November 14, 2018

Creating actionable counter radicalization and counter-extremism education

Seminar with M. Ayaz Naseem, Professor, Concordia University and Adeela Arshad Ayaz, Associate Professor, Concordia University
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. | PCOH 3042

Supported by the Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change


In this presentation, we present an account of two ‘claimed/created’ spaces that purport to bring together the excluded and marginalized voices and publics in multi-vocal, multi-perspectival conversation on the promise of education to address issues related to radicalization and extremism. First, we present a brief account of the TETT Symposia on teaching about extremism, terror, and trauma (TETT Symposia have been held every year since 2015). It is a transformative invited space in which conversations around extremism, terrorism, radicalization, and counter-radicalization take place with an aim for interchange of ideas between various stakeholders that include the general public, educators, community-based groups, non-governmental organizations, and students so that an authentic counter-hegemonic, counter-extremism critical public pedagogy can start to take root. Secondly, we share examples from the initiative on Creating Learning Against Radicalization (C.L.E.A.R.)—which seeks to develop actionable knowledge against radicalization and extremism. Based on the conversations and the knowledge developed in the (C.L.E.A.R.) institutes and summer schools held and hosted in 2017 and 2018 at Concordia University, Montreal, we make an attempt to answer the question i.e. what kind of pedagogy is needed to counter extremism and radicalization?