On Thursday, May 13, I am presenting on a panel on “Research on Counterterrorism and Extremism,” for EthEx, the Network for Critical Research on the Ethics of Researching the Extreme and Far Right. The event is free and open to the public, and registration is available here: Research in the Context of Counterterrorism and Counterextremism Tickets, Thu 13 May 2021 at 17:00 | Eventbrite.
The event is at 9:00 am in my time zone, here in the Pacific Northwest. (EthEx is based in the U.K. and trying to accommodate many time zones.) A recording is likely to be made and sent out to registrants who were unable to attend, so if you are unsure if you can make it but would like to view the panel, please register at the link above.
I will speaking on the positionality of former neo-Nazis/white supremacists as experts in the field of research on hate and ethical issues related to that positionality, particularly in terms of how the voices of those most impacted by hate as targets or victims/survivors may be problematically sidelined in “deradicalization” work that places too much stock in the expertise of “formers.”
I am pleased to be co-presenting with Elisa Hategan, whom I’ve been in dialogue with on this topic and who can speak to these concerns from the standpoint of having been a former and later a practitioner in deradicalization spaces. (Elisa joined the white nationalist Canadian Heritage Front as a teenager, and helped to shut down the organization at 18, testifying against them in court. You can read more about her work on her website: Elisa Hategan – Welcome.)