EPN Breakfast Talks 30: “Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism: Characteristics of Radicalization” Dr. Nadia Fadil

Date: 08 May ’16
Time: 10:00 – 13:00
Location: Fedactio – Rue des Palais 27 / 5 Brussels 1030
Language: English
Price: 5 €

As the dust settles on the dual bombings in Brussels in mid-March, questions and worries mount over how this will affect the socio-political atmosphere in Europe and how to deal with what appears to be an act of violent extremism. The tragedy of the Brussels attacks became another reminder of how crucial it is to understand the local context that enables people to yield to the lure of extremist ideas, to understand and address core issues at the root of violence, to respond with concerted, constructive action and to understand the civil society’s role. In an attempt to take a step towards this goal, EPN kindly invites you to join us in this breakfast talk with our guest speaker Dr. Nadia Fadil.

10:00-10:30 Registration
10:30-11:30 Open Buffet Breakfast
11:40-12:30 Talks
12:30-13:00 Q&A Session







Nadia Fadil is an Assistant Professor at the IMMRC (Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Centre) at the University of Leuven. After having obtained a PhD at this same institute, She’s been affiliated as a Postdoctoral Jean Monnet Research Fellow at the European University Institute (2008-2009) and a Visiting Fellow at the University of California Berkeley (2011-2012) and have been a FWO Postdoctoral fellow at the KU Leuven (2009-2012).

Her primary research interest pertains to the presence of Islam as a lived and embodied reality in Europe. Her current project deals with the ways in which subjectivities of Maghrebi background constitute themselves as ‚Muslims’ through a distinct and heterogeneous engagement with the Islamic tradition. More broadly, her theoretical interest extends to questions of subjectivity and power, ethical selfhood, postcoloniality, race and secularism. On this questions, she has published extensively in academic journals (such as Social Anthropology, Feminist Review or Ethnicities) and written various book chapters in edited volumes. She has also written on the policies of integration in Flanders, on which she co-authored a book (Leeuw in een Kooi. De Multiculturele verbeelding in Vlaanderen, 2009) and has been engaged amongst various minority organizations involved with the politics of integration in the field. She is also the PI of the research project „Redefining Home” which started in February 2015 and seeks to understand new mobility patterns amongst second and third-generation Maghribi Muslims from Europe to the UAE and Montréal.


Report of the event

On May 8, 2016, EPN successfully realized its 30th Breakfast Talk with Asst. Prof. Nadia Fadil being the honorary guest speaker. Following the colorful breakfast buffet, participants took their seats to brainstorm and discuss about the notion of radicalization.

Ms. Fadil began her speech with the history of the radicalization discourse in Belgium. Her research indicates that the term of “radical” was first used in late 1990s, while the understanding of “radicalization” as a gradual process came much later. The central questions of the session were as such: What does the term radicalization do? How has it been introduced, and what effects does it produce? How is it tied with a particular economy of political violence?

According to the academician, major motivations for radicalization are existential and individual searches like sense of injustice or revenge, psychological traits such as need of solidarity, romanticism or simply too much testosterone/aggression. However, the motivations and methods of action change with historical and social contexts. Ms. Fadil underscored that radicalization is strongly tied with a shift in political violence. It fits in a new understanding of war. It might be fighting against war, but still it is a state of war. The talk ended after the Q&A session.


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