On May 8, 2024, on the Day of Remembrance and Victory over Nazism in the Second World War 1939–1945, a scientific round table with international participation “Documentation, use and dissemination of information during wars: historical retrospective and contemporary challenges” was held at the Department of History and Document Studies of the Faculty of Linguistics and Social Communications of the National Aviation University.

Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, Chief researcher of the Department of Theory and History of Political Science of our Institute Tetiana Bevz presented the report “The Postage Stamp as a Historical Source of Documenting Information in the Conditions of War”.

The speaker noted that postage stamps are considered symbols of the state and history; a kind of socio-cultural code; mass media category; an effective mass communication tool; propaganda and a tool for waging information warfare; as a creative weapon.

Tetyana Bevz during the report

Studying postage stamps from the standpoint of political history – the speaker noted – we can state, firstly, that they often have political significance and can reflect the ideologies, cultural values ​​and historical events of the country that issued them; secondly, by analyzing the themes and images on postage stamps, you can get information about the cultural and identity aspects of the nation; third, postage stamps can be used to support diplomatic efforts, reflect cultural exchange, etc.

Postage stamps acquired special characteristics in the conditions of the full-scale war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine. First, Ukrposhta stamps became a symbol of statehood and a factor of diplomacy; secondly, with the help of stamps, Ukrainians mark the important events of the war with the occupiers and collect funds to support the military and civilians; thirdly, the plots of artistic brands unite – this is the strength and heroism of the Ukrainian people; fourthly, stamps have become valuable, such a product helps to raise funds for resistance to the Russian occupiers even without separate auctions; fifth, stamps became symbols of our indomitability; sixth, the brand is a great way to convey to children our way to victory.

During the round table

Tetiana Bevz’ report aroused great interest. The participants of the round table asked the speaker a number of questions.

Round table program