Conspiratorial Pedagogy: How to Teach about Conspiracy Theories

deadline for submissions: 
October 31, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Owen Cantrell, Georgia State University
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We live in a golden age of conspiracies. From relatively innocuous conspiracies such as Area 51 or the Denver International Airport to more dangerous conspiracies such as QAnon or vaccines with microchips, conspiracy theories are pervasive in our culture. We have seen conspiracy theories lead to domestic terrorism in the past several years, including the January 6th Insurrection. As instructors who teach critical thinking and critical literacy, it is necessary for us to engage with conspiracy theories—since our students are encountering them on social media, on the internet, and, often, in their homes. While we may often fall back on standbys such as media literacy and critical thinking, the age of conspiracy presents difficult challenges to our understanding of how media functions—and is consumed—as well as what effects critical thinking can have to a world view that often makes more coherent sense than the world that we all live in.

This panel seeks proposals focusing on conspiracy theories and pedagogy. Proposals that engage with practical experience teaching about conspiracy theories or conspiracism in the classroom are highly encouraged.

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