The ARENAS Analysis of and Responses to Extremist Narratives project is funded by the EU Horizon Programme, the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2021-2027), and is co-ordinated by Julien Longhi and his team in CY Cergy Paris Université, France.
It brings together a multidisciplined consortium of nine Universities, an NGO, two SME’s as well as three associated impact partners comprised of an International Association, a National Association and an NGO.
Over a span of four years, ARENAS puts the spotlight on extremist narratives that affect political and social life in Europe. The team will examine the nature of these narratives and seeks to understand the discourses they impact, particularly with regard to science, gender and the nation. By understanding how these narratives work, ARENAS will empower people to resist them. To foster a spirit of people living together in harmony across Europe, policy recommendations will be made on how to prevent such narratives taking hold in the future.
Thus, the overall objective of ARENAS is to characterise, measure and understand the role of extremist narratives in discourses that have an impact not only on political and social spheres, but importantly on the stakeholders themselves. Leading an innovative and ambitious research programme, ARENAS will significantly contribute to filling the gap in contemporary research, make recommendations to policy makers, medias, lawyers, social inclusion professionals and educational institutions, and propose solutions for countering extremes narratives for developing more inclusive and respectful European societies.
Measuring and mapping the spread of extremist narratives, particularly in the media and social media, and provide actors in these fields with the means to grasp their impact and the issues at stake for information.
Defining remediation actions for individuals and groups affected by extremist narratives.
Providing educational and institutional propositions, to anticipate future challenges in terms of the construction and circulation of extremist narratives, particularly among young people, and professions oriented towards the processing or production of information.
Identifying multi-level policy recommendations to help counter extremist narratives, both at the institutional and political level, and at the level of associations and citizens.