International Conference on Hate Studies

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4th International Conference on Hate Studies

Engaging with Communities for Justice

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

Spokane, WA USA
OCTOBER 19th - 21st, 2017

The Conference will be held in the Gonzaga University
John J. Hemmingson Center
Parking is available in the BARC Parking Garage 


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.

  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


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.


Jennifer Schweppe is the co-director for the International Network for Hate Studies. She will give a talk on Friday Oct. 20 from 9:00-9:30. Her presentation is sponsored by the Gonzaga Center for Global Engagement. A lecturer in law at the University of Limerick since 2004, Schweppe has published extensively in the area of hate crime, including two co-edited collections with Oxford University Press and Palgrave Macmillan. Her research in the area of hate crime has been funded by the Irish Research Council, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and the European Union (twice). She is currently completing an EU funded project entitled, ‘The Lifecycle of a Hate Crime’. Working closely with civil society organizations in Ireland, she is a member of the National Steering Group Against Hate Crime and has presented to Irish parliamentarians on the need for, and form of, hate crime legislation.

Joe Levin, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, will speak on Friday, Oct. 20 for the keynote presentation from 9:30-10 a.m. The title of his talk is "Then & Now: History of the Southern Poverty Law Center; development of its intelligence project; politics and culture today and their relationship to hate." Mr. Levin has worked with Morris Dees to shut down some of the nation’s most violent white supremacist groups, reformed juvenile justice practices, shattered barriers to equality for women, children, the LGBT community and the disabled, protected low-wage immigrant workers from exploitation, and more.

Idaho Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb, D-Boise, will discuss "With Liberty and Justice for All" at the Friday, Oct. 20 banquet reception, 5-7 p.m., presented by the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations. Elected to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2010 and the state Senate in 2012, 2014, and 2016, her leadership reflects collaborative and visionary goals. Banquet includes dinner and a performance by the Gonzaga Women's Chorus.

Rabbi Francine Green Roston, Glacier Jewish Community/B'nai Shalom of Montana, will present "Responding to Hate & Cyber-Terrorism: Lessons from Whitefish, Montana," at the Saturday closing keynote, 7:00-8:30 p.m., sponsored by the Spokane County Human Rights Task Force. Rabbi Roston is committed to remaining resilient in the face of hate, most recently from the white nationalist movement and The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website at the center of an online harassment campaign involving threats to several Jewish residents of Whitefish. The community responded with a counter-campaign that included community meetings, "Love Lives Here" signs and a downtown "Love Not Hate" rally. Rabbi Roston will share her experience as well as advice on how to respond to hatred in our communities and take effective actions to promote human rights and strengthen our communities. "In our darkest nights this winter, this state, our elected representatives, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, you all lifted us up," said Roston. "You let us know we are not alone." The evening will close with a community prayer for peace and call to action.

Click here to learn more about the Keynote Addresses and Conference Schedule.


Jim Mohr, Ph.D., Conference Chair
Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane

Dean Lynch,
President, Spokane County Human Rights Task Force

Tony Stewart, Professor of Politics
Secretary, Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations

Kristine Hoover,Ed.D.; Associate Professor
Director, Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies


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