Olena Denysenko

Documenting Ukraine Grants

Forced to Start All Over Again: Places, Memories and Communities 50 Years after Kanivska HPP Construction and Displacement

This project is aimed at collecting the family stories of those who were displaced around 50 years ago after construction of the Kanivska HPP, as well as the interpretation of these stories and experiences in the context of place attachment to multiple historical settlements fully or partially flooded by waters of the Dnipro, memories of these places and practices of integration to new communities. In so doing, this project addresses the issues of place identity and place memory, documenting personal stories of those who survived displacement and were forced to start all over again, and illustrating long-lasting impacts over the decades under ideological and political shifts. In addition, the practices, difficulties and experiences of integration into the local communities will be analyzed using the case of a community where several generations of IDPs are localized: those who were displaced in the early 1970s after the Kanivska HPP construction, those who were displaced following the Chornobyl disaster in the 1980s, and those who fled after the wars in 2014 and 2022 from the Donetsk, Luhansk and Kherson regions.

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