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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.

 

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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.​

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

Deciphering Norms of Media Consumption in Extreme Metal – a podcast series

This new four-episode podcast series brings thought-provoking, contemporary topics to the table. Be it reappropriating Runes, warning against the perils of media censorship, distinguishing between provocative art and hateful discourse, and giving voice to the experiences of women in the music industry, no topic proves too challenging for Vivek Venkatesh and his co-host, Michelle Ayoub. Produced by Aaron Lakoff and Kathryn Urbaniak, each episode runs at about 30 minutes long and also has original music by Leticia Trandafir.

The first episode is titled Propositions for Cultural Reappropriation and features Jannicke Wiese-Hansen, Kirsti Rosseland, Ivar Peersen (Enslaved) and Kjetil Grutle (Enslaved).  

Next is Balancing Free Speech, Critical Thinking and Media Literacy featuring J.R. Hayes (Pig Destroyer), Richard Johnson (Agoraphobic Nosebleed) and Ihsahn (Emperor).

Then there is Social Media: The Good, the Bad and the Unforgivable featuring Neill Jameson (Krieg), Jason Rockman (Slaves on Dope), Ihsahn (Emperor), Richard Johnson (Agoraphobic Nosebleed) and Sean McGuinness (Pissed Jeans).

And finally, Women in Metal: Underdogs or Equals? featuring Kirsti Rosseland, Jannicke Wiese-Hansen and Ivar Peersen (Enslaved). 

Over One Million Dollars from Global Affairs Canada

We have recently posted about Project Someone’s work with Lebanese partners. Today, we’re happy to announce that Global Affairs Canada has awarded $1,051,680 to the UNESCO Chair for the Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism to work with Project Someone on counter-terrorism initiatives in Lebanon in 2018-2019.

 

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Landscape of Hope: excellent turnout at inaugural workshop

 

 

Director of Project Someone and UNESCO Co-Chair for the Prevention of Radicalistion and Violent Extremism, Vivek Venkatesh, along with his colleague Owen Chapman and other collaborators had an excellent turnout and participation at their first workshop as part of Arctic Pride Festival in Tromsø, Norway.

 

 

 

Photos credits: Alessandro Belleli

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Recording of Hatred in an Era of Misinformation: Lessons from Former Extremists

Below is a recording of our recent webinar titled “Hatred in an Era of Misinformation: Lessons from Former Extremists” recorded on 6 November, 2018. This interactive webinar involved former right-wing extremists, Brad Galloway and Marc Clairoux discussing their own personal experiences with recruiting youth online, and provides pointers on identifying hateful rhetoric online.  

If you have questions following the webinar, or missed the webinar and would like to get in touch with the speakers, here are their contact details.

Marc Clairoux 
Facebook: Marc Clairoux
 
Bradley J. Galloway 
Twitter: @bjgalloway1717