You have been employed as a research officer for the Australian government as a specialist in terror and its specific social implications.  Intelligence has been received regarding the potential occurrence one of the following scenarios, and you must write a response or briefing paper for the Minister.  This needs to be concise and clear, and should include appropriate referencing.

You should choose ONE of these scenarios:

  1. A neighbouring country has reportedly engaged in a campaign of terror and repression against its own citizens, including disappearances, executions, and the destruction of homes and public spaces
  2. A terrorist attack has been planned for the AFL Grand Final
  3. A global pandemic has broken out
  4. Following an explicit campaign of genocide and oppression, a society has elected to engage in a programme of national reconciliation

You need to draw on multiple weeks of the course and provide a theoretically informed analysis of the situation to allow for informed decision making.

Suggested themes may include:

  • Definition of terror and the specific type of terror being examined
  • Theoretical explanation
  • Historical and social precedents
  • Implications for human rights, community building, the future of the society
  • Implications for victims and perpetrators
  • Methods of prevention and investigation
  • Role of the media in disseminating information vs increasing the crisis
  • Success/ failure of other similar incidents

You will be assessed on your mastery of the course material, you ability to succinctly and clearly explain the theoretical background of the type of terror examined and your analysis.

 

Other Readings You May Use:

  • Appadurai, A. (2006). Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Fear. Duke UP
  • Daniel, E. Valentine (1997). Chapters in an Anthropology of Violence: Sri Lankans, Sinhalas, and Tamils. Delhi: Oxford University Press.
  • Desnoes, Edmundo (1985) ‘The death system’ in M. Blonsky (ed) On Signs, Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press, pp. 39-53.
  • Feldman, A. (2003). ‘Political Terror and the Technologies of Memory: Excuse, Sacrifice, Commodification and Actuarial Moralties’. Radical History, 85(winter), 58-73.
  • Malkki, Lisa H. (1995). Purity and Exile: Violence, memory and national cosmology among Hutu Refugees in Tanzania. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Nordstrom, Carolyn (1995) ‘War on the Front Lines’ in Carolyn Nordstrom & A. Robben (eds.) Fieldwork Under Fire: Contemporary Studies of Violence and Survival, Berkeley: U. of California Press, pp. 224-253
  • Taylor, CC (1999)  Sacrifice as Terror: The Rwandan Genocide of 1994. Oxford/NY: Berg.
  • Uribe, M (2004) Dismembering & Expelling: Semantics of Political Terror. Public Culture, 16(1): 79-95.
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