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On Truth and Lies in the Age of Conspiracy Theory

Event Type
Lecture
Sponsor
Center for Advanced Study
Location
https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIscu2hqzIrGNG488YDiPgVqNPSYGMeOZwr
Virtual
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Date
Oct 21, 2021   4:00 pm  
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Originating Calendar
Center for Advanced Study

We live in a technological era that seems to have lost its capacity to come to a consensus about what counts as fact and what as fiction. As a result, we find ourselves bombarded by irrational and unsubstantiated conspiracy theories on a nearly daily basis. While this problem has often proven lethal over the past few years, it’s not entirely new. Both literature and film have been obsessed with paranoiac conspiracies for decades. In a wide-ranging discussion that deploys aesthetic and critical theory against conspiratorial thinking, we’ll ask: What do these fictions--fantasies about isolation and alienation—have to say to us about this new age of truth and lies?

About the Speaker:
JIM HANSEN
Associate Professor of English | VISIT WEBSITE
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