The concept of ‘hybridity’ has led to much controversy in recent academic and public debates. Some view it as useful for highlighting emerging security challenges. Others dismiss it as a misleading analytical category, obscuring more than explaining the changing nature of conflict. Terms such as hybrid warfare, hybrid threats and hybrid interference are being used to highlight various disruptive phenomena, including disinformation, trolling, hacking and cyber-attacks, and this debate is itself in many ways connected to the increasing complexity of our media environment. Yet, despite these extensive references to hybridity, the use of the term can also be problematic. This seminar discusses the concept of hybridity, its use and relevance. The event is organized by the Academy of Finland Project Hybrid Terrorizing – HYTE and SAPO – Politics of Conspiracy Theories in co-operation with the Finnish Institute of International Affairs.
Registration to Maija Salonen (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Wednesday 4.3.