ESR15 Vladimir Bojarskich

Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Supervised by Prof. T. Rothmund
I study the role of political ideology in people’s engagement with online hate speech.

Project Synopsis

Project title: Hate speech in polarized political controversies – communicative dynamics and prospects of prevention.

Hate speech is profoundly linked to politics and ideology. For instance, hate speech frequently targets politically salient and/or marginalized groups, rises in response to sociopolitical events, and is more prevalent in political compared to nonpolitical online discussions. Relatedly, political ideology serves to make sense of politically relevant events and influences how people think of social groups, their status and values. As such, understanding the association between people’s political ideology and their evaluation and perpetration of online hate speech seems integral to understanding its causes and remedies. The aim of this project is, therefore, to identify and examine the ideological underpinnings and communicative dynamics through which online hate speech on politically contentious issues emerges and to identify possible interventions. For that purpose, we will 1) systematically review existing research on the link between individuals’ political ideology and online hate speech, 2) experimentally examine if and how progressives and conservatives differ in their condemnation and legitimization of online hate speech towards different outgroups, and 3) design and test an intervention aimed at mitigating hate speech in ideology-driven controversies. 

Outputs

  • ESR 15 (Vladimir Bojarskich) presented an intervention map against online hate speech at “NETTZ.Gespräche – Wissen und Praxis gegen Hass im Netz” to practionoers in Germany organized by the partner organization Das NETTZ. https://twitter.com/Das_NETTZ/status/1495744575566233605
  • ESR 15 (Vladimir Bojarskich) will present his systematic review on the link between political ideology and online hatred and hostility at the Aahrus ´22 Conference on Online Hostility and Bystanders (9-10 June 2022), https://ps.au.dk/the-aarhus-22-conference-on-online-hostility-and-bystanders
  • ESR 15 (Vladimir Bojarskich) will present his systematic review on the ideological symmetries and asymmetries in online hate speech in the panel “Multi-Level Perspectives on Online Hate Speech: Digital, Ideological, and Perceptual Underpinnings of Toxic Online Communication” together with Laura Dellagiacoma and Ina Weber at the DGPS 2022 Congress (10-15 September) in Hildesheim, https://www.uni-hildesheim.de/dgps2022/

Biography

Vladimir Bojarskich is a PhD candidate in Communication and Media Psychology at the Institute of Communication Science at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena in Germany. He is an MSCA Early Stage Researcher in the Network of Excellence for Training on Hate (NETHATE) funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme. He is generally interested in understanding the social, moral, and ideological motives that drive intergroup conflict (e.g., hate speech) and people’s (dis)engagment with contemporary political issues (e.g., climate change). He holds a Research Master’s degree in Behavioural and Social Sciences with a specialization in Social and Organisational Psychology and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.