Tina Wilchen Christensen
Lecturer on radicalization and exit processes at University of Roskilde, Denmark. What can be done to support a motivated person in leaving an extremist group and (re)integrate him into a democratic society? How do individuals develop an extremist identity and why it is so hard to leave an extremist life behind?
Tina Christensen’s lecture is based on research projects investigating engagement in and disengagement from extremist groups. Based on interviews of former extremists and terrorists, her presentation will illustrate how being an extremist involves participation in social environments which promote violence and a black and white thinking. Which issues do former extremists – across different religious and political oriented groups – struggle with after participation?