The University of Newcastle, Australia

Dr. Adrian Hänni visiting fellow for July/August

Monday, 2 July 2018

Political historian, Dr. Adrian Hänni, from the University of Zurich and Distance Learning University Switzerland, will take up a visiting fellow position with the Centre for the History of Violence from July through September.


With a background in studying intelligence history, the Cold War and terrorism history, Dr. Hänni will bring to UON his expertise on non-state political violence and the history of terrorism and counterterrorism.

Dr. Hänni's current research focuses on the transnational dimensions of non-state violence. One of the aspects he is specifically interested in are the relations between states and terrorist actors in the second half of the 20th century.

Dr. Hänni also works on the outlines of a critical terrorism history, fundamentally challenging standard historicisations of terrorist violence. Previously, he has been researching the historical origins of the War on Terror and international counterterrorism cooperation.

His latest monograph, Terrorismus als Konstrukt (“Terrorism as a Construct”), was published in January 2018.

“I’m very excited about the exchanges with the scholars at the Centre for the History of Violence. A comparable conceptual cluster focusing on the history of violence in all its different forms is missing in Switzerland”, Dr. Hänni said.

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