Dr Harout Akdedian at University of Utrecht Workshop on Syira
The Centre for Political History (University of Antwerp) and Utrecht University organized a workshop on political violence in Syria held at University of Utrecht on 14-15 September 2018. The workshop looked at political violence in postcolonial Syria, historicized recent developments and explored unintended consequences. It brought together approaches that include pre-existing structural conditions as well as contemporary empirical studies that examine the causes, courses, and consequences of such large-scale violence in present-day Syria.
Carnegie SFM postdoctoral research fellow Dr Harout Akdedian participated in the workshop by presenting his working paper ‘On Violence and Radical Theology in the Syrian War: The Instrumentality of Exclusionary Practices and Spectacular Violence’. The paper analyzes the instrumentality of spectacular violence and exclusionary practices as exhibited by radicalized groups in Syria. To this end, radical theology, in its discursive and behavioral expressions, is defined as a political rather than a purely religious or theological phenomenon. This political phenomenon and its functions are explored based on similar practices of political violence found elsewhere and through local narratives and responses to radical theology from the Syrian context.