Hate Crime Network
- About the group
- Forthcoming Events
- Previous Events
- Blog Article
- BSC Hate Crime Network Article Prize
- Joining and staying in touch
- Contact the Network
Chair: Jo Smith J.Smith12@brighton.ac.uk
The BSC Hate Crime Network is intended to provide a forum for those within the criminology community who have an interest in researching hate crime. This may include, although not be limited to, the following issues: perpetration; victimisation; legislation and policy; policing; rehabilitation and punishment of offenders; theoretical approaches; intersections of hate crime victimisation; and technology and hate crime.
Academic interest in hate crime has been growing in recent years; with developments in theoretical understandings of hate crime, a growing body of empirical work, and increasing attention given to vulnerable groups who fall outside of legislative provisions. Hate crime academia has also influenced the criminal justice sphere; engaging with policing policies and practices, and law reform. Beyond this, research by scholars in the UK has a significant role to play within public discourse around hate crime, particularly in relation to the rise in hate crimes following the 2016 Brexit referendum, the use of technology and social media in the perpetration and experiences of hate, and hate crime in football. This network seeks to facilitate the exchange of ideas and work amongst scholars in the hate crime community, to promote and support excellence in this field for those at all stages of their career, and to provide the opportunity for greater engagement with policy makers, criminal justice practitioners and the wider general public.
Chair: Dr Jo Smith (University of Brighton)
Vice Chair: Luke Hubbard (University of Surrey)
Steering group: Dr Leah Burch (Liverpool Hope University), Professor Neil Chakraborti (University of Leicester), Dr Ben Colliver (Birmingham City University), Dr Anthony Drummond (Leeds Beckett University), Dr Marian Duggan (University of Kent), Professor Jon Garland (University of Surrey), Professor Nathan Hall (University of Surrey), Rachel Keighley (University of Leicester), Dr Irene Zempi (Nottingham Trent University).
The Aims of the Network
- Provide a forum for hate crime researchers and other BSC members to share information and experiences about hate crime with a view to developing critical analysis and debate across research, policy, and practice;
- Advance understanding of hate crime both nationally and internationally;
- Foster opportunities for collaborative projects amongst hate crime researchers, criminologists more broadly, and other related individuals/groups; and
- Encourage networking between academics, researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, and students interested in the field of hate crime.
Wednesday 18th August, 2021 – Emily Wertans : The forgotten victims of hate crime: How can hate scholars engage with homeless victims?
Abstract: As a group that stands outside of the formal protected characteristics of hate crime, homeless people are scarcely recognised as victims of prejudice within the UK. However, there are numerous accounts of targeted hostility directed towards people on the basis of their perceived homeless status. Nonetheless, hate scholars, victimisation researchers and politicians have not attempted to meaningfully engage with this group to better understand their experiences and needs. This presentation and the research that underpins it aims to address what we know about targeted hostility against the homeless, why there is so little attention on it and how can research be conducted to bridge this gap.
Researching within hate studies: A discussion group for PGRs and ECRs
This newly formed discussion group is part of the BSC Hate Crime Network, and has been designed to create a supportive space for PGRs and ECRs who are researching within the broad area of hate studies. PGRs could include students studying at MA and doctoral level, and ECRs includes those researchers who are within five years of receiving their doctorate. The group brings PGRs and ECRs together to share their research projects, discuss methodological issues, and consider best practices when researching sensitive topics. The group will touch upon, but are not limited to, the following topics:
- Working with and supporting victims
- Managing the sensitivity of hate studies research
- Ethical issues
- Working with policy-makers and practitioners
- Creative and inclusive research methods
- Our responsibility as researchers
- Working with perpetrators of hate crime
In addition to these discussions, the group will also organise occasional training sessions with more experienced researchers. These training sessions could cover some of the above, but please get in touch if there are any particular areas that you would benefit from. These sessions will be led by an experienced researcher within the area of hate studies, but there will continue to be an emphasis on open discussion and Q&A. All sessions will run online (unless otherwise stated) via MS Teams. These will be bi-monthly on a Wednesday afternoon lasting 1 hour (2-3pm). Presenters will speak for approximately 25 minutes, and this will be followed by a discussion. See below for information on our first two meetings.
If you would like to present at one of these discussion groups, please contact Leah Burch (firstname.lastname@example.org @LeahFBurch) with a short bio and abstract. This does not need to be detailed but should give a broad overview of a potential topic/issue/method that you would like to discuss.
To stay up to date with these events and access joining details, please ensure that you follow the British Society of Criminology Hate Crime Network on Twitter @BscHcn and are subscribed to our JISCmail account https://t.co/E0KNH46fSa?amp=1
Future events will be announced in the BSC bulletin
June 16, 2021 12.00-16.00
Sport and sporting events can often be the context within which hate crimes happen. Incidents of hate crime connected to 287 football matches in England and Wales were reported in 2019-20, according to Home Office figures. Of those incidents, 75% related to race (214 matches), while 27% related to sexual orientation (78 matches). Compared to the previous season, arrests for racist or indecent chanting more than doubled from 14 to 35, despite hundreds of matches being cancelled or played without fans because of the covid-19 pandemic. The aim of this conference was to discuss the scope of the problem and to identify best strategies to tackle hate crime in football.
12:00 – 12:10pm Welcome – Chair, BSC Hate Crime Network
12:10 – 13:00pm Keynote Speaker – Di Cunningham, Founder of Proud Canaries
13:00 – 14:00pm Panel Session 1: Racism and Islamophobia in football
Chair: Dr Ben Colliver
Professor Imran Awan, Professor in Criminology BCU and Dr Irene Zempi, Senior Lecturer in Criminology NTU
Tajean Hutton, Grassroots Manager, Kick It Out
Arran Williams, Mananger Diversity and Inclusion, FA
14:00 – 14:30pm Break
14:30 – 15:30pm Panel session 2: Homophobia and transphobia in football
Chair: Dr Irene Zempi
Dr Ben Colliver, Lecturer in Criminology, BCU
Naomi Reid, Communications Lead and Player, Charlton Invicta F.C.
Dr Michael Seeraj, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for Charlton Athletic FC & Trust/Chair, English Football League (EFL) Regional EDI Forum
15:30 – 15:45pm Close – Chair, BSC Hate Crime Network
Wednesday 23rd June, 2021 – Dr David Wilkin: From Town to Gown: Are we purely academics?
Abstract: Why do we want to be researchers? For personal kudos, for money, perhaps to achieve social change? Whatever our motivation, at some point we must settle on a research question to ask. We commit to solving a problem and in doing so, we set a course for the rest of our lives.
For years we dedicate ourselves to be completely taken over by that topic, it becomes our friend, our enemy and our challenge. Eventually, we become subject matter experts. We move from the questioner to the questioned, we provide knowledge and inspire change. We move from learner to teacher. People look to us for leadership, for help and hope. But what duty do we owe? Did we merely visit our topic, collect the prize, and move out – or do we owe a duty to society? Are we more than just research tourists? In this session, David will be discussing our positions of privilege and what we can give back to society.
Misogyny as Hate Crime, Nottingham Trent University, May 15, 2019
In May 2016 Nottinghamshire Police became the first UK police force to record misogyny as a hate crime. The Law Commission is currently conducting a review of the adequacy of protection offered by hate crime legislation in England and Wales. The purpose of this conference was a timely opportunity to scope the current discourse around misogyny and consider the value of recognising misogyny as hate crime nationally.
I felt honoured to be invited to deliver the inaugural lecture to the online community representing the Hate Crime Network on 23rd June 2021. In the presentation, I extolled the friendliness and passion which I have found to be so prevalent within hate crime researchers – that was a passion which, I argued, should be exploited. Hate crime is a set of offences which, I feel, are particularly unjust. To be targeted because of who you are and how you feel is an egregious act upon the person. For a person with a disability, you might already be encumbered by the obstacles which society place in your way daily. On top of these, someone might just see it as their responsibility to make your day even worse by abusing you, violating your intentions or perhaps physically assaulting you.
Hate crime generally, and disability hate crime specifically, have not been extensively researched or represented in the university system. Arguably, what is discussed within academia eventually finds its way through to general society. Therefore, if academics do not deliberate it, it seems logical that the public will not know about it – or if they do, they do not get a balanced view of it.
In my presentation, I argued that we, as academics, not only have a duty to research the uncomfortable, the inconvenient and those awkward topics, but we have a duty to allow ourselves to be emotionally attached to a subject that we find ourselves being passionate about. It is difficult to remain aloof from something that changes so many lives and that we feel so outraged about. One of the drivers for what we do and how we approach it is passion. I found myself investigating disability hate because it happened to me. No matter how hard one might try to approach research objectively therefore, in my case, I would always be emotionally attached to rectifying the injustices of these offences. So, whilst in our written work we might need to mitigate against emotional affect and realise how we are led by it – we cannot escape from it, and why should we.
Furthermore, in my presentation, I argued that academics should not preserve topics for their sole use. In other words, instead of the insularity of finding data; publishing it; discussing it; teaching it and criticizing it, academics should look over the university walls and consider how much of our specialized, hard won knowledge, could be of use to society in general. If we hold a passion to make the world a better place, to attempt to stop people being victimized for who they are, shouldn’t we be taking our expertise to the people? Why keep it to ourselves? To raise awareness in society of societal wrongs we must surely pop into society now and then and share what we know. Public talks, offering consultancy to public service providers and the police and appearing in the media and try to spread the word about the injustice that we have uncovered and continue so to do. It may be the equivalent of solicitors practicing pro bono work in the public good – to improve the public good. I can criticize my own good intentions by saying that time and resources are tight among the academic community – and this is true. But surely any deviation from being focused purely on academia can not only make you the go to person for that topic, but can also increase your skills set and, ultimately therefore, your employability.
If you have the time, why not do even the smallest thing to relate your expertise to the public, share your understanding of the unjust nature of social wrongs, and increase your notoriety at the same time. Working so hard to be recognized as an expert in your field is hard work. Perhaps now it is time to show off!
BSC Hate Crime Network Article Prize (Sponsored by Palgrave)
To acknowledge the valuable contribution to scholarship and celebrate excellence and innovation in the study of hate crime by members of the British Society of Criminology.
- must be members of the BSC;
- must have published the paper between 1st April 2019 – 31st March 2021 (either electronic or hard copy – whichever publication came first);
- may nominate themselves, though they may also be nominated by others with the applicant’s permission. All nominators must be a member of the BSC;
- can only submit papers which have direct relevance to the field of hate crime.
How to Apply
All nominations should be submitted to Jon Garland (email@example.com), co-ordinator of the article prize for the BSC Hate Crime Network. Nominations should include a 250-word supporting statement explaining how the applicant meets the eligibility criteria and a PDF of the journal article. These nominations must be received by 5pm on April 2, 2021.
The article will be judged by a panel of reviewers and the prize – £100 worth of Palgrave books – will be awarded at the BSC Conference. We look forward to receiving your submissions.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the field of hate crime.
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Please contact Jo Smith J.Smith12@brighton.ac.uk
The International Network for Hate Studies: http://www.internationalhatestudies.com/
The Centre for Hate Studies: https://le.ac.uk/hate-studies
Tell MAMA: https://tellmamauk.org/
Stop Hate UK: https://www.stophateuk.org/
True Vision: http://www.report-it.org.uk/home
Equality and Human Rights Commission: https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en