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Full Title: Hate Speech: Definitions, Interpretations, Practices

Short Title: HSDIP
Location: Nicosia, Cyprus
Start Date: 09-Jun-2017 - 11-Jun-2017
Contact: Fabienne Baider
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Meeting Description: Interdisciplinary conference on Hate speech: Definitions, Interpretations and Practices
9-11 June 2017 at the University of Cyprus

Conference Language: English

Hate speech can be broadly defined as “degrading, threatening, harassing or stigmatizing speech which affects an individual’s or a group’s dignity, reputation and status in society by means of linguistic and visual effects that promote negative feelings, attitudes and perceptions based on characteristics such as ethnicity, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity and age” (Norway's equality and anti-discrimination Ombud 2015: 5). The aim of this conference is to stimulate dialogue across disciplines and perspectives and to consider different methods and tools when approaching hate speech and hate crime.

The aim of this conference is to stimulate dialogue across disciplines and perspectives and to consider different methods and tools when approaching hate speech.
It is organized under the auspices of an EU DG Justice funded project on hate crime and hate speech (C.O.N.T.A.C.T, and offers an opportunity to bring together researchers, teachers, trainers, NGOs and other relevant bodies interested in issues of definitions, interpretations and practices in relation to hate speech. Theoretical research, applied research, and experience from the field are targeted in this conference.

Keynote speakers include:

- Prof. Dimitris Christopoulos, President of the International Federation for Human Rights and Associate Professor at Panteion University of Athens
- Prof. Paul Iganski, University of Lancaster
- Izabela Kisić, Executive Director of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia, Associate in C.O.N.T.A.C.T. programme
- Prof. Andreas Musolff, University of East Anglia

Three tracks have been defined, all focusing on the theme of the conference: Hate speech: Definitions, Interpretations and Practices

- Track 1
: Legislation, legal discourses and legal practices across Europe focused on hate speech
- Track 2
: Performance of hate speech online, e.g. on social media, comments to newspapers, etc. (including direct and indirect means, role of multimodality)
- Track 3
: Pedagogy and hate speech (practices and / or research focused on educating people about hate speech and strategies for tackling it)

In parallel, there will be a workshop for NGOs to discuss aims, objectives, methodology and activities that can be used with target groups such as young people, law enforcement agencies, competent authorities and media for purposes of raising awareness on hate speech, its meaning and consequences. A particular focus of the workshop will be placed on the use of non-formal education.
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 27.5054

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