Tackling Online Hate in Football

Dr Daniel Kilvington and Dr Thomas Fletcher (School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management) have successfully applied to the Arts and Humanities Research Council for a project examining online hate in Football. ‘Tackling Online Hate in Football’ or ‘TOHIF’ for short, is one of eleven new research projects that have been announced by the Irish Research Council and the AHRC, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), that will see the UK and Ireland bring together world-leading expertise in the Digital Humanities. TOHIF is a collaboration between Leeds Beckett, University of Brighton, Sheffield Hallam University, Ulster University and Dublin City University.

TOHIF will explore the potential of digital technologies to transform understanding of online hate. It aims to show how online practices and experiences have the potential to shape and influence our perceptions of matters concerning racism, sexism and sectarianism. It seeks to examine social media as a site for hate speech and cultural gatekeeping in response to major media and cultural events; specifically, the men’s and women’s European Football

Championships 2008-2022. Through analysis of online discourses, TOHIF will identify flashpoints and strategies for social media companies, policymakers and campaigners to tackle hate crime, identity politics and communication in a digital age. It will investigate how digital technologies can transform understanding of online hate. It will do this by harnessing the expertise of a multi-disciplinary project team (in arts, digital humanities and social sciences) at the forefront of tackling identity politics and communication in a digital age, revealing the extent/nature of online hate speech in football and developing tools to combat hate speech. Critical discourse analysis on selected instances of football-related hate speech on Twitter will be paired with descriptive, content and network analysis of eight European Football Championships between 2008 and 2022.

Interviews will be conducted with members of partner organisations committed to race equality, social justice and stamping out online hate. Researchers will work with partners to develop educational workshops, policies and specific machine learning procedures in which to identify and combat online hate on social media. Such initiatives and academic outputs will be disseminated with the goal of benefiting a wide number of stakeholders in a sustainable way including but not limited to social media companies, fans, football clubs/players, policymakers and anti-hate organisations/campaigns. Project partners include Sport Against Racism Ireland, Kick it Out, Football Supporters Association, Football Association Wales and Sporting Equals.

On hearing the news, Dr Fletcher said “We are incredibly excited to work on this project. The racism aimed at some of England’s Black players following the men’s exit from the Euros earlier in the Summer only goes to emphasise the need for this innovative and important project”.

Dr Kilvington added: “This project has never been more valid and vital as year on year, discrimination directed at athletes, clubs and fans increases. It is paramount that we critically understand this phenomenon if we are to successfully tackle it. I am delighted to join Dr Fletcher and the rest of the team for this exciting, worthwhile, and impactful research project”.

Senior Lecturer writes essay for published catalogue

In 2020 Mel Chan was approached by Costanza Paissan, the Managing Editor of CURA.BOOKS. about writing a short essay for the catalogue for the Belgrade Biennale. The imaginative brief was to write an essay about dreamers, dream worlds (such as VR simulations) and challenging the certainty of the ‘real world’. The catalogue has now been published and the Biennale will take place in Belgrade in October (2021). Click here for more information.

Published book chapters 

Jess van Horssen has contributed to a new collection produced by the Rachel Carson Centre. Ant Spider Bee: Chronicling Digital Transformations in Environmental Humanities is a new open-access eBook, and Jess’s chapter, “Going Graphic!” details the process of turning academic research into digital graphic novels. Click here to access the collection.

Dr Daniel Kilvington has published a book chapter entitled 'The "Beautiful Game" in a World of Hate: Sports Journalism, Football and Social Media Abuse'. The chapter draws on empirical work with eight sports journalists and seeks to understand the impact that abuse has on their practice and wellbeing while the paper also explores ways to better protect sports journalists. The edited book, by Roger Domeneghetti, is called 'Insights on Reporting Sports in the Digital Age: Ethical and Practical Considerations in a Changing Media Landscape'.

Lecturer's article nominated for an award

Lisa Taylor's article 'Landscapes of Loss: Responses to Altered Landscape in an Ex-Industrial Textiles Community' (2019) has been nominated for the Sociological Research Online 2021 SAGE Prize for Innovation and Excellence.  The article has been shortlisted by the journal editors from all of the papers published by Sociological Research Online in 2020 issues. The prize will be announced in September.

Senior Fellowship

Jess van Horssen has been awarded her Senior Fellowship in the Higher Education Academy. She will now be acting as a ‘critical friend’ for some of those interested in applying for the fellowship this year. 

Research leave

Helen Dampier recently completed a period of research leave funded by the CCA. During this time she completed and submitted a book proposal to Historical Publications Southern Africa (HiPSA) for an edited collection of the correspondence between Emily Hobhouse and Rachel Isabella Steyn, an important political figure in South Africa. The book will include a full scholarly apparatus, and is provisionally entitled 'Speak with the pen': Selections from the correspondence of Emily Hobhouse and Tibbie Steyn, 1901-1926. It will be edited with Dr Rebecca Gill (Huddersfield) and Dr Cornelis Muller (Sol Plaatje University, South Africa), and sheds new light on Hobhouse’s little-known long involvement in South African affairs, but also on women’s political networks in South Africa and beyond. 

Also during this period of research leave, Helen’s proposal for an edited collection Humanitarian Handicraft: History, Materiality and Trade (with Dr Rebecca Gill and Dr Claire Barber at Huddersfield, and Prof Bertrand Taithe at the University of Manchester) was submitted to Manchester University Press and has been accepted. The book arises from the Hobhouse project’s international workshop on this theme in 2019. Helen has also been fortunate to receive CCA funding to support the Open Access publication of the volume.  As part of preparing the Introduction and editorial framing of the book, Helen helped to organise and participated in an ‘In Conversation’ event on 15 July 2021, facilitated by the artist Catherine Bertola. This focused strongly on interdisciplinarity and material culture, as well as the shared points of inquiry between craft practitioners, curators and historians. 

The Research and Enterprise Development and Training programme is now available for this Semester. The programme includes a number of new topics to explore, along with the chance to attend some of the most popular sessions from 2020/21 that you may have missed.

Upcoming workshops include:

Tuesday 5 October, 10:00-11:30 SAM Training Session - This training session will show you the main features and functionality of the research student/staff system. SAM is the new tool supporting our PGR Student community and academic supervisory teams.

Wednesday 6 October, 14:00-15:00 Research Professional - Find out how to use Research Professional – the Universities new research funding search tool (which has replaced Research Connect). 

Tuesday 19 October, 10:00 – 11:00 RiSK Programme- The Researcher intelligence Survival Kit (RiSK) programme is aimed at helping academic colleagues to develop their skills, knowledge and capabilities in relation to writing research grant applications.

Wednesday 20 October, 10:00 – 11:00 Managing a Successful Bid Process - An informative workshop that will provide you with a working knowledge of the bids and tenders process, from start through to finish.

Please visit the Research & Enterprise Development and Training Intranet pages to view the full training programme and book onto courses throughout the year.

Lecturer performing at a poetry event

Steve Nash will be performing at York’s premier poetry monthly event, Finding the Words on Thursday 30th September. Finding the Words is organised by York Explore Library Learning Centre and the event will include readings from supporting poets Martin Zarrop, and Meg Cox, before Steve’s reading. 
The event is on Zoom and is free but ticketed through Eventbrite. You can book a cyber seat here.

Award-winning show interviews lecturer

Henry Irving was interviewed by David Olusoga in the final episode of the BBC Two series ‘A House Through Time’. The award-winning show explores British social history by telling the story of those who lived in a single house, from the time it was built until the present. The latest series was based in Leeds and told the story of 5 Grosvenor Mount, Headingley.
One of the house’s residents, John Wood, was a volunteer Air Raid Warden during the Second World War and Henry Irving was invited onto the show to explain what his job involved. Henry provided background research for the Second World War segment and was interviewed on location by David Olusoga.
Henry drew on his published research on recruitment into Air Raid Precautions and student work on the ‘Leeds Blitz’ completed as part of the Public History Project module in 2021. The episode is currently available on BBC iPlayer.

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