We are delighted to host Dr. Fahad Ahmad as a post-doc this year at CrimSL. He is working with Profs. Bea Jauregui and Audrey Macklin. Over the year, we will be organizing events where our post-docs can introduce themselves and their work to us. Fahad will be kicking things off for us with a seminar based on his recently defended dissertation. Please mark your calendars and we will send out reminders closer to the date.
TITLE: Contesting Power: A Comparison of Muslim Civil Society Responses to Counterradicalization Policies in Canada and the U.K.
DATE: Wednesday, 24 November 2021
TIME: 1:00 – 2:30 pm
LOCATION: Online (zoom info to follow)
Counter-radicalization (CR) policies are an innovation in national security governance that seek to prevent future occurrences of “homegrown” terrorism through pre-criminal and ‘soft’ interventions including community policing, social and educational programs, online content filtering, and targeted psycho-social interventions. To achieve their ends, CR policies rely on partnerships with Muslim civil society organizations (CSOs) who play the role of interlocutors connecting state security institutions to Muslim communities. Yet, little is understood about how Muslim CSOs balance competing demands of acceding to participate in counter-radicalization initiatives on the one hand, and on the other, raising concerns about anti-Muslim bias in CR policies. Comparing the cases of Canada and the U.K., reveals how Muslim CSOs can use their agentic power to engage in meaningful contestations toward emancipatory goals.