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Beatriz Buarque

Doctoral researcher 

University of Manchester | Fellow of Advance HE

critical security studies | politics of truth | alt-right

critical affect-discourse analysis | Internet research

 
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BEATRIZ BY BEATRIZ

I was raised in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and my love for Politics started in my childhood. When I was 8 years old, I used to ask people what were their choices for the elections and, trust me,

I used to question their choices.

 

I was always curious about the reasons that motivated somebody to vote for the candidate A instead of candidates B, C, D.

 

Theoretically speaking, I was always interested in the discourse. In understanding why some discourses are more powerful than others. For many years, this passion was somehow silenced and when I started taking action against hate speech, I felt it was time to go back to academia to understand how the internet has changed not only the way we communicate, but also how power is made and its implications.

As a researcher and communicator, I am committed to making a contribution to existing knowledge about digital political phenomena such as the alt-right and providing students with a learning experience that cultivates critical thinking in a liberating way. 

After all, critical thinking and creativity work well together!

 

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY

Beatriz Buarque is a journalist and PhD student who is investigating how and why alt-right conspiracy theories have been legitimised in online spaces. Her project contributes to existing debates on critical security studies concerning digital political phenomena such as the alt-right and it also dialogues with existing efforts to understand the role played by affects in Politics and IR.

Beatriz aims at pursuing an academic career in disciplines related to Politics and/or International Relations.

She is also open to opportunities in research centers, especially focused on conspiracy theories and hate speech.

 

 Besides her work as a lecturer and researcher, Beatriz is also the founder of the award-winning British NGO Words Heal the World, which empowers young people from different nationalities to challenge online

hate speech and tackle different types of extremism.

 

Words Heal the World is the recipient of two international prizes: Transcendence Award (granted by Michigan State University, USA) in June 2019 and the 2021 Luxembourg Peace Prize.

Highlights

September 2019 - Now


Doctoral researcher - Politics
(University of Manchester
)

Supervisors: Martin Coward and Andreja Zevnik

Based on the assumption that discourses, in digital environments, can be legitimised through authoritative performance and visibility, I am investigating how and why cultural Marxism, deep state, great replacement, and white genocide have been legitimised in online spaces.

My research makes at least three contributions to existing debates on critical security studies concerning the way digital technologies have been exploited to consolidate white and male supremacy. Firstly, it illuminates how novel ways of claiming authority facilitated by the internet have been used to invest stigmatizing conspiracy theories with the force of ‘truth’ either under the form of scientific knowledge or news. Secondly, it exposes how racist and sexist fantasies deeply rooted in our society have favored the emergence of the alt-right. Thirdly, it demonstrates how the alt-right has become capable of triggering its own conspiratorial regime of “truth”, further reinforcing racist and sexist fantasies in the collective unconscious

Now

World Politics
(King's College London)

Now

Questions about International Politics
(University of Manchester)

January 2022 - June 2022

Lecturer Conspiracy Theories and Democracy
(King's College London)

September 2021 - January 2022

Lecturer MA Digital Culture and Society
(King's College London)

September 2020 - January 2021

GTA International Relations and Politics
(University of Manchester)

May 2021 - Now

Digital Assistant
(Review of International Studies)

October 2018 - January 2022

Founder and CEO
(Words Heal the World)

Projects

MAFTI is an international group of scholars set up by me in April/2021

to map far-right media outlets, think tanks, and political schools

while examining the content produced by them.

Currently, I am in charge of examining the far-right "truth" industry in the UK as well as coordinating a team of six scholars who are covering the industry in Brazil, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, France, Russia, and

United States.


During the mapping exercise, we aim at identifying: links between the observed institutions and political parties; discursive strategies; geographical and social network trends.

maftigroup.wixsite.com/mafti

Publications

 

Articles

Buarque, B. (2022) 'Is it conspiracy or "truth"? Examining the legitimation of the 5G conspiracy theory during the Covid19 Pandemic', Social Epistemology.

Allington, D., Buarque, B. L., and Barker Flores, D. (2021) ‘Antisemitic conspiracy fantasy in the age of digital media: Three ‘conspiracy theorists’ and their YouTube audiences’, Language and Literature.

Buarque, B. (2018). 'From the battlefield to the ideological war: the story of a foreign fighter who nowadays prevents radicalisation'. Malala.

Buarque, B. (2016). 'The violence against Yezidi women: the Islamic State´s sexual slavery system'. Malala.

Book review

Buarque, B. (2022) 'The politics of fear: the shameless normalization of far-right discourses', Critical Discourse Studies.

 

Buarque, B. (2021) 'Reactionary democracy: how racism and the populist far right became mainstream', International Affairs.

Book chapters

 

Buarque, B. (2019). Breaking the vicious circle in the age of spectacle terrorism: the Words Heal the World project. In Piazza, G. (eds.)  Global Crisis: Local Voices. London: IJOPEC.

 

Buarque, B. (2018). Counter Extremism Project: a informação a serviço da paz. In Victor, C., Goktepe, M., Chiachiri, R., Elemen, Y. (eds.) Posições diante do terrorismo: religiões-intelectuais-mídias. São Paulo: Labrador.

Blogs

Buarque, B. (March 21st, 2022). Why some far-right circles are contributing to Vladimir Putin's disinformation campaign. GNET Insights.

Buarque, B. (March 03rd, 2022). Is it true? Is it fake news? Is it a conspiracy theory? A look inside the Ukrainian information war. Political Perspectives.

Buarque, B., Zavershinskaia, P., Scopelliti, A., Thomin, A. (November 10th, 2021). The banality of hate: how the far right legitimizes discrimination through images. CARR Insights.

Buarque, B. (September 2nd, 2021). Red Or Black Pill: How The Far-Right Appropriated The Matrix Metaphor. CARR Insights.

Buarque, B. (March 3rd, 2021). How Brazil's far-right 'active' knowledge industry supports Jair Bolsonaro. Open Democracy.

Buarque, B. (April 17, 2020). An anti-Semitic wave may hit the world in the aftermath of the pandemic. Open Democracy.

Reports

Words Heal the World (2020). The Hate Map of Brazil.

Words Heal the World (2019). The Hate Map of Brazil.

Events / Other activities

Consultancy

 

10/2020 - Facebook Policy Initiative: providing feedback

on Facebook's policy against misinformation


08/2019 - Facebook Policy Initiative: providing feedback

on Facebook's policy against hate speech

Paid Talks

27/07/2021 - The Future of Online debate: event organised

by Facebook and the cultural strategy agency Flamingo

Workshops

07/04/2021: (POR) "Um olhar sobre a ascensão 

da direita radical no século XXI" (A look at the

rise of the far-right in the 21st Century),

University of Brasilia (UnB - Brazil).

Available at: https://bit.ly/3rdau1M

Reviewer

Reviewed articles for: Ethnic and Racial Studies

Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Misinformation Review

Awards

I have been awarded Fellow  of Advance HE in June/2021, confirming my commitment to excellence in teaching and learning while incorporating my research within academic practices 

I received £27,910 from the prestigious scholarship programme FCDO Chevening to complete my Masters in the UK in 2017

I was awarded the Transcendence Award on behalf of Words Heal the World for our efforts to empower young people to challenge hate speech in 2019

I am the recipient of the prestigious studentship offered by the Politics Department of the University of Manchester to investigate the legitimatisation of alt-right conspiracy theories in online spaces

The Luxembourg Peace Prize, an initiative from the Schengen Peace Foundation, recognized the efforts made by Words Heal the World to promote peace in 2020

Fellowship of Advance HIgher Education (FHEA)

ACADEMIC: FCDO CHEVENING
(United Kingdom)

TRANSCENDENCE AWARD
Michigan State University (USA)

ACADEMIC: UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
(United Kingdom)

LUXEMBOURG PEACE PRIZE
(Luxembourg)

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