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Terrorism on Film: propaganda and profit

Centre for the Study of Human Rights Literary Festival event

Date: Friday 2 March 2012 
Time: 12.30-2pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Professor Chetan Bhatt, Professor Tony Shaw

Many who witnessed the 9/11 terrorist attacks live on television described it as being ‘just like a movie’. Was this just a throwaway comment or does it tell us something important about how movies have influenced our understanding of terrorism?


With the aid of film clips, this event will explore how filmmakers from across the world and over the past century have dealt with the subject of terrorism, and how cinema has impacted on people's conception of terrorism.

Chetan Bhatt is professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LSE.

Tony Shaw is professor of Contemporary History at the University of Hertfordshire. He is currently writing a global history of cinematic terrorism, dating from the 1920s to the present.


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