Call For Papers

Special Journal Issue: Unraveling Violence, Gendered Extremism: Interdisciplinary and Global Perspectives and Challenges

Papers are invited for a special issue of the international journal Crime, Media, Culture

The special issue aims to explore the ways in which gender is used to explain and narrate extremist violence such as terrorism and mass violence events like rampage killings. The issue will collect interdisciplinary perspectives on the intersections of violent extremism, cultural dynamics of history, space and politics, and power and legitimacy.

Guest editors are Dr Sara Salman (Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington) and Dr Veronika Nagy (Utrecht University, The Netherlands). Funding support to coordinate the issue is provided by He Whenua Taurikura.

Submission timeline:
• 20 June 2024: Abstract submissions (please note, this has been extended from the original deadline)
• 30 June 2024: Abstracts accepted, and authors notified
• 11 October 2024: Full articles submitted for peer review
• December 2024: Authors notified of review outcome
• January 2025: Final article submission – for proofs

For further information, please download the guidelines.

Call For Papers Guidelines

Current projects

The Way We Never Were: Politicising Nostalgia and Racial Purity

This seeding project on ‘toxic nostalgia’ is coordinated by Research Fellow Max Soar, with Distinguished  Professor Emeritus Paul Spoonley and Joanna Kidman. The project aims to establish a community of researchers interested in exploring the centrality of a politics of nostalgia to extremist ideologies. A key aim of the project is to mentor and guide early career researchers, including those from academic institutions and from communities.

Recently funded projects

  • Empowering Youth for Civic Engagement: A Student-Led Documenting System to Counter Misinformation and Hate on Social Media (PhD research project)
  • Exploring the Psychosocial Dimensions of Hate Crimes Directed towards Muslim Women in Aotearoa (PhD research project)
  • Māori experiences of Misinformation and Disinformation on Social Media (PhD research project)
  • Rain Songs: Badr Shakir al-Sayyab, (White) Nationalism, and Aotearoa Today (PhD research project)
  • Resilience and Religion: Coping Mechanisms for Post-Traumatic Growth in the aftermath of the Christchurch Mosques Attacks (PhD research project)
  • Signs of the Wellington Occupation: Progression of a Protest (Masters research project)
  • Te Ao Takatāpui Rangatira (Masters research project)
  • Terror and ‘the Other’: A Critical Analysis of Othering in the Construction of the ‘Enemy’ (Masters research project)
  • To report a war: the digital frontier from a legal lens (Masters research project)
  • How can community-led initiatives build social cohesion and support attempts to prevent violent extremism in Aotearoa New Zealand? (Masters research project)
  • Extremist theology in Aotearoa: Are New Zealand Christians at risk of radicalisation? (Masters research project)
  • Understanding Contemporary Political Discontent, Dissent and Anti Government Extremism in Aotearoa (2020-2023) (PhD project)
  • Understanding the nature and wellbeing impacts of anti-transgender extremism in Aotearoa (PhD project).

Previously funded projects

  • An evaluation following March 15th: how has the security context in Aotearoa changed for Muslim communities?
  • An investigation into the effects of terrorist incidents and hate crimes on the diverse Muslim community to facilitate minority perspectives and understand how diverse experiences are building resilience and reconfigured solutions.
  • New Zealand’s identitarian extremist communities online: investigating the key narratives propagated by identitarian groups and the role disinformation and conspiracy theories play in contemporary pathways to radicalisation.
  • An examination of online far-right subculture in Aotearoa: how language, disinformation and social media networks are used to target and radicalise vulnerable individuals, and how we may use this knowledge to counter this twenty-first-century terrorist threat.
  • Is New Zealand’s existing counter-terrorism legal framework equipped to understand and prevent far right extremist activity online?
  • An assessment of the violent extremist threat to New Zealand’s pre-hospital health sector: identifying strategies to avoid infrastructure collapse and reduce social terror from terrorism.
  • An exploration into options and strategies for countering online radicalisation and utilising online platforms for prevention and disengagement opportunities in Aotearoa.
  • Investigating an online intervention for countering violent extremism.
  • Countering violent extremism in prisons, schools, and healthcare: lessons from the United Kingdom and Australia to inform New Zealand’s counterterror future.
  • Women’s experiences of faith-based extremist narratives in everyday life.
  • The role of gender in right wing extremism (RWE) online: exploring gendered differences in radicalisation and an understanding of how women are advancing RWE globally, and in Aotearoa.