On the Appropriation of Critique of Ideology by the Conspiracy Discourse (80283)

Session Information: Literature/Literary Studies
Session Chair: Imti Watitula Longkumer

Saturday, 25 May 2024 15:40
Session: Session 4
Room: Room 608
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Critique of ideology aims to analyse power relations and mechanisms of domination and questions the emergence and spread of ideologies within our culture. The historical background to this critical reflection includes Marx and Engels, Gramsci, Althusser, Adorno and Horkheimer or Foucault. In the present day, however, this concept has been appropriated by various conspiracy theory media. The aim of this article is to examine the way in which this criticism is constructed within the framework of the conspiracy discourse and what possibilities of deconstruction, e.g. critical discourse analysis in the sense of Foucault, can offer us. The analysis is carried out using the example of texts from the conspiracy-theoretical German-language magazine “Rubikon” from the section “Media and Ideology Criticism” from the years 2022 and 2023. The aim is to show and understand the way in which conspiracy theories attempt to conceal alternative truths through a pseudo-scientific perspective and language.

Jan Demcisak, University of St. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava, Slovakia

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Jan Demcisak is a University Assistant Professor/Lecturer at University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius (Trnava, Slovakia) in Slovakia

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