The Forum will host three discussions looking at why people believe in conspiracy theories, how they spread, and how populism relates to truth
The Forum Groningen is organising three talks in which conspiracy theories and conspiracy thinking are to be central to the discussion, reports the GIC.
Why do people believe in conspiracy theories? How do politics and populism relate to alternative truths? And what is the history of conspiracy thinking? In the new series ‘Between wappies and science’, these questions will answered by three scientists.
On Tuesday 12 May, Karen Douglas, professor of social psychology at the University of Kent (UK), will take the lead on ‘The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories’.
On Thursday 20 May, Michael Hameleers, assistant professor of Political Communication at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), will talk about ‘Universal truth under attack’.
Tymen Peverelli, who obtained his PhD in 2019 at the University of Amsterdam on the history of nationalism, will close the triptych on Tuesday 25 May under the title “Roots of our conspiracy thinking”.
All of the talks begin at 20:00, and will be in English.
Those wishing to attend must register in advance, more information can be found on forum.nl.