Twelve years after the attacks of 9/11, and more than six years after the London bombings of 2005, the news is still filled with accounts of foiled terror plots, arrests, and the presupposed threat posed by radical Islam. In many ways, the specificity of the events of 2005 in Britain, the killing of Theo van Gogh in the Netherlands in 2004, and a certain number of similar events across Europe, has been the consolidation of a widespread narrative about the the emergence or the presence of a danger within. This conference has interrogated the main narrative around which this discourse is organized, namely through the concept of “radicalisation”.


Grande Salle, 
CERI / Sciences Po Paris
56 Rue Jacob
75006 Paris


Thanks to

Christian Lequesne, Ewa Kulesza, Karolina Michel, Muriel Posso, Sylvie Hass


9.15 – 9.30 Introduction Francesco Ragazzi (University of Leiden and CERI Sciences Po)

9.30 - 11.15 Expertise and the Emergence of the Radicalisation Discourse

Expertise and the Invention and Interventions of ‘Radicalisation’ - Stephanie Simon (University of Amsterdam)

Inventing Expertise: Producing the ‘Radicalisation’ Discourse and the UK PREVENT Strategy. - Charlotte Heath-Kelly (University of Warwick)

Five Accounts of the “Making of a Terrorist”: a Micro-Political Sociology of EU Experts On Radicalization - Francesco Ragazzi (University of Leiden and CERI Sciences Po)

Discussant: Laurent Bonnefoy (CERI / Sciences Po Paris)

11.15 - 11.30 Coffee Break

11.30 - 13.15 Categories of Danger : Populations at Risk / Risky Populations

Enacting the Unenactable: the local state and Britain’s Prevent programme Paul Thomas (University of Huddersfield)

PREVENT outside the UK. Comparing the cases of Amsterdam, Berlin, Antwerp and Paris - Floris Vermeulen (University of Amsterdam)

Contextualising CONTEST through Counterinsurgency - Rizwan Sabir (University of Bath)

Discussant: François Bonnet (CNRS - Pacte)

14.45 - 16.15 Interactions and Effects of Counter-radicalisation

The French antiterrorist assemblage and the struggle against radicalization Laurent Bonelli (Université Paris X - Nanterre)

Disconnected Citizenship? The Impacts of Anti-terrorism Policy on Citizenship in the UKLee Jarvis (University of Swansea)

Negotiating British Muslim Identity in the shadow of UK counter-radicalisation policies Tufyal Choudhury (University of Durham)

Discussant: Riva Kastoryano (CERI / Sciences Po Paris)

16.15 - 16.30 Coffee break

16.30 - 18.00 Governmentalities of Radicalisation

Refocusing Danish Counter-radicalisation Efforts: Zooming in on the (Problematic) Logic and Practice of Individual De-radicalisation Interventions Lasse Lindekilde (University of Aarhus, Denmark)

‘Why Should We Have to Prove We’re Alright?’: Counter-terrorism, Risk and Partial Securities Gabe Mythen (University of Liverpool, UK)

Governing Radical Spaces: the Reformation of Britain’s mosques Nayda Ali (University of Reading, UK)

Discussant: Didier Bigo (CERI / Sciences Po Paris / Kings College)