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Landscape of Hope Show

Freshly returned from their successful world premiere at the Arctic Pride Festival in Tromsø, Norway, the Landscape of Hope team, in partnership with Project Someone, Grimposium,and Unesco chair-prev, is pleased to announce its Canadian premiere on February 20, 2019. The show will be held at Concordia University, at the 4TH Space (1400 De Maisonneuve Ouest) with a reception at 5:00pm and show starting at 6:30pm. For more information click here or click here to view the Facebook event.

What is Landscape of Hope?

Landscape of Hope  is a unique, evidence-based 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, discrimination and cyber bullying. Our aim is to implement and evaluate a sustainable, multi-sectoral, culturally-relevant, youth-led approach to creating media-based narratives that accurately reflect youths’ lived experiences, with the ultimate objective of reducing instances of discrimination.

To hear examples of the art produced in Tromsø click here or to learn more about the Arctic Pride Festival click here.

Landscape of Hope is inspired by and derived from the work of the multimedia collective Landscape of Hate.

Addressing online hate: new module

Today is the launch of the new bilingual module, Addressing Online Hate, which was developed with Serene-RISC. It provides different community organizations with tools so that they can, in turn, offer educational sessions to counter online hate. 

The module materials enable creating new workshops as well as providing resources to support existing ones, with the goal of helping learners recognize, identify and address different forms of hate speech and discrimination in their own communities and in broader society. Learners will also understand how online media is used to disseminate hate speech and discrimination and will be able to take part in online non-discriminatory dialogue. 

 

 

(From left to right) Benoît Dupont, Scientific Director at SERENE-RISC, Sandra Chang-Kredl, Associate Professor at Concordia University, Michael Joyce, Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator at SERENE_RISC, and Vivek Venkatesh, Associate Professor at Concordia University, Director of Project SOMEONE and Co-Chair UNESCO-PREV at the launch of the module “Addressing Online Hate”, which took place at SERENE-RISC. 

 

 

Click here for the module

Free Speech on Campus: Sigal Ben-Porath

Come see our guest at Concordia University, Dr. Sigal Ben-Porath, on February 7th speak about the importance of free speech! 

 

 

 

Welcome, Maxime Bérubé PhD

Welcome to Dr. Maxime Bérubé who recently joined Project Someone at Concordia University, having been awarded a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship. Maxime will be working with Dr. Vivek Venkatesh, Director of Project Someone and Professor at the Department of Art Education at Concordia University, as well as Dr. Lorne Dawson, Director of the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS) and Professor at the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo. The focus of Maxime’s postdoctoral project is to create social education strategies on jihadism, in order to prevent radicalization and violent extremism.

Maxime’s research interests focus on influence and communication activities leading to violence, terrorism and counterterrorism, social movements and innovation. Throughout his academic career, Maxime has actively contributed to the advancement of knowledge in his field of study, and has published many scientific articles in top-tier journals, such as Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Along with writing several chapters in other edited books, he published Délinquance et innovation.

Maxime holds a PhD in Criminology from Université de Montréal, and his dissertation explored the diversity of jihadist influence activities by looking at English language videos disseminated by Jihadist organisations in the Middle East between 2006 and 2016, as it is one of the main media channels through which jihadists address their audience. Ultimately, Maxime analyzed jihadist discourse offering and generated a five-category speech typology:  advertising, identity, educational, media and moral discourse. Prior to his doctoral degree, Maxime completed an MA in Criminology, a BA in Security and Police Studies, and a certificate in Arab Studies at Université de Montréal, as well as a research internship at the Canada Research Chair on Conflicts and Terrorism in the Department of Political Science at Université Laval.

Another webinar on inclusive dialogues in classroom

Last May, Project Someone director Vivek Venkatesh participated in the webinar titled, “Social Pedagogy to Promote Pluralistic Dialogues in Classrooms: Lessons from Project Someone,” hosted by The Association for the Educational Application of Computer Technology at the Post-Secondary Level (APOP). This Tuesday, January 22nd, the webinar will be re-offered in French.

 

Click here for webinar info and registration

 

 

From Al Qaeda to Islamic State: presentation by Maxime Bérubé on jihadist propaganda

In the presentation titled, D’al-Qaïda à État islamique: Vers une typologie du discours d’influence illustrant la diversité de l’offre jihadiste,  Maxime Bérubé, our postdoctoral researcher, will present his thesis results on the jihadist propaganda. In particular, the aim will be to clarify the diversity of influential discourses used in jihadist videos, for the goal of implementing tailored preventive strategies.

 

 

The presentation will take place on January 29, 2019 – from 11:45am to 12:30pm
at Université de Montréal, Carrefour des arts et des sciences
Pavillon Lionel-Groulx, local C-2059
3150, rue Jean-Brillant

No RSVP required.​

Click here for more details

 

 

 

Collaboration to Examine Terrorist Recruitment Videos

Jeff Podoshen, our co-researcher from Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, U.S., discusses his research with Project Someone on the strategies used by terrorists in their recruitment videos. Recently granted $1M from Global Affairs Canada, the research team, led by Vivek Venkatesh, SOMEONE’s director and UNESCO-PREV co-chair, includes 15 academics and former Al Qaeda and right-wing extremists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to read the article

Landscape of Hate Festspillene i Bergen videos

Videos from the Norwegian Festspillene i Bergen Landscape of Hate panel and performance are now available for viewing. 
 
Recorded on May 26, the panel participants were cartoonist Josef Yohannes, the Danish human rights and internet activist Emma Holten and Canadian ambassador to Norway, Artur Wilczynski. The discussion was led by Landscape of Hate creator Vivek Venkatesh, who also works on the prevention of radicalization and violent extremism as a UNESCO co-Chair. 

After the panel, there was a live performance by the following Landscape of Hate collective.
Musicians: Vivek Venkatesh, Owen Chapman, Jason Wallin, softcoresoft, anabasine 
Video artists: David Hall, Martin Lalonde
Lyrics: Vivek Venkatesh, David Hall
 
These videos were produced by Festspillene i Bergen.
 
For more information about Landscape of Hate click here.