W026
Imagining and constructing "terrorism" and "war on terror"

Convenors:
Reetta Toivanen (University of Helsinki)
Stream:
Workshops
Location:
233
Start time:
27 August, 2008 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This workshop focuses on the cultural construction of terrorists and terrorist organisations as "the other". The workshop calls for papers discussing the processes and meanings of the dominant constructions of 'terrorists' by decision makers, media, security agencies and international actors.

Long abstract:

This workshop focuses on the cultural construction of terrorists and terrorist organisations as "the other". There is a lack of research about the processes in which 'knowledge' about the 'dangerous other' is produced. It is interesting to think about the methods currently in use against terrorism, whether international or national, and about the ways in which a cultural construction, the stereotype of a terrorist, as "the other", influences the politics in which human rights are restricted in order to produce security / stability / economic growth. The workshop calls for papers discussing the processes and meanings of the dominant constructions of 'terrorists' by decision makers, media, security agencies and international actors. At the same time, papers addressing the political and socio-cultural implications of the "war on terror" are welcomed. Key words: othering, war on terror, human rights, security agencies