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Propaganda and Democratic Resistance

Hosted by LSE Festival: Shape the World

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building


Dr Shakuntala Banaji

Dr Shakuntala Banaji

Darren Moon

Darren Moon

Peter Pomerantsev

Peter Pomerantsev


Professor William A. Callahan

Professor William A. Callahan

Propaganda seems like a very 20th century issue. But it is back on the agenda due to the scandals provoked by social media’s manipulation of voters in the Brexit referendum and the Trump election.

This round table brings together experts on propaganda and the Internet to explore the populist problem presented by “fake news” – and how we can resist it. It explores examples from India, Russia, and China: Banaji on WhatsApp misinformation in India, Pomerantsev on Russian misinformation campaigns, Callahan on China’s political influence campaigns, and Moon and an International Relations LSE student on their short propaganda video made for the “China and the World” course. The goal is to think about how we need to develop the critical visual literacy skills that allow us to “reshape the world” in more inclusive and democratic ways.

Shakuntala Banaji is associate professor of media and communications at the LSE. Her recent publications include the LSE report WhatsApp Vigilantes: An exploration of citizen reception and circulation of WhatsApp misinformation linked to mob violence in India.

Darren Moon is Senior Learning Technologist in the LSE Eden Centre for Education Enhancement. He works closely with academic colleagues to develop the use of audio-visual media for teaching and learning. and has a particular interest in visual culture, methods and pedagogies.

William A. Callahan is Professor of International Relations at LSE. His most recent book is Sensible Politics: Visualizing International Relations

Peter Pomerantsev is a senior fellow in the Institute for Global Affairs at the LSE. He is author of This is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality. 

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This event is part of the LSE Festival: Shape the World running from Monday 2 to Saturday 7 March 2020, with a series of events exploring how social science can make the world a better place.


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