Virtual Workshop – Framing Hate Crime: An Old Problem in a Modern Era

Friday 26 November 2021, 10:00 am- 1:00 pm GMT, online (UK)


This event will discuss the boundaries of hate crime such as its national, local, and community impact, its harms and effects, and the available support and response for both its victims and offenders, as well as both current and future challenges.

We will be joined by guest speakers from the following leading organisations:

  • The National Police Chiefs’ Council (National Hate Crime Problem)
  • Surrey Constabulary (Hate Crime in Surrey)
  • Hampshire Constabulary (Hate Crime Against Public Sector Staff)
  • Stop Hate UK (Helpline and Support)
  • Victim Support (Gaps in referral and support for victims of hate crime)
  • CST (SAFE) (Securing and protecting minority community spaces)
  • Rise Mutual (Restorative Justice)
  • Solution Not Sides (Combating misinformation and promoting productive dialogue)
  • Faiths Forum London (Combating hate crime through community cohesion)
  • Refugym (Well-being Support for Refugees by Refugees)
  • Steps 2 Wellbeing (Problems in the referral of hate crime victims)

‘Framing Hate Crime’ photography competition

A parallel photo contest will also run from 1st November till 15th November. Three winners will be chosen by the professional panellists on the event day and all the entries will be entered into a creative showcase for the attending audience. Participation is free of charge and limited to one photo per person. The photo submission page can be accessed via

What’s it about?

What is considered a crime here and now may not be for another person in another place. Crime is socially constructed and hate crime is not an exception. The internet, social media and 24-hour news channels have wiped the geographic borders and barriers between different cultures, leading to the potential for people to do or tweet something that can be considered socially acceptable and normal no matter how controversial, and may cause outrage in another culture. This event will discuss how the development of media and exposure to it, can and has altered our understanding of what ‘hate crime’ is and we will explore various ways to collectively combat hate crime and support its victims.

Who is leading the event?

Moslem Boushehrian, University of Surrey

Who is it open to?

Anyone welcome.

Who will it be of interest to?

General public, young people, media organisations, crime organisations, social media platforms, policy makers, sociologists and anyone with an interest in modern day hate crime.

For more information about the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2021 and other events being delivered by the University of Surrey, please visit this website

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