Author Archives: Sylvana

The UNESCO-PREV Chair Launches Its Mapping of Centers of Expertise in PVE

En 2019, la Chaire UNESCO-PREV a amorcé la réalisation d’une cartographie mondiale des pôles d’expertise, comprenant tant des expert·e·s que des organisations oeuvrant dans le domaine de la prévention primaire, secondaire et tertiaire de la radicalisation et de l’extrémisme violents.

Project SOMEONE Announces the Upcoming Launch of PROFILE

In conjunction with the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Project Someone is proud to announce the upcoming launch of PROFILE, a practical toolkit that aims to understand racial and social profiling. In this short teaser video-clip, Will Prosper—founder of Hoodstock and former RCMP officer—talks about the broad ways in which profiling occurs and Quebec’s failure to recognize the problem.

“(Re) Imagining the Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism” Summer Institute Course

Location: Concordia University (1250, Guy Street), Montréal, QC, Canada

Start Date: 04/05/2020 12:00 am   End Date: 18/06/2020 11:59 pm

The UNESCO-PREV Chair presents its Summer Institute course titled “(Re) Imagining the Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism”, offered through distance-learning classes from May 4th to June 8th, and from June 16th to 18th, 2020.

Diversity and Inclusion: Diversity Representativeness For the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Location: Le Gesù (room Custeau), Montréal, QC, Canada

Start Date: 17/03/2020 5:00 pm   End Date: 17/03/2020 7:00 pm

As part of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Ministry of Canadian Heritage, Québec region, will host an event titled “Diversity and Inclusion: Diversity Representativeness For the Elimination of Racial Discrimination” on March 17th, 2020, in Montréal, Canada.

M. Vivek Venkatesh, Co-Holder of the UNESCO Chair in prevention of radicalisation and violent extremism and Professor at Concordia University, will represent the Chair and its Project SOMEONE at the event.

“Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism in Québec: Overview and Perspectives” Two-Day Conference

Location: Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC, Canada

Start Date: 07/05/2020 8:45 am   End Date: 08/05/2020 5:00 pm

Alongside their collaborators, the UNESCO Chair in Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism (UNESCO-PREV Chair) and the Research and Action on Social Polarisations (RAPS) team co-organize a two-day conference on the outcomes and perspective from initiatives and practices in the field of prevention of radicalisation and violent extremism in Québec.

Professor Séraphin Alava Is Awarded the Prestigious 2019 APM Prize

On February 21st, 2020, Mr. Séraphin Alava, Associate Member of the UNESCO Chair in Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism, was awarded the prestigious 2019 PAM Award. The presentation ceremony took place in Athens as part of the 14th Plenary of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean at the Hellenic Parliament.

The number of Canadians joining hate groups is rising. Why is this happening?

Vivek Venkatesh, UNESCO co-chair in prevention of radicalization and Concordia professor, met the CJAD 800 team to discuss radicalization among Canadians. “Our team spoke to ten individuals, ten former extremists. […] It is important to treat this issue with empathy and humanism”, explains Mr. Venkatesh.

Why do Canadians join hate groups? Concordia researchers may have part of the answer

Why do people join extremist movements? Researchers at Concordia think they know part of the answer. In a study, researchers spoke to 10 people who joined radical movements. “The pathway to radicalization isn’t necessarily something that’s very distinct,” UNESCO co-chair in prevention of radicalization Vivek Vekatesh told CTV Montreal.