May 2nd 2022: Justifying War Through History: Memory Politics and the Russian Invasion of Ukraine


Russia’s war against Ukraine has extensively been framed and justified by references to historical narratives. Most prominently, Russian President Putin seeks to undermine Ukraine’s right to exist as an independent country with its own national identity. Similarly, he has depicted the invasion of Ukraine with continuous references to the memories of the Soviet Union’s Great Patriotic War against Nazi Germany. This panel will discuss the role of memory politics and particular historical narratives in the current conflict in Ukraine.

Speakers: Dr. Serhy Yekelchyk, University of Victoria and Dr. Lyubov Zhyznomirska, Saint Mary’s University

Moderator: Dr. Oliver Schmidtke, University of Victoria