The Terrorist Avatar: what turns 'normal' human beings into 'martyrs' to a cause? - EVENT FULLY BOOKED!

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The Terrorist Avatar

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


JHB Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


Roger will be exploring the phenomenon of 'splitting' which allows otherwise 'normal' and successful individuals to break the conventional social taboos which inhibit acts of barbaric cruelty and mass murder.

Once convinced they have a sacred mission, whether religious or secular, to fight evil in order to establish an ideal society, they enter a special state of mind often referred to as 'fanatical' which become impenetrable to outsiders.

This lecture will be illustrated by several cases of lone wolf and collective terrorism which appear nihilistic and random, yet disclose a symbolic deeper logic when considered from within the terrorist mindset.

About the speaker

PROFESSOR ROGER GRIFFIN - Professor in Modern History at Oxford Brookes

Roger Griffin is Professor in Modern History at Oxford Brookes. Already widely acknowledged to be one of the world's foremost experts on fascism, Roger is becoming recognised internationally as a major authority on terrorism. His latest book is Terrorist's Creed. Fanatical Violence and the Human Need for Meaning (Palgrave, 2012)