Vivek Venkatesh Speaking at The Walrus Talks Toronto

Project SOMEONE Director and UNESCO-PREV co-Chair, Vivek Venkatesh will be a speaker at The Walrus Talks Living Better at Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West, Toronto, on Tuesday October 29, 2019 at 6:30 PM.

The event is part of a national series, each featuring seven key speakers who discuss important and relevant Canadian topics for seven minutes each.

For more information on this event or to purchase tickets, please click here.

New Publication on ISIS’s Primary Science Education Curriculum

Project SOMEONE is proud to announce the publication of “Science Education under a Totalitarian Theocracy: Analyzing the ISIS Primary Curriculum” in Journal of Research in Science, Mathematics and Technology Education.

Co-authored by Patrice Potvin, Marianne Bissonnette, Chirine Chamsine, Marie-Hélène Bruyère, Mohammed Amine Mahhou, Olivier Arvisais, Patrick Charland and Stéphane Cyr of Université du Québec à Montréal, and Project SOMEONE Director Vivek Venkatesh of Concordia University, the article offers an analysis of the primary science curriculum in conjunction with the integration of religious content. The authors conclude that the curriculum reflects an absolutist/theocratic ideological program and recommend changes for the secularization of science teaching in a post ISIS context.

To read the article, please click here.

Special Landscape of Hope Performance October 31, 2019

As part of the 2019 Theology in the City Conference at Concordia University, Landscape of Hope will be participating in a musical and multimedia performance at St-Jax Church on October 31st from 8:00p.m.-9:00p.m.

This year’s free week-long conference hosted by the Department of Theological Studies explores the themes of resilience, hope, suspicion and fear through a multidisciplinary lens.

Landscape of Hope  is a unique intervention that magnifies youth narratives as they pertain to building resilience against racism, discrimination, prejudice and cyber bullying. The digital art initiative is youth-led and designed to empower them with critical digital literacy skills and social media tools to create cutting-edge multimedia performances and installations that describe their experiences with hate and discrimination.

Landscape of Hope has invited Concordia Art Education and Theology students to co-create multimedia material with students from l’École des arts visuels et médiatiques de l’Université du Québec à Montréal for a special theologically themed performance.

Professors Vivek Venkatesh (Concordia) and Martin Lalonde (UQAM), and research assistants Léah Snider (Art Education, Concordia) , Éva Roy (Art Education, Concordia) and Dezaye Nair (Media Studies, Concordia) will facilitate a digital arts workshop introducing students to theological questions and enabling them to contribute to Landscape of Hope’s growing body of digital materials surrounding the way in which we address the concepts of hate and hope in postmodern society.

For more information on the conference, please click here.

More information about the performance can be found here and Facebook event here.

Landscape of Hate Explainer Video

Landscape of Hate is a multimedia improvisational project founded and designed by Dr. Vivek Venkatesh and Dr. Owen Chapman of Concordia University in 2017, as a public reflection of Project SOMEONE and Grimposium. According to the co-founders, its goal is to magnify the plurality of public voices surrounding the topic of hate and call attention to the flood of media that people face daily. To achieve this, the group collects and curates online media and sounds related to hate and incorporate them into their unique and dynamic live shows.

Landscape of Hate also works with youth and student groups at home and internationally, by engaging in pedagogical activities that provide a framework within which people can explore the concept of hate in both personal and public ways.

To learn more about Landscape of Hate watch the five-minute explainer video above.

Landscape of Hate Debut Album Release

Photo credits: Vivek Venkatesh

Grimposium, Project SOMEONE and Dystopia Productions are excited to announce the release of Landscape of Hate’s debut album, the soundtrack to Blekkmetal, an independent Canadian-Norwegian concert documentary about the one-off music, film, tattoo and art festival held in Bergen, Norway in November 2015.

Released September 13, 2019, and co-produced by Vivek Venkatesh, Owen Chapman and Danji Buck-Moore, this experimental musical and multimedia collective based in Montréal, Canada, recorded the soundtrack over a four-day period this past June.

For more information on Landscape of Hate, including videos and photos of previous performances, please visit their website. You can also listen to the album on Bandcamp, Spotify, Tidal or Apple Music.

Article on Violent Radicalization

Maxime Bérubé,  SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow with Project SOMEONE and Concordia University and co-author, Benjamin Ducol, of the University of Montreal, have recently published “Radicalization in arms? Exploring armed violence capital in the context of Quebec’s civilian military simulation communities,” in the September 2019 edition of Global Crime

Based on a case study of civilians involved in military simulations, the article ultimately suggests that while the use of excessive violence requires ideological motivation, violent radicalisation can occur without it.

To read the article, please click here

New Position to Fill with the UNESCO Chair in Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Extremism (PREV)

The UNESCO Chair in Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Extremism (PREV) is looking for a GENERAL COORDINATOR (RESEARCH PROFESSIONAL). To learn more about the position and the application process, please click here.

Please apply by Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at 5 pm the latest.

New MMFA Digital Cultural Mediation Committee


Photo:  Jean-François Brière, MMFA Website

Project SOMEONE Director, Vivek Venkatesh, is participating in a new provincial committee set up by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA), dedicated to exploration and innovation in the domain of digital cultural mediation. The committee is comprised of university researchers, technology experts and museology specialists. For more details, please click here.

New Position to Fill for the PREV-IMPACT Project

The UNESCO Chair in Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Extremism (PREV) is looking for a COORDINATOR FOR THE PREV-IMPACT PROJECT. To learn more about the position and the application process, please click here.

Please apply by Monday, September 9, 2019 at 5 pm the latest.

“Praising and/or Cursing God Through Music” now available online


Vivek Venkatesh, Director, Project SOMEONE, and Éric Bellavance, historian, biblical scholar and course lecturer at Université de Montréal, McGill University and Concordia University, recently edited Praising and/or Cursing God Through Music, a special issue of Théologiques, a journal from the Faculty of Theology and Religious Sciences at Université de Montréal. Fifteen local, national and international researchers contributed to this publication that explores this subject from the point of view of a variety of academic disciplines. 

The issue is now available online here.