Hate Speech and the Challenge of Nation-Building

Saturday, 21 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC32 Women in Society (host committee)

Language: English

It is universally accepted that freedom of expression is an inalienable human right although its actual manifestation is not absolute. Thus, when one’s speech, conduct, and writing incite others to violence or prejudicial action, it becomes hate speech. Hate speech employs discriminatory epithets to insult, dehumanize and stigmatize others on the basis of their race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious belief, among others. This act engenders division, mistrust, harassment, and violence and cuts through all facets of social life and social systems, ultimately undermining nation building and development. Hate speech has become increasingly pervasive in global democratic processes where there is stern competition by groups for scarce social values and resources. Evidence reveals how factions of the political elite use print and social media to fan the embers of animosity that promote misogyny, feminist backlash, homophobia, religious fundamentalism, anti-migration policies, etc. This proposal invites scholarly contributions that will interrogate critical issues pertaining to the prevalence of hate speech in the contemporary period. Informed by empirical and theoretical research, the panel will explore a range of issues that broaden understanding about the historical, economic, political and cultural underpinnings of hate speech and its impact and implications for vulnerable groups such as women, LGBTQ, religious minorities and migrant communities.  Panellists will also discuss prospects and challenges of international and national legislative measures to control hate speech propagation and to prosecute and punish perpetrators of this culture of violence which undermines human dignity and democratic consolidation.
Session Organizers:
Matthew EGHAREVBA, Covenant University, Ota Ogun State, Nigeria, Nigeria, Taiwo ABIOYE, Covenant University, Nigeria and Agatha N.T. EGUAVOEN, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma,, Nigeria
Matthew EGHAREVBA, Covenant University, Ota Ogun State, Nigeria, Nigeria and Taiwo ABIOYE, Covenant University, Nigeria
Agatha N.T. EGUAVOEN, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma,, Nigeria
Oral Presentations
On the Social Conditions of Antifeminist Speech
Heiko BEYER, Institut for Social Sciences, Germany; Annette SCHNABEL, Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet Dueseldorf, Germany; Mona LACH, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany
Hate Speech and Oil Politicking in the Niger Delta
Gloria OGUNGBADE, Covenant University, Nigeria; Moses DURUJI, Covenant University, Ota Ogun State, Nigeria; Ogaba OCHE, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Nigeria
Violent ‘Others’: The Interconnections between Hate Speech Against Women and Immigrant Men in Online Discussions about Gendered Violence
Satu VENÄLÄINEN, University of Helsinki, Finland; Tuija VIRKKI, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
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