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University of London Institute in Paris: Challenging Europe Seminar Series

4 February 2016

Time: 7:00 - 8:30pm
Venue: University of London Institute in Paris (Conference Room), 9-11 rue de Constantine 75340 Paris, France

Challenging Europe Seminar Series: a seminar series aimed at understanding the current challenges facing Europe

The University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP) and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) are pleased to announce a new joint seminar series that aims to understand the current challenges facing Europe.

This seminar series will be launched with an inaugural lecture by Professor Jef Huysmans, Professor of International Politics at the School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London, on the very pertinent topic of ‘The politics of insecurity: challenges for Europe’.

Abstract
Major refugee crises and terrorist violence in Paris have played a defining role in the politics of insecurity in Europe in the autumn of 2015. This will explore how these two series of events are connected. At stake is not the alleged use made by terrorists of the refugee crises and asylum process to enter but rather a broader development towards the enactment of violent democracy. Violent democracy refers to a political form in which democratic politics displaces conflicts expressed in terms of social stratification with conflicts organised around organic differentiations of identities and a fear of small numbers. In violent democracy political identity and conflict are constituted through generating insecurities and the use of violence, both by political authorities and groups within and across societies.

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