The Project ONLINERPOL at the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) in Munich, Germany, seeks papers for the international workshop “Global Perspectives on Extreme Speech Online”. Extreme speech is defined by the organizers as online vitriol of political exclusion and differs from hate speech for having overt and implicit political goals.
Submissions that place the extreme speech in conversation with ethnography are strongly welcome. Abstracts should contain a clear outline of the argument, theoretical framework, methodology, ethnographic material (findings if applicable) and a brief note on how the research links to the overall theme of the workshop. A short description (3-5 keywords) of the job and a short biography (max 100 words, stating affiliation) must be also included.

Topics range from:

  1. Field based media practice research and ethnographic explorations of common online users and political aggression; organized production of trolls and vitriol; Digital rumor, virality and mob violence; internet memes, jokes and exclusion; victims of online extreme speech; resistance to online extreme speech
  2. New mixed methods using ethnography and data analysis of extreme speech 
  3. Field based explorations of regulating online extreme speech  with fine grained analysis of the tussles among Internet service providers, social networking sites, state regulators, civil society groups and individual activists

Extended abstracts (1200 words) must be sent to before November 1, 2018.

Full papers (6000 words) of selected submissions are due on 3 December 2018. Attendance to the workshop is fully funded.

Deadline: 01/11/2018 10:59 pm