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Aaron Anfinson

BA, MEd, PhD

Director of Analysis

Aaron Anfinson is the primary investigator of a project focusing on the manufacture and emplacement of explosives in Iraq and Syria. His expertise lies in research design and methodological approaches to contemporary issues concerning the threat of violent non-state actors. He received a doctorate in sociolinguistics from the University of Hong Kong where he conducted one of the first cross-disciplinary examinations of Islamic State propaganda. He also has over a decade of international experience from teaching and researching in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the United States. Additionally, he is a reportage photographer published in The GuardianThe Financial Times, and PDN Magazine.

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Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

Aaron Anfinson and Nadia Al-Dayel

Landmines and Improvised Explosive Devices: the lingering terror of the Islamic State

Studies in Conflict and Terrorism (In Press)

Aaron Anfinson

The Treachery of Images:

visualising “statehood” as a tactic

for the legitimisation of non-state actors 

Terrorism and Political Violence (2019)

Nadia Al-Dayel and Aaron Anfinson 

“In the Words of the Enemy”:

the Islamic State's reflexive projection of statehood

Critical Studies on Terrorism (2018, 11(1))


Nadia Al-Dayel, Aaron Anfinson, and Graeme Anfinson

Detained: corruption and enslavement in Libya after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi

Book Chapters

Aaron Anfinson

Hong Kong's Paper Cities: Heterotopia and the Semiotic Landscape of Civil Disobedience

in Malinowski and Tufi (Eds.)

Reterritorializing Linguistic Landscapes.

New York: Bloomsbury 

Recent Conferences and

Invited Speaking Engagements

International Studies Association

Honolulu, Hawaii, March 26, 2020

Society for Terrorism Research International Conference

Oslo, Norway, June 20, 2019

Movements: Protest, Politics and Activism

Nottingham Contemporary Art Museum,

United Kingdom. July 6, 2018

British International Studies Association Conference

Bath, United Kingdom. June 13, 2018

Terrorism and Social Media Conference (TASMconf)

University of Swansea, United Kingdom, June 27, 2017

Departmental Seminar Series

School of English, University of Hong Kong, April 27, 2017 

InCoLAs PhD Seminar Series

University of Copenhagen, Denmark. August 8-10, 2016

Sociolinguistics Today and Tomorrow 

University of Hong Kong. October 2-3, 2015

Linguistic Landscapes (LL7) 

University of California Berkeley. May 7-9, 2015


Aaron Anfinson