Always the same...or always changing? Britain’s counter-terrorism Prevent strategy under review.
Sep
16
4:30 PM16:30

Always the same...or always changing? Britain’s counter-terrorism Prevent strategy under review.

This seminar will analyse how much of the British public discourse around Prevent focuses on what it was, not what it increasingly is, to the detriment of engagement with hard questions about whether Britain’s current Prevent focus and strategies reflect what we know about international ‘state of the art’ C/PVE best practice.

 

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'Radicalisation, Counter-Radicalisation and De-Radicalisation'
May
10
8:40 AM08:40

'Radicalisation, Counter-Radicalisation and De-Radicalisation'

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.

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'The Far-right in Western Europe and Australia: A Philosophical and Political-economic Analysis of Identitarian and Patriot Collectives'
May
9
4:30 PM16:30

'The Far-right in Western Europe and Australia: A Philosophical and Political-economic Analysis of Identitarian and Patriot Collectives'

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.

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'Remapping the ‘human terrain’ of security risks and protections: Preventing violent extremism at the crossroads'
Apr
4
4:30 PM16:30

'Remapping the ‘human terrain’ of security risks and protections: Preventing violent extremism at the crossroads'

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?

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Preventing violent extremism and building cohesion through online grassroots counter-narratives
Feb
8
2:00 PM14:00

Preventing violent extremism and building cohesion through online grassroots counter-narratives

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.

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'Selective exposure to terrorist violence, emotions and democratic process: results from a panel study.'
Feb
7
4:30 PM16:30

'Selective exposure to terrorist violence, emotions and democratic process: results from a panel study.'


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.

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'Resilience to Violent Extremism: A Model for the Positive Development of Youth in Contexts of Social Marginalization.'
Jan
31
10:00 AM10:00

'Resilience to Violent Extremism: A Model for the Positive Development of Youth in Contexts of Social Marginalization.'

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.

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AVERT Research Symposium
Sep
3
to Sep 4

AVERT Research Symposium

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.

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The Role of Image-Making in the Prevention of Violence
Jul
5
3:30 PM15:30

The Role of Image-Making in the Prevention of Violence

European University Institute, Organisers: Vivian Gerrand and Saeed Bagheri.

In this increasingly visual age, images have assumed new prominence in meaning-making and identity formation. Image-making practices can amplify the mechanisms by which people are marginalised and dehumanised, or they can contribute to conviviality and complex trajectories of belonging, as sites of encounter that present opportunities for intercultural interaction and agonism. This multidisciplinary workshop will enable critical reflection on how visual regimes and representations institute both the means by which an Other is projected, understood and often responded to, and the means through which a common humanity is constructed.

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