Live & Asynchronous Symposium – Social Media Hate: Contours and Counterpoints

Monday 7 February  – Wednesday 9 February 2022, Oshawa, Canada & online


Over the past five years, social media platforms have made the headlines as spaces where far Right individuals and groups produce, impart and receive hateful content. The proposed solutions to the problem have subsequently multiplied. Governments are enacting new laws, regulations and policies for governing social media platforms. Social media corporations use user agreements and community guidelines, content moderators, and artificial intelligence (A.I.) to counter hateful content. Researchers propose a social media standards council, digital literacy projects and new educational initiatives to curb online hate while activists are developing all kinds of creative tactics and practices in response to online hate.  We welcome paper proposals from researchers working across academic disciplines (history, criminology, sociology, political science, education, and communication and digital studies) that examine the contours of and counterpoints to social media hate. We are especially interested in papers that examine the history of Internet hate, assess the causes and consequences of the problem of social media hate, and probe the efficacy (or lack thereof) of current approaches to confronting and countering it.

This is a live and asynchronous online symposium: authors of accepted proposals will pre-record their research presentation; the resulting video will be uploaded to the symposium page of the CHBE website and made available to all.


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This event will be held in-person at Ontario Tech University, 2000 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa, Ontario,  L1G 0C5, Canada

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