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Innocent Chiluwa

  • About Me

    Eberechi I. Chiluwa is a Professor in Language (discourse analysis) and Media/Digital Communications, and former Head, Department of Languages & General Studies, Covenant University, OTA, (Nigeria). He is a Research Fellow and Digital Expert of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) (Bonn), and a visiting Professor in the Department of English, University of Freiburg, Germany. He obtained a PhD in English and Communication/Media Studies from the University of Ibadan (Nigeria) in 2005 and was a post-doctoral research scholar of the AvH at the University of Freiburg. He is the Vice-President of the Digital Humanities Association of Nigeria (DHAN). Prof. Chiluwa has published over 40 articles in reputable peer-reviewed journals, 20 book chapters and 6 (plus edited) books. He has attended and presented papers at professional/academic conferences around the world.

    Research Interests

    • Discourse analysis and conflict studies; social movement studies; social media and society; cyber civic engagement and political participation, online activism, terrorism and political violence.
    • Online deceptive communications, particularly those associated with phishing, email scams and cyber-attacks;
    • Socio-political and cultural discourses in the media and the Internet, including online religion and the discourses of identity. Discourses that show evidence of linguistic violence, language aggression and hate speech are of added interest.

    Projects/Research Experience

    • Participated in the UNDP study on the links between social media and youth radicalization in Africa – a RAND Europe research project for the United Nations Development Program. September, 2017.
    • Currently on the Africa Advisory Committee of the (Facebook) Election Research Commission – co-chaired by Nathaniel Persily (Stanford) and Gary King (Harvard).

    Current Research

    1. Extremism and Online activism in Sub-Sahara Africa (AvH)
    2. Hate speech and political discourse in Nigeria

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