Studying conspiracy theories with compassion

Speaker: Elżbieta Drążkiewicz , Slovak Academy of Sciences

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2022

Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Note: all times are in the Eastern Time Zone

Public: Yes

Location: Seminar Room D507

Event Type: Seminar

Room Description:

Host: Dr. Una-May O'Reilly, ALFA Group, CSAIL

Contact: Aruna Sankaranarayanan, arunas@csail.mit.edu

Relevant URL: https://disinformation.csail.mit.edu/

Speaker URL: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=r7O7pP8AAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

Speaker Photo:
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Reminders to: seminars@csail.mit.edu

Reminder Subject: TALK: Studying conspiracy theories with compassion

Zoom link for the talk: https://mit.zoom.us/j/99788185253

Abstract:
In what circumstances narratives of suspicion are labelled as conspiracy
theories? How do we differentiate between healthy suspicion of power and
dangerous scaremongering? In this talk I will try to answer these questions
by analysing Irish and Polish controversies surrounding the HPV and the
Covid-19 immunisation campaigns as well as pandemic-related restrictions. In
the process I approach conspiracy theories as a form of criticism, an
expression of disagreement with the status quo, a reaction to societal
divisions and changes. I analyse what they can reveal about people's
commitments to cultural and ideological structures, their collective
understandings of what is good and important for them. I demonstrate that
even though conspiracy theorists appear to obsess about information in fact
their main preoccupation are values, thus our assessment of what constitutes
acceptable or not acceptable narrative depends not only on the veracity of
the claims made but the worldviews they are pushing forward.

Research Areas:
Human-Computer Interaction

Impact Areas:
Big Data, Cybersecurity

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Created by Aruna Sankaranarayanan Email at Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 10:52 PM.