How Propaganda Works: from conflict to COVID-19

Hosted by the Centre for International Studies (CIS)

Online public event


Nicole/Yung Au

Nicole/Yung Au

Professor Susan Benesch

Professor Susan Benesch

Professor Richard Ashby Wilson

Professor Richard Ashby Wilson


Dr Jens Meierhenrich

Dr Jens Meierhenrich


Dr Jens Meierhenrich

Helena Ivanov

The Centre for International Studies is delighted to host a roundtable on the violence of propaganda—its histories and logics. Reflecting on the changing character of propaganda in the twenty-first century, our distinguished experts will explore the uses of disinformation and misinformation in a variety of settings, from conflict to COVID-19.

Bringing to bear cutting-edge perspectives from technology, advocacy, and anthropology, the interdisciplinary panel will illuminate the highly policy-relevant question of how propaganda works—and what, if anything, can be done to curb it.

Meet our speakers, moderator and chair

Nicole/Yung Au is a doctoral candidate and researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute. Her research explores technology infrastructures, automation and vertical/aerial surveillance. She is the co-author, most recently, of a study on the strategic uses of misinformation and disinformation during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Susan Benesch founded and directs the Dangerous Speech Project, to study speech that can inspire violence and ways to prevent this. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of International Service at American University and also a Faculty Associate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

Richard Ashby Wilson is the Gladstein Distinguished Chair of Human Rights and Professor of Law and Anthropology at the University of Connecticut School of Law. A leading scholar of law and society, he is also a graduate of the LSE. His many books include The Politics of Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa, Writing History in International Criminal Trials, and, most recently, Incitement on Trial: Prosecuting International Speech Crimes.

Helena Ivanov is a doctoral candidate in International Relations at LSE. Her research concerns the role of propaganda in conflict, with a particular focus on the wars in the former Yugoslavia. She holds an MPhil degree from the University of Oxford, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Belgrade. 

Jens Meierhenrich is Director of the Centre for International Studies at LSE, where he is also an Associate Professor of International Relations. He previously taught for a decade at Harvard University. He is the author of The Legacies of Law and The Remnants of the Rechtsstaat, as well as the editor, among other books, of The Oxford Handbook of Carl Schmitt and The Cambridge Companion to the Rule of Law.

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