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240533 SE Conspiracy Theories: An Anthropological Perspective (P4) (2019S)

Continuous assessment of course work

Participation at first session is obligatory!


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 18.03. 08:00 - 11:15 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Tuesday 19.03. 08:00 - 11:15 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

At the time when Fake News is on everybody’s lips, and conspiracy become the contemporary lingua franca, what can anthropologist contribute to the debate? In this course we will consider conspiracy theories through anthropological lenses. We will move beyond normative approach and look for comparative angles. We are specifically interested in learning how conspiratory ideas travel, how they are born, but also how do they die? We will also grapple with such questions as: what is the difference between a Whistle Blower and Conspiracy Theorist? Is there any?

Assessment and permitted materials

You will be asked to write one 2000 word essay.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Attendance on both course dates and timely submission of the final essay

Examination topics

Reading list

Readings will be announced prior to the course.

Association in the course directory

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