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Hate, Democracy and Human Rights

NOTICE: After much consideration we have decided that we will postpone the INHS conference planned for Warsaw in June. This decision was not made lightly, but we think it is the right one given the global context of Covid-19. However, the 2020 conference has not been cancelled outright. Plans are currently underway for rescheduling the conference to early December 2020. The conference will then take place as planned in Warsaw with ODIHR. If it is the case that there are travel restrictions and contact advisories are still in place at that time, we will hold the conference virtually through an online platform. We will make this decision in June 2020.

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Hate, Democracy and Human Rights
INHS Biennial Conference
June 3 to 5, 2020 (postponed until December 2020)
Co-hosted by the Office for Security and Cooperation in Europe - Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Warsaw, Poland

We are excited to announce the third biennial conference of the International Network for Hate Studies. Please join us for a welcoming reception on June 3, and two days of conference papers and panels on June 4 and 5. Our co-host this year is the ODIHR/OSCE.

Contemporary patterns of hate and hostility - hate speech, hate crime, hate groups - clearly challenge the human rights of targeted communities. Hate in its many guises has the potential to limit individuals' and communities' capacity to fully engage in the society around them. This means, too, that hatred threatens democratic processes, as we have seen globally in, for example, disinformation campaigns that malign immigrants, refugees and their supporters. Indeed, politics itself has become a key locus for expressions of xenophobia, transphobia, misogyny and a host of other "isms." We urge participants to consider the ways in which human rights and democracy are challenged by hate crime, right-wing extremism, online hate and political discourses of hate.


You can participate in the conference:

  • Through a discussion session.
  • Through a problem-solving workshop.
  • By presenting a seminar paper.

Registration fees are as follows, and include the conference dinner:

Standard fee: 200€ / $300CDN

Student and not-for-profit fee: 95€ / $150CDN (15 available spots).