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The Annual BISA Critical Studies on Terrorism Working Group Conference, 2014

Neoliberalism and/as Terror: Technologies, Politics and Vernacular Perspectives

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The fourth Annual Conference of the BISA Critical Studies on Terrorism Working Group (CSTWG) will feature panels and papers with a particular focus on the intersections between (counter-)terrorism, neoliberalism, and the everyday.

  • From: Monday 15 September 2014, 12 am
  • To: Tuesday 16 September 2014, 12 am
  • Location: Nottingham Conference Centre, Newton building, Main Entrance, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
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The fourth Annual Conference of the BISA Critical Studies on Terrorism Working Group (CSTWG) will be held at Nottingham Trent University from Monday 15 September to Tuesday 16 September 2014. The conference will feature panels and papers with a particular focus on the intersections between (counter-)terrorism, neoliberalism, and the everyday.

Keynote Speakers include:

  • Professor Richard Jackson, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Professor Mark Neocleous, Brunel University

Call for papers - Deadline 30 June 2014

Conference Theme

How should we understand terror? The securitisation of political violence has dominated the discussion of terror within public discourse and International Relations literatures, however important considerations of neoliberalism as terror remain somewhat sidelined in these debates. Are populations terrorised through neoliberal political policy as well as through the deployment of terror-rhetoric (as applied to political dissent and protest)? Should our explorations of the connections between neoliberalism and terror extend beyond consideration of the ideological and biopolitical constitution of security technologies, towards a broader conceptualisation of neoliberalism and/as terror?

Since its inception the Critical Studies on Terrorism Working Group has provided a space for critical and dissenting engagements with the politics of (counter-)terrorism. This has included, inter alia, problematising the production of 'expert' knowledge in Terrorism Studies; deconstructing and challenging dominant counter-terrorism practices; exploring experiences of counterterrorism at different levels of the socio-political; and, facilitating connections with cognate research fields including Peace Research and Gender Studies. Building on these interventions, this conference seeks to engage with the political, social and economic implications of current conceptualisations and practices of terrorism, and the concurrent theme of neoliberalism as terror.

As we have suggested, the connections between terrorism and neoliberalism remain under-researched. To this end, the conference explores two broad and intersecting themes – neoliberalism as terror, and neoliberal effects upon the production of terrorism discourse and technologies. Within this remit, we also hope to explore how the lived experiences of neoliberal subjects and what this might tell us about counter-terrorism and its regulation. For instance, can such experiences help provide new insights into how we think about political violence and governance in the post-War on Terror? The working group encourages the submission of papers that focus on themes included, but not limited to:

  • How has neoliberal policy/government shaped the way terrorism and counter-terrorism is produced?
  • How should we interrogate neoliberalism as terror, alongside its production of terror-oriented security technologies?
  • What are the everyday experiences of those subject to and of neoliberal assemblages which seek to prevent, combat and eradicate terrorism? In what ways can vernacular, narrative or story-telling approaches shed light on the ways in which contemporary modes of governing manifest themselves?
  • Moreover, what, if any, are the resistances or challenges posed by subjects to these attempts at governing? Do 'ordinary' individuals or communities submit to technologies of governance, or do they find ways to subvert, overturn, resist or refuse the ways in which they are expected to behave?

Abstract Submissions

As such we welcome abstract submissions from scholars in the following areas and beyond:

  • the ways in which counter-terrorism and counter-radicalisation policies contribute to the production of suspect communities how understandings and experiences constitute political and other subjectivities under neoliberalism pre-emptive policing policies, including surveillance and monitoring practices, and security practices at transport hubs the security-industrial complex and its role in counter-terrorism political pedagogy critical political economies of (counter-)terrorism potential resistances to neoliberalism in the context of security politics the use of neoliberal ideology as an instrument of state-terrorism the discursive production of terrorism in neoliberal societies.
  • theoretical engagements on the importance of neoliberalism for terrorism research theoretical engagements on the importance of narrative, the everyday and the vernacular for terrorism research

Please submit paper abstracts of no more than 300 words, plus a short biography to any of the conference organisers by 30 June 2014:

The conference is sponsored by the British International Studies Association (BISA), Nottingham Trent University (NTU), the NTU Insecurity Political Violence and Change (IPVC) Research Cluster and the Critical Studies on Terrorism Journal (CST). The organisers gratefully acknowledge this support.

About the Critical Studies on Terrorism Working Group (CSTWG)

The Critical Studies on Terrorism Working Group was established in 2006 to provide an international network for scholars working on terrorism-related research. The group's primary aims include:

  • To explore the ways in which terrorism is acted upon by law and in politics. This includes the uses which terrorism serves in security policy, and the consequences of the War on Terror.
  • To provide a forum through which to establish links between terrorism research and cognate areas including Peace Studies, Political Science, International Relations, Sociology, Human Geography, and beyond.
  • To serve as a forum for scholars with a critical emphasis in their work, albeit with a broad, pluralistic approach to the category of 'critique'

For more information on the working group, visit the CSTWG website or like their Facebook page.

Booking information

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Registration fees for delegates will be £30 for the event (including refreshments on both days, but not the conference dinner). The registration fee will be waived for graduate students. Please bring cash (if applicable) to the event.

Location details


Nottingham Conference Centre, Newton building, Main Entrance


Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street

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