Presenters Invited for International Conference on Hate Studies

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February 22, 2021
Gonzaga News Service

'Justice and Equity: Challenging Hate and Inspiring Hope'

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies is seeking proposals from students, academics and professionals worldwide to present at the Sixth International Conference on Hate Studies set for Nov. 4-6, 2021. Planned for a virtual format, the conference welcomes all interested individuals to submit a proposal.

Submissions will be reviewed beginning March 1.

“In this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, political divisiveness, racial inequity, and climate injustice, the importance of understanding how the processes of dehumanization and othering harm communities and the world in which we live is perhaps more critical than ever,” said Kristine Hoover, Ed.D., director of the GIHS and an associate professor of organizational leadership. “Because the conference will be virtual, we expect broad engagement and participation.”

The theme for the conference is: “Justice and Equity: Challenging Hate and Inspiring Hope.” 

Lessons learned at the conference will inform plans to help educators, researchers, advocates and others analyze and combat hatred in its many manifestations to help communities foster peace, human rights, and justice.

The multidisciplinary academic discipline of hate studies brings scholars together to create new understandings to address hate in any of its multiple manifestations — such as racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, religious intolerance, ethnoviolence, anti-immigration animus, ableism, and others.

The International Conference on Hate Studies is one of the world’s leading interdisciplinary academic forums on hate, related social problems, and ways to create socially just and inclusive communities. 

The Institute

Founded in 1997, the Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies leverages experts in the field of hate studies and other disciplines — through inquiry, forums, scholarship, and service — to form a research-based coalition to better understand hate and develop effective strategies to counter its corrosive impacts on society.

Volume 17 of its Journal of Hate Studies, an international scholarly journal, will be published in fall 2021. This volume will feature a forum on “Pandemania,” a term describing the ill effects of a society dealing with a lingering pandemic. Lisa Silvestri, Ph.D., associate professor of communication studies at Gonzaga, is guest editor of this volume of the journal.

The most recent edition is Volume 16: “Building Peace through Dialogue, Kindness, and Forgiveness” (2020) with co-managing editors, Kem Gambrell, Ph.D., and Lazarina Topuzova, Ph.D. The Journal of Hate Studies can be found at:

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