Registration for the conference on 7-8 May 2018 now open!

The project organises a conference “Transnational Influences, local manifestations: Political violence in Europe” on 7-8 May 2018. Conference is open for all interested and requires registration. To register, please fill in this form:


Monday 7 May

12:00-12:30 Opening words – Leena Malkki (University of Helsinki)

12:30-13:30 Keynote lecture – Stefan Malthaner (Hamburg Institute for Social Research): Processual perspectives on political violence

13:30-13:45 Break

13:45-15:15 Paper session 1: Leftist and national-separatist campaigns in European history

  • Nick Brooke (University of St Andrews): The Absence of Noise: Terrorism and Nationalism in Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • Ana Sofia Ferreira (New University of Lisbon): The New left and Political Violence in Portugal: Popular Forces 25th April (1980-1984)
  • Anton Monti: From Paris Spring to Prague’s Autumn: The Finnish Radical Student Movement of 1968 between East and West

15:15-15:45 Coffee break

15:45-17:00 Paper session 2: Brakes on violent escalation

  • Joel Busher (Coventry University), Donald Holbrook (Lancaster University) & Graham Macklin (University of Oslo): The Internal brakes on violent escalation
  • Mari Kuukkanen (University of Helsinki): Obstacles to diffusing insurrectionary anarchism in Finland

Tuesday 8 May

09:30-10:30 Keynote lecture – Jacob Aasland Ravndal (University of Helsinki) : Using Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) to study why some countries experience more extreme right violence than others

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:00 Paper session 3: Far right and the question of violence

  • Ariel Koch (Tel Aviv University): Cumulative Extremism in Western Europe and its Manifestations in Syria and Iraq
  • Tommi Kotonen (University of Jyväskylä): Finnish Sonderweg? Far-right political violence (or the lack of it) in Finland since WWII

12:00-13:00 Lunch break

13:00-14:00 Keynote lecture – Petter Nesser (Norwegian Defence Research Establishment): Transnational dynamics of European Jihadism

14:00-14:30 Coffee break

14:30-16:00 Paper session 4: Jihadist networks

  • Silvia Carenzi (Italian Institute for International Political Studies): The case of Jihadism in Italy: An idiosyncracy?
  • Johannes Saal (University of Lucerne): “No man is an island”: Jihadi clusters in Switzerland and their transnational ties
  • Juha Saarinen (King’s College London/University of Helsinki): Evolution of jihadism in Finland, 2012-2018