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2022 Freedom Convoy: Reactions and Responses

The CHBE would like to thank all of our panellists and attendees for participating in our recent 2022 "Freedom Convoy"  Reactions & Respnses Webinar on March 1st, 2022. Please watch the video from the event below.

The CHBE welcomes you to join our upcoming webinar on The 2022 "Freedom Convoy", where panellists will speak on the reactions and responses to the national and international events surroundiong the convoy that was iniated in Canada and sparked worldwide controversy.

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The webinar will feature expert speakers from the USA, Canada & Australia, the webinar will be moderated by our centre director Dr. Barbara Perry.

Speaker Bios

Barbara Perry

Dr. Barbara Perry is a recognized global authority on hate crime, and the primary national authority on right-wing extremism in Canada. She is the current and founding Co-Chair of the International Network for Hate Studies.  She is a well-known expert among media outlets including The Agenda, CBC, The Current, The Globe and Mail and The New York Times. Dr. Perry is a regular consultant with Justice Canada, Public Safety Canada, The RCMP, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and with local social justice organizations. Tweets @CHBEOntarioTech

Her work extends to policing diverse communities, building resilience among marginalized communities, and broadly, issues of diversity and justice. Dr. Perry is helping to frame the field, and foster global education and support for victims of violence.

Dr. Amarnath Amarasingam

Amarnath Amarasingam is an Assistant Professor in the School of Religion, and is cross-appointed to the Department of Political Studies, at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. He is also a Senior Fellow with the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation. His research interests are in terrorism, radicalization and extremism, online communities, diaspora politics, post-war reconstruction, and the sociology of religion. He is the author of Pain, Pride, and Politics: Sri Lankan Tamil Activism in Canada (2015), and the co-editor ofStress Tested: The COVID-19 Pandemic and Canadian National Security (2021) and Sri Lanka: The Struggle for Peace in the Aftermath of War (2016). He has also published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, has presented papers at over 100 national and international conferences, and has written for The New York Times, The Monkey Case, The Washington Post, CNN, Politico, The Atlantic, and Foreign Affairs. He has been interviewed on CNN, PBS Newshour, CBC, BBC, and a variety of other media outlets. He tweets at @AmarAmarasingam

Dr. Michael Kempa

Michael Kempa is an Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of Ottawa.  With an approach that blends academic genealogy with investigative journalism techniques, he delves into the politics behind policing and security.  His recent emphasis is upon transformations in policing wrought by Covid-19 and rising political populism, far-right extremism and protest.  Widely published in leading social sciences journals and global media, he tweets at @MichaelKempa1

Dr. Caroline Orr Bueno

Caroline Orr Bueno, PhD, ia a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Maryland.

Areas of Expertise: Social and behavioral sciences; digital disinformation, deception, and influence; public health communication; vaccine hesitancy; behavior change theory; content analysis; evidence synthesis and meta-analysis; information science; cognitive security; open source intelligence.

Professional Highlights: Dr. Caroline Orr Bueno is a behavioral scientist and postdoctoral research associate at the University of Maryland (UMD). Her work focuses on cognitive security, with a particular emphasis on disinformation, influence operations,  risk communication, and the use of social media as a crisis communications tool. Before joining UMD, Dr. Orr Bueno completed her PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University, where her research focused on behavior change theory. While at VCU, Dr. Orr Bueno and her colleagues won the International ABERJE Top Paper Award in 2016 for their research investigating vaccine-related misinformation on social media. Dr. Orr Bueno also has years of experience working as a journalist and research analyst covering disinformation and extremism. She has covered Canada’s far-right movement for 6 years, and helped lead National Observer’s Democracy and Integrity Reporting Project in the lead-up to the 2019 federal election in Canada. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, Media Psychology, Annals of Epidemiology, Public Relations Review, Ethnicity and Disease, and the Maternal and Child Health JournalTweets at @RVAwonk

Dr. Josh Roose

Dr Josh Roose is a Senior Research Fellow focussing on politics, law and religion and violent extremism at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University. His research focuses on the role of masculinities, ideologies, and social trajectories in shaping the attraction to, and patterns of participation in, violent extremism and terrorism. Josh has, with colleagues, received Australian Research Council funding for the projects Far Right in Australia: Intellectuals, Masculinity and Citizenship (2021-2024) and Anti-women Online Movements; Pathways and Patterns of Participation (2022-2025). Josh provides expert insights for state and federal government departments and national and international media. He is a member of the editorial board of the journal of the International Centre for Counter Terrorism (ICCT). Josh has authored Political Islam and Masculinity: Muslim Men in Australia  (2016) and The New Demagogues: Religion, Masculinity and the Populist Epoch (2020). His forthcoming book, with co-authors, is titled Masculinity and Violent Extremism (2022). Tweets at @DrJoshuaRoose