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The Politics of Suspicion

Fake news, post truth, and the normalization of conspiracy theory: the world today is rife with suspicion. But what circumstances allow for a global culture of suspicion to flourish? What role do various forms of media play, and how is suspicion co-opted for political means, and how are we complicit in its pervasiveness?

How to apply

Programme at a glance

Academic dates: 28 June - 16 July 2020
Housing dates: 26 June - 17 July 2020
Academic fee: € 1600 read more about what’s included.
Housing fee:

€ 625 for a private room with shared facilities and a € 75 refundable deposit. For more information, see Housing and practical matters.

Credits: 6 European Credits
Who is this programme for?                                                                                                              For current university students (Bachelors and Masters) in the arts and social sciences with an interest contemporary politics, media, and cultural studies. 
Academic director: Dr. Boris Noordenbos
Early application deadline: 1 February 2020
Regular application deadline: 1 April 2020

Programme description

This immersive three-week programme will scrutinize the intricate web of cause and effect that allows for an ever-growing and current global culture of suspicion. Culture provides the scripts and scenarios for imagining the schemes, designs, and connections that are crucial to unravelling conspiracy thinking and conspiracy theory in contemporary political and social landscapes.

This multimedia course will examine the rise of a globalized culture of suspicion from diverse perspectives. We will take an interdisciplinary lens to understand not only the political motives and outcomes of this movement, but also, how conspiracy thinking infiltrates and influences our lives, behavior, and how we think. We will begin with historical conspiracy theories and examine the structural shift in the recent past, then move on to the role that (new) media plays in the spread and popularity of developing conspiracies and a culture of suspicion, from state media to Youtube vlogs. The programme will end by evaluating what happens when the global becomes personal, when broad-reaching political narratives directly impact how we live our lives, and the range of human responses at play, including violence, protest, and social unrest.

Weekly film institute

In order to understand the wide-spread nature of suspicion and conspiracy thinking, this programme will include weekly film screenings. Film is an excellent way to understand the theoretical, aesthetic, and political implications at play in the spread of this developing global fascination and culture. After the screenings, participants will engage in an analysis of the film from many different perspectives, linking readings and lived experiences to what was shown on the screen. 

Get in touch with us at summer-info-gsss@uva.nl or call +31 (0)20 525 3776.

The Politics of Suspicion
Vorm Kortlopend
Studielast 6 EC, 3 weken
Voertaal Engels
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