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University of Edinburgh Screening Room
50 George Square Room G.04, EH8 9JU Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Terence Sawyers presents 'Conspiracy Theory in Film'
Long an entrenched position within popular culture, Conspiracy Theory continues to thrive on bookshelves, on TV, in cinemas, and, especially, on the internet. Focussing on a post-9/11 period, we will examine some of the techniques deployed by Conspiracy Theorists to engage an ever-wider audience in the 21st Century.
First, we will look at the way that Conspiracy Theorists have utilised film-making apparatus and techniques. Presenting audiences with slick and powerful revisions of history.
Then, we will explore the many different representations of the culture of Conspiracy Theory within ‘mainstream’ media.
In our contemporary context of fake-news and echo chambers, Conspiracy Theory speaks to a crisis of legitimacy. How is knowledge produced and legitimised when all modes of legitimisation are suspect?
Trust no one.
Terence Sawyers is a PhD researcher at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. He is currently completing his thesis on the adaptations of Philip K. Dick and is the co-organiser of the annual PKD Day events, you can find more information at: pkdday2018.wordpress.com