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Visual Propaganda and Online Radicalization


March 16, 2012
College of Arts and Sciences, Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA, United States
Open to the General Public
Registration Fee: None

The Visual Propaganda Conference, hosted by Georgia State University in conjunction with the US Army War College (USAWC) Strategic Studies Institute, will be held at the Loudermilk Conference Center on March 16th, 2012. The event will bring together academics, practitioners, and government experts, to examine jihadist use of visual material in the online environment, how and why it works, and what the possibilities might be for effective counterprogramming. For those unable to travel to Atlanta, the entire conference will be live streamed at the official conference website; they will also be able to participate in Question and Answer sessions via twitter.



There has been a great deal of interest in terrorist use of the Internet, particularly in the role online materials play in radicalization and recruitment. However, given the amount of effort jihadist groups have put into video production for the internet, and the fact that videos are an intrinsically visual medium, surprisingly little attention has been paid to the visual element of these materials. This gap is especially notable in light of the wide variety of disciplines that have documented the power of visual images to persuade and influence. This conference brings together top scholars from the U.S. the Middle East, and Europe to address the visual component of those videos, in the belief that the better we understand these materials the better positioned we are to develop effective countermeasures.

Register today at the conference website.

Partners: Georgia State University in conjunction with the US Army War College (USAWC) Strategic Studies Institute

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