International Conference on Hate Studies

 4th International Conference on Hate Studies Call for Papers

Engaging with Communities for Justice


Sponsored by the Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies, Kootenai County Task Force for Human Relations, and Spokane County Human Rights Task Force

Spokane, WA USA

OCTOBER 19th - 21st, 2017

CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION

The Fourth International Conference on Hate Studies is one of the leading interdisciplinary academic forums on hate, related social problems, and ways to create socially just and inclusive communities.  It convenes leading academics from around the world, journalists, law enforcement personnel, educators, representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations, human rights experts, community organizers, activists and others to discuss hatred and ways to engage communities with justice. We anticipate richly interdisciplinary, cross-sector participation from international, national, and regional audiences. The lessons learned and plans which emerge will help educators, researchers, advocates and others better analyze and combat hatred in its various manifestations so as to lead to communities being committed to peace, human rights, and justice.

Hate studies is defined as “Inquiries into the human capacity to define, and then dehumanize or demonize, an ‘other,’ and the processes which inform and give expression to, or can curtail or combat, that capacity.”

If hate is understood better, then approaches to combat it can increasingly become testable theories, and then analyzed and improved. The result can have real-world impact, including creating models for changes in society, government, culture and our individual and communal lives.

The theme of this conference is Engaging with Communities for Justice. Papers analyzing this theme from different theoretical or disciplinary lenses are invited such as those from history, communications, psychology, social psychology, evolutionary psychology, anthropology, sociology, criminal justice, law, biology, business, economics, theology, religious studies, political science, literature, philosophy, education, and others.  Papers are also invited that provide best practices, organizational structures, and examples of social change related to the theme.

Select conference proceedings may be published in The Journal of Hate Studies, the international interdisciplinary peer-reviewed scholarly journal operated by the Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies.

CONFERENCE GOALS

(1)  Continue, deepen, and broker new conversations focused on building community within the Hate Studies networks

(2)  Sharing best practices related to community and individual actions that challenge hate and support social change.

(3)  Provide an intersection for the sharing of knowledge, practices, and perspectives from distinct academic communities, activists, professions, and vocations

(4)  Generate, promulgate, and publish interdisciplinary research projects, as well as new knowledge, theories, strategies and methods – educational, professional, and practical – related to the overall conference theme, specific areas of interest, and social justice and social change concerns at the individual, community, organizational, and structural levels

CONFERENCE AREAS & TOPICS

We invite international, national, and regional audiences to participate, whether as presenters or attendees.  We seek presentation and session proposals for paper dialogues, panels, roundtable discussions, workshops, poster/exhibit sessions, and other formats appropriate for this unique, richly interdisciplinary conference.

We are particularly interested to receive presentation proposals that engage the conference theme, including but not limited to the following topics under the general areas of Research, Education, Practice, and Advocacy:

  • The roots of “othering” in fear or ignorance, the manifestation of “othering” in hatred, intolerance, or inequality, and how these problems persist and propagate within institutions, social dynamics, and areas of law and policymaking.
  • New, emerging, or time-tested theories, concepts, practices, and lines of inquiry for understanding and challenging hatred, intolerance or inequality in the pursuit of justice.
  • What various academic and professional fields teach us about rebuilding communities after they have experienced acts of hatred, intolerance, inequality, and bias.
  • The role of media in the promotion or countering of hate in a society.
  • Context-specific or comparative analyses of manifestations of hate or intolerance within or across cultures and countries, and processes or methods by which individuals or groups can evaluate, better recognize, and reject hateful or intolerant attitudes, actions, beliefs, and speech.
  • Innovative or demonstrably effective responses to acts of hate or bias (e.g. racial bias, homophobia, religious intolerance) committed within schools, businesses, local communities, national governments, or global structures as advancing peace, acceptance, tolerance, and justice.
  • The leadership role or potential of specific sectors and vocations (law enforcement, non-profit organizations, primary and secondary education, higher education, business, etc.) in challenging individual or organized activities, practices, or policies of hatred or intolerance (e.g. hate speech, hate/bias crime).
  • Solutions and strategies for changing policies, laws, and practices that sustain or encourage hate, intolerance, or inequality and for building effective cross-sector relations for change/reform.
  • Strategies for engaging different communities in conversations and joint action to support justice and equity.

ENVISIONED PRESENTERS & AUDIENCE

We wish to receive paper and session proposals from:

  • academics – scholars, researchers, educators, administrators, and students – across the humanities, social studies, law, public policy, and professional studies areas
  • community organizers
  • engaged global citizens
  • human rights leaders
  • journalists and media members
  • members of the legal community (attorneys, judges, law enforcement officials)
  • policy experts
  • professional practitioners working in areas, or on issues, related to the conference theme
  • professionals in other education sectors and circles
  • representatives of government and non-governmental organizations

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE (TENTATIVE)

  • Keynote speakers Opening Keynote:  Jennifer Schweppe, University of Limerick
  • Reception Speaker: Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb
  • Closing Keynote: Rabbi Francine Roston

    Thursday, October 19

    Friday, October 20

    Saturday, October 21

     

    8:00 Check-In/Registration

    9:00 Registration

     

    9:00-10:00 Opening Keynote

    9:30 -11:00 Session 4

    10:15-11:45 Session 1

    11:15-12:00 Networking Break

    12:00-1:30 Lunch on your own

    12:00-1:30 Lunch on your own

    1:30-3:00 Session 2

    1:30-3:00 Session 6

    3:15-4:45 Session 3

    3:15-4:45 Session 7

    4:00-6:00

    Early Check-In/Registration

    5:00-7:00 Reception and Keynote Speaker (Ticketed event)

    5:00-6:45 Dinner on your own, Community Partner Displays and Poster Session

    Dinner - On your own or informal dinner circles

    7:00-8:00 Closing Keynote Speaker  (Ticketed event)

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPTIONS AND FEES

Conference Presenters:  All presenters must register and submit payment due by September 15, 2017.  Only those presenters who have completed their registration, including all registration fees, will be allowed to participate in the conference. Conference Submission Form

Gonzaga Participants:  Session/Event attendance is free for all current Gonzaga University Faculty, Staff and Students (with Gonzaga ID), but meals are not included.  Those who wish to partake in meals, including the Reception and Conference Dinner must register under one of the Discounted rate options or the Evening Event options listed below.

Students and Sponsoring Non-Profits:  We are pleased to offer this special pricing category to all currently enrolled college/university and high school students and to individuals who are employed in public interest/public service law, work for community service organizations, or are members of the clergy.  Name of qualifying organization and position/title held (if appropriate) is required for eligibility to register at this special rate.

Registration Options:

Thursday, October 19

Friday, October 20

Saturday, October 21

 

8:00 Check-In/Registration

9:00 Registration

 

9:00-10:00 Opening Keynote

9:30 -11:00 Session 4

10:15-11:45 Session 1

11:15-12:00 Networking Break

12:00-1:30 Lunch on your own

12:00-1:30 Lunch on your own

1:30-3:00 Session 2

1:30-3:00 Session 6

3:15-4:45 Session 3

3:15-4:45 Session 7

4:00-6:00

Early Check-In/Registration

5:00-7:00 Reception (Ticketed event)

5:00-6:45 Dinner on your own, Community Partner Displays and Poster Session

Dinner - On your own or informal dinner circles

 

7:00-8:00 Keynote Speaker  (Ticketed event)

Registration Form:  Type all information, including your title and affiliation, as it should appear in the program.  Do not type in all capital letters; use initial caps only.  The information you type in the submission and registration forms may be included in the conference program. Use appropriate grammar, punctuation, sentence construction, and do not use non-standard abbreviations.  Do not include quotations or other characters/symbols.

Registration by International Presenters and Attendees: Invitation to participate as a presenter will be made via email.  Should you require a formal letter of invitation, please contact us no later than June 30, 2017.  International presenters are responsible to begin working with their governments early as needed to obtain entry visas for the conference dates, and are also responsible to notify the conference presenters by 30 days in advance of the conference if they are unable to obtain entry visas.  We are not able to send invitation letters to non-presenter international attendees.

Accessibility, Accommodation and Registration Notes:  Please note any special requests, such as disability accommodations (e.g. large print, braille, sign language interpreter, closed captioning, assistive listening devices, or other) on the registration form; with advanced notice, we will do our best to meet reasonable accommodation requests.  Sorry – no à la carte conference or meal registration options are possible!  Registration fees for “no-shows” are forfeited and cannot be reimbursed.  Facilities are accessible.

PRESENTATION SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Proposal Submissions Due Date:  April 30, 2017 for all proposals and abstracts, including individual papers and full sessions.

General Instructions:  Please carefully read the proposal submission requirements and guidelines below before proceeding to use the online submission site.  Follow the submission instructions precisely and start the application process early.  Make sure to select from the available options below the type of session format for your proposal.  Should you require technical assistance with making your submission, contact us at least 48 hours before the submission deadline.

Presentation Abstracts and Presenter Information:  Proposals should include all relevant information requested in the submission guidelines, including presentation abstracts (papers and posters/exhibits - 250 words or less; full sessions – 500 words or less).  Proposed papers/sessions must include the paper/session title, keywords, presenter(s) information (first and last name, highest degree(s) held, title/affiliation, email address, brief biographical statement; and special requests (e.g., disability accommodations, any supplemental audio/visual requests).

Audio/Visual Equipment Requests:  Session rooms will feature a Digital Equipment Package of the following items:  LCD/multimedia data projector, speakers, in-room PC computer (with MS Powerpoint, CD/DVD capability, internet connectivity, some Mac compatibility), screen, white boards, and on-site technical support.  With 30 days advance notice, arrangements can be made for analog equipment such as Overhead and Slide Projectors or TV/VCR/DVD combos.

Electronic Communication with and by Proposal Submitters:  Those who are submitting paper and/or session proposals will receive an automatic confirmation e-mail to indicate that the submission has been received, and subsequent e-mail notification of acceptance or non-acceptance for presentation at the conference.

Submitters can edit personal information on the proposal submission site, at any time prior to the open day of the conference.  Submitters can edit or alter proposals up until the submission deadline.  Session submitters will serve as the primary contact with the conference committee and the primary liaison to the other presenters in their proposed sessions.  The session proposal may be accessed only through the submitter’s account; session submitters will be responsible for editing paper titles, abstracts, bios, vitae, etc.

PRESENTATION FORMATS

General Instructions:  In your proposal submission, please specify which of the following format you will use.  The conference committee only wishes to receive proposal abstracts (250 words or less for papers, 500 words or less for full sessions) by April 30, 2017July 30, 2017 is the deadline for submitting full papers for possible publication, but the conference committee will receive paper submissions any time earlier than the deadline.

Paper Dialogue (15-20 minutes per paper, 90 minutes per session):  Three or four papers on similar/related issues or topics may be either submitted together or brought together one-by-one by the conference committee to form a 90-minute session.  Time is reserved at the end for audience questions and comments.  20 minutes is enough time to read aloud approximately 10 double-spaced pages or 2000 words.  Time limits are firm.

Papers may be either individually- or jointly-authored, and may be either academic (scholarship or other research) or practitioner-focused (e.g., technical or professional) in orientation.  Three styles of presentation formats are available.  Please indicate which of these format options you will use:

(1)  Traditional:  Presenters offer a straight reading of their papers.

(2)  Talk:  Presenters use their papers as a catalyst for discussion of the ideas found within the paper, usually working from notes and/or speaking directly to the audience.

(3)  Online:  As a variant of the “Talk” format, presenters post their papers on the conference site no later than 10 days before the conference begins.  “Online” sessions will be prominently marked in the conference program as intended primarily for an audience that has read the papers in advance; these sessions will be devoted to formal commentary and group discussion.

In each case, presenters will write papers and distribute them to the session chair, other presenters, and the commentator (if applicable) no later than 10 days prior to the conference. 

Panel or Roundtable Discussion (90-minute Full Session):  Panels or roundtables are prearranged groups of 3-5 presenters or discussants who come together for in-depth exploration of an identified issue or topic.  Roundtables typically are moderated sessions; panels typically have session chairs.  Under either format, presenters and discussants will engage in dialogue with each other and the audience, with adequate opportunity for audience questions and comments.  Participants might include academics and other educators, scholars or other researchers, practitioners, activists, public officials, media members, and so on.

Workshops or Performative Sessions (90-minute Full Session):  Workshops are technical, practical, or experiential learning sessions that encourage audience participation; workshop presentations focus on active learning rather than lecture.  Performative sessions allow presenters to perform their work, such as multi-media presentations (video/film, digital media) or readings of non-fiction; presenters will create venues for verbal and non-verbal interaction with the participants.  Educators, practitioner-trainers, facilitators, artists, journalists, essayists, documentarians, and the like could lead these sessions.

Poster/Exhibit Presentations:  Posters or exhibits typically address a single central question, topic, or issue in a manner that allows the presenter to engage others in informal discussion that expands or expounds upon the content of the poster or exhibit.  These are not formal presentation sessions; materials (including summaries of implications and conclusions) should be presented in accessible language and in such a way that they can be discussed with interested persons one-on-one during or after the poster/exhibit presentation session, or as distributed in a handout.  Presenters will post their materials on large poster boards that can accommodate photos/graphics, tables, charts, primary source extracts, large-type text pages, etc.  Video or audio clips, such as on a laptop computer, can also be used.  Presenters should plan to remain near their posters or exhibits during the session and generally be available for discussion throughout the conference.

PUBLICATION OPPORTUNITIES

If you are presenting a conference paper, indicate whether you wish to have your final draft paper considered for publication.  The Journal of Hate Studies, a peer-review international scholarly journal, will publish select conference proceedings in the form of individually- or jointly-authored, final-draft papers (5,000-10,000 words in length, cited and formatted according to APA 6th Edition or The Bluebook 19th Edition).

Full drafts of papers submitted for publication consideration must be received by July 30, 2017.  Individually- and jointly-authored submissions will be considered.  Submissions for possible publication should represent unique, original or substantially original work not previously published elsewhere, and may include work in progress.  The selection processes for publication will be competitive and, due to space and resource constraints, it will not be possible to publish all submitted papers.

Review carefully the submission guidelines for each of these publications:

Those whose papers are selected for publication will work directly with the editorial staff, subject to their publication policies and procedures. 

DECISIONS, SCHEDULING, NOTIFICATION, AND PARTICIPATION

Program Decisions and Notifications The conference committee will seek to include as many papers and sessions as schedule constraints and quality of submissions permit.  The conference committee will send notification of decisions and invitations to present by May 30, 2017.  If you do not receive an official e-mail by this date, it may be because you did not complete the submission process properly, your email address is incorrect, or your email has spam blockers that are blocking the incoming email.  Please e-mail the conference organizers.

Session and Event Scheduling:  All sessions and events will take place on the Gonzaga University campus. Although we will try to honor and accommodate scheduling requests, it is not possible to guarantee any session or presenter a specific day or time on the conference program.  Session scheduling will not be finalized until 30 days in advance of the conference. Facilities are accessible.

Chairs and Commentators:  If your presentation or session proposal is not accepted but you still wish to participate, the conference committee may invite you to play an alternative role, such as a session chair or commentator.  We also invite self-nominations to serve as a session chair or commentator in your areas of expertise.  Please indicate on the submission form whether you are willing to act as chair or commentator on a session in which you are not a presenter.  Session chairs are responsible to make sure that the session begins on time, that all presenters are introduced or introduce themselves, and that time limits are observed.  All sessions are 90 minutes in length.  This includes the reading of all papers, responses by the commentators (if any), and audience comments and questions.  The conference organizers will contact session participants and chairs by email to make introductions and encourage integration and cross-conversation between the presentations.

Policy on No-Shows:  A “no-show” is someone who is listed on the event program but who is not physically present at her/his scheduled session and who has not notified the conference organizers 30 days in advance of the conference of their inability to attend and has not made alternate arrangements for presentation (e.g., having one’s paper presentation read by an alternate who will attend the conference).  No-showing may be unavoidable in some very unusual cases, but in general presenters are reminded that no-showing disrupts the overall conference, and negatively affects the session chairs, presenters, commentators, and attendees.  No refunds will be given for no-shows, and you are responsible for finding your own alternative presenter, when feasible.

Questions, Details, and Contacting the Conference Co-Chairs:  Full conference details, including how to register and how to submit proposals for papers and sessions, are available at http://gonzaga.edu/hatestudies.

Accommodations: There are many area HOTELS that offer Gonzaga student/family/visitors a discount.  Please make your housing arrangements as soon as possible.  Some of the hotels that are nearest campus - within easy walking distance - include:

MARIANNA STOLTZ HOUSE
http://www.mariannastoltzhouse.com/427 East Indiana Ave.
800.978.6587509.483.4316 
 
OXFORD SUITES
http://www.oxfordsuitesspokane.com/115 W. North River Drive
800.774.1877
 
RED LION RIVER INN
http://www.redlion.com/river-inn-spokaneN 700 Division
509.326.5577800.733.5466 

RED LION HOTEL AT THE PARK
http://www.redlion.com/park-spokane/303 W. North River Drive
509.326.8000 

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS
http://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/spokane/skaex/hoteldetail801 N. Division
509.328.8505 

FAIRFIELD INN BY MARRIOTT
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/gegfi-fairfield-inn-and-suites-spokane-downtown/311 N. Riverpoint Blvd
509.747.9131

DAVENPORT HOTEL AND TOWERis located downtown but is very wonderful and offers a free shuttle.
http://www.thedavenporthotel.com/10 South Post Street
1.800.899.1482

These two links will give you a more complete listing of hotels in the area:
http://www.gonzaga.edu/Admissions/Undergraduate-Admissions/Visit/Where-to-Stay.asphttp://www.trails.com/spokane_washington-hotels.html

For local interest, visit https://www.visitspokane.com/