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Small and uncertain: remembering and forgetting uncertain times in a small town [Space-lore and Place-lore] 
Barbora Vacková (Masaryk University)
Lenka Waschková Císařová (Masaryk University)
Monika Metykova (University of Sussex)
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Urban studies
Thursday 8 June, -
Time zone: Europe/Prague

Short Abstract:

The panel explores ways of handling uncertainty-inducing events in a small-town setting. It focuses mainly on the possible ways of forgetting/commemorating these controversial, critical or otherwise problematic events, their actors and their impacts.

Long Abstract:

Insecurity is not just a global threat happening far away. Insecurities are part of everyday life in cultural centres and world capitals and also in small towns. Local, supra-regional or global events that impact on our history and present are sources of insecurity. They involve various types of actors who deal with uncertainty differently (actively, passively), and have different roles (victim, aggressor, observer, interpreter). Understanding these actors and their relationships forms part of the interpretation of these events.

The panel focuses on the remembering and forgetting of these events and their actors in a small town. We are interested in how uncertainty operates in the small-town social environment: What events provoke uncertainty and how does society work with them? How are their actors constructed and who can legitimately talk about them? What techniques exist for recalling, forgetting or reframing these events, which may be perceived as controversial or problematic, and how do they manifest themselves in the public space of a small town?

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

• uncertainty in a specific time and space;

• uncertainty as part of local identity;

• times of uncertainty (war, conflicts, economic crises, environmental disasters, violence related to otherness) in a small town/community;

• public commemoration of events associated with uncertainty and its actors (memorials, museums, commemorative events, local festivities);

• remembering and forgetting various actors;

• communication and sharing of uncertainty in private and public spaces of a small town.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Thursday 8 June, 2023, -