Accepted Paper:

My life in a death cult; or, Accruing flextime for the end times: an insider's account of the final days of the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) bureaucracy  
Malcolm Haddon

Paper short abstract:

A semi-auto-ethnographic, wholly hypothetical exercise in applied apocalyptic anthropology that imagines the worst possible nightmare scenario for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) bureaucrats: that ISIS is right, these are the end times.

Paper long abstract:

In the cosmic war at the end of days, what on earth are desk-bound, time-poor, hand-wringing social policy bureaucrats to do? No amount of disaster resilience planning can prepare us for the apocalypse. No visioning exercise ever envisioned a strategy for the end of time. It's far too late for early intervention. If only the faithful servants of the faithless state could transcend their petty secularisms, feel the messianic zeal of the zeitgeist and join the holy warriors on the front line at Armageddon.

This paper is a semi-auto-ethnographic, wholly hypothetical exercise in applied apocalyptic anthropology that imagines the worst possible nightmare scenario for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) practitioners and policy makers: that ISIS is right, these are the end times, we are powerless to prevent it, what to do, what to do?

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