Barely a week passes without a student somewhere in the world becoming radicalised. From Bahrain to Buckinghamshire, men and women are finding a home in extremist thought. Some are actively turning to violence and heading for a conflagration of hot-spots in the Middle East and Africa. Others pose a risk to the security and stability of communities in their home countries.
This session is aimed at exploring and debating universities and radicalisation from both a scholarly and an institutional perspective. Do we really understand the radicalisation phenomenon? What exactly is it? To what extent is it global, or context-specific? And to what extent can it be understood through religion, politics and economics?
Governments would like to hold universities more responsible for radicalisation and to place restrictions on scholarly activity and free association. Is that the brave new world we should expect, or can (indeed should) the status quo be defended.
How can families and communities be helped, including those whose children are turning to extremism; but also more broadly so that we reduce the risk of our societies becoming consumed by division and communalism.
This session is curated by Ehsan Masood, Editor - Research Fortnight, Research Professional, UK and Alison Goddard, Editor - HE, Research Professional, UK as part of our 2015 media session series.