Jaron Harambam

Jaron Harambam

Jaron Harambam (Amsterdam, 1983) is currently finishing his Ph.D. at the Rotterdam Centre for Cultural Sociology (CROCUS), Erasmus University Rotterdam, titled: “The Truth Is Out There” – Conspiracy Culture in an Age of Epistemic Instability. He carried out extensive ethnographic fieldwork (both on- and offline) to study the ideas, practices, and biographies of people active in the Dutch conspiracy milieu. He recently published in Cultural Sociology (2016) about how these people see themselves and others and in the Public Understanding of Science (2015) about why conspiracy theorists contest the epistemic authority of science. His broader sociological interests lie at the intersections of science, popular culture, and religion, with a particular interest in the dynamics between digital communication technologies and cultural change. He is an editor of the Dutch peer-reviewed journal Sociologie, co-edited a special issue on actor-network theory (2014), and has published in the European Journal of Cultural Studies on the commercialization of virtual worlds (2011) and in Information, Communication & Society on cultural beliefs about digital technologies to revive rural social life (2013).

In 2015, he spent half a year as a pre-doctoral fellow at the “Science in Human Culture” program of Northwestern University, Illinois, USA, which was funded by a Fulbright Scholarship and a Young Talent Award from the Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds.

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