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New Article on “Futures Thinking in Black Metal”

Don’t miss Vivek Venkatesh and Jason Wallin’s new article “‘No satisfaction, no fun, no future’: Futures thinking in black metal” in Volume 6. Issue 2 of Metal Music Studies.

According to the abstract, the authors aim to “think the burgeoning theoretical orientation known as accelerationism alongside black metal, particularly as black metal harnesses accelerationist strategies of negation and opposition on behalf of surveying a world out-of-step with its ‘normative’ conceptualization. We claim that the relationship of accelerationism and black metal supports a stronger understanding of black metal’s ‘futurist thinking’ in that each cultivates a comportment for saying ‘NO’ to the world ‘as it is’ while advancing futures remote to the current civilizational order and the patterning of social being that such order presumes. It is along such aspects of resistance, we claim, that black metal both disarticulates the present and creates conditions for thinking the future, although one that contravenes the presumption of human supremacy, preservation and mastery. Further, by thinking black metal alongside accelerationism, we might better understand the conceptual and quasi-theoretical force of black metal as an artistic convergence point for apprehending an encroaching world of inhuman transformation and civilizational change.”

To view the article, please click here.

PROFILE Media Coverage

 

On June 16, 2020, The Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO), and Vivek Venkatesh, co-Chair of the UNESCO Chair on the Prevention of Radicalization and Violent Extremism (UNESCO-PREV) and Director of Project SOMEONE launched PROFILE, an educational toolkit to combat racial and social profiling.

 The toolkit aims to help front-line community leaders, health providers, educators, and the police by creating a better awareness and understanding of the issue through a constructive approach.

 Since its launch, the following media outlets have reported on and interviewed Vivek Venkatesh about the project:

Concordia news story

CBC Let’s Go Montreal

CBC Phare Ouest Vancouver (in French)

CTV News Montreal

New Article on Social Media Forensics

Photo: Markus Spiske

 

Project Someone collaborator and former postdoctoral fellow, Maxime Bérubé, recently co-authored a new article titled Social Media Forensics Applied to Assessment of Post–Critical Incident Social Reaction: The Case of the 2017 Manchester Arena Terrorist Attack”in Forensic Science International Journal.

 

The paper’s authors explain that forensic science has ongoing issues concerning digital data. They suggest a solution for this problem using machine-learning techniques, particularly natural language processing and Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA) topic modeling, to study large-scale text data. For this study, the authors used Twitter messages posted within 24 hours of the 2017 Manchester Arena terrorist attack. The findings indicate that this method improves on existing social media monitoring tools. 

 

To read the publication, please click here.

Vivek Venkatesh to Speak at Upcoming ACS Conference on Systemic Racism in Canada

Project Someone Director and UNESCO co-Chair in Prevention of Radicalization and Violent Extremism, Vivek Venkatesh, will be speaking at the Association for Canadian Studies’ upcoming online conference on Understanding Systemic Racism in Canada taking place on June 23rd from 11 to 2, followed by a discussion and question period. 

To view conference information, please click here

To register for free, please click on the following link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gO2rk718THCoJzq88vrTTw 

Launch of PROFILE: A Toolkit to Combat Racial and Social Profiling

 

The Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO), and Vivek Venkatesh, co-Chair of the UNESCO Chair on the Prevention of Radicalization and Violent Extremism (UNESCO-PREV) and Director of Project SOMEONE are launching PROFILE, an educational toolkit to combat racial and social profiling.

 

The toolkit, the goal of which is to create a better awareness and understanding of racial and social profiling to confront the issue through a constructive approach, is geared toward front-line community leaders, health providers, educators, and the police. 

 

In a joint press release, Venkatesh explains, “We need to include the voices and stories of those who are most marginalized in our society, using multi-stakeholder approaches to combat the insidious disease of profiling. Mental health, social services, public safety, public security, community activism and education must work together to rid ourselves of this terrible social ill.” In the same press release, Sébastien Goupil, Secretary-General of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, adds, “Now is not the time for observations, but for action. We must unite our voices and our strengths to bring concrete solutions. This is the whole intention behind PROFILE.”

 

The multimedia version of the PROFILE toolkit, including data and videos, is available on the Project SOMEONE website: https://projectsomeone.ca/profile/ 

FRQSC Grant for Landscape of Hope Project that Tackles Cyber Pressure

Project Someone collaborators and Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance (CSLP) members Owen Chapman (principal investigator), Sandra Chang-Kredl, Annabelle Brault, and Vivek Venkatesh (co-applicants) have received a three-year grant from the Fonds de recherche du Québec société et culture (FRQSC) for $204,610 as a research-creation team for their project titled “Landscape of Hope: Sampling and Remixing as Ways to Build Resilience to Cyber Pressure.” 

Landscape of Hope is a unique youth-led digital art initiative 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 cyberbullying.

To learn more about the Landscape of Hope project, please click on the link below: 

https://projectsomeone.ca/landscapeofhope

Upcoming ‘Conversations on Hate’ Online Event

 

Project Someone collaborator and former white supremacist, Bradley Galloway, will participate in Conversations on Hate, an upcoming online event presented by the Alberta Muslim Public Affairs Council (AMPAC), the Organization for the Prevention of Violence (OPV), and the Alberta Somali Community Centre.

On Thursday, June 11, 2020, from 6-7:30 MST, Brad Galloway, Habiba Abdulle, a leader in the Somali and Black communities in Edmonton and the Executive Director of the Alberta Somali Community Centre, and Imam Sheikh Navaid Aziz will discuss hate, social polarization, and the recent harassment of Muslim communities in Edmonton by members of far-right groups. There will also be a Q & A session after the discussions.

To connect to this Zoom / Facebook Live event, please click here.

Pluralism as a Means for Improving Online Learning Environments

Nicole Fournier-Sylvester, a co-investigator for Project SOMEONE and Education Manager at the Global Centre for Pluralism, recently published an article dealing with the effects on the COVID-19 pandemic on education systems, particularly as they relate to technology and online learning environments. 

In the article, the author explores how a Pluralist framework can improve accessibility and nurture a culture of inclusivity. 

To read the article, please click here.

Special Issue of “Religiologiques” on Islamophobia

Project Someone congratulates our collaborator Abdelwahed Mekki-Berrada, a professor in anthropology at Université Laval, for his edition and the recent publication of a special issue of Religiologiques titled “Islamophobie viriliste et radicalisation islamophobe” [Virile Islamophobia and Islamophobic radicalization].

To read the issue, please click here.

New La Presse Article on the Link Between Misogyny and Terrorism

Project Someone collaborator and UNESCO-PREV Co-Chair, David Morin, and co-author Stéphane Leman-Langlois have recently published an opinion piece on the link between misogyny and violent extremism in Montreal’s La Presse newspaper.

The article discusses the precedent of a new Canadian anti-terrorism law recently applied to a non-Islamic terrorist act motivated instead by anti-feminist sentiment. The authors then look at recent violent attacks against women and their link to the “manosphere,” a mostly toxic online environment garnering support from different male groups from incels to white supremacists. They argue that this movement is a breeding ground for violence against women and warn that the current pandemic could increase gender-motivated violent extremism.

To read the article (in French only), please click here