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“Jihadi Audiovisualities”

02 April, 2018 23:53
“Jihadi Audiovisualities”

Date: October 4-5, 2018

Venue: The Department of Anthropology and African Studies, The Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Mainz, Germany

A thorough assessment of jihadist images and videos reveals a great multiplicity of textual, verbal, and visual figurations, symbols, and patterns of appropriation. Groups and movements such as the ‘Islamic State’ articulate their claim on hegemony also by absorbing and appropriating these codes and symbols.

The first international conference of the junior research group Jihadism on the Internet: Images and Videos, their Appropriation, and Dissemination at the Department of Anthropology and African Studies, University of Mainz, takes these observations as an opportunity to take to the center stage the field of extremist offers, their figurations and aesthetics, and the various forms of appropriation. We want to bring together experts and colleagues from multiple disciplines to foster multifarious exchanges, which will allow us to assess Jihadi audio-visuals in all their complexity. We will explore the acoustic dimension of jihadi videos; focus on cinematic means and the creative power involved in Jihadi audio-visuals, and examine artivist modes of engaging with these communicative offers.


  • Panel 1: Vocals in Jihadist Messages
  • Keynote
  • Public Roundtable Discussion: From Satire to Social Work: How to deal with Jihadi Media?
  • Workshops:

1) Researching Jihadism Online: Methodological and Ethical Challenges
2) Methods of Collaborative Image and Video Analysis

  • Panel 2: Developments in Jihadist Propaganda: Appropriations of Western Dispositifs
  • Panel 3: Artivism


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