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Abstract

The main goal of this paper is to analyse how ‘memory regime’ (Kubik & Bernhard) could be researched on a local level, using the example of attitudes to Jewish history and Hasidic pilgrimages in Uman, Ukraine. What types of ‘mnemonic actors’ (Kubik & Bernhard) prevail in Uman? Which statements about the contemporary Hasidic pilgrimages are supported by local inhabitants, and how do they reflect positions of the locals in the local memory field? This paper discusses some results of a quantitative survey on local cultural heritage conducted in the frame of the international EU-funded project ‘ReHerit’ in Uman in late 2018. Its results show integration of diverse and sometimes contradictory opinions in memory regime at the local level with the prevalence of ‘mnemonic warriors’ in the ‘fractured and contested memory regime’. The paper suggests that the Hasidic pilgrimage in the town shapes and reinforces existing narratives. At the same time, it offers a look at the emergence of ‘mnemonic pluralists’ and some prerequisites for ‘pillarized’ memory regime at a local level.

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