A Thought Matters PUBLIC SEMINAR
Confessions of a Terrorist Sympathiser
7.30pm, Thursday 26th November 2015
Booth College of Mission
Responding to the attacks in Paris, Professor Richard Jackson writes that the ‘rhetoric’ of our world leaders ‘is not without consequence… If the attacks are viewed and discussed as an act of “war”, for example, as opposed to a terrible “crime”, a military response then becomes the logical default option. And if the terrorists are conceived of as “evil” or “devils”, or even as “fascists” and “medieval”, then there is no place for anything except policies of eradication: there can be no compromise with “evil”
In ‘Confessions of a Terrorist Sympathiser,’ Professor Jackson will discuss how and why he came to write a popular novel about a sympathetic, thoughtful, idealistically motivated terrorist. Professor Jackson will argue that this depiction is a necessary counter to the figure of the “evil” terrorist other which has come to dominate how the west thinks of the ‘war of terror.’ Professor Jackson will explain how engaging with the terrorist other provides a unique opportunity to not only look at ourselves but to re-think our collective response to terrorism.
Richard Jackson is Professor of Peace Studies and the acting Director of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago. He has published extensively on terrorism, political violence, and conflict resolution. His most recent book is a research-based novel entitled, ‘Confessions of a Terrorist’ (Zed, 2014).
Being the last Thought Matters for 2016, light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP (by next Tuesday, 24th) for catering purposes.
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