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Ms Anna Kranz, BA (hons), MA (dunelm), AFHEA

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Doctoral Research Student in the School of Government and International Affairs

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Anna Kranz is a Doctoral Research Student in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at Durham University’s School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA). She holds a BA (hons) in Events Management from the University of Greenwich and a MA in Museum and Artefact Studies from Durham University. Her work experience ranges from public sector and NGOs to marketing and digital media.

One of her research interests is the use of Social Media by extremist organisations to radicalise and recruit members in Europe. Moreover, she is looking at “home-grown” or “self-radicalised” terrorism, in particular through means of Social Media technologies.

Her PhD thesis aims to identify and analyse processes of securitisation by the UK Government related to political extremism, based on the theory of securitization by Buzan, Wæver and de Wilde (1998), the so-called Copenhagen School. The way a term becomes securitized is done via language and securitization theory understands security as a discourse through speech acts. The thesis focusses on Searle Speech Act Theory, in particular on how speech acts produce the representation of agents/ideas as political extremist, how speech acts constitute political extremism as a threat and conditions of ‘successful’ securitization.

Research Interests

  • Political Extremism
  • Radicalisation
  • Recruitment and Propaganda in Cyperspace
  • Securitization
  • Social Media Research
  • Speech Act Theory

Teaching Areas

  • Teaching Assistant for Theory and History in International Relations (15/16) (50 hours/year.)
  • Teaching Assistant Theory and History in International Relations (16/17) (50 hours/year.)
  • Tutor for Researching Politics and International Relations (19/20) (25 hours/year.)

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Terrorism: Recruitment and Propaganda in Cyperspace, (Online) Radicalisation, Social Media Intelligence

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Indicators of Esteem

  • AFHEA – Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy: The Higher Education Academy awards Associate Fellowship (AFHEA) on the basis of evidence of personal professional practice which meets the requirements of one of the four Descriptors of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).