Since the emergence of the so-called Islamic State, the group have taken precedence in the spotlight of international media. News agencies and journalists have prioritised the stories of the radicalised, the violent and the extreme, as well as the paths of those that come out the other side. But how far has this focus had an impact on the situation on the ground?
This webinar aims to discuss the role the media has played in creating narratives around the individuals that left to join these groups.
Anthony Loyd @A_Loyd_Times
Anthony Loyd is among the most experienced war correspondents of his generation. He began reporting for The Times during the Bosnian war in 1993 and since then he has reported from a series of major conflict zones, including those in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. Most recently Anthony gained notoriety in February 2019, when he tracked down Shamima Begum.
Myriam François @MyriamFrancoisC
Dr Myriam Francois is a journalist, filmmaker and writer. Myriam is also a Research Associate at the Centre of Islamic Studies (CIS) at SOAS University. She completed her PhD (DPhil) at Oxford University, focusing on Islamic movements in Morocco in 2017. She holds an MA from Georgetown University (USA) and a BA from Cambridge University (UK).
Assistant Professor of Journalism, Seattle Pacific University
Sara Shaban identifies as a critical/cultural scholar focused on the intersections between media, women’s social movements, and geopolitics in the Middle East. Shaban’s academic work is rooted in the theoretical frameworks of transnationalism and femonationalism.
Vera Mironova @vera_mironov
Dr Vera Mironova is a Russian-American academic, scholar, award-winning writer, producer, speaker, research fellow and policy consultant specializing in armed conflict. Vera is a visiting Research Fellow at Harvard University and a regular contributor to Foreign Policy, among other publications.