Hate Speech in Asia: Challenges and Solutions 2020

Bangkok, Thailand
7 - 9 October 2020
15 days since the conference ended

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline
30th August 2020
Final Abstract / Full Paper Deadline
15th September 2020


Across Asia hate speech based on fake news has led to an increase of violent incidents as disinformation divides communities during periods of political and communal tensions.This conference seeks to address the issue of hate speech from an evidence-based and a solution grounded approach while upholding freedom of expression.

Call for Papers

Themes The key issues that will be examined are as follows: 

  • Blasphemy, hate speech, “harmony” (national, social, religious) laws and bills 
  • International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) Human rights mechanisms (UN [UPR/Special Procedures], AICHR, NHRIs) 
  • Non-legal interfaith dialogues and social cohesion or social harmony initiatives 
  • Perspectives from religion, race, ethnicity and nationalities 
  • Political and nationality-based discrimination and hate 
  • Social protection of gender and LGBTIQ stakeholders 
  • Role of media, social media and technology 
  • Impact on democracy, freedom of expression, human rights and the rule of law

Following the international conference, Asia Centre will undertake following publishing efforts: 

Conference Proceedings 

  • Publish a set of peer-reviewed Conference Proceedings. 
  • Book Project Asia Centre will invite selected authors and presenters (10-12) to participate in book proposal to Palgrave Macmillan (International Edition) and Gerakbudaya (Regional Edition). 
  • Special Issue Journal Asia Centre will also assemble a small number of papers (5-6) for submission as a special issue to a journal drawn from its pool of partners’ publication. 

Conference Fee 

  • This is a self-funded conference, hence a flat fee of USD$300 that will be charged to all keynote, paper and poster presenters, participants and drop-in visitors. This will go towards covering the cost of the venue, equipment and logistics, coffee breaks on all days, certificates for participants, conference communications and staff. 

Submission Guidelines 

  • Paper Presentations and Speeches Researchers and practitioners wishing to present papers or share their experiences are invited to submit a title, an abstract in English of 300-350 words along with a biographical paragraph of 100 words to research@asiacentre.co.th. For those submitting papers, full papers should be 5000 words. 

Key Dates 

  • Accepting abstracts now (on a rolling basis until 30 August 2020) 
  • Payment due following acceptance of abstract
  • Full papers (deadline 15 September 2020)

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