Introduction: Experiential landscapes of terror

Suncana Laketa, Sara Fregonese, Damien Masson

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This special section addresses how the spatiality of terrorism and security responses mobilize and impact the realm of experience. Th e articles presented here expose how terrorism is encountered as a felt experience by urban residents in Europe through an analysis that encompasses several realms including the body, the intimate, the domestic, and the urban public space. Th ese works develop existing scholarship on the European urban geographies of terrorism, by looking beyond established approaches to normative range of actors and infrastructures that underlie terrorism and counter-terror security responses, and by exploring the fi ne-grained connections between felt experience, urban space, and global politics. Moreover, in focusing on the experiential landscapes of terror, we start exploring geographies where healing, trust, and societal reconnection can be imagined in the wake of terror.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalConflict and Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
1. P3 Research Database. “Terrorism and the City: Affect, Space and Violence in Urban Europe.” Swiss National Science Foundation. (accessed 15 June 2021).

Funding Information:
Sara Fregonese and Damien Masson—together with colleagues at Institut Paris Region and the Universities of Jena and Plymouth—became Principal Investigators on the new research project Atmospheres of (Counter)Terrorism in European Cities2 funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), France’s Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR), and Germany’s Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft/German Research Foundation under the 6th Open Research Area (ORA) .

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  • affect
  • cities
  • counterterror
  • experience
  • terror
  • Experience
  • Cities
  • Counterterror
  • Affect
  • Terror

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Sociology and Political Science


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