Emanuela Biffi and Brunilda Pali, on behalf of the EFRJ team, attended the one day conference “The radicalisation machine: why radicalisation is a problematic concept” (Brussels, 27 February), based on the CONRAD project coordinated by KU Leuven.
“Radicalisation is a security notion”. “We are all radicals: there’s nothing bad about it. Violence is the problem”. “We should look at the social conditions encouraging violent extremism, like inequality, poverty, urban segregation, family instability, etc.”. These are some of the citations from the speakers working for re-framing radicalisation and for supporting the many innocent people falling in this machine. Among others, we heard from the experience of Belgian youth workers dealing with the post-attacks climate, driven by the radicalisation machine which requires them to identify suspects among their youngsters.