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Podcast Special: Interview with Farah Naz

A full length interview with Farah Naz (University of Sydney), recorded at the 2016 Australian Political Studies Association conference at UNSW Australia.

The subject of the interview was his paper, titled “Digital age, extremism and radicalisation”

The abstract for the paper is:


    This paper aims to better understand the role of digital media in the age of extremism and radicalisation. Many academic scholarships suggest controlling digital media as a key weapon to control radicalization of the society, but is it possible to control digital media in the 21st century. When it becomes the right of every individual to have factual information about everything. To contribute to the existing scholarship, this study is based on primary and secondary data drawn from a variety of sources: interviews with the youth, terrorists and extremist, police and terrorist investigation officers responsible for terrorist activities, government data, newspaper and journal articles. The sample population will be small and will be taken entirely from Islamabad, Pakistan. The reason for a small sample population is due to the sensitive nature of the topic where information in the public domain is limited and also there is a limited number of individuals ready to speak about it with researcher in this field. This research paper will outline some of the key aspects of the digital media both positive and negative. It will also touch upon some of the problematic misunderstanding of the terms extremism and radicalisation in the digital age, and will draw some lessons to counter extremism and radicalisation in the digital age.

2016 Eurovision Special

In which regular host, Dr Amanda Elliot is joined by guest hosts Associate Professor Anika Gauja and Daniel Skold to discuss the ins, outs, ups and downs of the 2016 Eurovision contest.

In the second annual Eurovision special, the hosts are joined by:

  • Dr Jess Carniel, School of Arts and Communication, University of Southern Queensland.
  • Professor Alison Lewis, School of Languages and Linguistics, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Lukasz Swiatek, Department of Media & Communications, University of Sydney

And discuss the Eurovision audience in Australia and abroad, Eurovision’s push into Asia, what Eurovision tells us about European politics and society, controversies, and the research of newly minted Dr Swiatek’s research on the production side of major events of this kind.