Distinguished Speaker Series on Nonviolent Action and Civil Resistance

October 29, 2013 - 4:00pm
Campus Center Room 904-908
"Pathways to Political Engagement and Extremism: Social Interaction, Social Influence," presented by Dr. Emma Thomas. The environmental and animal rights contexts are replete with examples where activists use more extreme, potentially illegal or violent, methods to seek redress. How do people come to eschew ‘traditional’ pathways to pursue more extreme, potentially illegal forms of action? How does a sympathetic bystander public view the use of violence and non-violence in social protest? Three studies will consider psychological pathways to political engagement and extremism through the lens of social influence. Emma Thomas is a Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology and Australian Research Council Fellow in the School of Psychology at Murdoch University. Dr. Thomas completed her undergraduate and postgraduate (PhD) degrees in psychology at the Australian National University (ANU). She undertook postdoctoral study at the Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security, ANU, in 2009 before moving to Perth in 2010 to take up a teaching and research position in the School of Psychology at Murdoch University. In 2012 she was awarded a prestigious Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Fellowship (2012-2015). This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program.