Principal investigator: Csilla Fedinec
Partner institution: Antal Hodinka Language Institute, Berehove
Research questions and objectives:
The concept of cultural heritage has a history of its own. Heritage is a version of the past that can be seen in the present, whether it be through a monument, a sight, a memorial service, or an artistic experience. Borders and border regions are shaped by a variety of factors, ranging in a broad spectrum from cooperation to conflict. The influence of neighbourhoods, cross-border relations, migration, prejudices, stereotypes, state policies, regional policies, and traditions are particularly exciting in an area that is in a state of constant transformation, because, for instance, the state authority changes within a short period of time and does not cover ethnic or cultural boundaries. We are searching for the answers to the following questions: who have marked and what in Transcarpathia since the turn of the 19/20th century, how memory culture and national identity have been shaped by parallel nation-buildings and state policies, has a regional identity construction been formed, towards what power centres the visual culture is orienting the visitors, and how political and public discourses have changed and transformed during the last 150 years.
The possessor of power over the public space is consciously trying to leave a trace on the landscape while striving to eliminate earlier or unwanted narratives). These practices, commonly referred to as symbolic spatial occupation procedures, may take different forms: the removal of the memories of the previous power is usually followed by the placement of symbols of the new power, but occasionally by the reinterpretation of former symbols or their simple expropriation. And, sometimes the regional consciousness develops a practice along ‘indigenous’ logic, such as the practice of clock usage and public display in Transcarpathia, which is unknown in any other regions of Europe.
In the proposed research, the examination of the linguistic landscape will be viewed and analysed as a dynamically changing process and is used to explore and interpret the linguistic ideologies behind the filling of the public space. We do not aim for a comprehensive description of the region's linguistic landscape, but rather for an understanding of the linguistic and memory-political processes taking place in the region of Transcarpathia, by analysing certain aspects of the linguistic landscape.
- Csernicskó István - Fedinec Csilla: A mai Kárpátalja területének történeti-nyelvi viszonyai a 19-20. század fordulóján, kitekintéssel a mára. In: Szakál, Imre (szerk.) "Indivisibiliter ac Inseparabiliter" "Feloszthatatlanul és elválaszthatatlanul". Beregszász - Ungvár, Ukrajna : RIK-U Kiadó, (2018) pp. 141-182.
- Fedinec, Csilla - Csernicskó, István: Jazyk ako labyrint etnopolitických vzťahov na Podkarpatskej Rusi / Language as labyrinth of ethnopolitical relations in Carpathian Ruthenia. DEJINY 2017 : 2 pp. 54-72. , 19 p. (2017)
- Fedinec, Csilla - Csernicskó, István: Language Policy and National Feeling in Context Ukraine´s Euromaidan, 2014-2016. CENTRAL EUROPEAN PAPERS : 1 pp. 81-100. (2017)
- Fedinec, Csilla - Csernicskó, István: (Re)conceptualization of Memory in Ukraine after the Revolution of Dignity. CENTRAL EUROPEAN PAPERS 5 : 1 pp. 46-71. (2017)
- Fedinec Csilla - Csernicskó István: Hány az óra, Vekker úr?: Időzónák és politika Kárpátalján. KOMMENTÁR 2017 : 2 pp. 81-99. (2017)
- Fedinec Csilla: A kárpátaljai idő. BBC HISTORY: A VILÁGTÖRTÉNELMI MAGAZIN VII : 4 pp. 42-44. , 3 p. (2017)
- Fedinec Csilla: Hány óra van Kárpátalján? NÉPRAJZI LÁTÓHATÁR: A GYÖRFFY ISTVÁN NÉPRAJZI EGYESŰLET FOLYÓIRATA XXVI : 1-4 pp. 224-235. (2017)