Media Communications public lecture with professor Marwan M. Kraidy

Webster Vienna Private University is pleased to announce the public lecture with professor Marwan M. Kraidy under the title "The Torch and the Hearth: Islamic State and the Age of Pyropolitics". The event will take place on March 6th, 2019 at 16:00.

Drawing on a book project supported by a 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, this lecture grapples with three related questions: Why is fire a dominant motif in IS depictions of itself? What does the prevalence of fire in the group’s cultural production reveal about IS? And finally, what does the ubiquity of fire in IS propaganda tells us about the world we live in.

Please note that seats for this event are limited. If you wish to attend please RSVP to

Marwan M. Kraidy is the Anthony Shadid Chair in Global Media, Politics and Culture and Founding Director of the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication, at the University of Pennsylvania.

The recipient of Fellowships from Carnegie Corporation of New York, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Kraidy has published over 130 essays and 13 books, notably Hybridity, or the Cultural Logic of Globalization (Temple UP, 2005), Reality Television and Arab Politics (Cambridge UP, 2010), which won three leading prizes, and The Naked Blogger of Cairo: Creative Insurgency in the Arab World (Harvard UP 2016), which won three major awards.

This event is made possible by the Dr. Elizabeth Chopin Endowment allowing Webster Vienna to attract world-renowned professors in the fields of Business, International Relations, Art, Media and Psychology to lecture and share their professional experiences through public Forums.