BSC HCN Virtual Discussion Group: Critical Hate Studies

Wednesday 15 May 2024, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm BST, online (UK)


Dr Jen Neller – Manchester Metropolitan University

What do hate studies scholars mean when they use the term ‘critical’? Is there an academic field of ‘critical hate studies’? Or is all hate studies scholarship critical to some extent? Drawing from Critical Legal Theory and Critical Criminology, this talk will explore different ways in which hate crime scholarship can be identified as ‘critical’ and what we might gain from delineating a distinct field of critical hate studies. The talk will also address the apparent tension between theoretical and practical concerns that could lead some to be wary or weary of ‘critical’ hate studies.

About this discussion group:

This discussion group is part of the BSC Hate Crime Network, and has been designed to create a supportive space for PGRs and ECRs who are researching within the broad area of hate studies. PGRs could include students studying at MA and doctoral level, and ECRs includes those researchers who are within five years of receiving their doctorate. The group brings PGRs and ECRs together to share their research projects, discuss methodological issues, and consider best practices when researching sensitive topics.

The group will touch upon, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Working with and supporting victims
  • Managing the sensitivity of hate studies research
  • Ethical issues
  • Working with policy-makers and practitioners
  • Creative and inclusive research methods
  • Our responsibility as researchers
  • Working with perpetrators of hate crime


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