Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Panel Discussion at Hampshire College on " "The Phenomenon of ISIS Through the Lens of Cognitive Science"

by Salman Hameed

This is the end of the semester so we (the School of Cognitive Science) are ending our Wednesday lunch talks with an open-ended discussion (and a bang!). I'm guilty of organizing the panel, but there are others who will have interesting things to say. If you are in the area, join us at Hampshire College at Noon. Here are the details:


"The Phenomenon of ISIS Through the Lens of Cognitive Science: A Panel Discussion"
Wednesday, April 29 at Noon in the ASH Lobby

Panel Members: Neil Stillings, Professor of Psychology, Omar Dahi, Associate Professor of Economics, Salman Hameed, Associate Professor of Integrated Science and Humanities, and James Miller, Professor of Communications, Hampshire College

Abstract: The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) declared itself to be a worldwide Caliphate in 2014. Through brutal violence and a savvy media campaign, ISIS has been able to grab worldwide reaction. Perceptions about ISIS - some real and some imaginary - are now playing a crucial role in US domestic and foreign policy. But beyond politics, how do we understand the phenomenon of ISIS in the broader contexts of international terrorism and global conflict? Why do some individuals in different countries desire to joinISIS? What is the role of media in the creation of both the ISIS spectacle and some of its anti-Muslim backlash? Can the field of cognitive science offer some insights? Join us at this informal panel discussion on questions about ISIS that are relevant to cognitive science.


In The Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) Lobby
A light lunch will be available at noon

1 comment:

DonE said...

Sounds great! I wish I could be there together with Fern so that we could recreate some of our last conversations.