New media and communication are key to important contemporary phenomena ranging from terrorism and radicalization to foreign propaganda and "fake news." Yet, their role is never fully problematised: What difference do they make exactly to our politics and society?

This is what Cristina Archetti will talk about when she visits NUPI 22 August. Her presentation aims to explain where communication (both electronic and face-to-face) and media technology fit within broader processes of political mobilization and identity-making. It also provides an understanding of the social and political processes that lie behind the formation of "information bubbles," the alleged "age of disinformation" and "post-truth politics." This is the first step to making sense of the opportunities and limitations of new media in a future characterized by increasing political polarization and social fragmentation.

The seminar is organized by the Consortium for Research on Terrorism and International Crime.

Cristina Archetti is Professor in Political Communication and Journalism at the University of Oslo, Norway. Her research interests cover the intersection between communication, politics and security. She has over 13 years of experience teaching in Higher Education and serves on the editorial board of the journal Critical Studies on Terrorism, as well as she has been chair of the International Communication section of the International Studies Association in 2013-14. She is author of several books and has won, among other international prizes, the 2008 Denis McQuail Award for Innovating Communication Theory.

Chair at this event is Senior Research Fellow at NUPI Rita Augestad Knudsen.

A light lunch will be served from 11.30. The presentation starts 12.00 and ends 13.30.