Counter Terrorism Communication Design - Rhetorische Designanalyse extremistischer Propaganda zur Entwicklung und Evaluation von Deradikalisierungs- und Präventionskampagnen

Extremist violence forms a challenge to democratic societies.


  • Lead department Bern University of the Arts
  • Institute Institute of Design Research
  • Research unit Design and Rhetoric
  • BFH centre BFH Centre for Arts in Context
  • Funding organisation Others
  • Duration 01.01.2018 - 31.08.2019
  • Project management Arne Scheuermann
  • Head of project Arne Scheuermann


Social media play a key role here, because it is only by being disseminated, validated and illustrated through the media that such extremist violence is able to become fully effective. Research in this field has until now concentrated on profiling potential jihadists. Our research project, by contrast, aims to devise proposals for the visual communication design of alternative, counter‑narratives that we might set against extremist violence in a shrewd, rhetorically informed manner.