This SSHRC supported project, Populist Publics: Memory, Populism, and Misinformation in the Canadian Social Mediascape, explores how populist narratives enter and circulate in public discourse on social platforms. Over the course of this project, one of our key objectives is to understand how harmful speech about immigration, multiculturalism, gender equality and LGBTQ+ rights are circulated by far-right groups to become normalized as legitimate discourse within the Canadian mediascape. Across the next five years, our research will examine how the deliberate distortion of the historical record is used to build an alternative collective memory as a core feature of populist strategies to undermine minority rights and cultures in liberal democracy. The research will identify the tactics, strategies, and repertoires among such groups and individuals through a multiplatform critical analysis of social media.
We are an interdisciplinary group of researchers in history, communication and media studies, and digital humanities at Carleton University involved in this project. Together, we have experience with large-scale digital projects and expertise in the national and transnational literature on hate speech, denial, social media, race and immigration, populism, and data studies, and we are well-positioned in the nation’s capital to bring this research to wider publics in government, education, and civil society.
Monday, June 29, 2020
Hate 3.0 and multiculturalism
Read our first project Commentary on Hate 3.0 by research collaborator, Prof. Laura Madokoro. Although it is celebrated, multiculturalism in Canada is deeply contested in terms of its history, its scope and application, as well as the lived experience of...
Read our first project Commentary on Hate 3.0 by research collaborator, Prof. Laura Madokoro. Although it is celebrated, multiculturalism in Canada is deeply contested in terms of its history, its scope and application, as well as the lived experience of diversity. There exists a real tension between officials discourses of multiculturalism, and the...