University of Sherbrooke’s SoDRUS conference

Nicole Fournier-Sylvester will be talking about pedagogical strategies for the prevention of radicalization at the University of Sherbrooke’s SoDRUS (Centre de recherche Société, Droit et Religions de l’Université de Sherbrooke)  “Les racines religieuses de la radicalisation: fait ou fiction? Autopsie in terdisciplinaire des phénomènes de radicalisation menant ou non à la violence” or “The religious roots of radicalization: fact or fiction? Interdisciplinary autopsy of the phenomena of radicalization, leading or not to violence.”

The conference will bring together 24 specialists, namely professors-researchers from different disciplines (law, psychology, sociology, criminology, political science, religious studies), lawyers, stakeholders, as well as members of SoDRUS and many other research centers, who will discuss their reflections in a North American (Canada, US) and international context (Europe, Middle East, South-East Asia). 

It is taking part 4-6 May, 2017 at the Longueuil campus of the University of Sherbrooke. For more information click here. The event is free, however, as places are limited, you need to register here.

Everybody hates.

Tieja Thomas, Someone Co-Principal Investigator, spoke with Jim Brown of CBC on Sunday 5th March. To read more or listen to the interview, click here.


Lead researcher on Project SOMEONE explains how he’s hoping to fight hate speech

Leslie Roberts of CJAD 800AM spoke with Vivek Venkatesh on 23 Feb, 2017 about the Someone initiative and hate speech. Click here to listen to the interview and to read more see here.

(Photo credit: CJAD 800AM)


Concordia University pilot program has unique take on hateful speech

(Photo credit Thomas Mazerolles​)

Simona Chiose (Globe and Mail) published a story on the Someone project on Friday, February 17th, 2017. To read it, click here.

SOMEONE initiative aims to curb online hate speech

Vivek Venkatesh spoke with Elias Makos at Breakfast Television on Friday 10th, February 2017. Click here to view the interview.

Analysis: Dealing with hate speech on CTV Montreal News

Vivek Venkatesh spoke with Mutsumi Takahashi at CTV Montreal News on Thursday 9th, February 2017. Watch the video here.



Learning to Hate: An Anti-Hate Comic Project on 630 CHED

Jason Wallin spoke to Peter Watts of 630 CHED about his project Learning to Hate: An Anti-hate Comic Book Project on 19th November, 2016.  Listen here.

Theatrics of Hate Speech at CICC, Université de Montréal

In October, 2016,, Vivek Venkatesh presented a talk about the development of an interdisciplinary research program that looks at socio-communal, political and psychological factors impacting the production and dissemination of hate speech in the global extreme metal music scene at CICC, Université de Montréal. Drawing on examples from field observations, interviews, and multi-method content analyses from multiple sources of data, Vivek described how themes of darkness, destruction, self-harm, xenophobia and dystopia blur consumption-related boundaries between musicians, fans, visual artists and journalists in underground extreme metal scenes. Implications for the development of social pedagogical curricula to build criticality and reflexivity in the general public towards issues of discrimination, racism, misogyny and other forms of intolerance are discussed.

To view a recording of the talk, visit the CICC, Université de Montréal event page here or watch it here:

Comics draw out classroom discussion of hate speech

Jason Wallin and Jessier Beier’s Learning to Hate: An Anti-Hate Comic Project is featured in Illuminate, the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Education magazine. Read more here.

Immigration and delinquency: A two-part documentary

Review by Jihan Rabah, Concordia University

Immigration and delinquency (Immigration et délinquance : l’enquête qui derange) is a two-part documentary that recently aired on France TV channels. It deals with the west and the currently widespread perceived link between immigration, delinquency, and the construction of prejudices. Through this two-part documentary John-Paul Lepers investigates the validity of a widespread negative perception in France towards immigrants and the subsequent impact on delinquency and crime rate.

In part one of the documentary, he examines the question “Is crime related to immigration”? With the help of statisticians and specialists he shows that the link between immigration and crime is not verified.

In part two of the documentary, Lepers embarks on understanding why discrimination and prejudice is persistent in societies. With the help of experts in psychology of human behavior, he investigates the unconscious processes that drive people to create stereotypes, which then turn into prejudices and discrimination.

View the documentary here: part 1 and part 2.