By David Miller
The Teaching About Terrorism Group held a very positive two day seminar in London in early June. A range of issues were discussed including
- discussions with the UCU about how to defend members who were attacked in the press as had happened to members of the group at Aberystwyth who had been targeted by Melanie Phillips, in allegations rejected by the University.
- Discussion about the Nottingham case and its implications for academic freedom.
- discussion about the wide variety of experiences that members had in teaching and research terrorism.
- The implications of government guidance on good campus relations for teaching about terrorism.
The group to take forward a number of initiatives including policy guidance and research activities, some of which relate to the grant we have been given by C-SAP to survey terrorism teaching and experience.
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.
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…)