Radicalisation: Demons, drivers, and distractions

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Presented by Professor Gabe Mythen

Lectures, talks and seminars

Provost Lectures

11th Apr 2019 6:00pm to 11th Apr 2019 7:00pm

Lecture Theatre 1 (RHLT1), Rutherford House, Bunny Street, Pipitea Campus

Professor Mythen will discuss the radicalisation process and consider what is typically left out of accounts of politically and religiously motivated violence.

As well as devastating New Zealanders, the tragic events in Christchurch on 15 March 2019 have shocked communities around the globe. Some commentators have focused on what might have motivated the perpetrator to commit these acts, but the attacks also raise broader questions about the nature and causes of terrorism.

The usual debate focuses on a process of ‘radicalisation’—but what do we actually know about this process, and does radicalisation by itself explain the complex sets of processes and dynamics that drive people to commit politically and racially motivated violence?

For more information contact: Carla Davidson

Speaker Bios

Gabe Mythen is Professor of Criminology at the University of Liverpool, and has expertise in the United Kingdom’s counter-terrorism policy and a particular interest in strategies to prevent radicalisation.