Panel discussion ‘Digital Radicalisation: WhatsUpp?’


Venue: Leiden University, Vrieshof 2, room 004
Date: Friday 29 September, 15.30 – 17.30

In line with the overall theme of this year’s Voice4Thought festival V4T@Leiden, the panel discussion on Friday afternoon will explore the links between new technologies and radicalisation.

Information travels more rapidly than ever before, and at the same time it has become easier to get locked up in one’s own bubble through increasingly personalised information and a lesser incentive to look beyond one’s social network. The tone of debates on social media can quickly become harsh, like in the Zwarte Piet debate. Have technologies hardened the debate?

The sermons circulating on whatsapp among some of Mali’s herdsmen become more and more radical, which is risky in an instable region. Can we see similar processes in some layers of Dutch society, and how should we go about this? Is there something such as digital radicalisation, and how does this relate to our changing world?

Bart Schuurman, who studied the Hofman group, will give a brief scientific introduction to the theme, before our panel explores several questions with the public, led by Babah Tarawally (writer, journalist).

Among the panel members are Marit van Splunter (activist, Movement X), Lydol la Slameuse (slam poetry from Cameroon) and Mpanzu Bamenga.

We warmly invite all interested to come join us and discuss! The day will be closed with a concert in De Nobel.

Read more about the festival programme and schedule on the V4T@Leiden page.