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The webinars hosted by the CPRLV address themes related to the prevention of radicalization leading to violence and hateful acts. These online presentations are adapted to take into account the needs expressed by the various communities that wish to understand these phenomena and become prevention actors.

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Cinema and Radicalization: How do Movies Deal with Violent Extremism?

Violent extremism fascinates audiences and cinema directors have long understood the attraction of trajectories of radicalization towards violence. Numerous films display this type of stories. The question then remains: does cinema dress an adequate painting of the phenomenon, or are we mostly presented with romanticized versions of this complex reality ? This webinar offers a presentation of the process of radicalization leading to violence through the examination of four movies that deal with this issue, allowing us : first, to explore the emergence of this subject within mainstream cinema ; and second, to reflect upon the protagonists’ life course, in light of existing theories and concepts dealing with violent radicalization, as well as of the CPRLV’s analytical tools. The webinar includes both a theoretical presentation as well as a group discussion, to allow participants to engage in dialogue and further develop their reflection on the matter.

Dates and Time
September 16, 2020, from 9:30 am to 11 am, in French
September 25, 2020, from 9:30 am to 11 am, in English (registration)

Engaging in dialogue with a person who adheres to conspiracy theories

A previous CPRLV webinar titled “Resisting Hate Speech and Conspiracy Theories in the Days of Coronavirus”touched on the notion of global crises as favourable contexts for the emergence and diffusion of conspiracy theories. A difficult question remains, however, both for frontline professionals and the general public : how can we engage dialogue with individuals who adhere to these theories, when regular tools and arguments don’t seem to work ? Here, the CPRLV offers a webinar that will allow participants to better understand the appeal of conspiracy theories and discourses for certain audiences, as well as the needs and gaps they serve to fill. The discussion will also provide participants with guidance concerning best practices to directly engage with individuals adhering to, or sharing such theories, both on- and off-line.

Dates and Time
September 30, 2020, from 9:30 am to 11 am, in French (registration)
October 1, 2020, from 9:30 am to 11 am., in English (registration)

Hate-motivated Acts, Incidents and Speech: How to Understand, Recognize and Prevent Them

While the Covid-19 pandemic has notably exacerbated hate-motivated acts, incidents and speech in the public space and social networks, the CPRLV will offer, as part of the Days of Peace, an activity focusing on this phenomenon and the ways to curb it.

The webinar will attempt to propose a definition of extra- and inter-community hate acts, incidents and speech as well as a series of good practices to prevent this increasingly present phenomenon. The Centre for Civic Religious Literacy (CCRL) will also offer an incursion into this webinar on the issue of religious literacy in the prevention of hate-motivated acts, incidents and speech.

Date and Time
October 7, 2020, from 4 pm to 5:30 pm, in French (registration)

Sexology and Radicalization : How gendered behaviours bias our analyses

Women’s role in extremist movements and ideologies is often wrongly underestimated notably as concerns politico-religious radicalization. The CPRLV offers a webinar exploring gender issues in analyses of radicalization and violent extremism, addressed through sexological, historical, and political perspectives. More precisely, it will address the issue of how gender, sexuality, and gender stereotypes and related biases, provide us with key elements of understanding when it comes to taking action for prevention or intervention in situations of radicalization leading to violence.

Dates and Time
October 14, 2020, from 9:30 am to 11 am, in French (registration)
October 15, 2020, from 9:30 am to 11 am, in English (registration)

Radicalization Leading To Violence : What Are We Speaking of ? 

What do we mean by radicalization, extremism, terrorism? What are we referring to when we speak of prevention? This training session aims to offer participants the essential notions in order to improve their understanding of radicalization leading to violence. The webinar will focus on understanding concepts related to this phenomenon, different types of violent extremism (far-right, far-left, politico-religious, and single issue), the process of radicalization leading to violence, as well as risk and protective factors allowing for preventive action.

Dates and Time
October 21, 2020, from 9:30 am to 11 am, in French (registration)
October 22, 2020, from 9:30 am to 11 am, in English (registration)

Violence and non-violence within the Far Left: Various militant expressions of radical leftist movements, from the 19th century to present day

Despite having made the news on a few occasions in recent years, the far-left remains rather unfamiliar to the general public in Quebec. Far-left extremism is complex, composed of heterogeneous movements and ideologies, which warrant further examination that might allow us to better understand current debates among both researchers and activists. This webinar offers a historical overview of the main ideological orientations of this type of extremism, in order to improve understanding of current issues. The webinar shall identify a few key moments in the history of far-left movements in Quebec and throughout the world, and reflect on some of their violent forms of expression.

Dates and Time
October 28, 2020, from 9:30 am to 11 am, in French (registration)
October 29, 2020, from 9:30 am to 11 am, in English (registration)

Radical and Rigid ideas: How to facilitate reintegration?

This training session is offered remotely on the Zoom platform. It will take place on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 November 2020, from 9 am to 12.30 pm. Fees have been adapted to this new format.

Presale is exclusive to members of the Association des services de réhabilitation sociale du Québec (ASRSQ). If you wish to become a member, please visit their website: Non-member registrations will begin on September 1, 2020.

How to engage in dialogue with a user who has radical and rigid thoughts? How to adapt one’s intervention with a person who adheres to extremist ideologies and has hateful or conspiratorial comments?

This training will allow participants to be introduced to the theme of violent extremism in all its forms (extreme right, extreme left, political-religious and single-cause), dissect the radicalization process leading to violence, its vulnerability and protective factors, and behaviors that may indicate a potential situation. These theoretical bases will then allow for discussion and reflection around an evolving case study thanks to the Hexagon pedagogical tool. In addition to providing keys for reflection on the role of social reintegration organizations in the prevention and intervention of violent radicalization, participants will be made aware of the importance of an interdisciplinary approach in this area and will benefit from concrete tools.

Dates and times
November 18 and 19, from 9 am to 12:30 pm, in French (registration and fees)

The Manosphere: Between adaptation to a new model of equality and the hatred of women

For a few years now, events relayed in the news have increasingly attracted the public’s attention on movements asking for a return to traditional values, questioning the place of women in society, and rejecting our constitutional societies’ institutional model, especially as concerns gender equality. Have recent historical feminist victories, in Québec as elsewhere, encouraged the emergence of concerns over men’s roles in society, as well as anxieties over the centrality of the masculine model? Without pretending to offer an exhaustive answer to this question, the CPRLV wants to offer a webinar aimed at demystifying different movements associated to the manosphere. This mostly online environment invites growing curiosity in various sectors, including the academic community. Thus, in this webinar, we will provide descriptions of the main components of this movement – such as the Incels – as well as of their respective levels of radicality, and main activities or practices. Finally, the webinar will explore the context of these movements’ emergence, their means of diffusion and communication, their vocabulary, and the concrete forms through which they express violence – gendered or otherwise.

Dates and Time
November 25, 2020, from 9:30 am to 11 am, in French (registration)
November 26, 2020, from 9:30 am to 11 am, in English (registration)

To moderate or not to moderate: How extremisms play on social media

While the new social media “Parler” attracts increasing numbers of extremist groups and individuals thanks to its lack of content moderation, this webinar offers a reflection on the diverse mechanisms and strategies deployed online to spread violent and hateful discourses. Participants will be introduced to the various types and forms of extremist or hateful content found on social media platforms, and will reflect on the multiple issues that extremist ideologies’ appropriation of such platforms, like Facebook, Twitter, or Tik Tok, might raise.

Dates and Time
December 2, 2020, from 9:30 am to 11 am, in French (registration)
December 2, 2020, from 1:30 pm to 3 pm, in English (registration)

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Kiosk: Place du marché

The CPRLV was present at the Place du marché among the kiosks set up by Notre Quartier Nourricier (NQN), whose role is to implement local collective actions aimed at everyone by working to reach the most vulnerable people (in the neighbourhood.) With the goal of raising public awareness on the prevention of hate-motivated acts, and […]