Panel to Discuss the Post-Sept. 11 Language of Fear | St. Lawrence University

Panel to Discuss the Post-Sept. 11 Language of Fear

St. Lawrence University’s Department of Global Studies will host a panel discussion titled “Making the ‘War on Terror’: Past, Present, and Future,” from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, in Sykes Common Room. The event is free and open to the public.

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.

Professor of Global Studies John Collins and Somdeep Sen '07, a post-doctoral fellow at Roskilde University in Denmark, 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 Sept. 11. As part of a workshop for authors contributing to this new vo,ume, 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 St. Lawrence students from a range of national backgrounds, including Aida Gueye '22 of Dakar, Senegal; Aune Nuyttens '20 of Turku, Finland; and Mougheis Umar '20 of Islamabad, Pakistan.

For more information, contact the Department of Global Studies at 315-229-5965.