Call for Papers: Nordic conference on research on violent extremism: Theory and Practice

29-30 November 2018 at the University of Oslo, Norway

The Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) at the University of Oslo is pleased to open this call for papers for the 2018 Nordic conference on research on violent extremism.

The aim of the conference is to present empirical and theoretical research on violent extremism which 1) is carried out by researchers based in one of the Nordic countries, or 2) addresses violent extremism in one or more Nordic countries.

The conference also seeks to enhance the conversation and interaction between researchers and practitioners working in the field. It welcomes research-based submissions by practitioners, and the participation of practitioners as conference attendees. The conference is genuinely multi- and interdisciplinary, interested in both theory and practice, and encourages submissions that are problem-solving as well as critical in their orientation. Comparative approaches will be appreciated. The call is for abstracts for paper contributions as well as for suggestions of full panels (consisting of four papers).  

The following kinds of submissions will be particularly welcomed:

  • Case studies: historical and/or contemporary analyses grounded in empirical research on, for instance, actors, policies, strategies, or laws. This may or may not include critical analyses and comparisons between past and/or ongoing projects and measures aimed against violent extremism.
  • Comparative research exploring conditions fuelling or discouraging violent extremism at different times and places.
  • Conceptually, theoretically, and/or methodologically oriented analyses that can evaluate and expand our understanding of violent extremism.
  • Actor-oriented research, e.g. about militant groups, individuals at risk, offenders in prison, returnee foreign terrorist fighters, lone actor terrorists, formers.
  • Research about media (online and offline) and its role in recruitment, radicalisation, promotion of violent extremism and/or combating violent extremism.
  • Ethical perspectives on the study of violent extremism, and on state actions against violent extremism.
  • Critical approaches to both the study of violent extremism, and to policy approaches aimed at tackling violent extremism.

Format and Contributions

The conference invites abstracts of proposed papers as well as of full panels. A panel will consist of four papers that are thematically related, as well as a chair. Each paper should be presented within 10-15 minutes. A panel will last 80 minutes, including 30-20 minutes for discussion and Q&A.  Upon receiving the submitted proposals, the programme committee will group the accepted submissions into thematic sections.

The conference will have four panels running in parallel, one session before and two after lunch, and two keynote speakers, one opening each of the days of the conference. All conference participants and attendees will be invited to a drinks reception at the end of the first day.

Submission of abstracts

Abstracts for papers should be a maximum of 250 words. Submission for a panel must not exceed 1000 words and must contain a short introduction to the theme of the panel as well as abstracts of individual contributions. Abstracts should be submitted in word or pdf- format


Special Issue for best papers

The best papers submitted to the conference will be reviewed for a special issue of Perspectives on Terrorism. For full author guideline, please visit the following website. More information about the procedure for submitting your conference paper to the special issue will be provided later.

Keynote speakers

  • Dr. Anja Dalgaard-Nielsen, Director of the Institute for Strategy at the Royal Danish Defence Academy and associate professor at the Department of Political Science at Copenhagen University.
  • Dr. Benjamin R. Teitelbaum, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Colorado. Author of the book Lions of the North: Sounds of the New Nordic Radical Nationalism (Oxford University press 2017).

Important dates

Deadline for submitting abstracts: 22 May 2018.

Notification of acceptance: 1 June 2018.

Deadline for registration for paper contributors: 15 June 2018.

Registration for audience participants: 15 September 2018.

Conference fees and accommodation

Conference fee: TBA

The conference fee will cover lunch on both days of the conference, and a drinks reception at the end of day 1.

More practical information on accommodation etc will come.

Conference organizers

C-REX - Center for Research on Extremism: The Extreme Right, Hate Crime and Political Violence, University of Oslo


Published Jan. 25, 2018 4:33 PM - Last modified Apr. 30, 2018 2:37 PM