Room C204, College Building, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London, NW4 4BT
The brutal attack on the satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris on Wednesday 7 January has raised a number of questions around their meaning, the freedom of speech and the role of political violence in contemporary society.
While many reporters and politicians are trying to establish organisational and ideological links to some groups, including Isis and Al-Qaeda, it is argued that the Parisian brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi are the products of their own habitus in Paris and the policies of the West with regard to the Middle East.
It seems the events in Paris have blurred the distinctions between localised and global forms of political violence and social movements. There is a need to depart from old paradigms towards new ways of conceptualising these new events and the linkages.
Panel: Professor Kevin McDonald (Middlesex University), Professor Vincenzo Ruggiero (Middlesex University) and Sana Mir (Middlesex University)
Convenors: Dr Nicola Montagna and Dr Tunc Aybak