The aim of the European Centre for the Study of Hate (ECSH), which incorporates the Hate and Hostility Research Group, is to understand the hate that excludes and divides, and provide the tools to respond to hate effectively. An open, inclusive, and safe society for all is a core aim of the European project. This vision is under threat from the growing influence of those who wish to exclude minorities from society because of who they are or what they represent. Where hate is politicised, cultivated and spreads across borders, it makes the European way of life unattainable for minority communities. Led by its Co-Directors, Professor Amanda Haynes and Professor Jennifer Schweppe, the work of the ECSH is organised by five themes:
- European Understandings of Hate
- Growing Up in an Inclusive Europe
- Criminalising Hate
- Populism, Politics, and Exclusion
- Margins and Marginality
The ECSH operates across multiple levels of orientation, with members working on interrelated topics - from individual prejudice (micro) to community impact (meso) to structural and legal contexts (macro). The ECSH advances evidence-informed dialogue at European and national levels on challenging hate towards those who are marginalised or stigmatised. The ECSH is the nexus for research-policy-practice linkages and the originator of translational interdisciplinary European scholarship on one of the most important issues facing Europe today.
The ECSH is proud to be affiliated to the International Network for the Hate Studies. The INHS was set up in 2013, and seeks to not only promote understanding about the root causes of hate and hate crime, but to understand ways in which it can be combated in society. ECSH co-director Professor Jennifer Schweppe is also co-director of the INHS with Professor Mark Walters of the University of Sussex. The INHS runs a biennial conference, and the HHRG was privileged to host the second of these conferences in May 2016 at the University of Limerick Campus.