CEP Webinar: The Sociology Of Jihadism – Assessing Women And Men Imprisoned For Islamist Terrorism In France

(New York, N.Y. / Berlin, Germany) Jihadist radicalization in France has been the focus of a significant number of scientific articles over the last fifteen years, but access to relevant sources remains a challenge. This is true for information on men, and even more so for information on women. Consequently, work on patterns of women’s commitment to extremist and terrorist causes remains poorly informed.

Based on a survey conducted in prisons, interviews, and the analysis of assessment reports produced by prison administration, Dr. Romain Sèze (French Prison Administration, DAP) has analysed the militant trajectories of 61 women who had been incarcerated for terrorism-related offenses or were considered radicalized. He was also able to access and analyze, together with Prof. Xavier Crettiez, the assessment files of more than 350 male Islamist terrorists who had been placed in so-called quartiers d’évaluation de la radicalization (QER), or areas for the evaluation of radicalization.

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) is delighted to welcome Dr. Sèze, who will present his findings and compare the characteristics of women's careers in Jihadism with those of men. Furthermore, CEP Senior Research Analyst Sofia Koller will provide an overview of the current approaches to prison management and rehabilitation in France.

The webinar will be conducted in English via Zoom.

Date: November 22, 2023
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. ET / 15:00 – 16:30 CET



Dr. Romain Sèze
Project Manager, French Prison Administration (DAP), France

Sofia Koller
Senior Research Analyst, Counter Extremism Project (CEP), Germany

Moderator and Introductory Remarks:

Dr. Hans-Jakob Schindler
Senior Director, Counter Extremism Project (CEP)

The presentations will be followed by a Q&A-session open to all participants.


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