Previous Year’s Keynote Speakers
Brian L. Keeley is currently Professor of Philosophy at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, U.S.A., where he teaches and does research in the areas of philosophy, neuroscience and science studies. Prior to arriving at Pitzer in 2000, he received a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science and Philosophy from the University of California and was the McDonnell Philosophy/ Neuroscience/ Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis. He has published numerous papers on the epistemology of conspiracy theories, starting with an influential 1999 essay in the Journal of Philosophy entitled “Of conspiracy theories,” which has been reprinted and translated widely. In addition to his work on conspiracy theories, he has also published work in the area of neurophilosophy and the senses, including editing a volume of original papers on the work of a contemporary neurophilosopher, entitled Paul Churchland (Cambridge University Press, 2005).
Ersel Aydınlı is Professor in the Department of International Relations at Bilkent University in Ankara. He served as Chair of the department between 2007-2010, and left the Chairship to become Executive Director of the Turkish Fulbright Commission. Dr. Aydinli’s current areas of research include homegrown international relations theorizing, transnational relations and security, terrorism, and Turkish domestic and foreign politics.
Walid Salem is the director of Panorama, the Palestinian Center for the Dissemination of Democracy and Community Development in East Jerusalem and author of numerous texts about the conflict. He was imprisoned by Israel a number of times in the 1970s and 80s for being an active political member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Walid joined Panorama after the initiation of the Oslo process, and has since conducted joint studies and activities with Israeli academics and peace groups. He also conducts training sessions in democracy, nonviolence and civil society building with Palestinian groups.
Stuart Price is Professor of Media and Political Discourse at De Montfort University, Chair of the Media Discourse Group, Co-Editor of the book series ‘Protest, Media and Culture’, and the author of a number of monographs, book chapters and articles on Media, Communication and Politics. He is also programme leader for the MA course Global Media, a member of the Centre for Adaptation Studies (De Montfort University), the Political Studies Association, the Meccsa Social Movements Network, and the Media Communication and Cultural Studies Association.
Catherine Luther worked both in the United States and in Japan as a producer of television news, before returning to the academic world for her Ph.D. She is now the director of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and also teaches in the areas of international journalism, media and diversity, communication and information science theories, and research methods. Professor Luther has published in such journals as the Journal of Communication, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, and Journalism History. She has had three books published. One entitled Press Images, National Identity, and Foreign Policy was published by Routledge in 2002. The others are two editions of her co-authored book, Diversity in U.S. Mass Media (2012; 2017) published by Wiley-Blackwell.
Peter Waldmann is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the School of Philosophy, University of Augsburg. Waldmann’s main research areas are sociology of criminology, deviant behavior, social change, sociology of development, with special focus on Latin America, ethnic conflicts and minority problems, sociology of law, formal and informal norm and control systems, conditions of anarchy and anomy, dictatorships, rebel violence, oppressive violence, elites and maginalized social groups and terrorism. He is the author of 13 books, editor or co-editor of 23 collections, co-editor of national and international scholarly book series and journals and author of 115 scholarly articles (in German-, Spanish-, and English-language journals and other venues) and of 15 encyclopedia entries.
Yonah Alexander is a Member of the Board of Regents, Senior Fellow, and Director of International Center for Terrorism Studies at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. In addition, Professor Alexander is the Director of the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and Director of the Inter-University Center for Legal Studies (in Washington, D.C.). Both academic institutions are consortia of universities and think tanks throughout the world. Previously, Dr. Alexander served as Professor of International Affairs and Director of Terrorism Studies at the George Washington University as well as Professor of International Studies and Director of the Institute for Studies in International Terrorism at the State University of New York system, totaling 35 years of service.
Brian Michael Jenkins is a senior adviser to the president of the RAND Corporation and author of numerous books, reports, and articles on terrorism-related topics, including Will Terrorists Go Nuclear? (2008, Prometheus Books). He formerly served as chair of the Political Science Department at RAND. On the occasion of the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, Jenkins initiated a RAND effort to take stock of America’s policy reactions and give thoughtful consideration to future strategy. That effort is presented in The Long Shadow of 9/11: America’s Response to Terrorism (Brian Michael Jenkins and John Paul Godges, eds., 2011). Jenkins’s main research areas are homeland security and public safety, peacekeeping and stability operations and terrorism.