Importance of Symbolism in the Russian War on Ukraine


  • Shaelyn Durocher MacEwan University


Ukraine is a country with an extensive history of war and oppression. As such, a large part of their collective culture revolves around patriotic symbolism. Patriotic symbolism refers to symbols representing a nation's history, heritage, and culture. This type of symbolism has recently been emphasized over the world's media as the country fights for sovereignty once more during the Russian Ukrainian Conflict. This presentation will demonstrate the importance of symbolism within Russia's invasion of Ukraine and how Ukraine has utilized symbols to inspire and rally the masses through collective representation. In addition to how collective representation and collective effervescence can elevate the effectiveness of propaganda materials.

Department: Sociology 

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Michael Gulayets