Prof Dutta Discusses Convergences Between Anti- Māori and Anti-migrant racism on Waitangi Day

In this insightful video on Waitangi Day, CARE Director Professor Mohan Dutta critically unpacks the concepts underlying messages targeting migrant communities, highlighting how they undermine Te Tiriti. He discusses how racism shapes the messages targeting Maori, emphasizing the parallel with those directed at migrants. Professor Dutta underscores the interconnectedness of these issues, shedding light on the pervasive nature of discriminatory rhetoric and its detrimental effects on both indigenous and migrant communities.

Hindutva, Violence and the Ayodhya Temple: Interrogating the Diaspora

In this brief talk, Professor Mohan Dutta will explore the demolition of Babri Masjid that shapes the movement for the Ayodhya Temple, in the form of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement. He will trace the role of the Indian diaspora in the architecture of Hindutva violence and the network of populist politics. Activists from the diaspora and challenging hate will respond to the talk.

Special Presentation: Hate, Hindutva & Ayodhya Temple

In this talk, Professor Mohan Dutta discusses the politics of hate reflected in the celebration of the establishing of the foundation for the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, which sits on the demolition of the Babri masjid.

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The talk was recorded on 4 August 2020 @ 1 pm NZST.

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CARE Public Talk: Freedom and/or Justice? Tensions In The Liberal Paradigm for Regulating Harmful Speech by Prof. Cherian George

Join us for Professor Cherian George’s Public Talk at the Business Studies (Central) Building, Massey University, BSC B1.08 COMMS Lab. Or join us virtually via the Livestream on our social media platforms.

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The norms and institutions of democracy and human rights are on the back foot around the world. They clearly need to be strengthened. This work has been disrupted and delayed not only by democracy’s opponents but also from within. There are recurring, divisive debates within liberal democracies concerning how much society should tolerate discriminatory speech. This talk searches for guideposts to navigate the contested terrain between free speech and social justice.

Cherian George is a professor of media studies at Hong Kong Baptist University’s School of Communication, and the director of its Centre for Media and Communication Research. His books include Hate Spin: The Manufacture of Religious Offence and its Threat to Democracy (2016); and Red Lines: Political Cartoons and the Struggle against Censorship (2021).

CARE Public Talk: Long-term Effects of Far-Right Terrorism on Muslims in New Zealand by Dr. Usman Afzali, University of Canterbury

In Dr. Usman Afzali’s talk, “Long-term Effects of Far-Right Terrorism on Muslims in New Zealand,” the enduring consequences of far-right terrorism on the Muslim community in New Zealand are explored. Drawing upon a comprehensive array of scholarly papers and research from the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study, the presentation investigates the complex dynamics between far-right violence, public attitudes, and the psychological well-being of Muslim minorities. It reveals how far-right terrorism can lead to national distress, affecting community cohesion and overall well-being. Public attitudes toward Muslims in New Zealand, especially following a terrorist attack, are examined, alongside the role of national identity, media influence, and the potential mitigating role of religion. Usman Afzali’s talk offers a comprehensive understanding of the multifaceted impact of far-right terrorism on Muslims in New Zealand, with implications for future research and policy considerations.

Dr. Usman Afzali is the principal investigator of the Muslim Diversity Study, currently working as a postdoctoral research fellow and lecturer at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. The Muslim Diversity Study examines social attitudes and values of Muslims in New Zealand. Usman’s research interests encompass human flourishing, diversity in religious groups, cognitive psychology (specifically memory suppression), and contemplative neuroscience.

In the Muslim Diversity Study, he leads a team of 24 research assistants and actively collaborates with numerous partners within New Zealand. Additionally, he conducts research in cognitive psychology and neuroscience, and supervises graduate students at various levels (PhD, Masters, and Honours) since 2021. His teaching portfolio includes courses in statistics, research methods, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience.


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CARE Special Presentation-A Conversation with Mr. Himanshu Trivedi with Prof. Mohan Dutta

A Conversation with Himanshu Trivedi

In this conversation with Mr. Himanshu Trivedi, a former District Court Judge from Ahmedabad in Gujarat in the backdrop of the Gujarat pogrom discusses the role of the judiciary in the politics of hate.

Posted by CARE: Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation on Tuesday, 4 August 2020

CARE Special Presentation : A Conversation with Mr. Himanshu Trivedi

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Date: 5th August 2020 at 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm


In this conversation with Mr. Himanshu Trivedi, a former District Court Judge from Ahmedabad in Gujarat, India in the backdrop of the Gujarat pogrom discusses the role of the judiciary in the politics of hate.