Overview - The Charlie Hebdo attack

The terrorist attacks against Charlie Hebdo sparked an important debate about fundamental political and ethical issues such as freedom of expression, the relation between state, religion and society; respect for other beliefs and perspectives, inequality, and the disenfranchisement of individuals and communities.

Many mainstream media and scholarly publications published after the Charlie Hebdo attack reflect a wide range of political positions, religious issues and social backgrounds, and illustrate an civil debate that happened in France and internationally.  The selected material is divided in two categories:

1) The first category relates thematically to the Charlie Hebdo publication and is organized around three different themes: Charlie Hebdo magazine, Media and Political Satire and Freedom of Speech 

2) The second category covers the terrorist attack and is organized around three different subjects: Terrorist attacks in France in the 21st century, Religion, society and laicism, Social reactions and protests

You will find below a highly curated selection of articles reflecting the second category of materials described above. 

Terrorist attacks in France in the 21st century

Gadd, David. “In the Aftermath of Violence: What Constitutes a Responsive Response?.”Oxford University Press, 2015, Vol. 55(6), pp.1031-1039. [Peer Reviewed Journal] ISSN: 0007-0955 ; E-ISSN: 1464-3529 ; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azv096

Hellmuth, Dorle. “Countering Jihadi Terrorists and Radicals the French Way.” Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 21 August 2015, p.1-19. [Peer Reviewed Journal] Routledge. ISSN: 1057-610X ; E-ISSN: 1521-0731 ; DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1057610X.2015.1076277

Welch, Edward, and John Perivolaris. "The place of the Republic: Space, territory and identity around and after Charlie Hebdo." French Cultural Studies 27, no. 3 (August 2016) pp. 279-292. ISSN: 0957-1558 DOI: https://doi-org.ezp-prod1.hul.harvard.edu/10.1177/0957155816648107 [SPECIAL EDITION CHARLIE HEBDO.]

Kando, Tom. “Demography is destiny: an essay on the primary correlate of violence.” International Journal on World Peace, 2015, Vol. 32(2), p.7-18. [Peer Reviewed Journal]. ISSN: 0742-3640 ; E-ISSN: 2328-2851

Lequesne, Christian. “French foreign and security challenges after the Paris terrorist attacks.” Contemporary Security Policy, 03 May 2016, Vol.37(2), pp. 306-318. [Peer Reviewed Journal] ISSN: 1352-3260 ; E-ISSN: 1743-8764 ; DOI: http://dx.doi.org.ezp-prod1.hul.harvard.edu/10.1080/13523260.2016.1193976

Ernst‑Vintila, Andreea and Irina Macovei. "«Je Suis Charlie», La Liberté Au‑Delà De L'Égalité Et La Fraternité? Interprétation Collective Des Attaques Terroristes De Janvier 2015 en France Et Expression Online D'un Nexus. (French)." Social Psychology / Psihologie Sociala, no. 38, July 2016, pp. 111-123. URL: http://search.proquest.com.ezp-prod1.hul.harvard.edu/docview/1862131397?accountid=11311

Walklate, Sandra and Mythen, Gabe. “Fractured Lives, Splintered Knowledge: Making Criminological Sense of the January, 2015 Terrorist Attacks in Paris.” Critical Criminology, 2016, Vol. 24(3), pp. 333-346. [Peer Reviewed Journal] ISSN: 1205-8629 ; E-ISSN: 1572-9877 ; DOI: 10.1007/s10612-016-9324-9

Religion, society and laicism

Andrea, Spreafico. "L’Attentato a Charlie Hebdo: Una Riflessione Sociologica." Societàmutamentopolitica: Rivista Italiana Di Sociologia, Vol 6, no. 11, 2015, p. 237-254. ISSN 2038-3150, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13128/SMP-16409.

Ben-Ezra, Menachem, Leshem, Elazar and Goodwin, Robin. “In the Wake of National Trauma: Psychological Reactions Following the Charlie Hebdo Terror Attack.American Journal of Psychiatry, 08/2015, Vol. 172(8), pp.795-796 [Peer Reviewed Journal]  ISSN: 0002-953X ; E-ISSN: 1535-7228; DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1176/appi.ajp.2015.15020239 

Mandel, Ruth ; Meer, Nasar ; Silverstein, Paul A. ; Robbins, Joel ; Özyürek, Esra. “Islamophobia, Religious Conversion, and Belonging in Europe.” History and Anthropology, 27 May 2015, Vol.26(3), p.362-379. [Peer Reviewed Journal]  ISSN: 0275-7206 ; E-ISSN: 1477-2612 ; DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02757206.2015.1044988

Bistolfi, Robert. « La porte étroite : les musulmans dans la République. » Confluences Méditerranée, 4/2015 (N° 95), pp. 13-27.
URL : http://www.cairn.info.ezp-prod1.hul.harvard.edu/revue-confluences-mediterranee-2015-4-page-13.htm
DOI : 10.3917/come.095.0013

Fassin, Didier. “In the name of the Republic: Untimely meditations on the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attack.” Anthropology Today, April 2015, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 3–7. ISSN: 0268-540X ; E-ISSN: 1467-8322 ; DOI: 10.1111/1467-8322.12162

Muniz, Jordan Michel. “Charlie hebdo: sobre a democracia francesa.”, ethic@ - An international Journal for Moral Philosophy, 01/22/2016, Vol.14(2), p.252. [Peer Reviewed Journal] ISSN: 1677-2954 ; E-ISSN: 1677-2954 ; DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5007/1677-2954.2015v14n2p252-278

Zivny, Joseph. "Liberté, Egalité, Animosité An Analysis of the Causes Behind Racial Tensions in France." Harvard International Review 37, no. 3, Spring 2016, pp. 23-26. ISSN: 07391854

Wessler, Hartmut; Rinke, Eike Mark; Löb, Charlotte. “Should We Be Charlie? A Deliberative Take on Religion and Secularism in Mediated Public Spheres.” Journal of Communication, April 2016, Vol. 66(2), pp. 314–327. ISSN: 0021-9916 ; E-ISSN: 1460-2466 ; DOI: 10.1111/jcom.12213

Golightley, Malcolm ; Koprowska, Juliet ; Ruch, Gillian. “Je suis Charlie.” Journal of Social Work Practice, 03 April 2015, Vol. 29(2), pp.113-117. [Peer Reviewed Journal]. ISSN: 0265-0533 ; E-ISSN: 1465-3885 ; DOI: http://dx.doi.org.ezp-prod1.hul.harvard.edu/10.1080/02650533.2015.1022033 

Social reactions and protests

Paperon, Pierre. “Je suis Charlie”, un slogan aux 6 significations : veillons à conserver l’unité après coup.” Nouvel Obs, published 18-01-2015, modified 19-01-2015.

Kiwan, Nadia. “Freedom of thought in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks.” French Cultural Studies, 2016, Vol. 27(3), pp.233-244. [Peer Reviewed Journal] ISSN: 0957-1558 ; DOI: https://doi-org.ezp-prod1.hul.harvard.edu/10.1177/0957155816648103

Hollis-Touré, Isabel. “The multidirectional memory of Charlie Hebdo.” French Cultural Studies, 2016, Vol.27(3), pp.293-302. [Peer Reviewed Journal] ISSN: 0957-1558 ; E-ISSN: 1740-2352 ; DOI : 10.1177/0957155816648102

Fernando, Mayanthi and Raissiguier, Catherine. “The impossible subject of Charlie Hebdo.” Contemporary French Civilization, July 2016, Vol. 41(2), pp.125-144. [Peer Reviewed Journal] ISSN: 0147-9156 ; E-ISSN: 2044-396X ; DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3828/cfc.2016.7

Schritt, Jannik. “The "protests against Charlie Hebdo" in Niger: a background analysis/Die "proteste gegen Charlie Hebdo" in Niger: eine hintergrundanalyse.”(Report) Africa Spectrum, 2015, Vol. 50(1), pp. 49-65. [Peer Reviewed Journal]. ISSN: 1868-6869 (online), ISSN: 0002-0397 (print)  URL: https://journals.sub.uni-hamburg.de/giga/afsp/article/view/828/829

Gifford, Paul. “The Charlie Hebdo affair in Senegal.” Canadian Journal of African Studies/Revue canadienne des études africaines, vol. 49, 2015, issue 3, p. 479-492. [Peer Reviewed Journal] ISSN: 0008-3968 ; E-ISSN: 1923-3051 ; DOI: 10.1080/00083968.2015.1116102

Leone, Massimo. “To be or not to be Charlie Hebdo: ritual patterns of opinion formation in the social networks.” Social Semiotics, 04 September 2015, pp. 1-25. [Peer Reviewed Journal]. Routledge. ISSN: 1035-0330 ; E-ISSN: 1470-1219 ; DOI: http://dx.doi.org.ezp-prod1.hul.harvard.edu/10.1080/10350330.2015.1080038

Giglietto, Fabio and Lee, Yenn. “A Hashtag Worth a Thousand Words: Discursive Strategies Around #JeNeSuisPasCharlie After the 2015 Charlie Hebdo Shooting.” Social Media + Society, 01/01/2017, Vol. 3(1), p.205630511668699 (15) [Peer Reviewed Journal] ISSN: 2056-3051 ; E-ISSN: 2056-3051 ; DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177

Cohu, Medhi, Maisonneuve, Christelle and Testé, Benoit. “The “Charlie-Hebdo” Effect: Repercussions of the January 2015 Terrorist Attacks in France on Prejudice toward Immigrants and North-Africans, Social Dominance Orientation, and Attachment to the Principle of Laïcité.” International Review of Social Psychology, 08/23/2016, Vol. 29(1), pp. 50-58. [Peer Reviewed Journal] E-ISSN: 2119-4130 ; DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/irsp.59

Issa, Sadam. "Picturing the Charlie Hebdo Incident in Arabic Political Cartoons." Arab Studies Quarterly, vol. 38, no. 3, July 2016, pp. 562-585. [Peer Reviewed Journal] ISSN: 02713519 ; E-ISSN: 20436920 ; DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13169/arabstudquar.38.3.0562