Alongside its public health and economic costs, the ongoing COVID-19 crisis has also resulted in a broad range of social harms. Prominent, among the latter, has been a sharp increase in incidents of hate speech targeting members of various ethnic and religious minorities, both offline and online. This panel seeks to explore why we are witnessing this increase in hate speech.
This raises pressing questions for both academics and policymakers: why are we witnessing this increase in hate speech? Is this phenomenon unique to the current pandemic, or does it reflect a common trend in emergency crises? More importantly, how can Australia and other societies respond to this increase in hate speech, via both legal regulation and other means?
This webinar will bring together academics, policymakers and other key stakeholders to address these questions. By providing a knowledge exchange forum, it will aim to draw on rigorous scholarly research to inform proposals for policy decisions.
Host: Professor Sharon Pickering, Dean of Arts, Monash University
With an introduction from Dr Matteo Bonotti, MMIC and Department of Politics and International Relations, Monash University
Professor Katharine Gelber, University of Queensland
Mr Chin Tan, Race Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission
Ms Vivienne Nguyen, Chairperson, The Victorian Multicultural Commission
Ms Erin Wen Ai Chew, National Convener of the Asian Australian Alliance
Short video presentation from Professor Imran Awan, Birmingham City University, co-author of the Research Briefing Report 2020 ‘Coronavirus, Fear, and how Islamophobia Spreads on Social Media’ prepared on behalf of the UK Government’s Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group.