Author Archives: Sylvana

New Article on Futures Thinking in Black Metal

Vivek Venkatesh, co-holder of the UNESCO-PREV Chair, and Jason Wallin have co-authored a new article titled “No satisfaction, no fun, no future: Futures thinking in black metal”.

Published in Metal Music Studies (volume 6, issue 2), this article aims, according to the authors, to think the burgeoning theoretical orientation known as accelerationism alongside black metal, particularly as black metal harnesses accelerationist strategies of negation and opposition on behalf of surveying a world out-of-step with its “normative” conceptualization.

Our Co-Chairholder Vivek Venkatesh in A Conference on Systemic Racism This Month

Location: Online

Start Date: 23/06/2020 11:00 am   End Date: 23/06/2020 2:30 pm

To contribute to the discussion on systemic racism, the Association for Canadian Studies, Metropolis Canada and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO are organizing a free online conference titled “Understanding Systemic Racism in Canada: Concept and Data”. Bringing together experts to assess anti-racism policies and practices, present new data on Canadians’ perceptions of systemic racism, and share the perspectives of Indigenous and racialized communities in Canada, the web event will take place on June 23rd, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

FRQSC Grant for Landscape of Hope Project that Tackles Cyber Pressure

Project Someone collaborators and Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance (CSLP) members Owen Chapman (principal investigator), Sandra Chang-Kredl, Annabelle Brault, and Vivek Venkatesh (co-applicants) have received a three-year grant from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC) for $204,610 as a research-creation team.

Gender and Violent Extremism Today

Location: Online

Start Date: 04/06/2020 4:00 pm   End Date: 13/12/2019 5:30 pm

Examining contemporary cases and international responses, this live briefing will bring together leading academic and policy experts to analyze gendered dynamics of violent extremism, and discuss what a gender lens means for how we respond to violent extremism today. On Thursday, the 4th of June 2020, from 16:00 to 17:30 (CET/GMT+1), the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague will host an online live briefing, followed by a Q&A session, on gender and violent extremism.

Deconfinement: There Is No Perfect Solution

Professor David Morin, co-holder of the UNESCO-PREV Chair, is co-author of this text on deconfinement in Quebec. While the situation appears to be stable in other parts of Quebec, Montreal is among the cities most affected worldwide by the COVID-19 pandemic. In certain boroughs and more importantly in residential and long-term care centres (CHSLDs), the situation far exceeds the government’s capacity to assist certain segments of the population. The COVID-19 pandemic has thus turned into a sectoral humanitarian crisis.

Human Rights Impact of Policies and Practices Aimed at Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism

A report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, the document, which was submitted to the United Nations General Assembly (UN), addresses the global and national effects of the widespread use of policies and practices aimed at preventing and countering violent extremism.

“Peace, Citizenship and Resilience in Conflict and Post-Conflict Contexts” Webinar

An initiative of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), the panel “Peace, Citizenship and Resilience in Conflict and Post-Conflict Contexts” is part of the webinar series “Societies We Want”. The panel will take place on May 28, 2020 from 10:00 to 13:00 via Zoom and will also be broadcasted on Facebook and Youtube.