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INHS Conference

The Politics of Hate: Community, Societal, and Global Responses

Conference May 24-26 2016

University of Limerick

On behalf of the International Network for Hate Studies and the Hate and Hostility Research Group at the University of Limerick we would like to invite you to take part in our second biennial conference, “The Politics of Hate: Community, Societal, and Global Responses.” Since the INHS’ inaugural conference held at the University of Sussex in 2014, the relevance of hate studies has become even more pronounced, with the current refugee crisis, the rise of the far right in Europe, increasing discussions about racism in policing in the United States, and state sanctioned policies of homophobia and transphobia. The conference will address broad themes such as how hate crime and hate is experienced at the global and community level, what the latest international policy developments are, and what influence these developments have on national efforts to understand and tackle hate crime?

Who is the conference for?

The conference is for scholars, civil society organisations, public service providers, practitioners, and policy makers who are working on ways to better understand and combat hate and hate crime. It will provide a unique opportunity to engage with colleagues from around the world who will come together to discuss issues which are common to those working in the area of hate crime, as well as provide an opportunity to generate links and networks with those practicing and working in other jurisdictions. It will be inclusive of all sectors and will use a variety of formats to promote discussion and engagement across all attendees and speakers including: panel discussions, workshops and group-based problem solving activities, and seminar papers/presentations. Plenary papers will also be delivered by leading international scholars and policy practitioners. Debates and discussions will encourage dialogue across sectors, deepening our understanding of hate and hate crime, and measures that can be used to combat it.

By attending the conference, you will have an opportunity to:

  • engage with colleagues from across disciplines and practices on issues facing you in your everyday work
  • exchange ideas and problem solve with people from across cultures, communities, and countries
  • hear about cutting-edge research from across the world
  • learn about new practices being used internationally to combat hate crime.

How can I be involved in the conference?

You can be involved in the conference in a number of ways. If you have any questions, or any other ideas of ways to engage with colleagues, please let us know and we would be delighted to hear from you.

1. Discussion Sessions

These will be in the format of a roundtable discussion where presenters will speak on a topical issue for five minutes each. The aim is not to present research findings but to engage in interactive discussions about understanding, combating, and responding to hate crime. Some suggestions for topics might be “using new technology to combat hate crime”, “hate crime in transitional communities”, or “structural causes of hate crime”.

2. Problem-solving Workshops

Is there a particular problem or difficulty facing you or your organisation that you would like to discuss? Group activities will be used in order to explore ways in which both academia and the public sector or civil society organisations can improve our understanding of, or responses to, hate crime. Just suggest a title and let us know if you would like to lead the session. Some suggestions for topics might be “setting up a nongovernmental organisation to support victims of hate crime”, “combating hate crime in institutional settings”, or “how can we increase reporting rates for hate crime?”.

3. Presentations/Seminar Papers

If you would like to present either a traditional academic paper (e.g. exploring new research findings or theoretical perspectives), OR a practice-based presentation (for e.g. outlining best practices or new practical work being carried out) we would love to hear from you. Speakers should submit an abstract of approximately 200 words. Papers/presentations should last no longer than 15 minutes. If you would like to convene a panel, or organise a stream at the conference, please let us know!

To participate in the conference, see the guidelines available here: The deadline for proposals for participation is 22nd January 2016. Please also become join the Network here: 

Conference Details

The conference will be formally opened on the evening of Tuesday 24th May 2016 and conference business will start on the morning of Wednesday 25th May, concluding at the end of the day on Thursday 26th May. The conference dinner will be held on the evening of Wednesday 25th May. The conference cost is €170, including the conference dinner on Wednesday night. Please note there are a limited number of subsidised places for this conference. Contact us for further details if you would like to apply for one.

For further details about the conference and how to register see: For information about registration contact For other enquiries contact one of the conference organisers: Jennifer Schweppe (; Amanda Haynes (; Jon Garland (; or Dr Mark Walters (

We would be grateful if you would help promote this event and make it a truly international and engaged event. Please disseminate conference information to your respective networks, colleagues and students involved and working in hate studies.