Going to extremes: universities and radicalisation

Tuesday 02 June 2015 -
09:00 to 10:15
Session 5.9. Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London.

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.

Professor Marie Breen-Smyth
Chair in International Politics, University of Surrey, UK

Professor Breen-Smyth is a founder editor of the journal Critical Studies on Terrorism. Publications include: “A critical approach: violence, ‘victims’ and ‘innocents’” (with Samantha Cooke); “Terrorism and Political Violence: the Evolution of Contemporary Insecurity; “’Everywhere and Forever’: War on ‘Terrorism’ and the Challenge for Transitional Justice" (forthcoming issue Institute of Transitional Justice) and “The Ashgate Research Companion on Political Violence and Terrorism”. Session 5.9

Professor Marie Breen-Smyth

Professor Mohammed Farouk
Vice-Chancellor, Federal University – Kashere, Nigeria

Mohammed K. Farouk is the Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Education at Federal University, Kashere, Nigeria. His research interests cover Global Education, Social Studies Education, Teacher Education, Curriculum Studies, and Comparative Education. He has published widely in these areas. He has presented numerous papers and addresses at various conferences. Session 5.9

Professor Mohammed Farouk

Dr Fazal Ahmad Khalid
Vice-Chancellor, University of Engineering & Technology Lahore, Pakistan

Fazal Khalid joined the University of Engineering and Technology Lahore as Vice Chancellor in December 2014. Earlier he served as Pro-Rector of GIK Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology. His interest are in the fields of materials, nanotechnology, quality assurance outcome based education and accreditation of engineering programs. Session 5.9

Dr Fazal Ahmad Khalid

Ehsan Masood
Editor, Research Fortnight, UK

Research Fortnight is a platform that provides news and analysis of funding opportunities and research policy to universities globally. A science journalist by training, Ehsan also teaches international science policy at Imperial College London. Ehsan is a former Opinion Editor of the New Scientist and before that worked for Nature as London correspondent, environment correspondent and developing world correspondent. Session 2.3 Session 5.9

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Bill Rammell
Vice-Chancellor, University of Bedfordshire, UK

Bill Rammell took office as Vice-Chancellor at the University of Bedfordshire in September 2012. Prior to that he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Plymouth University. Bill was MP for Harlow from 1997 to 2010. He was Minister of State for Further and Higher Education in the Labour Government and also served as Minister of State for the Foreign Office and Minister of State for the Armed Forces. Session 5.9

 

Bill Rammell

Dr Louise Richardson
Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of St Andrews, UK

A political scientist by training, Professor Louise Richardson FRSE spent 20 years on the faculty of Harvard University, latterly as Executive Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her book "What Terrorist Want" has been recognized internationally as one of the most incisive analyses of contemporary terrorism. Session 5.9

Dr Louise Richardson