Linguistic and Social Aspects of Hate Speech in Modern Societies


November 23, 2020 – November 24, 2020 all-day
Andrea Kleene

TYPE OF CALL: Conference

CONFERENCE DATES: November 23-24, 2020

LOCATION: Odense, Denmark

LINGUISTIC FIELD(S): Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics








Hate speech and offensive language is a widespread phenomenon in modern societies. Hate speech can be roughly defined as any communication that attacks individuals or groups “on the grounds of ‘race’, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, language, religion or belief, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation and other personal characteristics or status” (Council of Europe 2016). However, still relatively little is known about the linguistic and communicative mechanisms underlying the expression and perception of hate speech.

This conference aims to fill in a few of these gaps and shed light on various linguistic and social aspects of current manifestations of hate speech, providing an international forum for researchers working in the field.  It is organized by the members of the Velux-project “Towards Balance and Boundaries in Public Discourse: Expressing and Perceiving Online Hate Speech (XPEROHS)”. Invited speakers are Jonathan Culpeper (Lancaster University) and Jörg Meibauer (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz).  We invite contributions concerning all linguistic and social aspects of hate speech, including but not limited to the following:

the use, imagery and evolution of slurs
metaphors, tropes and narratives used in hate speech discourse
cognitive aspects and stereotypes
perception and acceptability norms of hate speech
hate speech corpora: compilation, annotation and evaluation
target-specific aspects of hate speech based on religion, ethnicity, gender, caste etc.
pedagogical aspects, educational media and school policies
the role of social media in the dissemination of hate messages
othering as a linguistic vehicle of discrimination
cross-language and cross-cultural comparisons
party policies and the political dimension of hate speech
philosophical aspects of hate speech
legal aspects of hate speech

We invite extended abstracts for long talks (800 word abstract) or short abstracts for shorter talks (400 word abstract). Long talks will be allocated a slot of 30 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion. The shorter ones are limited to 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for discussion. There is no conference fee!