Through walking streets and talking history, the members of the My Odessa club sense their city as place. History is encountered in buildings, ruins, monuments, and stories as both a diffuse feeling and a dialogic process. The walkers’ practice of exploring nooks and crannies of the city and speaking with local residents is informed by a “large family” form of sociality, and a notion of Odessa as courtyard where space is conceived as commercial. In walking the city, participants subvert and recreate aspects of Soviet and post-Soviet urban space and generate a sense of their city as distinct from a national space.
Richardson, Tanya, "Walking Streets, Talking History: The Making of Odessa" (2005). Anthropology Faculty Publications. 8.