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Explore the history of conspiracy theories around white supremacy, nationalism and the Great Replacement, from the 1920s to now, with Dr. Brendan Fay, Dr. Tad Tuleja and Dr. Sergio Schargel. This includes an analysis of how conspiracy theories on communism have been adapted through the last 70 years of Brazil’s history, mainly by Integralism and Bolsonarism, and an examination of conspiracy theories within the Nazi party leading to a violent purge within the party itself that helped consolidate power and control for Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler and the SS.

This event is part of the annual interdisciplinary Humber Liberal Arts Conference. This year’s focus is The Big Hoax: The Anatomy of Anti-Intellectualism, Denialism and Conspiracy Theories, Past and Present. Tune in to plenary sessions, free and open to the public, October 22–23.

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Zita Babarczi and Matthew Harris will examine conspiracies in literature and how focused teaching of critical thinking in the classroom can help create citizens more capable of engaging with them. Conspiracies of desire are examined through an analysis of Philip K. Dick’s Time out of Joint. A close reading of the thought-terminating cliché of “Do the Research” has become the standard reply to any Qanon doubters in their dismissal climate change, BLM protests, and COVID vaccines in an embrace of reactionary politics. If we want our students to be “thinking critically” we must recognize that their thinking has to expand to take in other viewpoints, to embrace discomfort and to work towards a more just world.

This event is part of the annual interdisciplinary Humber Liberal Arts Conference. This year’s focus is The Big Hoax: The Anatomy of Anti-Intellectualism, Denialism and Conspiracy Theories, Past and Present. Tune in to plenary sessions, free and open to the public, October 22–23.

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Join Aidan Moir and Andrew Woods to analyse how social media feeds the contemporary contagion of conspiracy theories. How is a contemporary conspiracy theory attempting to demonize (literally) the work and ideas developed by the Frankfurt School? Finally, despite his apparent “progressiveness,” Joe Rogan’s lucrative brand is shown to be reliant on the kind of anti-intellectualism that helped propel Donald Trump to power in the United States.

This event is part of the annual interdisciplinary Humber Liberal Arts Conference. This year’s focus is The Big Hoax: The Anatomy of Anti-Intellectualism, Denialism and Conspiracy Theories, Past and Present. Tune in to plenary sessions, free and open to the public, October 22–23.

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Conspiracies and misinformation movements in the fields of science, medicine and the environment will be explored in this wide-ranging discussion, with a particular focus on social media. Alexander Shvarts and Allison Durazzi will explore several topics, including distrust of science, marginalization of views by commercial interests (such as pharmaceutical companies), and how poor messaging by even well-meaning scientists on social media can foster denialism.

This event is part of the annual interdisciplinary Humber Liberal Arts Conference. This year’s focus is The Big Hoax: The Anatomy of Anti-Intellectualism, Denialism and Conspiracy Theories, Past and Present. Tune in to plenary sessions, free and open to the public, October 22–23.

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Pankaj Mishra is an author and political and literary essayist whose most recent work includes Age of Anger: A History of the Present and, most recently, Bland Fanatics: Liberals, Race, and Empire (Liberals, the West and the Afterlives of Empire). He one of the 21st century’s foremost thinkers whose work presents a global critique on Western policies and cultural approach, reframing the narratives of history.

For this keynote event, Mishra will be interviewed by Dr. Prasad Bidaye (Humber College). Their dialogue will reconsider the Western obsession with Islam as a conspiracy theory. They will also explore the similarities between phenomena like ISIS and white nationalist movements, thus challenging mainstream perceptions of what appears to be a polarized world. Last, but not least, this discussion will highlight how liberalism has enabled what Mishra points to as ressentiment – the key affective sign of our angry age.

This event is part of the annual interdisciplinary Humber Liberal Arts Conference. This year’s focus is The Big Hoax: The Anatomy of Anti-Intellectualism, Denialism and Conspiracy Theories, Past and Present. Tune in to plenary sessions, free and open to the public, October 22–23.

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Join a live recording of The Uncover Up podcast to explore conspiracy narratives with Humber College professors Nathan Radke and Dr. Lee Kuhnle. They will consider how the conspiratorial mind – unlike the stereotype of the paranoid loner – is actually a member of a community of minds, and will evaluate the concept of cognitive dissonance and the development of a new theory of the mind, “the superpositioned truth.” Fascinating listening.

This event is part of the annual interdisciplinary Humber Liberal Arts Conference. This year’s focus is The Big Hoax: The Anatomy of Anti-Intellectualism, Denialism and Conspiracy Theories, Past and Present. Tune in to plenary sessions, free and open to the public, October 22–23.

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Humber Liberal Arts Academic Conference 2021

From Federalist Era Conspiracy Theories, to past and present anti-vaccination movements and climate change denial, distrust of the expert has been a salient trait in cultural trends globally. Now, with insurrection in the United States Capitol, a global increase in far-right authoritarianism, and the troubling rise of the planet’s temperature, the effects of anti-intellectualism are being felt across the world, and even once intellectually cloistered college and university campuses are being turned into battlegrounds. While the anti-intellectual movement has persisted historically, in recent years it has been mainstreamed and weaponized by politicians and pundits to rally and enflame a base and to sow discord amongst the population.

The seventh annual Humber@TIFA interdisciplinary conference seeks to unearth the roots, causes and potential impacts that this movement has or may have through hosting online discussions about anti-intellectualism, denialism, distrust in media and conspiracy theories from the past to the present.

Tune in to plenary sessions, free and open to the public, October 22–23. Learn more about the virtual events below.

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Each event will be available to view for 72 hours after the indicated start time. All times are in ET.

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