Hold My Javelin: Visual Culture and Ukrainian Folklore in the 2022 Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Katya Jacqueline Chomitzky (Indiana University)

Within the framework of the 2022 Russian War on Ukraine, visual culture has been used as a method to unite national and diaspora Ukrainians. This is especially prominent through the creation of folk heroes such as Saint Javelin, and the prominence of the farmers who steal tanks with the aid of tractors. The available media surrounding these figures has been circulated primarily through the means of social media platforms, such as Instagram and TikTok. Through an analysis of these examples of visual culture, this research explores the effects of digital platforms on wartime folk narratives through the context of Ukraine.

Part of 08-12 Life During Wartime, Saturday, October 15, 10:30 am–12:30 pm