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Theorising Media and Conflict

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Theorising Media and Conflict

Edited by Philipp Budka and Birgit Bräuchler
Afterword by John Postill

350 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-682-1 $149.00/£110.00 Hb Published (April 2020)

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Theorising Media and Conflict brings together anthropologists as well as media and communication scholars to collectively address the elusive and complex relationship between media and conflict. Through epistemological and methodological reflections and the analyses of various case studies from around the globe, this volume provides evidence for the co-constitutiveness of media and conflict and contributes to their consolidation as a distinct area of scholarship. Practitioners, policymakers, students and scholars who wish to understand the lived realities and dynamics of contemporary conflicts will find this book invaluable.

Philipp Budka is a Lecturer in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna, and the M.A. program Visual and Media Anthropology at the Free University Berlin. He is the co-editor of Ritualisierung – Mediatisierung – Performance (2019, Vienna University Press) and his research has been published in journals and books such as Journal des Anthropologues, Canadian Journal of Communication and Ethnic Media in the Digital Age (2019, Routledge).

Birgit Bräuchler is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the School of Social Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne. She is author of Cyberidentities at War (2013, Berghahn), The Cultural Dimension of Peace (2015, Palgrave), editor of Reconciling Indonesia (2009, Routledge), co-editor of Theorising Media and Practice (2010, Berghahn) with John Postill and has published widely in peer-reviewed journals.

Subject: Media Studies Anthropology (General)


Philipp Budka


Introduction: Anthropological Perspectives on Theorising Media and Conflict
Birgit Bräuchler and Philipp Budka

Chapter 1. Transforming Media and Conflict Research
Nicole Stremlau


Chapter 2 Just a ‘Stupid Reflex’? Digital Witnessing of the Charlie Hebdo Attacks and the Mediation of Conflict
Johanna Sumiala, Minttu Tikka and Katja Valaskivi

Chapter 3. The Ambivalent Aesthetics and Perception of Mobile Phone Videos: A (De-)Escalating Factor for the Syrian Conflict
Mareike Meis


Chapter 4. Banal Phenomenologies of Conflict: Professional Media Cultures and Audiences of Distant Suffering
Tim Markham

Chapter 5. Learning to Listen: Theorising the Sounds of Contemporary Media and Conflict
Matthew Sumera


Chapter 6. Trolling and the Orders and Disorders of Communication in ‘(Dis)Information Society’
Jonathan Paul Marshall

Chapter 7. ‘Your Rockets Are Late. Do We Get a Free Pizza?’: Israeli-Palestinian Twitter Dialogues and Boundary Maintenance in the 2014 Gaza War
Oren Livio


Chpapter 8. What Violent Conflict Tells Us about Media and Place-Making (and Vice Versa): Ethnographic Observations from a Revolutionary Uprising
Nina Grønlykke Mollerup

Chapter 9. An Ayuujk ‘Media War’ over Water and Land: Mediatised Senses of Belonging between Mexico and the United States
Ingrid Kummels


Chapter 10. Transnationalising the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: Media Rituals and Diaspora Activism between California and the South Caucasus
Rik Adriaans

Chapter 11. Stones Thrown Online: The Politics of Insults, Distance and Impunity in Congolese Polémique
Katrien Pype


Chapter 12. Mending the Wounds of War: A Framework for the Analysis of the Representation of Conflict-Related Trauma and Reconciliation in Cinema
Lennart Soberon, Kevin Smets and Daniel Biltereyst

Chapter 13. Going off the Record? On the Relationship between Media and the Formation of National Identity in Post-Genocide Rwanda
Silke Oldenburg

Chapter 14. From War to Peace in Indonesia: Transforming Media and Society
Birgit Bräuchler

John Postill


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