The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS), the Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence (CPRMV) and the Consultative Centre for Jewish-Israeli Relations (CIJA) are co-organizing a webinar called “From Antisemitism to Deep-State Theory: Understanding Conspiracy Theories to Better Confront Them”. The virtual event will take place on September 17, 2020 from 10:30 to 11:30.
Marie-Ève Carignan, UNESCO-PREV Chair’s Director of the Media Division, will be a panelist alongside Jeff Yates, journalist at Radio-Canada, and Rudy Reichstadt, of Conspiracy Watch. Marie Lamensch, Project Coordinator for MIGS, will act as moderator of the panel.
Conspiracy theories have gained in population and visibility since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly targeting certain cultural and religious communities. This panel is intended as a space for reflection and discussion to address the issue of conspiracy theories and their links to hate speech. The crisis contexts in which they are rooted, as well as online dissemination mechanisms will also be explored.
The purpose of this webinar is to understand and identify what a conspiracy theory is, to recognize the contexts in which these theories emerge and their preferred targets, and to propose avenues for reflection on good practices in the face of these phenomena.
About the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies
The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) is Canada’s leading think tank working at the intersection of human rights, conflict and emerging technologies. The institute serves as a leadership and ideas incubator that convenes stakeholders with the goal of developing better policies to protect human rights.
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