Subscribe and Follow. Telegram and Responsive Archiving the War in Ukraine


  • Taras Nazaruk Center for Urban History, Lviv



Telegram, war, Ukraine, social media, responsive archiving


Being in the state of war — among many other things — means scrolling updates constantly. The hybrid nature of warfare developments is largely based on entanglements between events that you experience and mediated messages that you receive. Telegram has become an everyday go-to app for millions of Ukrainians since the full-scale invasion. The social media platform does not only reflect on current developments but also affects the warfare and wartime experiences directly. As captured and documented, it creates evidence of our recent experiences, covering all areas from the battlefield to the everyday routine across Ukraine on either side of the frontline and intertwining both physical and cyberspace. How do we capture, assess and make accessible such flows for future research, considering the legal and ethical complexity of documenting social media? With no definitive methodological answers but as an emergency effort, the Center for Urban History launched this archiving initiative to preserve the social media practices of the war in Ukraine. This essay is a self-reflection of a 5-month archiving initiative started as a civilian response to the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine.


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2022-10-17 — Updated on 2022-11-09


How to Cite

Nazaruk, T. (2022). Subscribe and Follow. Telegram and Responsive Archiving the War in Ukraine. Sociologica, 16(2), 217–226.



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