News

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.

Project SOMEONE Collaborator Helps NCSS Address Mass Shootings in the US

Project SOMEONE collaborator and Concordia University Department of Education Horizon Postdoctoral Fellow, Dan Mamlok, was recently invited the National Council for the Social Studies to help in delineating a response to the rampant mass shootings in the US. The statement by the NCSS highlights the importance of educating youth with the support of innovative and new social studies resources and creating dialogue that tackles problematic ideologies leading to extremism and violence, as well as encouraging civic competence.

To read the response, as well as to explore resources and ideas, please click here.

Panel on Racial and Social Profiling Available Online

Grimposium and Project SOMEONE collaborated with Heavy Montréal to bring grindcore legends Pig Destroyer to Théâtre Corona on July 26, 2019. Landscape Of Hate opened the show that also featured a youth workshop and a panel on racial and social profiling moderated by Annabelle Brault, music therapist professor at Concordia University and Landscape of Hate collaborator, with the participation of Vivek Venkatesh, Director, Project SOMEONE; Elsa F. Mondésir Villefort, Project Manager involved in public education on human rights and the promotion of international solidarity among youth, and member of the Youth Advisory Group of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO;  JR Hayes, Pig Destroyer lyricist and singer and Will Prosper, documentary filmmaker, civil rights activist, former RCMP officer, co-founder of Montréal-Nord Républik, a citizens’ movement against police brutality, and co-founder of Montreal Hoodstock Social Forum. To view the full video of the panel, click here.

New Landscape of Hate Performance Available Online

 

Grimposium and Project SOMEONE collaborated with Heavy Montreal to bring grindcore legends Pig Destroyer to Théâtre Corona on July 26, 2019. Electronic improvisation outfit Landscape of Hate, featuring Co-founders Vivek Venkatesh and Owen Chapman, with collaborators Annabelle Brault, Jason Wallin, David Hall and anabasine, opened the show. The event also featured a youth workshop and a panel on racial and social profiling. 

 

 

New Database to Inform Online Hate Speech

Project SOMEONE is pleased to announce the launch of the Words in Context Database.  The project uses Corpus-Assisted Critical Discourse Analysis (CACDA) to critically analyze recent hate discourse on popular online spaces such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Reddit.

The focus of the project is on the Lebanese and Canadian contexts and aims to inform and shape public policy on these issues of extremism, misogyny and gender-based violence. Government and community leaders, researchers and practitioners can access this valuable tool to detect patterns and trends of online hate.

The database website is easily navigable by keyword or theme (each of which also includes an accompanying policy brief) and the raw data is also available for download.

The project was developed by Vivek Venkatesh, Kathryn Urbaniak, Manasvini Narayana, Ryan Scrivens, Rawda Harb, Racha Cheikh-Ibrahim, Tieja Thomas and Simon Rodier. It was funded by Global Affairs Canada as part of a larger project including the “Hate to Hope” MOOC, as well as specialized workshops in Lebanon.

To learn more please visit the website

New Infographics Tool to Combat Racial and Social Profiling

 

Project SOMEONE is currently collaborating with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO on a project to develop infographics, as part of a tool kit that will help inform issues surrounding racial and social profiling in marginalized communities.

We aim to create multimedia stories with these communities to represent diverse experiences, as well as co-create pluralistic dialogue spaces with key stakeholders from various sectors of society.

With this in mind, we are currently organizing a unique event: a public panel on racial profiling and youth workshop, followed by a show by Landscape of Hate and Pig Destroyer on July 26 at the Corona Theater. The data from these interventions will contribute to this toolbox.

This project was developed by Léah Snider, Emma Haraké, Kathryn Urbaniak, Manasvini Narayana and Vivek Venkatesh.

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