School of Arts and Cultures

Staff Profiles

Dr Mohammedwesam Amer

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow

Background

I am a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow and post-doctoral researcher at Newcastle University. My project is on Media Warfare and the Discourse of Islamic Revival: The Case of the Islamic State (IS). In collaboration with Dr. KhosraviNik, this project seeks to better the understanding of how Islamist movements use Social Media to reinforce their discourses, ideologies and thoughts during times of conflict, i.e. ideological levels of struggle.

 

I was a DAAD fellow and I have finished my PhD in Media and Communication at Hamburg University in 2015. My PhD is on War reporting in the International Press: A Comparative Analysis of Gaza War 2008-2009. My principal academic research and professional interests lie in the field of social media, terrorism and discourse analysis.

 

I am a new admin coordinator of  Newcastle Critical Discourse Group since May 2017.

 

Research

Research

Research disciplines/fields: Critical Discourse Analysis, Social Media Critical Discourse Studies, Digital Discourse Analysis, Media Representations of social actors, Critical Communication Studies, Multimodal Discourse Analysis, Political Communication,

Political research Interests: Islamist movements, Radical/extremist movements, Terrorism

Middle East Studies, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Arab Spring

Current research focus: Theory, methods and application of critical discourse studies on digital participatory platforms in collaboration with Dr Majid Khosravinikh



Postdoctoral Research: Summary

This proposal seeks to better our understanding of how Islamist movements use Social Media to reinforce their discourses, ideologies and thoughts during times of conflict, i.e. ideological levels of struggle. In brief, this study takes as its mission the task of unraveling patterns of rhetorical propaganda employed by the Islamic State (IS) and how this movement attracts individuals from all over the world and influences security in Europe and the world. There are two overlapping discourses which dialectically feed into each other: those of religious revival and political emancipation. By means of these discourses, IS reworks foundational myths and traditional religious symbols to appropriate an imagined past in a highly charged political and conflict-ridden context as a part of the solution to its beleaguered spirituality.

This proposal suggests employing interdisciplinary methods: critical discourse analysis (CDA), Corpus Linguistics, visual content analysis and multimodal analysis. This aims to examine discourse, content and visual frames. The sample is supposed to include all YouTube video clips published by IS and the commentaries associated with these clips in English and Arabic.

The importance of this project lies in understanding the socio-political and cultural-religious dimensions of the conflict and the ensemble of discourses that frame Islamic fundamentalism in general, and IS in particular, as well as how IS persuades recruits from the EU and worldwide.




Teaching

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