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Live-Steam of Conference on the Development of Metal Music in Quebec

On Thursday, April 2, 2020, Project Someone collaborator, Méi-Ra St. Laurent, Ph.D., will be live-streaming her conference titled « Le Québec, une terre de metal? : regards sur le développement d’un genre transgressif au Québec », in French, via Zoom in conjunction with the Société Québécoise de Recherche en Musique (SQRM).

Here is the abstract (available only in French):

 « Comme certains journalistes, amateurs et universitaires l’ont déjà suggéré, la province de Québec demeure un terreau fertile pour la musique metal. Plus spécifiquement, par le biais d’une l’analyse réalisée en 2013, Dominic Arsenault (Université de Montréal) démontre, qu’au Québec, le nombre de groupes de musique metal par 100 000 habitants est supérieur à celui qu’on retrouve dans le reste du Canada. Toutefois, ce genre transgressif reste peu connu des non-initiés et demeure toujours en marge de l’industrie musicale québécoise, et ce, malgré ses 40 ans d’existence au Québec. Tout en s’attardant aux caractéristiques idéologiques et esthétiques du metal, cette conférence aura pour but de dresser des liens entre le développement du genre au Québec depuis son avènement et les différents événements (politiques, sociaux, culturels et économiques) ayant marqué la société québécoise ».

The conference begins at 12:30 p.m. EDT is scheduled to last 90 minutes. It will also include a question and discussion period. To attend, please connect to Zoom using the following meeting ID: 539 066 036

UNESCO-Prev Chair Summer Institute at Concordia University

The UNESCO Chair in the Prevention of Violent Radicalisation and Extremism is organizing its first Summer Institute course titled “(Re) Imagining the Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism.” The Summer School will first be offered through a massive open online course (MOOC) titled “From Hate to Hope: Building Understanding and Resilience” from May 4th to June 8th, 2020. The second and final part of the Summer Institute course will be offered in person at Concordia University from June 16th to 18th, 2020*.

Through an innovative approach integrating digital media, online learning and a flipped classroom, the summer school will provide an engaging face-to-face setting to discuss recent prevention issues. The themes that will be addressed during the summer school will enable participants to:

  • Strengthen their knowledge of concepts and practices related to primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in the context of violent radicalization and extremism;
  • Familiarize with the method and tools for collecting, analyzing and processing data in the prevention field;
  • Conduct a real evaluation of a prevention tool, in particular the MOOC, through a practical case study.

To Register

As places are limited, you are invited to register before May 1st, 2020 by sending your CV accompanied with a short paragraph demonstrating your interest towards the course by email to: <lydie.belporo@usherbrooke.ca>.

*Please note that depending on the developments regarding the COVID-19 crisis, the second part of the course may only be given online. 

Upcoming Launch of PROFILE

In conjunction with the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Project Someone is proud to announce the upcoming launch of PROFILE, a practical toolkit that aims to understand racial and social profiling. In this short teaser video-clip, Will Prosper—founder of Hoodstock and former RCMP officer—talks about the broad ways in which profiling occurs and Quebec’s failure to recognize the problem.

Mandated by  the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the UNESCO-PREV Chair, and developed by Project Someone at Concordia University, this toolkit unpacks the problem of racial and social profiling in marginalized communities and explores potential solutions.

Targeted to the Canadian community, police, health, and education stakeholders, the toolkit aims to present multiple perspectives and catalyze critical thinking around the issue, as well as provide opportunities for discussion. 

PROFILE is based on literature reviews, original research, and originally produced multimedia, and considers the following five questions:

  • What is racial and social profiling?
  • What is currently happening?
  • How do we unpack profiling?
  • What is the impasse?
  • What are some ways forward?

It includes videos, infographics, and worksheets addressing the above. The complete toolkit will be available in May 2020 on the Project Someone website.

New Article on the Ideology of Death in Islamic State Propaganda

“Mort et fanatismes” [Death and Fanaticism] is the most recent publication of Frontières, a scientific journal dedicated to the study of death. This volume highlights the work of Le Centre d’expertise et de formation sur les intégrismes religieux, les idéologies politiques et la radicalisation (CEFIR) researchers, including an article titled “L’idéologie de la mort dans la propagande de l’État islamique” [The Ideology of Death in Islamic State Propaganda] by Project Someone collaborator and Concordia University Theological Studies professor, André Gagné, and Concordia University doctoral student Marc-André Argentino.

According to the abstract, “Since 2014, the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) has managed to attract a large number of Western foreign fighters. The spread of its message via social media and encrypted applications has allowed the group to recruit several members and supporters. Through its propaganda, ISIS promotes various facets of its ideology, one of the most significant of which is the ideology of death. Death is in fact dictated by a particular interpretation of the jihad tradition, and inspired by contemporary martyrological narratives. In this article, we used the Open Source Intelligence Framework (OSINT) to observe how the group manages to communicate its ideology through the production of videos, instruction manuals on how to die and religious songs. Through such media, we are witnessing the construction of a social identity by the Islamic State members and supporters, leading to a collective appropriation of the values and actions of the group. Therefore, it is not surprising that some of its members kill themselves for the group’s cause, and that its supporters celebrate the virtues of their martyrs.”

To access Frontières and view the article, please click here.

Canadian Media Report on Recent Study by Project Someone on Former Right-Wing Extremists

Photo Credit: Concordia University

CBC News’s Jonathan Montpetit recently reported on new research on the process of radicalization from the optic of former right-wing extremists.

Co-authored by Project Someone Director, Vivek Venkatesh, and collaborators Maxime Bérubé, Ryan Scrivens and Tiana Gaudette, the study examines the pathways in and out of violent extremism and highlights the important role that “credible” former right-wing extremists can play in helping others exit the movement.

Their results were published in two articles in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and Perspective on Terrorism.

To access the CBC News Story please click here.

Concordia University, CTV News, Journal Métro and CJAD 800 have also covered this research project that you can access by clicking on the links below:

Concordia News Story

CTV Interview with Vivek Venkatesh

Journal Métro Story

CJAD 800 Interview with Vivek Venkatesh

 

Project Someone to Speak at Youth Resilience Conference in Toronto

Project Someone post-doctoral fellow, Danny Mamlok, will be a guest speaker on the Media Panel at the 4th Annual Youth Resilience Conference “Call to Action: Approaches to build Youth Resilience and Prevent Radicalization to Violence” on February 18–19, 2020 at the University of Toronto. 

Organized by Midaynta Community Services, the conference aims to build resiliency against violent radicalization and extremism by opening “a dialogue with other organizations, community service providers and parents about safety concerns and vulnerabilities of youth to recruitment of extremist groups.”

The event will take place from 8:30 to 5:00 p.m. at The Moot Room, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, 78 Queens Park, Toronto, ON, M5S 2C5.

New Research Publication on Technology and Academic Motivation

Martin Lalonde, Project Someone collaborator and researcher and professor of the School of Visual and Media Arts at UQAM, studies the effect of mobile digital technologies on young people’s academic motivation. He collaborated with Juan Carlos Castro, Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Art Education at Concordia University, on the MonCoin research project, as well as subsequent components, the results of which were recently published in the volume Mobile Media In and Outside of the Art Classroom.

To read more about this project, please click here.

You can also listen to the Les effrontées podcast with Geneviève Petersen on QUB radio where she speaks with Martin Lalonde about the project.

New Publication on Eschatology in Light of Recent US-Iran Events

Dr. André Gagné, Project Someone collaborator and Concordia University Associate professor in the Department of Theological Studies, recently published a new article about eschatology in relation to the recent events between the US and Iran in The Conversation.

In his article titled “Attaque contre Soleimani : un signe de « la fin des temps » selon des évangéliques américains” [Attack against Soleimani : A Sign of “the End Times” according to American Evangelicals,” Dr. Gagné argues that some evangelicals in the US have interpreted the killing of the Iranian General as a prophecy pointing to the end times. Gagné cautions that the current US President is probably influenced by members of the evangelical community who promote this eschatological belief.

To read the full article please click here.

Welcome, Méi-Ra St-Laurent PhD

Dr. Méi-Ra St-Laurent joins the Project Someone team at Concordia University as part of her SSHRC-funded postdoctoral fellowship, where she will work with Dr. Vivek Venkatesh. Her postdoctoral project focuses on the increasing concern about the use of inclusive discourse (so-called “political correctness”) in the North American context of popular music, where she will draw connections with the circulation of hate speech in public spaces.

As a trained musician (classical singing and piano), Méi-Ra holds a PhD in musicology from l’Université Laval (Québec). Her doctoral thesis entitled “Métal noir québécois: l’analyse du récit identitaire d’une communauté black metal marginale” focuses on a community of black metal groups from Québec, in which she draws links between music, texts and the discourses emanating from them. In doing so, she analyzes the way in which members and groups share their identity and reconfigure it by adapting the ideological and aesthetic codes of black metal to Québec history and culture. Previously, her master’s thesis focused on the analysis of narrative in extreme metal music, where she studied how music and lyrics form a unique narrative, often transgressive in scope. She has also published several articles in different academic journals (Metal Music Studies, Journal on the Art of Record Production or Intersections : revue canadienne de musique) and presented her work at several international conferences (Art of Record Production Conference, International Association for the Study of Popular Music, International Society for Metal Music Studies).

Méi-Ra’s work is part of an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach, where she utilizes different concepts and methods (stemming from musicology, ethnomusicology, sociology, political sciences, cultural studies as well as literary studies). By doing so, her aim is to better understand the way in which the music emanating from a society at a given time reflects the social and political stakes that characterize it.

 

Blekkmetal Screening at Premiers Plans d’Angers Film Festival

 

Blekkmetal, an independent Canadian-Norwegian concert documentary about the one-off music, film, tattoo and art festival held in Bergen, Norway in November 2015, has been selected to screen at the Premiers Plans d’Angers 32nd European First Film Festival from January 17 to 26, 2020, in Angers, France.

Directed by Concordia University alumnus David Hall and co-produced by David Hall, Concordia university’s Owen Chapman, University of Alberta’s Jason Wallin and Project Someone Director and Concordia University’s Vivek Venkatesh, Blekkmetal will be screened non-competitively on January 22, under the music and cinema category, followed by a panel discussion about extreme metal.

The original motion picture soundtrack to the film was recorded by multimedia collective Landscape of Hate (co-founded by Chapman and Venkatesh) and is available on all streaming services.

 

To view the Blekkmetal trailer, click here.

For more information about Blekkmetal, click here

To listen to the Blekkmetal soundtrack, click here.

To view the Festival Facebook event, click here.

To view the Festival program, click here.