The times of conspiracy theories and fake news

Dated:
Thursday, June 10, 2021
Time:
3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location:
Online

Co-organized by St Mary’s University and the Association for Psychosocial Studies.

We live in an age characterized by increasing political polarization, fake news, conspiracy theories and other forms of extremism. Social media such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram are often characterized by misogyny, sexism and racism and lack empathy, compassion and love.

This seminar will explore what role psychoanalysis in combination with religion can play in analyzing such phenomena, as well as finding possible solutions for them. Recent political developments, such as the Trump presidency, have been credited with an increase in political paranoia and conspiracy theories have spread all over the internet. Contemporary forms of conspiracy thought, such as QAnon, have led to the establishment of communities which to some extent have quasi-religious characteristics.

This seminar asks how our contemporary time can be analyzed through the prism of post-Freudian psychoanalysis and religious studies. Do we need a new form of spirituality? What can a psychoanalytic understanding of religion offer in the analysis of the phenomena described above? What can psychoanalysis and religion learn from each other in the present moment? How do religious conceptions of hope, love, and compassion emerge in times of uncertainty, mistrust, and apparent fantasies?

Loudspeakers

  • Peter Tyler (St Mary’s University): Dionysus or the crucified? : Freud, Nietzsche, Jung and the return of the repressed in society
  • Mark Murphy (St Mary’s University): Freud, Lacan and their approach to the “mystic”
  • Anthony Faramelli (Goldsmiths): The Alt-Right and Religion: The Death Drive in American Evangelism
Dated:
Thursday, June 10, 2021
Time:
3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location:
Online

Find out more

For more information on this event, please contact Professor Peter Tyler (Professor – Pastoral Theology and Spirituality):
E-mail: peter.tyler@stmarys.ac.uk
Phone : 020 8240 4082


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