"Whether Bin Laden, al-Qaida's Egyptian theorist Ayman al-Zawahiri and their colleagues are on a mountain in the Hindu Kush or living with their beards shaved off in a suburb of Karachi no longer matters to the organisation. They can inspire and guide a worldwide movement without physically meeting their followers - without even knowing who they are."
- Paul Eedle

Plenary Speakers

Dr Jarret Brachman
Dr Jarret Brachman
Author of
Global Jihadism: Theory and Practice
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Prof Philip Seib
Prof Philip Seib
Co-author of
Global Terrorism and New Media: The Post Al-Qaeda Generation
(forthcoming 2010)
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Dr John Horgan
Dr John Horgan
Author of
Walking Away from Terrorism: Accounts of Disengagement from Radical and Extremist Movements
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Dr. Jarret Brachman

Dr. Brachman, currently a Research Fellow at North Dakota State University, is an internationally recognized specialist on al-Qaeda strategy, ideology, and media. From 2004 to 2008, he served as Director of Research at West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center.

Dr. Brachman has been invited to present his research on al-Qaida to the U.S. House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities, the British House of Lords, and to numerous other audiences across military, intelligence and law enforcement.

Jarret is featured in multiple documentaries about al-Qaida, he is the author of Global Jihadism: Theory and Practice (2008), and is currently writing, The Next Bin Ladin: The Rise of Abu Yahya al-Libi.

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Professor Philip Seib

Prof. Seib is the Director of the University of Southern California’s (USC) Center on Public Diplomacy, and a Professor of Journalism and Public Diplomacy and Professor of International Relations at USC’s Annenberg School.

Philip has authored numerous books, including Beyond the Front Lines: How the News Media Cover a World Shaped by War (2006); New Media and the New Middle East (2007); The Al Jazeera Effect (2008); Toward a New Public Diplomacy: Redirecting U.S. Foreign Policy (2009); and the forthcoming (co-authored with Dana Janbek) Global Terrorism and New Media: The Post Al-Qaeda Generation (2010).

He is co-editor of the journal Media, War & Conflict.

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Doctor John Horgan

Dr. John Horgan is the Director of the International Center for the Study of Terrorism at Pennsylvania State University. A psychologist by training, he was previously Senior Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews' Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) in Scotland. His current research focuses on issues of disengagement and de-radicalisation from terrorist movements.

His books include The Psychology of Terrorism (2005) and Leaving Terrorism Behind (2009, with Tore Bjorgo). His latest book Walking Away from Terrorism (2009) presents detailed fieldwork interviews John has conducted with former members of radical and extremist movements in several countries on their initial radicalisation and eventual disengagement from political violence.

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Conference Organisers


The purpose of this conference is to bring together academics from a broad range of disciplines with policy-makers and security practitioners that have knowledge and/or expertise that can facilitate advances in the study of Terrorism and New Media, particularly the Internet, in novel ways.


This is the first academic conference to subject the relationship between terrorism and new media, particularly the Internet, to truly multi-disciplinary scrutiny. The two-day conference (Wednesday, 8 September and Thursday, 9 September) will feature a series of panels and roundtables, and three plenary addresses.

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Call for Papers

We welcome papers or panels reporting on innovative research into any aspect of terrorism and new media. We particularly welcome papers or panels that report novel results or describe and employ innovative methodological approaches.

Papers or panels on the following topics will be of particular interest:

Perspectives from any academic discipline are welcomed, particularly: communications, computer science, cultural studies, information science, international relations, internet studies, law, media studies, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology.

Authors of individual papers should submit a 300-word abstract at our proposal submission page on or before 17 May 2010. 

Media, War & ConflictA selection of accepted papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of the journal Media, War & Conflict.

Travel Funding for Graduate Students

The Center on Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School, University of Southern California (USC) will provide US$700 in sponsorship for a graduate student to attend at *and blog* from the conference for the Center. Graduate students wishing to apply for this funding should indicate same when submitting their abstract.

The conference organisers are also in a position to provide a number of travel grants for graduate students. Support may be requested for transportation and accommodation. Students should provide a breakdown of the estimated cost of travel and accommodation upon submitting an application. Graduate students wishing to apply for funding can do so when submitting an abstract. Award decisions will be made by 14 June 2010.

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Registration Deadline: 23 August 2010. (There will be no on-site registration)

Convenor and sponsors

This conference is convened by the Centre for International Studies, School of Law & Government, Dublin City University in partnership with the International Communication Working Group of BISA.

The organisers are grateful for funding from the following:


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