Federal Association of German Detectives appoints Christine Schirrmacher to its Academic Council
(Bonn, 30.05.2015) The Federal Association of German Detectives has appointed Prof. Dr. Christine Schirrmacher, an scholar of Islamic studies teaching and Bonn University and at ETF Leuven (Belgium), to be a member of its newly constituted Academic Council. She will primarily contribute her expertise in the areas of Islamism, extremism, and the radicalization of youth. The Federal Chairman of the BDK is detective chief in Hamburg.
The Federal Association of German Detectives (abbreviation: BDK, www.bdk.de) is a unionized, politically independent professional association of approximately 15,000 members of the German Federal Criminal Police and all employees active in public service in the fight against crime. In addition to representing its members, the association, according to its self-portrayal, seeks to make a contribution to the development of a practical, realistic, and progressive fight against crime through its activities in the political arena, in the public, and within the organisation of police itself. The association magazine (Der Kriminalist, meaning: the criminalist), appears ten times per year. Additionally, the BDK is a partner in the Task Force for the Effective Prevention of Genital Mutilation (http://www.taskforcefgm.de; http://www.taskforcefgm.de/2011/03/bund-deutscher-kriminalbeamter-unterstuetzt-notruf-projekt-sos-fgm/) and a member of the German Forum Foundation for the Prevention of Crime (http://www.kriminalpraevention.de).
Just recently, the Federal Minister of the Interior, Thomas de Maizière, appointed Christine Schirrmacher to a term of membership of four years in the 12-person Academic Council of the Federal Agency for Civic Education.
In the last few years, Christine Schirrmacher has repeatedly concerned herself with the mechanisms and causes of radicalization among youth as well as various Islamist and jihadist movements within and outside of Europe. She was recently involved in a symposium entitled “Alevite Community of Germany e.V. (Almanya Alevi Birlikleri Federasyonu). Salifism in Germany: Manifestations and Approaches for prevention Work among Youth” put on by the city of Cologne’s Office for Children, Youth, and Family along with the Alevite Community of Germany e.V. (Almanya Alevi Birlikleri Federasyonu).
Schirrmacher has also been a guest lecturer at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin’s Academy for Foreign Service (Akademie Auswärtiger Dienst; its prior name was the School of Diplomacy) and has ongoing teaching engagements for various security authorities at the state and federal levels. Additionally, she gives guest lectures in various countries, most recently in China, Belarus, Bulgaria, and in Lebanon.
On February 4, 2015, alongside the Federal Minister of the Interior and the speaker of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany (Zentralrat der Muslime in Deutschland, or ZMD), Aiman Mazyek, she gave a lecture in Berlin at the 9th Berlin meeting of the Association of German Criminal Police Security Talks on the increasing politicization of Islam at the end of the 20th century and the attraction the “Islamic State” (ISIS) has for youth in Europe.
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- Photo 1: Christine Schirrmacher mit Axel Schultz © Friedhelm Windmüller, Berlin
- Photo 2 (from left to right): Holger Münch, President of the Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt, or BKA), Christine Schirrmacher, Moderator, Federal Attorney General Harald Runge, Federal Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière, Coworker, André Schulz, Chairman of the Federal Association of German Criminal Police (Bund Deutscher Kriminalbeamter, or BDK) © Friedhelm Windmüller, Berlin