SOAS University of London

SOAS Centre for Media Studies to host Rubicon grant winning project

2 February 2016

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) Rubicon grant winner Dr Leonie Schmidt will be conducting research at the Centre for Media Studies at SOAS University of London for two years. Dr Schmidt was awarded a Rubicon grant of €157,198 for her project ‘Pop Preachers and Counter-terror Culture: Contesting Terrorism through Social Media and Popular Culture in Indonesia’.

This project will look at Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country and a key front in the global ‘war on terror’, and focus on the country’s emerging Islamic counter-terror culture. It will examine how popular culture and social media can combat radicalisation and terrorism.

The project will be hosted in the Centre for Media Studies, supervised by Dr Dina Matar, Associate Head of the Centre, and supported by members of staff working on similar debates around media and social and political lives.

The project will begin on 1 September 2016.

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