Etienne Augé, Ph.D.

Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Journalism, Media & Visual Arts

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Etienne Augé received his doctorate in History from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris after his Masters in Film Studies from the Sorbonne Paris III. He also studied Political Science at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Grenoble, Film Studies at the University of California at Irvine, and Cultural Studies at the London Consortium, Birkbeck College, University of London. A former chairperson of the Mass Communication department of the University of Balamand near Tripoli (Lebanon), Etienne Augé taught for close to ten years in universities in Austria (Donau University at Krems, FAMU, Charles University), Lebanon (ALBA, La Sagesse, University of Balamand, Université Saint-Joseph, USEK) and Slovakia (Pan European University). Etienne is now Principal lecturer with Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) where he has been working since 2011. He has received 6 teaching IBCoM awards from his students at EUR and was also short-listed for the education prize of Erasmus University in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Etienne’s areas of research are: Strategic Mass Communication with an emphasis on Propaganda, Film Studies, Futures and Science Fiction studies, and the Middle East. He has published two books on propaganda: Petit traité de propaganda (2007, new edition in 2015, translated into Romanian), L’illusion Culturelle: Hollywood et la propaganda 1990-2000 (2011). Etienne has also published a book on Lebanon with De Boeck, Liban (2015, new edition in 2018) after writing Loubnan in 2014, a novel in French set in Lebanon. In 2015, he has started CHIFT (Community for the Histories of the Future), a platform to study and stimulate the production of science fiction in the Netherlands, and is now adding Futures studies to the courses he is teaching at Erasmus. 

Outside academia, Etienne Augé served at the French embassy in Beirut before being co-founder of a film production company in Paris. Etienne has participated in two TEDx events, Erasmus University in 2014 and the University of Nicosia in 2015. He is a regular trainer in Public diplomacy at the diplomatic academy of the Netherlands, Clingendael Institute. Etienne’s new book on superheroes will be published in 2022. His work can be found on his personal website:

Etienne Auge taught previously at Anglo American University, and he returns to teach for us, taking a break from his engagement at Erasmus University in Rotterdam.