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CfP: Conference on Hate Speech in Asia @ Asiacentre, Bangkok [July 8-10, 2020]: Submit by Dec 15: Expired

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 Conference Hate speech in Asia Bangkok 300x217 1About the Conference

Across Asia hate speech based on fake news has led to an increase of violent incidents as disinformation divides communities during periods of political and communal tensions. With rising internet penetration and the use of mobile devices, abusive and threatening remarks both in speech and writing are going viral over social media.
Often such content expresses intense prejudice against individuals or particular groups, on the basis of disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, political ideology, race, religion or sexual orientation which can rise up to a frenzy leading to violent outcomes. Governments have enacted laws to preserve public order as well as to protect human dignity. They have also sponsored and assembled inter-faith dialogues and embarked on social cohesion efforts.
Other stakeholders such as the UN, international organisations, civil society and faith-based groups are also doing their part to combat hate speech. In the search for solutions to these challenges, there is also a need for an evidence-based discussion to critically examine the phenomenon of hate speech and its impact on democracy, the rule of law and human rights.
This conference seeks to address the issue of hate speech from an evidence-based and a solution grounded approach while upholding freedom of expression.
See concept note here.


The conference aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • Convene interested individuals and organisations researching hate speech;
  • Exchange information and trends around legislation to prevent hate speech;
  • Examine non-legal measures to promote social cohesion and harmony;
  • Evaluate hate speech’s impact on democracy, freedom of expression, human rights and the rule of law
Call for Papers

The key issues that will be examined are as follows:

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  • Blasphemy, hate speech, “harmony” (national, social, religious) laws and bills
  • International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD)
  • Human rights mechanisms (UN [UPR/Special Procedures], AICHR, NHRIs)
  • Non-legal interfaith dialogues and social cohesion or social harmony initiatives
  • Perspectives from religion, race, ethnicity and nationalities
  • Political and nationality-based discrimination and hate
  • Social protection of gender and LGBTIQ stakeholders
  • Role of media, social media and technology
  • Impact on democracy, freedom of expression, human rights and the rule of law
  • Any other relevant or related themes
Submission Guidelines

Paper Presentations and Speeches
Researchers and practitioners wishing to present papers or share their experiences are invited to submit a title, an abstract in English of 300-350 words along with a biographical paragraph of 100 words here. For those submitting papers, full papers should be 5000 words.
Poster presentations
Limited space is available for 4 to 5 poster presentations. Your presentation may be submitted in word / pdf format to the Asia Centre for consideration. A 60×80 cm poster will be printed and displayed during the conference. Full conference fees apply.

Conference Publications

Following the international conference, Asia Centre will undertake the following publishing efforts:

  • Conference Proceedings
    Publish a set of peer-reviewed Conference Proceedings. Guidelines for the conference proceedings can be found here. Style sheet guidelines can be found here.
  • Book Project
    Asia Centre will invite selected authors and presenters (10-12) to participate in book proposal to Palgrave Macmillan (International Edition) and Gerakbudaya (Regional Edition). See guidelines here.
  • Special Issue Journal
    Asia Centre will also assemble a small number of papers (5-6) for submission as a special issue to a journal drawn from its pool of partners’ publication. Guidelines will be updated later.

Register for the conference by clicking here.
Conference fee: 300$

Important Dates
  • Abstracts submission deadline: 15 Dec 2019
  • Payment due following acceptance of paper
  • Full papers deadline: 15 March 2020

Enquiries: research@asiacentre.org, contact@asiacentre.org

For full details, visit the official website by clicking here.


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