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Conspiracy/Theory Conference

  • Swift Hall / Common Room 1025 East 58th Street Chicago, IL, 60637 United States (map)

Please join us for a two-day conference engaging epistemological problems in contemporary politics and the value of social theory in an age generating new forms of propaganda, deception, and surveillance, as well as tactical rejections of science by both industries and governments.

Conspiracy/Theory considers the intersection of conspiracy and theory, focusing on the imbrication of complex systems across politics, economics, militarism, and technology in the present. Exploring the conditions for knowing in a world where there is often too much information but not of the right kind to judge evidence, ascertain the nature of truth claims, or resolve issues of agency and intent, one goal is to examine how and when intuition, experience, and judgement become marked as either conspiratorial or theoretical. Understanding the elective affinities between conspiracy and theory while appreciating the seductions of each, this project engages the theoretical in conspiracy and the conspiratorial in critical theory, grappling as well with the ways in which suspicion, opacity, networks, uncertainty, and mass mediation function today.

Please go to our conference website for a full schedule and further details. 

Participants include:

Nadia Abu el-Haj (Anthropology, Columbia University)
Hussein Agrama (Anthropology, UChicago)
Kathleen Belew (History, UChicago)
Lisa Davis (Anthropology, Princeton University)
Robin Derby (History, University of California-Los Angeles)
Joe Dumit (Science Studies and Anthropology, University of California-Davis)
Faith Hillis (History, UChicago)
Lochlann Jain (Anthropology, Stanford University)
John Jackson (Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania)
Darryl Li (Anthropology, UChicago)
Louisa Lombard (Anthropology, Yale University)
Joseph Masco (Anthropology, UChicago)
Bob Meister (History of Conscious, University of California-Santa Cruz)
Timothy Melley (English and American Studies, Miami University)
Rosalind Morris (Anthropology, Columbia University)
George Shulman (Gallatin School, New York University)
Lisa Wedeen (Political Science, UChicago)