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The city under the dome - how quarantine decentralizes Ukraine

18.04.2020
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The city under the dome is a pretty vivid image from fantastic films and novels. The dome gives the city protection, integrates its inhabitants, and becomes a horizon that everyone can see and that looks the same for everyone. The dome makes everyone equal inside. In real life, there have been several attempts to design (at least partially) cities under domes (and this is mostly due to climate regulation). But if we are not talking about a physical barrier - a dome, but a conditional, imaginary, symbolic dome - it is both a shared urban identity (including self-identification as a Kyiv or Lviv citizen) and involvement in memory practices in cities, and the reproduction of the shared oral urban narrative, and the sharing of urban space, etc. One way or another, all citizens live in such domes of their cities. And quarantine made this phenomenon even more evident. The image of the dome also provokes the thought of isolation. In a normal life, complete isolation never happens - our symbolic domes intersect, are in motion caused by the mobility of citizens. But in times of quarantine, when everything slowed down, these imaginary domes became more and more frozen, not only at the level of meanings, but also at the level of urban practices. The activities of all public actors "in the dome of the city" are becoming more visible to the local community.

 

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