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 Conspirituality.net
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