Hate Speech in Communication: Research and Proposals

Description and Thematic Areas:

Hate speech is considered the conscious and wilful public expression of hostility and rejection towards individuals, groups or collectives, whether based on racial, ethnic, religious or national criteria, on the grounds of gender, sexual identity or orientation, or any other criteria, which promote intolerance, discrimination, stigmatization, violence, aggression or, in its most serious form, physical extermination. These discourses, traditionally reflected in the mass media and alternative circuits, currently, focus their dissemination channel through online media, digital communities and social media. Therefore, this call is open to research that helps to understand this phenomenon, both from a perspective focused on the analysis of the messages, and the background and repercussions of this type of discourse, as well as on prevention and intervention to minimise alleviate the impact of these messages.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Discriminatory and vexatious stereotyping.
  • Hate speech on social media and in semi-private communities.
  • Hate speech in the mass media.
  • Populism and politics.
  • Rhetorical and linguistic-discursive strategies of hate speech.
  • Bots and troll farms.
  • Legislation, self-regulation and discourse moderation.
  • Disinformation and hate speech.
  • Audiovisual dimension of hate speech in TikTok, Instagram, memes…
  • Prevention and containment of hate speech

Full CFP can be found at: https://www.revistacomunicar.com/pdf/call/call-71-en.pdf

The full author guidelines can be read at: https://www.revistacomunicar.com/normas/01-normativa-comunicar-en.pdf


Article submissions will be due on September 30th, 2021, with notifications of acceptance before January 2021. Issue editors: Mª Dolores Cáceres Zapatero (Complutense University of Madrid, Spain), Mykola Makhortykh (University of Bern, Switzerland) and Francisco Segado (Complutense University of Madrid, Spain).

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