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Category Archives: Emergence

Watch “Knowledge Gaps: The Early Modern Foundations” talk by Professor Cornel Zwierlein (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
Watch “Knowledge Gaps: The Early Modern Foundations” talk by Professor Cornel Zwierlein (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

A Public Lecture by Conspiracy & Democracy Visiting Fellow Professor Cornel Zwierlein (Ruhr-Universität Bochum). It seems as if Conspiracy Theories are a particularly modern phenomenon. By relying on some examples and cases, this lecture gives a long-term overview of what they looked like and when they appeared. We possess full-fledged conspiracy theory texts only since […]

4 September 2014
Why conspiracy theories in America are not on the rise after all
Why conspiracy theories in America are not on the rise after all

We recently had a visit from Joe Parent and Joe Uscinski, associate professors in political science at the University of Miami, who gave a public talk based on their forthcoming book: Conspiracy Theories in America (Oxford University Press).   It was a great talk. They’ve put together a highly original data set, and they use […]

6 June 2014
Coincidences and Conspiracy Theories

One of the central questions that our discussions have begun to broach is when and why conspiracy theories emerge. While structural conditions can inspire and influence the materialisation and development of conspiracy theories, such theories also commonly arise around particular events. These events are frequently physically violent in nature – such as assassination attempts, terrorist […]

13 July 2013
Conspiracy, Concealment and Persecution

In Bloomberg Business Week, of all places, I came across this piece on Proust and the Dreyfus affair by Caroline Weber, an associate professor of French at Barnard College. Weber draws on material from a secret dossier that was used by the French army to convict Alfred Dreyfus for treason. The dossier contains letters exchanged by two foreign […]

31 May 2013