Qualitative analyses of online hate speech and the challenge of grey areas of meaning
- Joachim Scharloth (Waseda University, Japan)
- Victoria Guillén Nieto (University of Alicante, Spain)
- Matthias J. Becker (Decoding Antisemitism, ZfA at TU Berlin, Germany)
- Alexis Chapelan (Decoding Antisemitism, ZfA at TU Berlin, Germany)
In the first workshop of the series, we focus on qualitative approaches to contemporary hate speech: sometimes relatively explicit, but often hidden in the critique of social structure, inequality, or even human rights concerns.
Before estimating the scope of its spread through quantitative methods, it is essential to describe its heterogeneous forms and to explain how the presence of hate speech online is perpetuated, emphasised, and normalised in the social mainstream. This session encourages discussion on a wide range of topics around micro-level hate speech, from the purely pragmatic and conceptual approach to the formal characteristics such as stylistic, rhetoric, and linguistic description.
What possibilities do researchers have to deconstruct implicit forms of hate speech using proven methods? Where do we draw the line between legitimate critique and hate speech?