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* Please note that this event has unfortunately been cancelled - apologies for the inconvenience caused *

When tiki-torch carrying protestors marched on the campus of the University of Virginia in August 2017, many observers were shocked at the image of white supremacists marching. They needn't have been. Since the beginning of the Internet, white supremacists had been organizing online to spread their ideology, grow their movement, and inspire violence.

In this engaging talk, Jessie Daniels will draw on over 25 years of research into white supremacy - and personal experience of being attacked by the far right - to present the very real, and persistent, global threat the far right poses for democratic societies.


Dr Jessie Daniels (she/her), is a Faculty Associate at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center and a (Full) Professor of Sociology at Hunter College (City University of New York), and affiliated faculty in Africana Studies, Critical Social Psychology and Sociology at The Graduate Center-CUNY. She is an internationally recognized expert on Internet manifestations of racism, and in that capacity presented her work to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland in April, 2019. For more than twenty-five years, she has studied race and racism in various forms of media. Her first book, White Lies (Routledge, 1997), explored far right extremist groups' printed newsletters, then she followed that with a second book, Cyber Racism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009), which examined some of the same groups and how they had, or hadn't, moved onto the popular Internet. She is currently at work on another book that extends this work, Tweet Storm:The Rise of the Far Right, the Mainstreaming of White Supremacy, and How Tech and Media Helped. In 2014, Contexts, the magazine of the American Sociological Association, called her a “pioneer in digital sociology.” In 2016, she co-edited (with Karen Gregory and Tressie McMillan Cottom), Digital Sociologies, which has been adopted by courses at several universities around the world.


Digital Scholarship Centre

Digital Scholarship Centre, 6th floor
Main Library 
University of Edinburgh 
Edinburgh EH8 9LJ

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