1st Edition

Contemporary Reflections on Critical Terrorism Studies

Edited By Alice Martini, Raquel da Silva Copyright 2023
    320 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Bringing together established and emerging voices in Critical Terrorism Studies (CTS), this book offers fresh and dynamic reflections on CTS and envisages possible lines of future research and ways forward.

    The volume is structured in three sections. The first opens a space for intellectual engagement with other disciplines such as Sociology, Peace Studies, Critical Pedagogy, and Indigenous Studies. The second looks at topics that have not received much attention within CTS, such as silences in discourses, the politics of counting dead bodies, temporality or anarchism. The third presents ways of ‘performing’ CTS through research-based artistic performances and productions. Overall, the volume opens up a space for broadening and pushing CTS forward in new and imaginative ways.

    This book will be of interest to students of critical terrorism studies, critical security studies, sociology and International Relations in general.


    Chapters 2 of this book are available for free in Open Access at www.taylorfrancis.com. It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International 4.0 license.

    Introduction: CTS 20 Years After 9/11. Where We Have Been, Where Are We Going

    Alice Martini, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

    Raquel da Silva, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL) and University of Coimbra, Portugal

    SECTION 1: Pathbreaking Dialogues in CTS

    1. Violence, Power and the Revolutionary Potential of Nonviolent Counterterrorism

    Richard Jackson, NCPACS, New Zealand

    2. European Urban (Counter-)Terrorism’s Spacetimematterings: More-Than-Human Materialisations in Situationscaping Times

    Evelien Geerts, University of Birmingham, UK

    Katharina Karcher, University of Birmingham, UK

    Yordanka Dimcheva, University of Birmingham, UK

    Mireya Toribio Medina, University of Birmingham, UK

    3. CTS and Indigeneity: Can CTS Approaches be Indigenous?

    Shirley Achieng’, NCPACS, New Zealand

    Samwel Oando, NCPACS, New Zealand

    4. Terrorism and the Middle East? A Decolonial Teaching Project to Soften a Stubborn Association

    Marina Díaz Sanz, University of Deusto, Spain

    5. Reengaging Critical Terrorism Studies with the Production of Terrorism Expertise: Exploring the role of Twitter

    Dylan Marshall, Aberystwyth University, UK

    SECTION 2: CTS at Emerging Crossroads and Intersections

    6. Counting the Dead: CTS and The Politics of Dead Bodies

    Jessica Auchter, Université Laval, Canada

    7. Reflections on Anarchist Futures of/for CTS

    Priya Dixit, Virginia Tech, US

    8. Can CTS listen? Silences in Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism

    Alice Martini, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

    Elisabeth Schweiger, University of York, UK

    9. Critical Terrorism Studies and Temporality: It’s About Time!

    Lee Jarvis, University of East Anglia, UK

    SECTION 3: Performing CTS

    10. The Stupidity of Racism in Legislation and in Objects is the Material to Create Art

    Faisal Hussain, Independent Artist

    11. Understanding Violence Through Story and Stitch: Narrative and Creative Methods for CTS

    Berit Bliesemann de Guevara, Aberystwyth University, UK

    Raquel da Silva, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL) and University of Coimbra, Portugal

    12. CTS and Postcolonial Hauntings: Performing Violent Pasts in São Tomé and Príncipe

    Inês Nascimento Rodrigues, Centre for Social Studies - University of Coimbra, Portugal

    13. CTS and Popular Culture: New Avenues to Understand Terrorism

    Julian Schmid, Institute of International Relations Prague, Czhec Republic


    Alice Martini is Lecturer in International Relations at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. She has been a board member of the EISA Early Career Development Group and the BISA Critical Studies on Terrorism Working Group. She is the author of various publications including The UN and Counter-terrorism: Global Hegemonies, Power, and Identities (2021).

    Raquel da Silva is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the School of Economics, University of Coimbra and Integrated Researcher at CEI-Iscte. She is the author of Narratives of Political Violence: Life Stories of Former Militants (2019). Her research has been funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, the British Academy and the European Union, among others.

    'One of the central questions that emerges for a "critical" field is whether it can survive its initial phase of critique. In this case, can CTS remain relevant more than twenty years after 9/11? This brilliant edited volume shows us that CTS continues to offer salient and necessary critique but crucially also original conceptualisations and methodologies that can help us read the terrorism and broader security frameworks governing us today and in the future. It gathers a broad range of scholars to address key questions such as: Can revolutionary non-violence be the basis for future responses to terrorism? How can we indigenise CTS for it to push past its current Eurocentric dispositions in research and teaching? What has CTS been silent about? Crucially, how can knowledge be explored and transmitted differently? This volume offers essential reading for all those students and scholars - those self-identifying as critical and their skeptics - researching how terrorism and security continue to mark our political landscapes.'

    Harmonie Toros, University of Kent, UK

    'This is a significant and pertinent edited collection that is at the cutting edge of critical analysis in relation to concerns about terrorism, radicalisation, and counter-extremism in the contemporary era, making it a refreshing and comprehensive contribution to local and global perspectives on critical terrorism studies. This is a welcome addition to the current body of knowledge in this field.'

    Tahir Abbas, Professor of Radicalisation Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands

    ;Bringing together established and emerging voices in Critical Terrorism Studies, this book shines a much-needed light on new pathways to understanding the field itself and the possibilities of analysis that it offers. Impressive in both breadth and depth, each chapter encourages us to continue to push theoretical and methodological boundaries, addressing under-explored topics and imagining new ways to revitalise research programmes. As both a serious reflection on the field’s gaps and a call to action to realise its potential, Contemporary Reflections on Critical Terrorism Studies is a remarkable achievement.'

    Leonie B Jackson, Northumbria University, UK