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Conspiracy and Democracy at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2017

This entry was posted in Conspiracy and Democracy Project, Conspiracy Theories on 13 September 2017 by

The Cambridge Festival of Ideas will be arriving this October and Researchers from Conspiracy and Democracy will be hosting and contributing to a number of free public events on subjects of Conspiracy, Populism, and Truth.

The Festival of Ideas, which is now in its tenth year, consists of hundreds of free events over two weeks, and is an exciting forum for the popular dissemination of cutting-edge research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The festival combines University of Cambridge academics, with local public figures, and renowned guests, and brings them and the public together for debates, lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and performances. Truth, the theme for this year, has particularly strong resonances in Conspiracy and Democracy, and our contribution to it will be timely in our current changing political and social landscape.

Our events are as follows:

16 October 2017 
Populism and Truth
6pm – 7.30pm • Fisher Building, St John’s College
Tanya Filer (CRASSH/C&D), Hugo Drochon (CRASSH/C&D), Ayça Çubukçu (LSE), Nayanika Mathur (Oxford), Madeline Reeves (Manchester)

18 October 2017
‘I don’t know it for a fact, I just know it’s true’: How Conspiracy Theories Stake Claims to Truth
6pm – 7.30pm • Fisher Building, St John’s College
Andrew McKenzie-McHarg (CRASSH/C&D), Rachel Hofmann (CRASSH/C&D), Hugo Drochon (CRASSH/C&D), Hugo Leal (CRASSH/C&D), Alfred Moore (CRASSH/C&D)

21 October 2017
Who Believes in Conspiracy Theories?
1.30pm – 2.30pm • LG17, Faculty of Law
Hugo Drochon (CRASSH/C&D)

For a listing of events connected not only to Conspiracy and Democracy but also to our research home at CRASSH, see here.