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[Commlist] IJoC Publishes a Special Section on Extreme Speech and Global Digital Cultures

Tue Jul 23 22:59:01 GMT 2019

Just to let you know that a special section on online Extreme Speech and
Global Digital Cultures was just published in International Journal of
Communication. <>

*Why is there so much hate on social media? How dangerous is online
vitriolfor politics and society? Can there be a universal definition of
hatespeech? *
Edited by Sahana Udupa (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität LMU Munich, Germany)
and Matti Pohjonen (School of Oriental and African Studies, UK), this
Special Section on  Extreme Speech and Global Digital Cultures advances
these questions by introducing the concept of “extreme speech” as a
critical ethnographic intervention into heated scholarly debates around
disinformation, online extremism and hateful communication online.

It brings together nine leading scholars researching online vitriol as
situated speech cultures, focusing on the actual rather than abstract
conditions of possibility for action against it. By taking a distinctly
global perspective honed by ethnographic sensibility to broader histories of
difference and exclusion, the special section moves the debate beyond
legal-normative approaches dominant in North America and Europe, and moral
panics around fake news and filter bubbles. It foregrounds the different
ways online vitriol is entangled with, and has come to significantly shape,
the cultural, social and political fabric of vastly diverse world regions:
from Chile, Denmark and Syria to the U.S., Ethiopia, India and Myanmar.
Ethnographic explorations of online “extreme speech” open up a new
ground to critique the contemporary global conjuncture of exclusionary

We invite you to read this new Special Section of 10 articles that published
in the International Journal of Communication on July 10, 2019. Please go to to access these newly published papers.


Extreme Speech and Global Digital Cultures — Introduction
Sahana Udupa, Matti Pohjonen

Defining Online Hate and Its “Public Lives”:  What is the Place for
“Extreme Speech”? - Iginio Gagliardone

A Comparative Approach to Social Media Extreme Speech: Online Hate Speech as
Media Commentary - Matti Pohjonen

Ritualized Opposition in Danish Online Practices of Extremist Language and
Thought - Peter Hervik

Writing on the Walls: Discourses on Bolivian Immigrants in Chilean Meme
Humor - Nell Haynes

Nationalism in the Digital Age: Fun as a Metapractice of Extreme Speech -
Sahana Udupa

A Presidential Archive of Lies: Racism, Twitter, and a History of the
Present - Carole McGranahan

The Digital Traces of #whitegenocide and Alt-Right Affective Economies of
Transgression - Alexandra Deem

Extreme Speech in Myanmar: The Role of State Media in the Rohingya Forced
Migration Crisis - Ronan Lee

An Archetypal Digital Witness: The Child Figure and the Media Conflict over
Syria - Omar Al-Ghazzi

Larry Gross

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor

Sahana Udupa, Matti Pohjonen
Guest Editors
International Journal of Communication (IJoC)
USC Annenberg Press
University of Southern California

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