Inaugural VOX-Pol Conference: ‘Violent Online Political Extremism: Setting A Research Agenda’
King's College London
Strand, London WC2R 2LS
The VOX-Pol Network of Excellence (NoE) is an EU-funded academic research network focused on researching the prevalence, contours, functions, and impacts of Violent Online Political Extremism and responses to it.
The inaugural VOX-Pol conference will be held at King’s College London on 28-29 August 2014, and will feature panels and papers describing and discussing cutting-edge research on violent extremism and the Internet, and addressing frontiers in social science methodologies for this research. The conference will include hands-on workshops on using free/open-source software packages for social network analysis, content analysis, and data collection.
Perspectives from any academic discipline are welcome, particularly: communications, computer science, cultural studies, information science, international relations, internet studies, law, media studies, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology.
There will be a half day ‘hands on’ workshop on research methods for scholars of violent online political extremism, held the in the afternoon of Wednesday 27th August, the day before the conference starts. Places to this workshop are limited so if you are interested in attending, please email email@example.com for more details.
The following topics are of particular interest:
- Online radicalisation;
- The Internet and recruitment into violent political extremist groups;
- Methodologies for terrorism-related Internet research;
- Network analysis and violent online political extremism;
- The content and functioning of violent political extremist Internet forums;
- The role of video in violent online political extremism;
- Children/youth, violent extremism, and new media;
- Women/gender, violent extremism, and new media;
- Sexual orientation, violent extremism and new media;
- Case studies of particular groups’ use of new media (e.g. al-Qaeda and related, FARC, Hamas, Hizbollah, dissident Irish Republicans, Neo-Nazis, etc.);
- Case studies of the manifestation(s) and workings of violent political extremism on specific online platforms (e.g. Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, YouTube, etc.);
- Policy/legislative responses to violent online political extremism;
- Critical responses to research on, reporting of, and governmental responses to the conjunction of violent extremism and the Internet;
- Ethical issues surrounding online extremism-related research.
We welcome papers or panel proposals in all these areas, particularly where they report significant new results. Innovative methodological papers are especially welcome.
Authors of individual papers should submit a 300-word abstract at our proposal submission page, https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=vope2014 by 16 May 2014. Panel proposals should include a 200-word abstract and confirmed list of min. 3 panelists. A selection of papers will be considered for publication in the journals Policy and Internet, and Perspectives on Terrorism.
- Abstract deadline: 300 words to be submitted by 16 May 2014
- Decision on abstracts: 16 June 2014
- Registration Deadline: 1 August 2014 – no on-site registration
- Early bird registration deadline: 13 July 2014
The conference organisers are able to provide a number of travel grants for PhD students, early career researchers, end-users, and colleagues from the developing world. Support may be requested for registration fees, transportation, and accommodation. Further details will be provided when decisions are made on selected papers.