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

This entry was posted in Public events on 10 February 2015 by

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 backbone of ideologies of social intolerance and hatred, such as anti-Semitism, the academic literature does not comprehensively address its impacts. The Turkish government’s reaction to the Gezi Park protests, a reaction centred on a conspiracy theory about an ‘interest rate lobby’, provides an up-to-date case with which to explore the impacts of conspiracy theories.