Dr Xander Kirke

Lecturer in Politics
Xander Kirke’s research explores the relation between myth and politics, with particular reference to terrorism, extremism and radicalisation. He is published on how movements such as al-Qaeda made use of e-magazines in order to recruit young, Western Muslims into acts of violence. His work builds on existential philosophical approaches to political myth that conceive of it as the collective “work” on dramatic and figurative narratives which provide significance to the political conditions of social groups. He does not conceptualise political myth as a necessarily false claim or untrue story, but a form of narrative that answers fundamental human existential needs for significance that we all experience. He is currently exploring the various dimensions of myth in the politics of far-right movements, broadly conceived.