Projects

Projects

Thanks to the collaboration of researchers from many different countries and disciplines, this COST Action has enabled us to make great progress in the study of conspiracy theories, their effects, impact and dangers. With the increasing interest in conspiracy theories in recent years, many new research questions have emerged and new projects have been developed. In order to drive research forward, some of the COMPACT network members are already involved in new research projects on conspiracy theories. Below you can find brief descriptions of these projects.

CONSPHERE

Conspiracy Theories and Now", directed by Juha Räikka (University of Tarku, Finland), deals with epistemic, ethical and pragmatic questions concerning conspiracy theories. The project explores these questions through philosophical analysis.

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PACT

The ERC-funded project “Populism and Conspiracy Theory (PACT)”, led by Michael Butter (University of Tübingen), investigates the significance of conspiracy theories for populist movements in four European countries and two in the Americas.

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COMFECTION

“Communication for Food Protection” is an EU-funded research project led by Simona Stano, in collaboration with the University of Turin (UNITO) and New York University (NYU).

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Semiotic perspective on the analysis of strategic conspiracy narratives

Directed by Mari-Liis Madisson (University of Tartu) and funded by the Estonian Research Council (PUTJD804), this project aims to elaborate a semiotic approach to studying strategic conspiracy narratives and to apply it in a qualitative analysis of content of RT and Sputnik.

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Lost in an Ocean of Information? Media in the Everyday Life of Conspiracy Theorists

In this research project Jaron Harambam (KU Leuven Belgium) uses ethnographic methods to study what media sources conspiracy theorists use to inform themselves about the world and how they establish criteria of truthfulness and credibility.

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