Alexandra Herfroy-Mischler

Dr. Alexandra Herfroy-Mischler

Research Fellow
Alexandra Herfroy-Mischler

Dr. Alexandra Herfroy-Mischler

Research theme: The Advancement of Peace with emphasis on: Religion, Conflict and Peace

Research Title: Daesh's 'Media battle': Religion, Terrorism and media in Europe, Middle East and Indonesia

Alexandra Herfroy-Mischler (Ph.D) is an Associate Researcher at the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace and the French CNRS (CRFJ) in Jerusalem. She also lectures at the Hebrew University in the Journalism and Communication Department as well as the Rothberg International School. She completed her Ph.D at the Department of Media Studies, Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, (Paris 3), France. Her research focuses on Journalism Practices and Political Communication with an emphasis on transitional justice/ conflict resolution, intelligence and counter-terrorism. Her research has been published in Media, War & Conflict Journal (2015), Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism (2016; 2018), Studies in Conflict and Terrorism (2018), and Visual Communication (2018).

Abstract : Jihadist 'Media Battle' (or terrorist organizations' use of global media norms and values to further their aims) has been widely criticized professionally as well as academically after 9/11. 'Disaster marathon' (Blondheim and Liebes, 2002) defined as a widespread, largely uninterrupted and exclusive media coverage of terrorist attacks effectively augmented the “effectiveness” of the terrorist acts in its singular focus on visual images of the event and lack of perspective on the identity and nature of the perpetrators. Nevertheless, more than a decade later, the same issue can be witnessed in mainstream media coverage of the Syrian conflict (Al-Ghazzi, 2014) also labeled as the first "Youtube war"(Morris, 2013). Daesh's beheadings and execution videos as 'acts of Jihad' (Awan 2007: 396) as well as recent terrorist attacks perpetrated in Europe, Middle East and Indonesia brings the need to answer academically the following research question: 

To what extent Daesh's propaganda transfers into normative and democratic discourses?

In order to answer that research question I will proceed in two steps. Firstly I will extend my analysis of the narratives used to justify, explain, and stage beheadings and execution videos as 'Jihadi acts' toward the 'Islamic State' legitimization from the perspective of the terrorist group as media producer (via Al-Furqan Institute for Media Production, Al-I’tisam Media Foundation, Al-Hayat Media Center or one of its 20 local desks) from 2015 until 2018. Second the study will evaluate to what extent Western, Middle Eastern and Indonesian media contribute to Daesh's "Media Battle" by tracing if and how Daesh's religious and political narratives are circulated by national and international newspapers. The proposed research is believed to provide an empirical understanding of the role of religion in escalating conflicts and preventing peace in the Middle East.

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