12th Sep 2007 - 14th Sep 2007
Grand Parade, University of Brighton
Where once it was the 'Cold War' whose ideological demands and material determinations shaped the structures, priorities and directions of all our lives, today it is the 'War on Terrorism'. 'The End of History,' the death of ideology and the triumph of the liberal order, heralded in the aftermath of 1989, have been replaced by the ideology of neo-liberal governance. That ideology and its material demands today constitute the reality of everyday life - and death - of more and more people around the world.
This conference interrogated the basic idea which makes that possible: the notion of terror. First it analysed this notion and those that surround it: ideas such as 'terrorism,' 'fundamentalism,' 'democracy,' 'human rights' and 'freedom'. Second, it investigated the material and historical realities concerned: the Middle East; economic inequality; oil; and the marketisation of life and death.