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

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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 Sciences Research Programme, and was created to broaden the debate surrounding the development of research with direct relevance to public policy.

The Conspiracy and Democracy Project has been a natural point of departure for discussions and explorations of the issues to be addressed in the workshop. Populism has long been recognized as a natural breeding ground for conspiracy theories that target elites. And yet curiously, technocrats have also demonstrated a susceptibility for conspiracy theories; when the implementation of their vision fails or encounters obstacles, their tendency to view not only the natural but also the social world in technical terms and on the basis of a mechanical causality makes them prone to a conspiratorial mode of thinking.

The full announcement is available here: