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Welcome to the website for Radical Distrust. This project is funded under the ESRC-led cross-research council scheme Global Uncertainties: Security for a Changing World.

The Radical Distrust research programme serves to analyse the emotional and psychological formations of extreme beliefs through a comparative study of literary texts and performance culture across the areas of postcolonial and Middle Eastern studies.

We aim to confront the question of how security policies may be pursued in ways that do not serve to perpetuate the lack of trust that often constitutes a threat to security in the first place. Our research will also explore the role that music, youth culture, literature and performance may play in establishing new forms of connectivity.

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