9/11 should set a reminder for us to always question and analyse the dominant narratives circulated by power structure. In this video, Prof Mohan addresses the need for us to critically interrogate the discourse and arguments presented by the United States, paying particular attention to the roles played by the US in reproducing “terror” across the Middle East.
Prof Mohan investigates the dismissal of Professor Steven Salaita by The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign due to his actions of not following the normative ideas of civility. Prof Mohan questions what really is civility, especially how it is defined in the context of social media. He also addresses what are the norms around this concept of civility and the governing structures that determine the implementation of these norms.
A clip of the meeting between Tony Blair and Benjamin Netanyahu during the onset of the Israel-Palestine war was circulated online and using the fabrication of the 3 children being kidnapped as a pretext, Dr Mohan interrogates the narrative constructed in this video. He also invites us to see how the relationship between Israel and the Western world is being suggested.
Dr Mohan analyses the narrative constructed in the news clip of CNN reporter Wolf Blitzer entering the Hamas tunnels.
With the recent Israel intervention in Palestine being reported by American news anchor Diane Sawyer, Dr Mohan analyses how this news coverage was framed in the context of how mainstream media becomes the instrument of propaganda for those in power.
In this week’s “CCA Concept Series” video, Dr Mohan talks about the interaction between culture and structures and why we need to understand how structures determine the way culture gets to be formed, reproduced and expressed in his paper “A Culture-Centred Approach to Listening: Voices of Social Change“. You can access the article here.