Conference Overview


Conference Description

Held Virtually 

The Sixth 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 to lead to communities being committed to peace, human rights, and justice.

The theme of this year’s conference is Justice and Equity: Challenging Hate and Inspiring Hope. Papers analyzing this theme from different theoretical or disciplinary lenses are invited.  There are four general areas that papers may be divided into: Research, Education, Practice, and Advocacy. 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.

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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

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Conference Areas and Topics

We invite international, national, and regional audiences to participate, whether as presenters or attendees. We seek presentation and session proposals for papers, panels, round-table discussions, workshops, performances, 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 ResearchEducationPractice, and Advocacy:

  • Anti-hate education within K-12th grades, post-secondary, or organizations.
  • Hate-free policies.
  • Solutions and strategies for changing policies, laws, and practices that sustain or encourage hate, intolerance, or inequality. 
  • Analysis of white supremacist, white nationalist, and fascist ideologies, beliefs, systems, and  actions

Envisioned Presenters and Audience

We wish to receive paper and session proposals from:

  • Academics – scholars, researchers, educators, administrators, and students from 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

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