Propaganda and Counter-terrorism: Strategies for Global Change

Saturday 14th March 2015
Dr Emma Briant Lecturer in Journalism Studies, University of Sheffield

Dr Briant will discuss the illuminating interviews she conducted with British and US government sources for her recently-published book. She will present a unique account of Anglo-American attempts to adapt propaganda strategies to global terrorist threats in a post-9/11 media environment.

Emma Briant gained a BA from Coventry University and MRes from Glasgow Caledonian University before completing her MA and PhD at the University of Glasgow. Her research interests are in the areas of propaganda, influence and censorship in the US and UK, war-reporting, counter-terrorism and governmental adaptation to a changing media environment. Her doctoral research examined Anglo-American counter-terrorism propaganda and ‘strategic communication’ since 2001, which is now the subject of her new book. Her other recently published research includes analyses of media coverage of disability and asylum in the UK, written with the Glasgow Media Group where she worked before coming to Sheffield in 2013. Emma is now an associate fellow of the Sir Bernard Crick Centre for Public Understanding of Politics in the Department of Politics at Sheffield University.