Conflict Café: Do we live in an age of terror?

Saturday 28 October 2017 and Saturday 12 May 2018


Free, drop in

11am - 5pm  
Level 4, Roof Terrace

Do we live in an age of terror? How have attitudes to security in public spaces and urban centres changed? Does art have a place in helping to understand terror? And how do we assess the level of threat?  

This is a unique opportunity to join conversations with, and put questions to, experts with specialist knowledge in security; social and community work; healthcare; government; architecture; academia; and the arts, about terrorism and security in the UK.

Following the success of Conflict Café: Conversations about Syria in April 2017, our pop-up Conflict Café will launch the Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11 season. This event offers a chance to meet experts and eyewitnesses, in an informal setting, for a conversation about safety, perception and what the threat of terror means for us today.

This event is taking place to launch Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11, a major exhibition showcasing over 40 contemporary artists’ responses to war and conflict since the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001. Exhibition open between 26 October 2017– 28 May 2018 at IWM London


Further Information

The event will be split into three sessions. Drop in and join the conversation:


What role does the media play?

(Starting at 11.00)

In light of recent acts of terror, what role do traditional and new forms of media play in the public understanding of terrorism? Does media coverage contribute to an increased threat?


  • Alex Krasodomski-Jones, Researcher at the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos
  • Professor Andrew Hoskins, Media Sociologist at the University of Glasgow
  • Peter Taylor, OBE, BBC journalist, documentary maker and author
  • Dr Daniel Bennett, Author of Digital Media and Reporting Conflict: Blogging and the BBC's Coverage of War and Terrorism


What role do communities play?

(Starting at 13.00)

How have relations in, and between, different communities been affected? Are we a more divided and closed society as a result of recent attacks?


  • Owen Jones, Head of Education at HOPE not hate
  • Harun Khan, Secretary General of The Muslim Council of Britain
  • Chris Waller, Director of Education at the Association for Citizenship Teaching
  • Rebecca Skellett, Senior Programme Manager, Institute for Strategic Dialogue


Where do we fear to tread?

(Starting at 15.00)

How have acts of terror affected Londoners’ daily lives, and how are professionals including the police, health workers and the leisure industry responding?

  • Andrew Keefe, Director of Clinic at WPF Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapist & EMDR therapist
  • Shona Illingworth, Artist and Reader in Fine Art at the University of Kent (exhibiting artist in the Age of Terror: Art since 9/11exhibition)
  • Dr Joel McKim, Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck, University of London



This is an IWM event and separate to the International Alert annual Conflict Café series.

Photo: Participants in Conflict Café: Conversations about Syria event at IWM London, April 2017.

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