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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.

Project News

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Journal of Postcolonial Writing Special Issue Online Now
We’re very excited to announce that the Radical Distrust special issue of Journal of Postcolonial Writing on Egyptian literary culture and Egyptian modernity is available online now: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rjpw20/47/4 The issue stems from our successful conference held in Cairo in April 2010, and contains articles that reflect upon the recent events in Egypt, Egyptian writing, visual […]

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