Critical Terrorism Studies Annual Conference: 20 years of 'War on Terror'

This event will be in Zoom

This conference reflects on the state of Critical Terrorism Studies (CTS) through 20 years of the so-called ‘War on Terror’. After the inception of CTS following the global response to 9/11, a response which has shaped the world in multitudinous ways, its scholars have produced ground-breaking research on political violence and the ways ‘security’ and ‘terrorism’ shape our societies. However, what does CTS look like after nearly two decades? What are the priorities and emerging trends for critical scholars in the field? And what is it missing - does CTS need to integrate alternative or marginalised perspectives, or focus on new topics and themes emerging in IR? This conference will open a space for reflection on the progress and future of CTS, hearing especially from figures central to the field, as well as more recent voices which have been contributing to its development. 

Conference agenda

10.00    Welcome by CTSWG (BISA) Convenors

10.10    Keynote: Racism and Mental Health in UK counterterrorism: The Ethics of Vulnerability Support Hubs (Chair: Tom Pettinger)

  • By Charlotte Heath-Kelly (Warwick University), Tarek Younis (Middlesex University), and Hil Aked (Medact)

11.00    Roundtable: 20 years of WOT (Chair: Alice Martini)

  • Proscribing peace: How listing armed groups as terrorists harms negotiations

Sophie Haspeslagh, American University in Cairo, Egypt

  • Terrorism, War on Terror, and International Interventions

Erviola Selenica, Scuola Normale Superiore & Università di Bologna, Italy

  • “Now you see me?”: the politics of framing racial violence as terrorism

Amal Abu-Bakare, University of Liverpool and University of South Wales' International Centre of Policing and Security, UK

  • Bring the War on Terror Home: U.S. Counterterrorism from 9/11 to January 6, 2021

Verena Erlenbusch-Anderson, Syracuse University, USA

  • 20 years of WOT in the MENA region: continuities, discontinuities, transformations

Guendalina Simoncini, Università di Pisa, Italy

  • State transformation in the War on Terror

Laura Fernández de Mosteyrín, UNED, Spain

12.30   Lunch break

2.00    Book Launch  (Chairs: Tom Pettinger & Raquel da Silva)

  • Lee Jarvis and Tim Legrand, Banning them, Securing Us? Terrorism, Parliament, and the Ritual of Prescription (MUP, 2020)
  • Alice Martini, The UN and Counter-terrorism. Global hegemonies, power, and identities (Routledge, 2021)

3:30   Performing CTS  (Chair: Raquel da Silva)

  • Faisal Hussain: Suspect Objects Suspect Subjects
  • Berit Bliesemann de Guevara: (Un-)Stitching Gazes: Spinning, embroidering, and mending reconciliation in Colombia

4:15    Final remarks by CTSWG (BISA) Convenors


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