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Hitler and the Nazis Were High on Drugs – a Theory for the Age of ‘Alternative Facts’

When we began our project in 2013, we thought it was a mainly academic enterprise, but with the Brexit and US Presidential election campaigns it gained public significance. The world has entered the era of ‘post-truth’ and ‘alternative facts’ in which conspiracy theories have become part of the international currency of ‘fake news’ on the […]

30 May 2017
“Denial”: how to deal with a conspiracy theory in the era of ‘post-truth’

I only have a very small part in the film Denial compared to those of David Irving (played by Timothy Spall), Richard Rampton QC (played by Tom Wilkinson), Anthony Julius (played by Andrew Scott), and Professor Deborah Lipstadt (played by Rachel Weisz), but I like to think it’s an important one. When Irving sued Deborah […]

15 February 2017
Workshop “Populists and Technocrats: open antagonisms, hidden affinities”

A workshop on “Populists and technocrats: open antagonisms, hidden affinities”, co-convened by Conspiracy and Democracy project researchers Dr. Tanya Filer and Dr. McKenzie McHarg, is one of four to have been selected from across the University for collaboration with the Philomathia Forum in 2017. The Philomathia Forum is a vital part of the Philomathia Social […]

1 February 2017
Peace Framed as Plot?

The apparently democratic character of referendums faces myriad critiques. One of them is the influence that the opinions of voters on other issues, whether or not relevant to the decision at hand, may exercise on their vote in a referendum. As this New York Times piece explains, when confronting complex choices, voters facing either information overload or information deficits might […]

6 October 2016