Brussels Stakeholder Workshop
The Action’s final stakeholder workshop will take place on March 16, 2020 in Brussels, Belgium. This event will present the findings of this EU-funded research network that has examined where conspiracy theories come from, who believes in them, and what their consequences are. It will include a workshop for educators in the morning, followed by two round table discussions. The Action will also launch the Routledge Handbook of Conspiracy Theories (a collection of 50 state-of-the-art essays); a podcast series made in collaboration with The Conversation; a set of teaching materials and a database of other resources for educators; and a brief guide to conspiracy theories and recommendations on what to do about them.
March 16th, 2020
COST Association, 149 Avenue Louise, Brussels, Belgium
09.30 – 10.00 Registration and Coffee
10.00 – 12.00 Workshop for Educators
Moderators: Claus Oberhauser (University of Innsbruck) and Ela Drążkiewicz (Maynooth University)
Speakers: Michał Tragarz (Centre for Citizenship Education Foundation, Poland) and Jaron Harambam (Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam)
This session is for those involved in education, and will share ideas and experiences about how to deal with conspiracy theories and critical digital literacy. We will discuss the classroom materials we have produced, and a database of resources from across Europe and beyond.
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch
13.00 – 13.15 Introduction
Michael Butter (Tübingen) and Peter Knight (Manchester)
Outline of the COMPACT project, the Handbook of Conspiracy Theories, the podcast series and the brief guides
13.15 – 14.30 Panel Discussion: Conspiracy Theories and Politics
Are conspiracy theories harmless entertainment, a sign of healthy scepticism, or do they lead to political disengagement, and violence?
Moderator: Eiríkur Bergmann (Bifrost University, Iceland)
Péter Krekó (Political Capital Institute, Hungary)
Monika L Richter (East Stratcom Task Force, EC)
Carlos Pérez Maestro (Media Policy unit, DG Connect, EC)
14.30 – 15.00 Coffee
15.00 – 16.15 Panel discussion: Conspiracy theories and science
In the era of fake news, do conspiracy theories present particular problems for science communication?
Moderator: Rebecca Asher (Sense About Science, UK)
Laura Smillie (Knowledge Management Directorate (H1), EC)
Stephan Lewandowsky (Bristol University, UK)
Paul R Hunter (Norwich School of Medicine, UK)
David Robert Grimes (Dublin City University; Author, The Irrational Ape)
16.30 – 17.30 Wine reception