Radicalism and Violence

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This research network brings together a range of disciplinary scholars who work on radicalism and violence in Europe and beyond. The network includes scholars from sociology, political science, history, media studies, public policy, education, geography and psychology, among others, using a range of methodological approaches and working in diverse national contexts. Thematic areas of focus include, but are not limited to: continuity and change across radical and “extremist” political parties, movements and subcultures; youth engagement in radicalism and violence; the relationship between “radicalism” and “violence;” radicalism and violence in comparative perspectives; media and violence; and state and non-state actor constructions of and responses to radicalism and violence.


Call for Participants

Pre-conference workshop for early career researchers
“Researching radicalism and violence in times of rising nationalist and authoritarian politics”

Reykjavik, Iceland | June 21, 2020
Europe today is increasingly shaped by nationalist, populist and authoritarian politics as well as by practices of exclusion and intimidation. Far right parties and movements now hold one fourth of mandates in the European parliament; “centrist” governments cater increasingly to anti-immigration sentiments and popular desires for a homeland; and parts of the established left look to neo-national solutions to socio-economic problems, willing to terminate alliances with all those who do not fit into the established trade union culture. Meanwhile, European societies are consumed with questions about how to respond to the threat posed by “jihadist” groups without compromising fundamental human rights or undermining societal cohesion. 

Systematic and critical research into radicalism and violence therefore has a major role to play in helping us to understand Europe today. Yet such research is fraught with ethical, methodological, political and, increasingly, legal challenges. And while there has been a growing amount of research pertaining to violence and radicalism, there are few opportunities on offer to early career researchers to gain advice on these practical issues. 

This workshop addresses these challenges. Specifically, it provides a forum for early career researchers to examine and discuss such practical issues. Drawing on the experience of established scholars, participants will develop strategies to address the ethical, legal and methodological questions of their projects. 

Besides supporting the next generation of researchers working on radicalism and violence in Europe, the workshop aims to enhance transnational solidarities among scholars. This is particularly important in times of increasing institutional pressures and the “mainstreaming of the extreme.”

Workshop format 

The workshop will comprise two parts: 

1. A roundtable discussion, in which leading international scholars working on radicalism and violence from different disciplinary backgrounds will discuss and provide advice on a range of issues including: 

  • ethical challenges in field research e.g. boundaries of participation/ co-optation, 
  • how professional, gendered, racialized and other positionalities have affected their research practices 
  • encountering disruptions of presentations or hate speech via digital platforms and email 
  • the legal protection of researchers 

2. Presentations by each of the participants followed by detailed feedback, advice and an extended Q&A session. The presentations should be based on a “work in progress,” such as research papers in development, thesis chapters or research plans, between 5,000 and 1,0000 words.

The workshop is limited to just 12 participants in order to ensure opportunities for detailed interaction and engagement. Experienced international scholars already confirmed to participate in the workshop include: 

  • Prof. Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Professor of Education and Sociology at the CAS School of Education, American University, Washington DC 
  • Prof. Fabian Virchow, Professor of Social Theory and Theories of Political Action, University of Applied Sciences, Düsseldorf 
  • Prof. Alberto Spektorowski, Professor of Political Science, Tel Aviv University 


The workshop is free of charge, but participants will be required to cover their own flights, accommodation and sustenance costs. 

Participants will also receive a fee waiver for the CES conference in Reykjavik, June 22-24, 2020!


  • The workshop is open to any researcher undertaking or planning to undertake work related radicalism or violence in Europe, who is a doctoral researcher or will be within 5 years of the completion of their doctoral studies at the time of workshop. 
  • Applicants do not need to be CES members, but in order to attend the workshop, participants will be required to become members of CES and the radicalism and Violence Network for 2020. 
  • The organisers are committed to ensuring that a third of the participants are doctoral researchers, and that a third of the participants are from outwith of northern and western Europe and North America. 

How to apply 

Apply by email directed to Anna Schwenck, anna.schwenck@uol.de

Application emails should contain: 

  • a motivation letter, stating what you hope to gain from the workshop and how you see the workshop contributing to your work going forward (maximum 400 words) 
  • a short abstract outlining the methods of the work-in-progress that you intend to bring to the workshop for discussion (maximum 200 words) 
  • a list of no more than 5 conference contributions and publications relevant to the theme of the workshop. 

Please, send the three documents in PDF as attachments. The call for participants will close on October 31, 2019