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Terrorism and Radicalisation: A Critical Perspective

When Mar 04, 2015
from 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Where Room B3, Institute of Criminology, University of Camrbidge
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Over the past months places as varied as Pakistan, Nigeria, Paris, Copenhagen, Libya and North Carolina have been affected by major acts of terrorism. What do these events have in common? Does Islam and religious identity play a role in the process of radicalisation? What is the relationship between terrorist networks, religion and violence?

There will be 30 minutes each of initial statements by each panellist followed by a panel discussion and questions from the audience. The seminar will be followed by a drinks reception.


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Dr Noemie Bouhana and Dr Ryan Williams will discuss the process of radicalisation and the realities of these relationships based on their research. The speakers will also shed light on the similarities and differences between the global and local reactions to these violent events.

Dr Noemie Bouhana is a lecturer in Security and Crime Science at the University College London, where she directs the MSc in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism. Her research focuses on the processes involved in the emergence of radicalising settings, and the role that these settings, in turn, play in individuals' development of a terrorist propensity.

Dr Ryan Williams is a research associate at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. His research interests are in the relationship of radicalization and religion. His current research is on religious identity, faith, trust and risk in high security prisons.

Professor Manuel Eisner, director of the Violence Research Centre at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, will act as the moderator

The Violence Research Centre (VRC) conducts research to promote the understanding of the causes, the consequences, and the prevention of interpersonal violence. The VRC takes a strong interest in advancing quantitative methodologies for the study of violence and conducts longitudinal studies, experimental studies, programme evaluations, epidemiological surveys, and cross-national comparative studies. The research is done in close cooperation with leading experts from academia, policy-making institutions and civil society organizations.

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