This year’s annual conference interrogates the future challenges to and opportunities for Critical Terrorism Studies (CTS) scholarship. Drawing on some of the major debates surrounding the sub-discipline that have been made over the past few years including - Eurocentricity, coloniality and the dearth of Global South voices and perspectives; the challenges of decolonisation beyond superficial engagements; restricted understandings of criticality and emancipation and avenues for broadening such concepts; and the ethical challenges of balancing theory with practice and how to have impact beyond academia - this conference asks what the future of CTS holds. Through this year’s conference, we aim to extend the conversation started by our colleagues Sarah Gharib Seif (University of St. Andrews) and Rabea Khan (Liverpool John Moores University) and explore different ways of producing critical research.
09:30-9:45 Welcome and announcement of the new working group convenor
09:45-11:00 Session 1: Race, Religion and Postcolonialism
Chair: Alice Finden
Terrorism, asylum, and the generation of decentralized, discretionary border authority in the U.S. immigration regime, Anika Kabani, University of Oxford
- The Definitional Problem of Terrorism: A TWAIL critiques of terrorism, Muhammed Karayagli, Northumbria University
- Postcolonial Analysis of Counterterrorism Discourse: AKP’s Hegemonic Pursuits Amidst Political Unrest, Tuncer Beyribey
- Securitization of Islamism terrorism in Poland, Przemysław Mazur, Instytut Bezpieczeństwa I Informatyki
11:15-12:30: Session 2: CTS through different lenses
Chair: Amna Kaleem
- A digital zine on Critical Terrorism Studies, Critical Race Feminism & Prevent - creative engagement, Lilly Barker, Nottingham Trent University
Three waves and a wobble? Critical Terrorism Studies Today, Lee Jarvis, University of East Anglia
Affective Passages from Terror to Horror: 9/11, Abu Ghraib, and two films by Michael Haneke, Christopher McAteer, York University, Canada
12:30-13:15: Lunch break
13:15-14:30: Session 3: Q&A Session: Publishing and careers in CTS
Chair: Tom Pettinger
An informal discussion with Professor Lee Jarvis and Dr Leonie Jackson, members of the editorial team of Critical Studies on Terrorism journal.
14:45-16:00: Session 4: Architectures of Counter-Terrorism
Chair: Alice Finden
- Securing the “Islam” in Islamic State – Analysing U.K. Parliamentarians’ Representations of the Islamic State (2014-2016), Jared Ahmed, University of Sheffield
Extremism in an Age of Anxiety: Introducing an Existentialist Framework, Maja Touzari Greenwood, Danish Institute for International Studies
Insecurity, counterterrorism and the use of private military companies: demystifying perspectives on the critical in critical terrorism studies and the Nigerian government response to terrorism, Tarela Juliet Ike, Teesside University, M.L. Ike, Southern New Hampshire University, USA, E. E. Ayobi, National Open University, Delta State, Nigeria
Bridging the Gap: Analysing Counterterrorism Policies, NGO Engagement, and Normative Implications in Illiberal Regimes, Anastassiya Mahon
Registration will close two hours before the event begins.