Call for Proposals – Social Media Hate: Contours and Counterpoints Symposium

Wednesday 1 December 2021 deadline


We are pleased to announce our call for proposals for “Social Media Hate: Contours and Counterpoints,” a live and asynchronous digital symposium hosted by the Centre on Hate, Bias, and Extremism (CHBE) at Ontario Tech University, in association with Facebook (Meta) Canada.

Event description: 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.

Live presentations will be individually sent out to speakers by the CHBE.

Important Information

  • Proposal Submission Deadline: [December 1, 2021]
  • Proposal Submission Decision Notification: [December 21, 2021]
  • Video Presentation Submission Deadline: [January 7, 2022]

Video Presentation Format: if your proposal is accepted, you will upload a pre-recorded video of your presentation (15-20 minutes in length) as an .mp4 file to a Google Drive folder for the conference. You are welcome to use ZOOM or any software you prefer as the means to record your presentation. The videos will then be featured on the CHBE website symposium page for viewing at any time.

PROPOSALS must include:

  • Author’s name, rank/status, and affiliation.
  • Paper title.
  • 3-4 keywords
  • An abstract (between 350 to 500 words) outlining: the research object, problem or question; the main argument or inquiry to be developed; the method of analysis and/or theoretical approach used; the significance of what is proposed in relation to existing scholarship in the field.

All proposals should be submitted to


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