A unique opportunity for a conversation between terrorism researchers and epistemologists about the epistemological challenges and fallacies of counterterrorism. The workshop will have a broad focus and will include discussion of the nature of knowledge, calculation, ignorance, illusion, epistemic vices and counterfactual thinking in counterterrorism.
This cross-disciplinary one day workshop, which supported by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, will be one of the first events of its kind in the UK.
The speakers will include:
Registration & Tea and Coffee: 9.30-9.55am
Introduction and Welcome by Professor Cassam: 9.55am
Panel #1 – 10:00-11:30am
Epistemological Ritual and Crisis in Counterterrorism Policy
- Professor Richard Jackson (NCPACS, University of Otago): “The epistemological crisis of Counterterrorism”
- Dr Lee Jarvis (UEA): “Preaching to the Converted: Parliament and the Ritual of Proscription”
- Dr Andrew Neal (Edinburgh): “We know better than you. There are things we can’t tell you”: Knowledge and Exclusion in Parliamentary Security Politics”
- Dr Sara Silvestri (City): “Narratives of extremism, terrorism and national security in four decades of British history”
Refreshments break: 11:30-12:00
Panel #2 – 12:00-13:30pm
Researching Violent Protagonists: Secrets and Epistemologies
- Professor Ruth Blakeley (Kent): “Researching State Secrets: Epistemology, Methods, Data Generation, Analysis and Ethics”
- Professor Hamed El-Said (MMU): ‘Pathways to Terrorism’
- Professor Andrew Williams (Warwick): “Who should we believe? Researching the conflicting narratives in war crimes trials from Nuremberg to Iraq”
Lunch Break: 13:30-15:00
Panel #3 – 15:00-16:30
Epistemological Thresholds in Counterterrorism: From Analogue to Digital, and from Individual to Structural
- Dr Charlotte Heath-Kelly (Warwick): “The UK Prevent Duty: The Move Towards Big Data Epistemology in Counter-Radicalisation”
- Professor Jon Coaffee (Warwick) “Smart Resilience and the Changing Face of Counteterrorism”
- Professor Quassim Cassam (Warwick) “Level-Confusions in Counterterrorism: an Epistemological Perspective”.
17:30 – Speaker’s Dinner
This event is by invitation only and space is limited. If you would like to come please email Quassim Cassam (firstname.lastname@example.org). There is no registration fee.