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'Global media, infoterror, and the culture of war' by James Der Derian

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derian2008 Marrett Lecture on Political Violence and Terrorism

'Global media, infoterror, and the culture of war’

By James Der Derian, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University


3-5 p.m.

Thursday, 17 January 2008

Room 101, 3475 Peel Street


Description: From the 'CNN-effect' to the 'YouTube-effect', and as the production of terror becomes inextricable from the consumption of information, global media has become not only the transmitter but the trigger of international crises.

James Der Derian is a Watson Institute Research Professor of international studies, and Director of the Institute's Global Security Program. Der Derian was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he completed a M.Phil. and D.Phil. in international relations. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Southern California, MIT, Harvard, Oxford, and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. He is author of On Diplomacy: A Genealogy of Western Estrangement (1987) and Antidiplomacy: Spies, Terror, Speed, and War (1992); editor of International Theory: Critical Investigations (1995) and The Virilio Reader (1998); and co-editor with Michael Shapiro of International/Intertextual Relations: Postmodern Readings of World Politics (1989). His articles on international relations have appeared in the Review of International Studies, International Studies Quarterly, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, International Affairs, Brown Journal of World Affairs, Millennium, Alternatives, Cultural Values, and Samtiden. His articles on war, technology, and the media have appeared in the New York Times, Nation, Washington Quarterly, and Wired. His most recent book is Virtuous War: Mapping the Military-Industrial-Media-Entertainment Network (2001).

The John and Eileen Marrett Memorial Fund was established by the Marrett family to promote understanding of political violence and terrorism.