The Christchurch attacks (March 2019) and the Easter Sunday attacks on worshippers and others in Sri Lanka draw attention to the ever-present threat of radicalisation and its implications for personal safety, societal harmony and global security. They indicate the threat of radicalisation emanates both from jihadist groups and right-wing white supremacists. In light of these developments, there is an urgent need for comprehensive and evidence-based policy responses to address radicalisation and find ways towards de-radicalisation.
Far-right revolutionary ideas disseminated in global online media embody cross-national aims that can only be understood with attention to their philosophical underpinnings. Through attention to this media and its philosophical and political-economic frames, our project seeks to analyse the emergence of contemporary Western European ‘Identitarian’ movements in comparison with recently active ‘Patriot’ collectives in Australia.
Terrorism is central to the contemporary security environment and will remain an ongoing challenge for governments both State and Federal, well into the future. This training program offers attendees an introduction to contemporary understandings of the complexities of radicalisation and extremism.
Join us for an insightful panel discussion on these issues with a distinguished and lively group of social and political analysts.
In an age in which algorithms now vie with alphabets, and in which ‘artificial’ or ‘machine’ intelligence is compelling reassessments of ‘authentic’ or ‘human’ intelligence, to what extent can altered concepts of what constitutes ‘human’ (or indeed post-human) terrain help us navigate the current crossroads at which understanding and preventing violent extremisms now sit?
There is growing international debate about the effectiveness of ‘counter-narratives’ to respond to the spread of hateful and violent messages through digital media. The idea of ‘narratives’ and ‘counter-narratives’ has been used for decades in the study of political violence, to identify the battle for the hearts and minds of people, especially those at risk of being recruited by extremist groups. In this event, we will be presenting key findings from our research project: Preventing violent extremism and building youth cohesion through creative production of grassroots online counter-narratives: A pilot intervention and impact evaluation.
The positive role of negative emotions in facilitating democratic engagement has come to the fore in recent political science research. But negative emotions are not always a democratic plus. We provide needed balance to the study of political emotions by considering their potential democratic benefits and detriments, focusing on the emotional origins of selective exposure to news coverage of terrorist violence.
Building on Dr. Ungar’s research in more than a dozen countries, this presentation explores how an emerging systemic understanding of resilience can account for how young people cope with experiences of exclusion without engaging in acts of violence. Resilience will be shown to be the result of how well individuals, their families and communities work together to help those who are vulnerable navigate their way to the resources they need for wellbeing, and whether those resources are available in ways that young people experience as meaningful.
The 2018 Middle East Studies Forum at Deakin University Biannual Conference, Trump and the Middle East, held 29-31 October 2018 at Deakin University’s Burwood Campus in Melbourne, features a number of panels on varieties of religious and violent extremism and hate speech across South Asia.
While many researchers are intimately familiar with the complexities of negotiating institutional ethics approvals for their work on terrorism-related topics, deeper questions around the moral, social, cultural and political ethical minefields of such work are far less systematically debated and explored. This symposium will investigate these deeper questions, aiming to produce a publication based on selected symposium papers that will extend theory and practice on the ethics of terrorism research.