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Call for abstract "Paper Preventing and tackling forms of gender-based and intersectional hate speech through formal and non-formal education"

Si segnala la Call for abstract del panel Preventing and Tackling Forms of Gender-Based and Intersectional Hate Speech Through Formal and Non-Formal Education " all’interno dello stream "Reinventing Gender Issues in/of Education" della II International Conference of the Journal Scuola Democratica "REINVENTING EDUCATION".

La Conferenza si terrą interamente online il 3-4-5- giugno 2020.

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Call for abstract/Paper



Convenors: Barbara Giovanna Bello (Universtą degli Studi di Milano); Laura Scudieri (Universitą di Genova)

Keywords: Hate speech; Women; LGBTQI+; Intersectionality; Formal/Non-Formal Education


In current times, alongside the “traditional” track of inequality, discrimination and gender-based violence, we are witnessing the increasing consolidation of another oppressive – and in some respects more insidious than the former one – path linked to new social media: just think of the role of new technologies in facilitating and / or multiplying harmful conducts, to the point of creating new ones.

Particularly significant in this respect is hate speech, which is on the rise and takes new forms in contemporary societies, spanning from offline hatred to brutal online attacks, such as cyberstalking, cyberbullying, revenge porn and, more recently, zoo mbombing. The increase in webinars due to the covid-19 pandemic has indeed led to the spreading of zoombombing against NGOs and scholars during events addressing gender-related or anti-racism issues. “Gender” – understood as a non-binary category, alone or at the intersection with other characteristics of identity – figures among the reasons on which hate speech is still largely based (see the yearly “Hate Barometers” issued byAmnesty International).

If the growth of the manosphere shows that women in general continue to be hate speech’s favorite target (Verza 2020), the attacks against Kamala Harris, in the context of the recent US elections, have once more shown the pervasiveness of hate particularly against women of color, which requires an intersectional analysis (Ghanea 2013; Bello 2020). National laws do not always sanction hate speech based on all the characteristics of identity: for example, in Italy a draft bill (d.l. Zan) addressing homotransphobia, hatred against women and people with disabilities is currently being debated in Parliament. Schools – starting from primary and secondary education, where gender stereotypes and sexist culture take the first but decisive steps (Abbatecola, Stagi 2017; Biemmi, Leonelli 2016; Scudieri 2013), up to the universities, in particular Law Schools – do not regularly include courses either on or in a gender perspective or on hate prevention and countering strategies in their curricula.

Obviously, gender sensitive spot projects and interventions to sensitize teachers, pupils and students are insufficient to bring about a real cultural change.

Therefore, this panel welcomes contributions from a wide range of disciplines, preferably with an interdisciplinary approach, that provide theoretical and / or empirical research addressing old and new forms of hate speech based solely on gender or, in an intersectional perspective, in connection with other factors, as well as the role played by formal and non-formal education, including clinical education at Law Schools, to prevent and counter them.