The price of security


The price of security

9/11: 20 years after
How did 9/11 change the way societies deal with security? With anthropologist Dr Tessa Diphoorn and Prof. Jan-Jaap Oerlemans.

In societies gripped by fear, people look for security. After the 9/11 attacks, national intelligence and security services received extended powers to fight terrorism. At the same time, the private security industry grew exponentially. How did 9/11 change the way societies deal with the threat of violence? Did the world become a safer place? With cultural anthropologist Dr Tessa Diphoorn (UU) and legal expert Prof. Jan-Jaap Oerlemans (UU).

In collaboration with Platform Contesting Governance (Utrecht University Centre for Global Challenges (UGlobe) and Institutions for Open Societies).


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Date & time
Wednesday October 6 2021 (20:00-21:30)
No registration is needed. But seats are limited and first come, first served.
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9/11: 20 years after

Was it indeed a turning point in history, as is often said? And if so, to whom?