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Vladimir A. Rubin

Ekaterina V. Spiridonova

Maria L. Shub

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Vladimir A. Rubin — DSc in Culturology, PhD in History, Associate Professor, Expert of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Associate Professor, Department of History of State and Law, Orenburg Institute (Branch), O. E. Kutafin Moscow State Law University, Komsomolskaya St. 50, 460654 Orenburg, Russia.
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0009-0009-2691-4912
E-mail: rubin0701@yandex.ru

Maria L. Shub — DSc in Culturology, Associate Professor, Professor, Department of Philosophy and Cultural Studies, Chelyabinsk State Institute of Culture, Ordzhonikidze St. 36a, 454091 Chelyabinsk, Russia.
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3159-6391
E-mail: shubka_83@mail.ru

Ekaterina V. Spiridonova — PhD in Physics and Mathematics, Associate Professor, Department of Applied Mathematics, Orenburg State University, Pobedy Ave. 13, 460018 Orenburg, Russia.
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0972-2467
E-mail: ekvls@mail.ru


Theory and history of culture




Vol. 68


pp. 104–117


March 9, 2022

Approved after reviewing

September 28, 2022

Date of publication

June 28, 2023



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The key provisions of the research were carried out within the grant program of the President of the Russian Federation for state support of young Russian scientists — doctors of sciences (MD-2020 Competition), the project “Culture of memory of industrial cities of the Russian province: memorial strategies of regional identity”.


The relevance of this paper is related to the search for ways and effective methods to ensure the preservation of objects of material cultural heritage of Russia, which is confirmed by the adoption in 2020 of a new Article 67.1 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation on the protection of historical truth, continuity in the development of the Russian state during the millennial history, as well as the proclamation of 2022 — the Year of Cultural Heritage of the Peoples of Russia. The research`s aim is a comprehensive study of the cultural potential of the heritage object as a symbolic basis for its memorialization in the space of the Russian industrial city of the Soviet era. Taking into account the broad perspectives of the study of the phenomenon of “historical monument”, the authors consider the issue through the prism of value-normative, activity-based, symbolic and semiotic approaches to culture, concepts of historical memory and “places of memory”. Russian industrial cities have a unique culture, whose creators preserve and popularize the traditions of professional communities. In many of them, a historical and cultural landscape has been formed for a long time, indicating the possibility of identifying historical ensembles (industrial quarters, individual enterprises) and even entire historical settlements. However, this process requires a clear definition of the memorial value and is understudied so far. In this regard, the authors analyze the potential of cultural institutions of industrial centers that have accumulated solid socio-cultural experience as a basis for memorializing real estate objects, identifying new architectural monuments in the space of industrial centers of the Southern Urals. The study (state historical and cultural expertise) conducted in 2021 in relation to the Palace of Culture of Metallurgists in Novotroitsk, Orenburg region served as the paper`s empirical basis. The results obtained are implemented into the activities of the Orenburg region`s Government. The main results are to substantiate the expediency of using a broad methodological basis for the study of the cultural capital of a real estate object as a basis for its acceptance for state protection as a monument and to prove that cultural potential may act as a symbolic basis for the memorialization of a heritage object.


Culture, Object of Cultural Heritage, Industrial City, Memorialization, Architectural Monument, Cultural Institution, Tradition, Industrial Heritage.


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