C-SAP has awarded around £12,000 to a team from the Teaching About Terrorism Group to study how Terrorism and political violence are taught across the UK. The team is led by David Miller (Strathclyde) and includes Marie Breen Smyth (Abersytwyth) and Dave Whyte (Liverpool).
This project aims to research the extent and nature of teaching about terrorism in UK Universities in Sociology, Politics and Criminology. This is important because of the renewed interest in teaching and researching terrorism that has hugely expanded post 11 September 2001. It is also because the teaching of terrorism has become a topic of some controversy as a result of government, media and law enforcement interest, with considerable resulting uncertainty about what constitutes appropriate and legal content for teaching and learning. (more…)
Teaching About Terrorism poster
Yesterday the University of Strathclyde held its third annual ‘Research Day‘
The University states that:
The event, in the University’s Barony Hall on Wednesday 17 June, is aimed at highlighting research across the University and to enable researchers to share their ideas with invited guests, including industry representatives.
More than 160 projects by academics and postgraduate students will be displayed on posters at Research Day
, which is now in its third year and has become a staple of Strathclyde’s calendar. The main speaker will be Professor Allister Ferguson, Deputy Principal of Strathclyde with responsibility for research, knowledge transfer and commercialisation.
The Teaching About Terrorism SIG and the project funded by C-SAP were discussed in a poster presentation. Download the poster here: (PPT file
Sponsored by the BISA Critical Studies on Terrorism Group
and the Teaching About Terrorism Special Interest Group
of C-SAP. Supported by the Consortium for Research on Terrorology and Political Violence
Date of Meeting: 17/18 Oct 2009.
Place: Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford.
The goal of the meeting is to encourage cross-disciplinary dialogue between academics dealing with the issue of terrorism. We cordially invite submissions from researchers in any field of social sciences to present their research and participate in interdisciplinary discussions.
APSA Task force web page
This is the first in a series of posts updating on resources availabe on the web on teaching about ‘terrorism’ and political violence.
I list here some resources which might be useful to use in teaching or to provide a counterpoint to other approaches.
This is the text of the announcement of the first meeting of the SIG on 12 September 2008 for the record:
The arrest of Nottingham University postgraduate student Rizwaan Sabir and a Nottingham administrator Hicham Yezza in relation to the downloading of an ‘Al Qaeda’ manual for Rizwaan’s dissertation research has highlighted the emerging and ongoing difficulties of teaching about ‘terrorism’ and political violence in the current climate. (more…)
Welcome to the Teaching About Terrorism blog. This blog is the home of the Teaching About Terrorism Special Interst Group of C-SAP (Centre for Sociology, Anthropology, Politics) of the UK Higher Education Academy.
The group was established in 2008 and held its first meeting at Strathclyde University in September of that year. The group focuses on pedagogical issues faced by academics engaged in the delivery of courses on ‘terrorism’, political violence and associated subjects. The group offers a forum for discussion of these contested issues and encourages a wide participation from academics and teachers in this area.