History, Political Theory, Internet

The Leverhulme-funded project at the University of Cambridge, CRASSH

What does the prevalence of conspiracy theories tell us about trust in democratic societies, and about the differences between cultures and societies? How have conspiracies and conspiracy theorising changed over the centuries and what, if any, is the relationship between them? Have conspiracy theories appeared at particular moments in history, and why?


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@DAaronovitch Great many thanks!

2 weeks ago


@DAaronovitch please can you get in touch via e-mail with conspiracy@crassh.cam.ac.uk re your talk? I have details.

2 weeks ago


@MinxMarple Yes that is correct

3 weeks ago

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Conspiracy as Governance


Conspiracy in Turkey

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the "interest rate lobby"

On the vices and virtues of conspiracy theories

A few comments on a recent psychological study of 9/11 conspiracy theorists, drawing on some old and new ideas about the value of argumentative diversity.

Coincidences and Conspiracy Theories

According to proponents of conspiracy theories, there is no such thing as coincidence.

The Eating of Humans

The conspiracy of feeding humans to animals in the US and India

What Edward Snowden has achieved, so far

Thinking about why citizens might be concerned about the morphing of liberal democracies into national security states

Hunting for Conspiracy Theories, Part Two

An empirical taxonomy based on "habitats"

Hunting for Conspiracy Theories, Part One

The preamble to an attempt to survey the natural habitat of various kinds of conspiracy theory

Politics and the Paranoid Style

What conceptual tools for understanding conspiracy theories does Hofstadter provide us with in his analysis of the paranoid style?

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