INHS Biennial Conference
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The third biennial conference of the International Network for Hate Studies is co-hosted by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe – Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the University of Plymouth.

Contemporary patterns of hate and hostility - hate speech, hate crime, hate groups - clearly challenge the human rights of targeted communities. Hate in its many guises has the potential to limit individuals' and communities' capacity to fully engage in the society around them. This means, too, that hatred threatens democratic processes, as we have seen globally in, for example, disinformation campaigns that malign immigrants, refugees and their supporters. Indeed, politics itself has become a key locus for expressions of xenophobia, transphobia, misogyny and a host of other "isms."

Areas covered in this conference include:

  • Hate crime and hate speech
  • Legislating against hate crime: law, policy, interpretation
  • Extremism and counter-extremism
  • Protection of and assistance to hate crime victims
  • Hate crime specialisation – police, prosecution, civil society….
  • Evidence: proving hate
  • Data gaps: local, national and international
  • Teaching “hate” at universities
  • Hate crime victims: evidencing impact
  • Thin line between institutional and individual discrimination and prejudice
  • Critical approaches to hate studies.

Visit the conference page above for full details and programme information. Online opportunities for networking will be provided.

Academic Lead: Dr Zoë James, Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Plymouth.

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