Enabling Policies for Responding to “Hate Speech” in Practice

Academic Program: Master of Arts in Gender Studies
Instructor: Peter Molnar

Course description: 

This interactive, practice oriented, experimental workshop course, with special ways of student participation and real-life exercises will search for and test legal and extra-legal, including artistic and educational responses to racist and other "hate" speech, and access to related information. It will consider intersectionality between “hate speech” based on different grounds such as gender, race, and religion as well as how "hate speech" laws have been abused to suppress critical political speech. Artistic responses will include optional participation in the production of a theater piece at CEU (for last year`s performance please see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X76EebVS2_E). The course will examine - from a comparative perspective, in light of relevant international law and policy – that to what extent regulatory and other public policy and civil society responses to “hate speech" has enabled societies in wildly different, usually increasingly diverse local contexts to develop the culture of peaceful and appreciative co-existence and well-informed, open, participatory and meaningful public discourse (with free press) in which people can peacefully discuss their differences.