Quest for knowledge in the face of terror: open lectures at UiO
Last week, terror struck in Beirut and Paris. On Thursday, more than 40 were killed in the suicide attacks in Beirut. On Friday, 129 lost their lives in Paris. Such atrocities elicit not only grief and sorrow, but also an urgent need for understanding and comprehension. Here is where the university can contribute. With our academic breadth we can inform the public debate and help explain the inexplicable.
Open seminar on terrorism
The University of Oslo arranged a series of "After 22 / 7- lectures" that were aired on TV and later published in book form. We gave open lectures after the attack on Charlie Hebdo earlier this year. Now we arrange a seminar and panel debate in the wake of last week’s terrorist attacks.
The program reflects that extremism in religious or secular terms must be met with scientifically based criticism, with knowledge and with the courage that is required to instill nuances in the public debate. As academics we must insist that knowledge and rationality are the main antidotes against prejudice and fanaticism and that any university - not least our own - has an important role to play in a time of political and religious polarization.
Hvor: Litteraturhuset, Wergeland
Når: Mandag 30. november kl. 19.15
- Terror-nettverkene som gjør Paris-angrepene mulig
Thomas Hegghammer, forsker ved Forsvarets forskningsinstitutt og professor 2 ved Institutt for statsvitenskap, UiO
- Hvordan reagerer vi på terror? Kan vi unngå et stadig mer polarisert Europa?
Tore Bjørgo, professor ved Politihøgskolen og seniorforsker ved NUPI
- Terror handler ikke om religion, eller? Om identitet og religion.
Innleder ikke bekreftet.
- Unntakstilstand og demokrati. Blikk på fransk politikk.
Raino Malnes, professor Institutt for statsvitenskap, UiO
Ordstyrer: Thomas Hylland Eriksen, professor ved Sosialantropologisk institutt, UiO
Innleder: Rektor Ole Petter Ottersen
“På flukt”: Open lectures on the refugee crisis
As described in my previous blog the University of Oslo is also arranging lectures that address the current refugee crisis. The first lecture in this series will be given next week, on November 24. I am grateful and proud that Sir Paul Collier has agreed to give the opening lecture entitled «Exodus: How migration is changing our world». See below for further information.
With research based knowledge we wish to shed light on what the refugee crisis means: politically, historically, psychologically, economically and socially. Europe is being tested, and with it – our humanity.
Forelesningsserien «På flukt»
24/11: Sir Paul Collier, Oxford University: «Exodus: How migration is changing our world». 14:15 - 16:00, Eilert Sundts hus, auditorium 1
7/12: “Flukt, frykt og beskyttelse. Psykologiske aspekter ved tvungen migrasjon”. Fagansvarlig er Nora Sveaass, PSI. Litteraturhuset
11/1: «På flukt i en overopphetet verden» (fagansvarlig Thomas Hylland Eriksen, SAI), Litteraturhuset
20/1-2016: «På flukt sett fra Europas ståsted» (fagansvarlig Grete Brochmann, ISS), Litteraturhuset