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Anti-Terrorism Academic to Face Charges of Serious Academic Misconduct?

Dr Mervyn Bendle, a senior lecturer in the history of terrorism at James Cook University could face charges of serious academic misconduct, as a result of pressure brought to bear on the university by academics in Canberra complaining about his depiction of their theories of terrorism in a recent article in the monthly literary journal Quadrant.

In his extensive review of their work, Bendle disclosed that it appeared to be characterized by a desire to downplay the danger represented by Islamist and jihadist terrorists in favour of a view that held Western countries primarily responsible for terrorism.

Such concerns are highly relevant given the conviction this week in Victoria of a group of Muslim men found guilty of being part of a home-grown terrorist cell plotting to wage violent jihad on Australian soil, including attacks on the AFL Grand Final and Crown Casino.
Despite this clear evidence that some Muslims were attracted to terrorism and jihadi activity, Associate Professor Anthony Burke condemned Dr Bendle’s article and wrote directly to the Vice-Chancellor of James Cook University, urging her to “consider a formal and transparent investigation by JCU as to whether or not it constitutes a case of serious academic misconduct” that could lead to severe punishment for Dr Bendle, including suspension or even dismissal from the university.

Another Canberra academic, Dr Paul Pickering, wrote direct to Dr Bendle’s Head of Department, also insisting that he be punished for writing an article criticizing their work.

Asked if he was surprised that these academics had not approached him first with his concerns, Dr Bendle agreed that he thought they could have approached him first, before going over his head with their complaints.

“It is basic rule of academic etiquette for parties in an academic pursuit to respect the right of free inquiry and free speech. These gentlemen could easily have emailed or telephoned me with their concerns and I would have done everything possible to reach some compromise”.

“Also, they could easily have responded in any number of journals – indeed Associate Professor Burke is the publisher of his own electronic journal, and he could easily have used this to respond in an appropriate manner to my criticisms”.

“Instead they went over my head and straight to the CEO of the entire university, virtually demanded that I be charged with serious academic misconduct, while also threatening legal action”.

“I was also shocked to see that Associate Professor Burke also took the opportunity to denigrate Witch Huntersmy expertise to the Vice-Chancellor, when it is clear that he has no idea of the substantial work I have done over the past seven years since the 9/11 attacks”.

“In the past 7 years I have published some 25 academic & newspaper articles and conference papers on terrorism and related topics. In fact, I published an article about 9/11 only a week after the event. I have also taught the History of Terrorism at 2nd & 3rd year university level for the past 4 years – pioneering this subject in Australia.”

“I don’t believe that the work of these complainants in this period is comparable to mine, and yet they feel free to make damaging comments to the Vice Chancellor of my university, trying to get me severely punished for criticizing their approach to terrorism”, he said.

Ominously, Dr Bendle pointed out that the use of such tactics to prevent the discussion of Islamist terrorism is very prevalent overseas, where legal action is being used to force books to be withdrawn and pulped because they revealing details of the financial networks that fund international jihadism and Islamist terrorism.

“The traditional values of academic debate seem to have gone out the window as academics increasingly seek to excuse Muslim and jihadist terrorists, while blaming the West for the thousands of murderous terrorist attacks that have occurred over the past few years”’ Dr Bendle said.

“No one likes to see their careers and their livelihoods threatened in this fashion. It is becoming extremely difficult and even dangerous to voice opposition to the views of these powerful and influential academics”.

 Editor's Note:
Please do not hesitate to drop an e-mail to Dr Burke and Paul Pickering.

Dr Anthony Burke:

Associate Professor - Politics Program
Phone: +61 2 6268 8913
Fax: +61 2 6268 8879
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Paul Pickering:
Research School of Humanities
The Australian National University
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1.      Doctor of Philosophy (1996) LaTrobe University. Thesis Title: The Face of Other Gods: A Postmetaphysical Theory of Religion.

2.      Master of Arts (Psychoanalytic Studies). (1999) Deakin University.

3.      Master of Arts (Social Theory). (1991) Monash University.

4.      Master of Arts (Religion Studies). (1990) LaTrobe University. Thesis Title: The Mystery of Gaia: Religion & the Ecological Crisis.

5.      Bachelor of Arts (Honours [H1]) (Religion Studies/History) (1988) LaTrobe University.

6.      Graduate Diploma in Urban Sociology (1979) Swinburne University of Technology.

7.      Diploma of Education 1976 (La Trobe University)
8.      Bachelor of Arts  (History and Sociology) 1975 (LaTrobe University)


·         Militant Religion and the Crisis of Modernity

·         Apocalypticism in Contemporary Culture

·         History and Sociology of Extremist Thought (incl.Terrorism)

·         Communications & Cultural Studies

·         Social & Cultural Theory


(Note: Many conference papers, numerous letters to the editor and newspaper articles are not included)

1.      “The Prehistory of ’68: The Birth of the Australian Intelligentsia”, Quadrant, Forthcoming October 2008.

2.      “Hijacking Terrorism Studies in Australia”, Quadrant, No.449, September 2008.

3.      “How to be a ‘Useful Idiot’: Saudi Funding Part 2” National Observer, Winter 2008.

4.      “America as the New Rome”, Quadrant, No.446, May 2008.

5.      “Seduction of Saudi cash is Faustian pact for Unis”, The Australian, 29 April 2008, p. 14.

6.      “Indicting Liberal Democracy for Genocide”, Quadrant, No.444, March 2008.

7.      “The Origins of the Radical Intelligentsia in Australia in the ‘Sixties”, National Observer No.75, Summer 2007/08.

8.      “Secret Saudi Funding of Radical Islamic Groups in Australia”, National Observer No.72, Autumn 2007.

9.      “A Fiercely Open Book”, The Australian Literary Review, 2(11), December 2007

10.  “Terrorism and the New Left in the ‘Sixties”, National Observer, No. 71, Summer 2006/07.

11.  “Status quo defence fails,” The Australian, September 20 2006, p.31.

12.  “9-11: treason in the academic comfort zone?” On-line Opinion 11 September 2006.

13.  “Don’t Mention the Terror,” The Australian, September 6 2006, p.25.

14.  “The History Wars: now for the hard part,” On-line Opinion 23 August 2006.

15.  “Ties that should bind,” The Australian, August 2 2006, p.37.

16.  “History never retreats,” The Australian, July 21 2006, p.14.

17.  “Slavoj Zizek, The Parallax View”. (Review Article) Screening the Past. 20, 2006.

18.  "Existential Terrorism: Civil Society and its Enemies," Australian Journal of Politics and History. 52(1), 2006, pp.114-29.

19.  “The Apocalyptic Imagination and Popular Culture”, Journal of Religion and Popular Culture. XI, Fall, 2005.

20.  "Jouissance – ‘right off the scale’: Lacan, Sexual Difference and the Phallic Order", Culture, Theory and Critique, 2006 47(1), pp.71-86.

21.  “The Utopian Repressed of Contemporary Science Fiction Films”. Paper given at the ‘Imagining the Future: Utopia, Dystopia and Science Fiction’ Conference, Monash University, December 2005.

22.  “From Alien to The Matrix: Reading science fiction film.” (Review) Screening the Past. 19, 2006.

23.  "Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the ‘Spirit’ of Capitalism (1905): A Centennial Essay", Australian Religious Studies Review, 18(2), 2005.

24.  “Theories of Existential Terrorism: A Comparative Study of Russia and Germany, c.1870-1940.” Paper given at the XVth Biennial Conference of the Australasian Association for European History, Melbourne University July 2005.

25.  "American science fiction TV: Star Trek, Stargate and beyond", (Review) Screening the Past. Issue 18. 2005.

26.  “Everyday Apocalypse and the Cultural Rearmament of America.” Paper given at the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Annual Conference 9-11 December 2004.

27.  “Goth: Identity, Style and Subculture,” (Review) Journal of Sociology, 40(3) September 2004

28.  "In the Flesh: The Cultural Politics of Body Modification," (Review) Journal of Sociology, 40(2) June 2004

29.  "Cultural Expressions of Evil and Wickedness: Wrath, Sex, Crime," (Review) Screening the Past, Issue 16, 2004,

30.  "Interactionism," (Review) Journal of Sociology, 40(1),  March 2004

31.  "A History and Theory of the Social Sciences," (Review) Journal of Sociology, 39(4),  December 2003

32.  "The Theory of Existential Terrorism." Paper given at the 17th Annual ANZSOC Conference: Sydney 1-3 October 2003 - Theme: Controlling Crime: Risks and Responsibilities

33.  “Militant Religion and the Crisis of Modernity,” Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 14, 2003.

34.  “Global Jihad and the Battle for the Soul of Islam,” Australian Religious Studies Review, 16(2) Spring, 2003.

35.  “Subjectivity: Theories of the Self from Freud to Haraway,” (Review) Journal of Sociology, 39(2), June 2003.

36.  “Apocalypse Now,” Campus Review, 13(8), March 2003

37.  “Reflexive Spirituality and Metanoia in High Modernity,” Australian Religious Studies Review, 16(1), Autumn 2003.

38.  "Everyday Terrorism: Civil Society and its Enemies." Paper given at 16th Annual ANZSOC Conference: Brisbane 1-3 October 2002, - Theme: Preventing Crime and Doing Justice

39.  “Trajectories of Anti-Globalism,” Journal of Sociology, 38(3), September 2002.

40.  “War and Power in the 21st Century,” (Review) Journal of Sociology, 38(3), September 2002.

41.  “Identity Across the Boundary.” Paper given at the World Congress of Sociology, Brisbane, 7-13 July 2002

42.  “Militant Religion and the Crisis of Modernity.” Paper given at the World Congress of Sociology, Brisbane, July 7-13, 2002

43.  “The Crisis of ‘Identity’ in High Modernity,” British Journal of Sociology, 53(1), March 2002.

44.  “Foucault, Religion and Governmentality,” Australian Religious Studies Review, 15(1), Autumn 2002.

45.  “Militant Religion and Globalization,” Australian Religious Studies Review, 15(1), Autumn 2002.

46.  "Teleportation, Cyborgs and the Posthuman Ideology," Social Semiotics, 12(1), April 2002.

47.  "Science Fiction Film.", Screening the Past, Issue 14, 2002,

48.  “The War on Terrorism and the Role of Schools,” Prime Focus, 29, April 2002.

49.  “Trajectories of Anti-Globalism.” Special Panel paper given at the Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of Sydney, 13-15 December, 2001.

50.  “Militant Religion and Global Power.” Paper given at the Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of Sydney, 13-15 December, 2001.

51.  “Multicultural Voices Trained in Harmony,” The Australian, September 19, 2001, p.43.

52.  “Thinkers for the Philosophy Test,” The Australian, August 29, 2001, p.37.

53.  “The Contemporary Episteme of Death,” Cultural Values, 5(3), July 2001.

54.  “Death, the Abyss, and the Real,” Psychoanalytic Studies,” 3(2), June 2001.

55.  "Traditionalism in Australia: An Overview,” Australian Religious Studies Review, 14(1), Autumn 2001.

56.  "Being Critical in a Globalized World," Australian Psychologist, 36(1), April 2001.

57.  “High Techne: Art and Technology from the Machine Aesthetic to the Posthuman.” (Review) Screening the Past, Issue 12, 2001

58.  “Struggles for Subjectivity: Identity, Action and Youth Experience.” (Review) Journal of Sociology, 36(3), November 2000.

59.  “Lead Us Into Temptation: the Triumph of American Materialism.” (Review) Screening the Past, Issue 9, 2000.

60.  "'Australia as Lost Child': Review of Peter Pierce, The Country of Lost Children," LiNQ Journal, October 1999.

61.  "Globalization, Neo-Humanism and Religious Diversity" in Gary D. Bouma (ed) Managing Religious Diversity: From Threat to Promise, Ringwood: AASR, 1999 (ISBN 090808320 3).

62.  "The Later Foucault: Politics and Philosophy" (Review) Journal of Sociology, 35(2), August 1999.

63.  "The Death of the Sociology of Deviance", Journal of Sociology, 35(1), March 1999.

64.  "Globalization, Neo-Humanism and Religious Diversity" Australian Religious Studies Review, 12(2), Autumn 1999

65.  "Beyond Eclecticism: The Case for a Moderate Form of Cultural Relativism", International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 8(1), 1998.

66.  "The Postmetaphysics of Religious Difference", Pacifica, 11, February 1998.

67.  "Logics of Integration and Disintegration in Contemporary Social Theory," Australian and New Zealand Journal of Sociology, 32(3), November 1996.


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