Thinking about Orlando

Thinking about Orlando

By Jennifer Schweppe and Mark Walters The attack on the LGBTQI community in Orlando this weekend is reverberating across the globe. With 50 people dead and 53 injured at the time of writing, the mass shooting represents an attack, not just on Orlando, on Florida, or on the United States, but an attack on the…

An interdisciplinary thought about hate crime

An interdisciplinary thought about hate crime

By Joanna Perry Joanna Perry is an independent consultant and co-chair of the advisory board of the International Network for Hate Studies I am currently studying for a post graduate certificate in Online and Distance Education at the Open University. One of the things that I am enjoying the most are the unexpected connections between…

Decivilising Gays and Gypsies?

Decivilising Gays and Gypsies?

by Dr. Anthony Donnelly – Drummond Senior Lecturer, Leeds Beckett University Recently (February 2016) I was invited to give a presentation for the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender History Month celebrations at Leeds Beckett University. I decided to focus on Gypsy Traveller Roma communities, and, the LGBT communities including the little known issue of LGBT GTR…

Who is free speech really for? The American university as the modern-day battleground for political correctness and the First Amendment

Who is free speech really for? The American university as the modern-day battleground for political correctness and the First Amendment

By Phoebe Shen, Student, University of Sussex, School of Law.   “To black students and the students of color at Mizzou, we, students of color at Scripps College, move with you in solidarity. To those who would threaten their sense of safety, we are watching. ‪#‎ConcernedStudent1950 #‎InSolidarityWithMizzou” During the week of November 9th, this message cropped up…

Mapping Homophobia and Misogyny in Rap Music

Mapping Homophobia and Misogyny in Rap Music

By Cinzia Rodrigues, Student, University of Sussex, School of Law.  The decade of the 1970s witnessed the birth of a form of protest art for young men of color from disadvantaged areas in the Bronx.[1] The mixture of street dance, art, poetry, vocal and oratory dexterity, the artistry of combining different music styles, and the wealth of…

Islamophobia in the 21st century: Is history repeating?

Islamophobia in the 21st century: Is history repeating?

By Alexander Bisset, Student, University of Sussex, School of Law. It is said that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it, perhaps an overused cliché lacking relevance in the modern age? For the people of the Jewish faith it is an epithet seared into the living consciousness. ‘Kristallnacht‘, the night Jews…

How come ‘intolerant’ Poland is among European leaders in collecting data on hate crimes?

How come ‘intolerant’ Poland is among European leaders in collecting data on hate crimes?

By Piotr Godzisz. Piotr is a doctoral student at UCL’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies, and a graduate of the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science, University of Warsaw. His research examines the development of national hate crime policies in Europe. As part of a project supported by the UCL European Institute’s Junior Research Forum,…

On Hate Crime and Terrorism

On Hate Crime and Terrorism

    By David Brax, post-doc at the Centre for European Research (CERGU), and the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and the Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg In the aftermath of the massacre in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston on June 27th 2015 a discussion arose concerning how to categorize what had…

Is Britain Fairer? Hate crime as a human rights issue

Is Britain Fairer? Hate crime as a human rights issue

By Dr Hazel Wardrop, Research Manager, Equality and Human Rights Commission The issue of hate crime in London and across Great Britain has dominated headlines. In October 2015, the Prime Minister David Cameron announced a commitment for police forces in England and Wales to record Islamophobic offences as a separate category of hate crime, in…

Pervasive Racism: How public and political responses to a recent tragedy in Ireland’s Traveller Community were shaped by Anti-Traveller hostility

Pervasive Racism: How public and political responses to a recent tragedy in Ireland’s Traveller Community were shaped by Anti-Traveller hostility

Amanda Haynes, Sindy Joyce and Jennifer Schweppe Hate and Hostility Research Group, University of Limerick On Saturday the 10th of October 2015, a horrific fire devastated the homes of three families in Carrickmines in South Dublin, Ireland. Ten people, including five children and a pregnant woman, lost their lives. Fifteen survivors were left homeless following…

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