CANCELLED! SSC Seminar Series: Derek Silva (King’s University College at Western University, London)


A New Politics of Terror: Contemporary Configurations of Pre-Criminality and the Casting Away of Islam 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

12:30 – 2 pm

Mackintosh Corry Hall D411


Since Lucia Zedner’s (2007) ground-breaking call to consider emergent spaces of pre-criminality, scholars have focused on the myriad ways in which risk and practices of pre-emption and security operate before the manifestation of any criminal behaviour. But few have focused on how local law state officials and organizations have configured spaces of pre-criminality with the implicit (or perhaps explicit) goal of marginalizing diverse Islamic communities. This presentation is based primarily on detailed document analyses of over 10,000 political, legal, mass media, and scientific documents related to radicalization and terrorism, in addition to in-depth interviews with 94 key stakeholders in the counter-radicalization field in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. The study illuminates the ways in which pre-crime has been configured and (re)configured in the context of modern law enforcement strategies which increasingly embed practices of counterterrorism in everyday life – practices that marginalize already vulnerable and highly racialized groups. 

About the Speaker:

Dr. Derek Silva is Assistant Professor of Criminology at King’s University College at Western University in London, Ontario, and Senior Research Affiliate with the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS). His recent articles can be found in Sociological Forum, Race & Class, and The Sociology of Sport Journal.

Everyone welcome!