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Online CORE TSG & DMC University of Brighton 31/03/21 Day Symposium Studying digital vulnerabilities, violence and resistance: methodological challenges and epistemological dilemmas in gender and sexualities

Online CORE TSG University of Brighton 31/03/21 Day Symposium Keynote by Dr Debbie Ging Blackpilled violence: researching incels and other online anti-feminist men’s

This online event is free. To register for the symposium or just the keynote, please register via Eventbright or email:  Karen Gainsford

A Centre for Transforming Sexuality and Gender and Centre for Digital Media Cultures  symposium on Studying digital vulnerabilities, violence and resistance: methodological challenges and epistemological dilemmas in gender and sexualities.

Keynote by Dr Debbie Ging (Dublin City University):  Blackpilled violence: researching incels and other online anti-feminist men’s groups

This paper provides an overview of the rise of the pervasive and growing new network of anti-feminist, male supremacist and incel formations online. More specifically, it looks at how men become radicalised into extreme online groups, from engagement with ironic memes to fully-fledged support for – and in some cases perpetration of – violence. Finally, it considers some of the technological, ethical and methodological difficulties involved in researching processes of radicalisation among incels, suggesting directions for future research.

Dr Debbie Ging

Dr Debbie Ging is Associate Professor of Media Studies in the School of Communications at Dublin City University. Her research is concerned primarily with digital gender politics, in particular the manosphere and online misogyny. Together with Prof. Eugenia Siapera, she has co-edited a special issue of Feminist Media Studies on Online Misogyny (2018) and an edited collection entitled Gender Hate Online: Understanding the New Anti-Feminism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). Debbie is a member of the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre and of the Institute for Future Media and Journalism (FuJo) in Dublin City University.

 Online CORE TSG University of Brighton 31/03/21 Day Symposium Keynote by Dr Debbie Ging Blackpilled violence: researching incels and other online anti-feminist men’s groups

DAY PROGRAMME  

Time

Title

09:15

Welcome and introduction – opening by Olu Jenzen (Director CTSG)

09:30 – 10:30

Keynote: DEBBIE GING (DCU)

Blackpilled violence: researching incels and other online anti-feminist men’s groups.

10:30 – 10:45

Coffee break

10:45 – 12:45

Panel 1: Methodological innovations in the study of digital violence

10:45 – 12:45

Panel 2: Methodological innovations in the study of diversity in online environments

12:45 – 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 – 14:45

Participatory and collective activity: ethical dilemmas when researching digital vulnerabilities and violence.

Collective discussion in breakout groups

14:45 – 15:00

Tea Break

15:00 – 16:00

Practical session:  Emotional and mental self-care when researching digital harm, violence, vulnerabilities.

(Facilitated by Meg-John Barker)

16:00

Reflections on the day

16:30

Closing by Elisa Garcia-Mingo

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Karen Gainsford • January 20, 2021


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