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(Con)spirituality, Science and COVID-19 Colloquium

25-26 March, 5pm, AEDT
Hosted by Deakin University and Western Sydney University

(Con)spirituality – the merger of conspiracy theories and spirituality – has attracted significant media and academic attention globally during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This colloquium is the first to bring together leading scholars and practitioners from the UK, EU, USA, Canada and Australia – including:

  • Professor David Voas (University College London),
  • Professor Paul Bramadat (University of Victoria),
  • Associate Professor Mar Griera (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona),
  • Professor Cristina Rocha (Western Sydney University), and
  • Derek Beres, Matthew Remski, and Julian Walker of

They will examine themes of (con)spirituality, science, QAnon, the Far Right, vaccine hesitancy and COVID-19.

Ward and Voas used the term conspirituality in 2011, to describe the merger of New Age spirituality and conspiracy theories. This colloquium seeks to provide a deeper understanding of this phenomena during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to illuminate the internal diversities and complexities within conspirituality and vaccine hesitancy. We therefore bracket the ‘con’, as the colloquium will investigate a wide spectrum of spiritual beliefs and practices that co-opt or critique scientific orthodoxy, including those that are non-controversial, those that may indeed be ‘cons’, and those that adhere to conspiracy theories and pose significant risks to society.


Date and Times:

  • Mar 25, 2021 05:00 PM
  • Mar 26, 2021 05:00 PM

Time shows in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney