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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
Watch Dr Turkay Nefes’ (Oxford) talk “Impacts of the Turkish Government Response to the Gezi Park Protests”
Watch Dr Turkay Nefes’ (Oxford) talk “Impacts of the Turkish Government Response to the Gezi Park Protests”

A public lecture by Dr Turkay Nefes (Oxford), given on 3 February 2015 This is part of a series of public talks from the Leverhulme-funded project Conspiracy and Democracy. More information at http://www.conspiracyanddemocracy.org Summary What happens when a prime minister proposes conspiratorial accounts of a momentous event in a democracy? Although conspiratorial rhetoric is the […]

10 February 2015
Watch “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion: The Facts Surrounding a Fiction” talk by Dr Michael Hagemeister (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
Watch “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion: The Facts Surrounding a Fiction” talk by Dr Michael Hagemeister (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

A public talk by Dr Michael Hagemeister (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) with a response from Dr Reinhard Markner (Universität Innsbruck).   Investigations into the origin and early history of the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” often lead to the border between fiction (or mystification) and historical fact. Furthermore, one can observe how this border is crossed: […]

10 November 2014
Watch “Paranoid Masculinities: Conspiracy Theory in Mark Twain’s Fiction” talk by Prof. Alex Berringer (Montevallo)
Watch “Paranoid Masculinities: Conspiracy Theory in Mark Twain’s Fiction” talk by Prof. Alex Berringer (Montevallo)

This talk explored Mark Twain’s perspective on conspiracy theory in late-nineteenth century America. In Twain’s time, public attitudes towards conspiracy theory went through a somewhat unusual change. Namely, conspiracy theory was becoming increasingly identified with amusement and entertainment. Figures such as Josiah Strong and Ignatius Donnelly drew enormous crowds and sold bestselling books by offering […]

Watch “Is Democracy Conspiratorial?” by Professor Samuel Moyn (Harvard)
Watch “Is Democracy Conspiratorial?” by Professor Samuel Moyn (Harvard)

Since the time of the abbé Barruel, the French Revolution – the source of democratic claims eventually the world over – has been unmasked as the outcome of a dark conspiracy. This talk examines some of the contemporary legacies of this claim about the secret agenda of democratic self-rule, with a focus on some famous […]

4 September 2014