Bartosz HordeckiAndrzej Stelmach 1 Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland
The phenomenon of imagining Ukrainians among Poles has a long
history. Numerous critical moments influenced Polish approaches
Long-lasting processes have provided Polish
culture with a rich collection of potential perceptions of Ukraine (positive and negative alike). These patterns are sometimes subjected to rapid
updating. Moreover, the existing reservoir of mental
schemes is never closed.
The Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine seems to be a milestone in reshaping Poles’ perception of
Ukrainians. After February 24,
2022, the issue of Russia’s aggression and a huge-scale migration of Ukrainian
refugees to Poland and other countries have been among the dominant subjects of social discourse. Its intensity and complexity are associated with the
involvement, modification and creation of various new patterns depicting Ukrainian
culture and its representatives in the Polish communication space.
The paper aims to present and interpret data from monitoring content
published on Facebook, Twitter and TikTok. Referring to extensive research
material, we intend to compare how Ukrainians are portrayed in
Polish-language social media before and after the outbreak of the full-scale
invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
differences and similarities discovered will be theorised. By interpreting them, we will try to diagnose the relevance of the changes taking place.