Dr Precious Chatterje-Doody, Lecturer in Politics & International Studies for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at The Open University.
Lies, uncertainty, and disinformation have long been a prominent part of war and conflict. But now more than ever, conflicting reports of the same events circulate instantaneously due to the rise of social media and the proliferation of state-funded international broadcasters. This is precisely the case in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, where information operations were intended expressly to support the military intervention. But, if these efforts have proven relatively successful at home, they have failed to resonate with many global audiences. This talk will introduce some key concepts such as propaganda, framing, and strategic narrative, which are helpful in understanding government disinformation in war. Then, the successes and failures of both Russian and Ukrainian attempts to shape international opinion of the war will be discussed, before reflecting on the lessons that can be drawn about how to both galvanise public opinion and respond to disinformation in war and conflict.
The seminar series is organised by The Open University's Centre for Global Challenges and Social Justice (GCSJ). Established in October 2021, the Centre in the School of Social Sciences and Global Studies provides critical, interdisciplinary insight, and innovative, social justice driven solutions to challenges facing contemporary global societies. The Centre’s ambition is to understand the historical and structural underpinnings of contemporary societies; the systems of oppressions and inequalities they reproduce; and the resistances and struggles they generate.