[Reportée] Conference: When words fight

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13 April 2023

Salle des conseils, 14.00-18.30

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Organized by Dr. Marie Robin (contact and questions: marie.robin@u-paris2.fr)



14.00-14.15 : Introduction : Prof Jean-Vincent Holeindre (Centre Thucydide, Université Paris Panthéon-Assas)

14.15-16.00: Roundtable 1. When States fight using words

Chair: Manon Laroche (Centre Thucydide, Université Paris Panthéon-Assas)

Discussant: Manon Laroche

  • 14.15-14.30: “Words as weapons. The case of Israel and Palestine” – Dr Amélie Férey (Institut français de relations internationales, IFRI).
  • 14.30-14.45: “Exploring Russia’s media influence in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Lexical and Semantic Analysis” – Dr Maxime Audinet (Institut de recherche stratégique de l’école militaire, IRSEM)
  • 14.45-15.00: “How Russia targeted Ukraine with its narratives and why they have failed” – Ievgen Kurmashov, Ex-Director for political programs of the Gorshenin Institute (Kyiv, Ukraine), Ukrainian political scientist and researcher in exile.
  • 15.00-15.15. “Seducing to Win. The use of kindness, compassion and empathy in conflicts”. Dr Claire Yorke (University of Southern Denmark) – online

15.15-16.00: Discussion and Q&A

Coffee break: 16.00-16.30 – Appartement Décanal

16.30-18.10: Roundtable 2. Fighting or influencing the State with words

Chair: Camille Bayet (Centre Thucydide, Université Paris Panthéon-Assas)

Discussant: Camille Bayet

  • 16.30-16.45: “Words of peace and justice: the case of international organizations” – Johann Soufi (Former Head of UNRWA Legal Office in Gaza; Centre Thucydide, Université Paris Panthéon-Assas) – online
  • 16.45-17.00: “Claiming consensus to wage war: the Taliban strategy to frame the Afghan conflict (2001-2021)” – Dr Adam BacZko (CERI, CNRS-Sciences Po).
  • 17.00-17.15: “Bandits and prostitutes: the role of gender in the stigmatization of former child soldiers” – Dr Sofie Rose (Center for War Studies, University of Southern Denmark)
  • 17.15-17.30: “Talking to Win. The strategic importance of propagandists in armed groups” – Dr Marie Robin (Centre Thucydide, Université Paris Panthéon-Assas)

17.30-18.10: Discussion and Q&A

18.10-18.30 : Conclusions: Prof Tristan Mattelart (Institut français de presse, Université Paris Panthéon-Assas)


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