War criminals were thought of as evil sadists or psychopaths but after proper consideration of the facts, these perpetrators turned out to be regular people with normal lives and social relationships. Through this assessment, consideration grew towards the need to understand the role of the perpetrator and how regular human beings were able to commit horrible acts of violence.
In the ‘Malicious Transition’ lecture historical examples and socio-psychological research are being presented in order to understand the timeless mechanism of collective violence. We try to understand how mass-violence is still made possible in today’s concepts of terrorism and Jihadists, but also in everyday life (schools, subway, shopping malls, etc.).
It is possible to extend the lecture on demand with one or more of the following subjects: 10 stages of Genocide; the treatment of perpetrators/prisoners (forensic psychiatry); Criminal psychology; radicalization, Psychology of Terrorism, modus operandi, …
Christophe Busch has a Master’s degree in Criminology from the University of Ghent and a Master’s degree in Holocaust- and Genocide studies from the University of Amsterdam. He is also finalizing his doctoral research on the role of the perpetrator in collective violence and is participating in lectures on the study of terrorism at the University of St. Andrews.
Marjan Verplancke is the department head of the educational program at Kazerne Dossin.