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Korean Journal of Ukrainian Studies

Department of Ukrainian Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies



Korean Journal of Ukrainian Studies (KJUS) is published by the Department of Ukrainian Studies, a member of the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. KJUS is published in December each year. This journal is indexed and abstracted in Korean Citation Index (KCI).

KJUS seeks theoretical or empirical research discussions about Ukraine and neighboring nations with an interdisciplinary approach in the area of arts, culture, folklore, anthropology, literature, linguistics, history, economy, politics, international relations and society. The editors also invite submissions from researchers in all fields of humanities and social science. 

KJUS aims to promote the development of Ukrainian Studies in Korea and exchange various ideas, perspectives and research methods among researchers who are devoted to Ukrainian Studies around the world. KJUS publishes rigorous theoretical and empirical research papers, review articles, and book reviews.

KJUS is published once a year (December 30) in online version by the Department of Ukrainian Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Korea. For details regarding manuscript submission, please refer to “Submission Guidelines” page or contact the editor at

Latest Publications

The Concept of War
in Ancient Ukrainian Aphorisms

Nina Stankevych

The article reveals the essence of the concept of war and describes its figurative and logical model, expressed in ancient Ukrainian aphorisms of the 11th – early 19th centuries. Aphorisms of ancient Ukrainian writers and philosophers are a socio-cultural and spiritual phenomenon of the nation, a treasure trove of intellectual thought of many generations. An aphorism is a condensed logical and philosophical judgment, a political slogan, a moral instruction that has an emotional and aesthetic impact on the reader. The main features of aphorisms are conciseness, a high degree of generalization, information compression, universal addressing, the presence of linguistic and expressive means of aestheticization, figurative textual elements, and the timelessness of judgments. The study of the concept of war in historical retrospect shows its deep roots in the national collective consciousness as a universal essential category, as well as the stability of the structural and semantic organization, despite the changing socio-political context.

The understanding of war as an armed conflict fills aphorisms with thematic vocabulary with only negatively evaluative semantics; the most productive symbolic images of war are death, blood, and the color red. The opposite cognitive zone is created by peace.

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