[New video] Two talks at the Peace & Justice Studies Association conference
It has been a little over two months since I returned from the picturesque hideaway of Neslon, BC, the site of the 2016 Peace and Justice Studies Association conference. While it was my first conference as the Executive Director of PJSA, we got off to a running start. Besides the usual tasks that fall upon conference organizing teams, I also gave two talks throughout the weekend.
To my delight, the amazing folks at the Canadian media collective Pasifik were on hand to film some of the sessions including mine. It is my pleasure to share these here.
The first is the first 20 minutes of a 1.5 hour talk focused on the study of terrorism This talk, entitled “Understanding Political Violence in an Age of ‘Terrorism'” was put on as part of the PJSA Peace Cafe series. In this effort, conference presenters went out into the community and gave non-traditional talks in commercial spaces such as cafes, bars, restaurants, and stores. My talk was held at the Sidewinder Cafe and was a great experience. To get a feel for what was discussed, check out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeYvTeyy_YY.
Unfortunately, the records ends before my conclusion, and before the lively discussion that followed. However, I am thankful for what was preserved.
Additionally, the Pasifik team managed to record my ‘formal’ paper presentation I delivered the following morning entitled, “For an Emotive, Anti-Security, Action-Oriented, Militant Research Agenda: A proposal of sorts.” This is part of an ongoing project I am seeking to develop. Within this project, I am seeking to develop and advance a model for engaging in the study of terrorism and political violence with ever increased intentionality over how that research can be utilized. I have become increasingly concerned over how research by those seeking justice has been recuperated and coopted by state security forces. Since I do not plan on changing the subject of my research any time soon, it seems an urgently necessary task to find ways to continue investigating the world of politically-driven violence while simultaneously ensuring that this knowledge construction remain ethically grounded. Though this is certainly a work in progress, you can hear the talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNJ6c5jmpJM
If you would like to view the slides from this presentation, they are available here: https://www.academia.edu/28856513/For_an_Emotive_Anti-Security_Action-Oriented_Militant_Research_Agenda_A_proposal_of_sorts_https_www.youtube.com_watch_v_fNJ6c5jmpJM_