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Hate and Political Discourse, Journal of Hate Studies‏

Deadline: March 15, 2012
"Hate and Political Discourse"
Journal of Hate Studies
Volume X, No. 1 (2012/13)
Guest Editor: Robert L. Tsai, J.D., Professor of Law, American University,
Washington College of Law

About the Theme

Often shielded by constitutional rules and nurtured by political
discourse, hate has a mercurial existence in the popular imagination. In
the "arena of angry minds," as Richard Hofstadter called American
political life, political actors sometimes choose to condemn hatred,
distance themselves from it, appeal to its existence, or foment it.

Even when subjugation, discrimination, or violence is not the goal, the
politics of hate can pay off. Rather than seeking its total eradication,
many democracies assume the permanence of hate and seek to minimize its
excesses or to punish and prohibit specific expressions. Are such
assumptions well-founded, and such strategies wise? Some of the social
groups marked through the techniques of hatred have changed over time, as
the political dividends for resorting to strategies of hate have shifted,
while other groups seem to be consistent targets of hate.

Technological advances offer new tools to combat hatemongering even as
they can make demagogues more effective. What are the structural
conditions that allow hate to thrive or might permit its isolation? How
might inroads be made in the law or politics of inclusion, especially in
countries with strong commitments to rhetorical freedom and popular

Call for Submissions

The Journal of Hate Studies welcomes original papers treating the theme,
"Hate and Political Discourse," from a wide range of disciplines,
including history, law, philosophy, political science, sociology, criminal
justice, social psychology, economics, anthropology, geography,
journalism, communications, rhetoric, literature, educational studies, and
cultural studies.

We especially encourage original treatments of the following topics:
• Hate and popular sovereignty
• How hate can foster alternative communities and movements
• Cultural foundations of hate
• Historical changes in rhetorical strategies
• Political parties and hate
• Necessary political conditions for hate
• Empirical approaches to the problem of hate
• The role of hate in nation-building
• How literature, rhetoric, journalism or other forms of communication can
fuel or discourage hate
• Geographical differences in how hatred is sustained or combated
• Comparative approaches and cross-cultural challenges
• New technologies in combating or fomenting hatred in the realm of
political discourse

We anticipate hosting an invitational Symposium in Fall 2012, either at
American University or Gonzaga University, in conjunction with the
publication of this Volume. Authors published in this Volume would be
invited to present their work at the Symposium.

About the Journal

The Journal of Hate Studies is a peer-reviewed publication of the Gonzaga
University Institute for Hate Studies. The Journal of Hate Studies is an
international scholarly journal promoting the sharing of interdisciplinary
ideas and research relating to the study of what hate is, where it comes
from, and how to combat it. It presents cutting-edge essays, theory, and
research that deepen the understanding of the development and expression
of hate.

Guidelines for Submissions

Submissions are typically expected to be between 5,000 and 10,000 words.
Submissions may be made in either of the following ways:
• As an attachment sent by email to
• Through the Journal's online site

Submissions should be made in MS Word format. Please do not submit PDFs.
Submissions should be presented in APA format, with endnotes rather than
footnotes. However, legal scholarship may be presented in Bluebook or
ALWD. More information about submission guidelines, the Journal of Hate
Studies, and the Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies can be
found at