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Navigating conspiracies “from below”: agentive strategies and tactics by marginalized groups 
Juergen Schaflechner (Freie University Berlin)
Sarbani Sharma (Azim Premji University)
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Wednesday 24 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

In this panel we research transcultural movements of conspiracies, why and how conspiratorial tropes affect people, and finally, how precarious agents (from gender, ethnic, or religious minorities) utilize what we tentatively call "conspiratorial practices" as an agentive strategy.

Long Abstract:

Over the last decade, the study of “conspiracy theories” has seen renewed scholarly interest worldwide. Populist campaigns, the establishment of national authoritarian governments, and, more recently, the COVID-19 pandemic have contributed to an atmosphere saturated with conspiracies, fake news, and trolling. Notwithstanding its global relevance, American and European case studies have mainly informed theoretical approaches to the topic. In this panel, we aim to highlight the Global South as a relatively underexplored area of study and emphasize its importance for theorization and knowledge production on conspiracy theories. Furthermore, we underscore the significance of ethnography as a means to comprehend how marginalized communities employ conspiracy narratives "from below" to become visible and articulate their calls for recognition and inclusion.

This panel discounts the pathological structure of explaining conspiracy theories and aims to bridge in-depth ethnographical work amongst people utilizing, spreading, and believing in conspiratorial plots with macrostructural developments globally. It, thus, initiates a long-overdue re-reading of theories on conspiracy through a focus on cases and theorization from the Global South.

We invite papers from all geographical areas and fields

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Session 1 Wednesday 24 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Wednesday 24 July, 2024, -