Venue: IKSŽ FSV UK, Hollar (Smetanovo nábřeží 6, Prague 1), Prague
Time: 30. October 2023 | 15:30
Too often, conspiracy thinking is allowed to present itself as societal criticism. For some, of course, conspiracy theories offer an explanation for feelings of alienation, powerlessness or despair; and a tool for criticising real or perceived elites.
Paradoxically, however, conspiracy theories are also weapons, employed by people in power to weaken criticism or – indeed – to undermine liberal democracy itself. In this university lecture, Øyvind Strømmen proposes a social critique of conspiracy theories: recognizing them both as a symptom and as a threat.
Øyvind Strømmen is a freelance journalist and author specialized in extremism and conspiracy theories. He has written several books, amongs them Det mørke nettet (The Dark Nettwork, 2011), Den sorte tråden (The Black Thread, 2013), Giftpillen: konspirasjonsteorier og deres ødeleggende kraft (The Poison Pill: Conspiracy Theories and Their Destructive Power, 2021)
Øyvind Strømmen collaborates with the Farm in the Cave theatre studio as an external consultant covering the phenomenon of extremism and radicalisation.