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.
The Times Higher reports on vetting at Nottingham
This was the headline of a piece in the Times Higher Education on 25 June, which sparked some controversy. The story is online on the THE site, but the significant number of comments posted in response are now no longer online. There seems to be a variety of reasons for this, but we can note in particular that many of the comments were strongly critical of the report and in particular of the journalist who wrote it. The comments were removed on the 29/30 June. At lunch time on the 30th Sean Matthews from Nottingham University emailed the deleted comments to me as convenor of the Teaching About Terrorism email list stating that the debate ‘is too important to suppress’. He went on to suggest that the comments be posted on the web ‘in order that the materials may continue to
be in the public domain’.
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.