Amarnath Amarasingam: "The Islamic State Online: Historical Trajectories and New Frontiers"
4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. EDT on Zoom.
This talk examines some of the ways in which the Islamic State has used the online space in the past, how it has navigated different platforms, and the challenges it has faced since the peak of its activity in 2013. Based on interviews with ISIS supporters and fighters, and based on an extensive archive of Telegram data going back to 2015, this talk tries to take stock of where we have been, and the challenges the group faces going forward in the online space.
Amarnath Amarasingam is an Assistant Professor in the School of Religion at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, and an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation. His research interests are in radicalization, terrorism, diaspora politics, post-war reconstruction, and the sociology of religion. He is the author of Pain, Pride, and Politics: Sri Lankan Tamil Activism in Canada (2015), and the co-editor of Sri Lanka: The Struggle for Peace in the Aftermath of War (2016). He has also written several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, has presented papers at more than 100 national and international conferences, and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, Politico, The Atlantic, and Foreign Affairs.