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Dr Peter Busch

Senior lecturer

buschDepartment of War Studies
Room K6.26
King's College London
Strand
London WC2R 2LS
Email: peter.busch@kcl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 1396
Fax: +44 (0)20 7848 2026

 

 

 

 

Biography

My academic background is in journalism and international history, with a PhD from the London School of Economics and Masters degrees in Journalism (University of Dortmund, Germany) and International History (LSE). Before joining the Department in 2004, I was Senior Broadcast Journalist in the news and current affairs department of Germany's public television station, ZDF. During my career in journalism I also taught at the Free University of Berlin, the University of Erfurt and the University of Hanover.

My current research focuses on the role of social media in war reporting. I am also interested in propaganda and strategic communication, particularly from a historical perspective. In this context, I have been working with the Imperial War Museum on projects related to their large collection of international radio broadcast transcripts produced by BBC Monitoring during the Cold War.

Apart from teaching courses in the field of media and war as well as Cold War history, I produce and present the War Studies Podcast.

Research Interests

My research interests fall in three broad areas.

  • Social Media: I am interested in the effect of social media on the     working practices and the output of war correspondents.
  • Strategic Communication: I investigate how the idea of propaganda  has influenced 20th century history to the present day. This research  also includes historical investigations into the use of propaganda by the  West and East German governments.
  •  Vietnam War: Following on from my book All the Way with JFK: Britain  and the Vietnam War (OUP 2003), I continue to work on topics related  to the Vietnam War. This also extends to work on the post-War  situation, particularly the 1979 Sino-Vietnamese border war.
Publications

Please visit the Research Portal for a list of  publications

Teaching

I am teaching BA as well as MA courses. For second year undergraduates I convene the option module

5SSW2054 War and Global Conflict in the Contemporary World.

My MA modules look into media-related issues:

7SSWM137 Reporting Wars

7SSWM027 Media and Intelligence

7SSWM012 Propaganda

PhD Supervision

I am happy to offer supervision in the broad areas of Cold War History and Media and War, with a focus on the New Media and War Reporting, International History of the Vietnam War, Propaganda and Persuasion, Visual Representation of Violence.

Current PhD students

  • Philip Antony: Brown Investigative Journalism In The 21St Century:  Covering The US Drone War
  • Christopher Deal: Framing War, Sport and Politics: The Soviet   Invasion of Afghanistan and the Moscow Olympics  (funded by AHRC CDA with Imperial War  Museum)
  • Addison Redfearn: Anglo-American Media Discourses On Wikileaks   Disclosures Of Classified US Government  Documentation
  • Aidan Winn: The Ralliers: A Study of the Chieu Hoi Amnesty   Program in Vietnam

Former PhD students

  • Laura Johnson (completed 2013): Establishing Broadcast Monitoring as Open Source Intelligence: The BBC Monitoring Service during the Second World War (AHRC CDA with Imperial War Museum)
  • Daniel Bennett (completed 2012): The Impact of Blogging on the BBC's Coverage of War And Terrorism (AHRC CDA with the BBC); led to this monograph: Digital Media and Reporting Conflict: Blogging and the BBC's Coverage of War and Terrorism (Routledge, 2013).
  • Justin Anderson (completed 2009): From Faith to Foreign Policy: American Protestant Faith-Based Advocacy and U.S. Foreign Policy, 2001-2008
  • Joshua Geltzer (completed 2008): Al-Qaeda as Audience: Signalling American Counter-Terrorist Strategy and the Al-Qaeda World-View. Led to this monograph: US Counter-Terrorism Strategy and al-Qaeda: Signalling and the Terrorist World-View (Routledge, 2011)
Expertise and Public Engagement

I regularly engage with newspapers and broadcast journalists (most recently Dutch newspaper 'Trouw' on propaganda and BBC Radio 4 programme 'document'). I was also historical adviser for Dan and Peter Snow's BBC television documentary ‘20th Century Battlefields: The Tet Offensive’, first broadcast in June 2007.

Since 2007 I have been contributing to workshops of NATO's Centre for Excellence, Defence Against Terrorism (Ankara, Turkey). I also regularly give presentations on media and terrorism at the NATO School, Oberammergau.

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