Futile Fantasies and Fascism: Conspiracy Theories in the Age of Trump

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 6, 2021, 3:30 p.m. MST
Location: Zoom

Sarah Riccardi-Swartz

Engaging with research on far-right American supporters of Vladimir Putin, this lecture draws attention to the rapid development and deployment of conspiracy theories during Trump's presidency, suggesting that these ideological imaginaries need to be understood in a global context.

About the speaker:
Sarah Riccardi-Swartz is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Recovering Truth: Religion, Journalism, and Democracy in a Post-Truth Era project at the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict. She is a scholar of American religion and politics and has a PhD in sociocultural anthropology from New York University. She is also a trained documentary filmmaker. Her research interests primarily focus on hybrid conservatism, right-wing religious communities, fundamentalism and traditionalism, and the ever-expanding political tensions between Russia and the United States.