[KS] Call for paper : Hate speech in Korea, Japan and France

Marie-Orange Rivé-Lasan mo.rivelasan at gmail.com
Sun Apr 30 12:32:31 EDT 2017


International Workshop


Jan. 17(Wed) – 18(Thu), 2018 Ritsumeikan University, Japan


Asia Center,
Seoul National University, Korea

Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Université Paris
Diderot (Paris 7), France

Institute of International Language and Culture Studies, Ritsumeikan
University, Japan

In recent years, hatred or instigation of discrimination has increased
against foreigners, immigrants or various religious, ethnic and sexual
minorities in different developed societies. Hate speech has more and more
become a fatal problem to the social, cultural and political life of
contemporary democracies. How should democratic societies respond to such
persistent problem as well as to the broader forms of “othering” that
motivate hate speech? How can we prevent it? It seems to us that neither
the cause of nor cure for this pernicious phenomenon is well appreciated in
the context of today’s globalized world. Societies in Europe and East Asia
present ample occasions for examining the various dimensions of hate speech
phenomenon. Many of the cases show that hate speech involves a complex web
of historical injustices, economic inequalities, religious tensions,
socio-political ideologies and emerging democratic challenges, as well as
divergent legal constructions.

This project seeks to illuminate the national, regional and global dynamics
of hate speech from diverse viewpoints that include the political, legal,
historical, ideological and religio-cultural perspectives. To this end, it
focuses on the cases of hate speech in the three countries of Korea, Japan
and France. We will examine the contours of hate speech in the Korean,
Japanese and French contexts; explore the historical, ideological or
religio-cultural background of hate speech production and dissemination in
each society that is globalized; and evaluate the cases and provide policy
proposals from a human rights perspective. This research project is
intended not only to show similarities in this global phenomenon observed
beyond the political and geographical boundaries, but also to distinguish
differences in the historical, legal and cultural foundation of each
nation-state that cause and maintain the expression and structure of the
discrimination. The comparative nature of this collaborative research will
help fill in blind spots and lead to better informed and more sophisticated
and practical recommendations for the prevention of hate speech in many
Eastern and Western societies.

We invite paper proposals from different approaches such as communication,
media studies, history, sociology, anthropology, political science, legal
studies, religious studies that examine, but not restricted to, the
following questions:

● What are the current contours of hate speech in Korea, Japan and France?
● How can we best respond to the challenges presented by hate speech in
ways that

promote a just and peaceful society?
● What are alternative strategies for managing the public sphere against
hate speech?
● How is hate speech defined and delimited in law and public policy in the
three societies?
● What are the differences and similarities in the phenomenon of hate
speech between

Europe and East Asia?
● What are the legal and discursive characteristics of Korea, Japan and
France in dealing

with hate speech?
● What are the most urgent issues regarding hate speech in Korea, Japan and
● How is mass media, especially the Internet, employed in expressing hatred

different minorities?
● In what forms do ethnic, sexual or religious differences play a role in
provoking hate

speech in the three societies?
● Why do ethnicity, sexuality or religion act as flashpoints in hate

We are pleased to provide presenters with partial subsidies for
accommodation and travel expenses depending on funding availability and on
a case-by-case basis. We intend to publish selected papers from the
workshop as a journal special issue and/or an edited volume with a
reputable academic press. We also plan to hold the second workshop at
Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7) in the second half of 2018.


1. Deadline: Please submit your proposal with a title, an abstract of not
more than 500 words and a list of references, together with your name,
position, institutional affiliation and email address by June 30, 2017.

2. Submission method:Send in MS Word via email to hatespeech2018 at gmail.com

3. Final papers: Paper presenters are requested to submit full papers
by December
31, 2017.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any questions regarding this



Professor Myungkoo KANG, Seoul National University, Korea Professor Jaejin
LEE, Hanyang University, Korea
Professor Wooja KIM, Ritsumeikan University, Japan
Professor Rivé-Lasan MARIE-ORANGE, Université Paris Diderot,

Dr. Kyuhoon CHO, Seoul National University, Korea
Marie-Orange RIVE-LASAN
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