The first issue of the ARENAS e-zine has been published and can now be downloaded for FREE here. The project leaders, CY Cergy Paris Université, introduce the project and its objectives and there is a report on the Kick-off meeting, which took place in Paris in May.
The first six months of the project have been very busy with the consortium initially working to develop key documents that frame the project and its activities. The first publication was the Ethical White Book, prepared by Katalin Miklóssy of the University of Helsinki and her team which was published in June. This was followed by the publication of The Project Management Handbook, developed by Principal Investigator Julien Longhi, Professor of Discourse Analysis at CY Cergy Paris Université, which was published in July. The project also launched an introductory video, which was shared on the website and social media channels, to outline the activity and objectives of ARENAS.
The past few months have seen the publication and delivery of a number of important papers by key members of the ARENAS consortium. A new paper on Socially Unacceptable Discourse (SDU) Classification was published by a team from CY Cergy Paris Université and presented at the 10th International Conference on CMC and Social Media Corpora for the Humanities in September. In the same month, Dr. Steven Forti of Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona spoke at the Congress of the Association of Contemporary History. His paper was titled Metapolitics and right-wing gramscism. The penetration and influence of neo-rightist ideas in Italy and Spain (1970-1990s).
Finally, ARENAS is inviting NGOs across Europe to participate in a survey, as part of a call for lay definitions which will be compared with the definitions by experts of different disciplines to develop an operational definition of Extremist Narratives.
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