Équipe de recherche sur les
terrorismes et les extrémismes
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Département de science politique

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Conférence: Aurélie Campana et Benjamin Ducol présenteront une communication à la Media, War & Conflict Fifth Anniversary Conference (11-12 avril 2013, Royal Holloway, University of London)

Aurélie Campana, professeure agrégée au Département de science politique de l’Université Laval et titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada sur les conflits et le terrorisme et Benjamin Ducol, candidat au doctorat au Département de science politique de l’Université Laval et collaborateur régulier de la Chaire, présenteront dans le cadre de la Media, War & Conflict Fifth Anniversary Conference qui aura lieu au Royal Holloway - London University le 11 et 12 avril 2013, les premiers résultats d'une recherche en cours. Portant sur les sites web de l'insurrection au nord Caucase, la communication s'intitule : "Voices of the 'Emirate' : Mapping and Analysing North Caucasus Insurgent Websites".

Résumé de la communication (en anglais) : Over the past decade, the Internet has tremendously transformed the spectrum of insurgent and terrorist groups’ activities, providing them with new technological tools to pass their messages on, reach international audiences and seduce potential supporters. This is especially true for insurgent groups in the North Caucasus gathered under the label “Caucasus Emirate” that have been very pro-active in trying to mobilize sympathisers through the cyberspace. Indeed, not only Chechen insurgents made an early move into Internet as soon as in the late 1990s, but they appeared to be very strategic in the use of the opportunities offered by the Web. While the violence initially confined to Chechnya has now spilled over into the neighbouring Republics – especially in Dagestan and Ingushetia - websites related to these local chapters of the Caucasus insurgency have alongside proliferated in the cyberspace. This paper is mainly interested in analyzing three interrelated aspects of these phenomena: the way the online side of the Caucasus insurgency has been structured over the last five years, the relationships between the network of websites that compose the “galaxy” of Emirate’s online voices and the content they contribute to promote toward international audiences. To explore these aspects, we employ a mixed methods research strategy, using on one side hyperlink network analysis to understand how websites of the Caucasus insurgency related to each other, and on the other side discourse analysis to capture online discourses that are structuring the collective imaginary of the Caucasus insurgency. In doing so, this research offers strong insights into further understanding the insurgency and the role of the Internet in insurgent-like conflicts.

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