-27 August 2010. Agricultural landscapes that form considerable share of European countryside witness similar problems from Russia to France, from Iceland and Ireland to Hungary yet the conceptualisations of heritage, development paths of its legal framework etc. are different, although the wish to maintain identities is similar. A proposal for a typological classification of European agricultural landscapes is introduced to enhance common planning approach.
Anu Printsmann, Hannu Linkola, Anita Zariņa, Margarita Vološina, Maunu Häyrynen and Hannes Palang
In the aftermath of what was then the Great War several European countries like Finland, Estonia and Latvia gained independence, marking their centenary jubilees 2017–2018. This paper observes how landscapes were used in anniversary celebrations and what historical themes were foregrounded and which omitted, revealing how collective historical commemoration in landscape enacts within national identity framework depending also on how landscape is understood in each respective country.