Making the "War on Terror": Past, Present, and Future | St. Lawrence University Global Studies

Making the "War on Terror": Past, Present, and Future

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Common Room
Sykes Residence

Eighteen years after the September 11 attacks and declaration of the US-led "war on terror," global violence continues to be framed through the use of words and phrases that are designed to generate fear and produce public consent.

A group of St. Lawrence faculty began using the term "collateral language" to describe this process in a 2002 book by the same name.

Dr. John Collins (Professor of Global Studies) and Dr. Somdeep Sen (SLU '07, now at Roskilde University) are currently editing a new volume of essays exploring how this "collateral language" has continued to proliferate around the world in the long shadow of 9/11. As part of a workshop for authors contributing to this new volume, Collins and Sen will host a panel discussion devoted to reflecting on the global impact of the "war on terror" and the growing lexicon of "collateral language" that surrounds us. They will be joined by SLU students from a range of national backgrounds, including Aida Gueye '22, Aune Nuyttens '20, and Mougheis Umar '20.

This event is free and open to the public.