Dr Jared Ahmad
Lecturer in Journalism, Politics and Communication
Tel: (+44)(0)114 222 2530
BA (Salford); MA, PhD (Manchester)
Jared joined the department in September 2017 as a lecturer in Journalism, Politics and Communication. Prior to this he taught at the University of Manchester (2016-2017) and the University of Liverpool (2015-2016), where he convened modules ranging from politics and international relations to media studies and political communication. He has a BA in English and Cultural Studies (University of Salford), an MA in Literary and Cultural Theory (University of Manchester), and a PhD in politics (University of Manchester).
Jared’s primary research interests are situated at the intersection between cultural studies, poststructuralist theory and political communication, and focus on the changing nature of contemporary media discourses and representations of terrorism. In particular, his research centres on the way ‘Islamic’ terrorist groups are visually and verbally represented, and the power-knowledge relations that inform, underpin and give-rise to such portrayals.
He has recently completed a monograph for Palgrave-Macmillan’s prestigious 'New Security Challenges' book series, entitled The BBC, the 'War on Terror' and the Discursive Construction of Terrorism: Representing 'Al-Qaeda' (2018). The book draws upon the work of French philosopher Michel Foucault and explores the various ways in which the BBC has sought to represent 'al-Qaeda' and thus make it meaningful for British television audiences over a ten-year period (2001-2011). Jared has also published in the journals Critical Studies on Terrorism and Media, War and Conflict.
His current research focuses on global media representations of the Islamic State phenomenon and seeks to consider the complex interactions that take place between political elites, terrorists and journalists in today's multi-layered communications environment.
Jared is joint course leader for MA International Public and Political Communication and and teaches and lectures on JNL6210 Research Methods and JNL6302 Political Communication in Times of War, Crisis and Terror. He is also the department lead for the Erasmus programme.
- Ahmad J (2018) The BBC, the "War on Terror" and the Discursive Construction of Terrorism: Representing Al-Qaeda. Hampshire: Palgrave-Macmillan.
- Ahmad J (2018) Serving the same interests: The Wood Green ricin plot, media–state–terror relations and the ‘terrorism’ dispositif. Media, War and Conflict. View this article in WRRO
- Ahmad J (2016) A shifting enemy: analysing the BBC’s representations of “al-Qaeda” in the aftermath of the September 11 th 2001 attacks. Critical Studies on Terrorism, 9(3), 433-454. View this article in WRRO
- Ahmad J () Nightmarish Visions? Shifting Visual Representations of the ‘Islamic’Terrorist Throughout the ‘War on Terror’, Seen and Unseen: Visual Cultures of Imperialism (pp. 53-78). Brill