This digital seminar for teachers will focus on conspiracy theories and their role during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Registration fee: €10

Registration form for Amerikahaus teacher seminars (112 kb)

Conspiracy Theories and the Coronavirus Pandemic (digital)

Teacher seminar / registration fee €10 / Please register via our registration form


This teacher seminar will take place digitally via Zoom.

Conspiracy theories appear to have been steadily gaining in popularity in past years, fueled by the rise of populism, the Internet and, most recently, the coronavirus pandemic. But what exactly is a conspiracy theory, and are such ideas really more prominent now than in the past? How exactly do the Internet and populism contribute to the spread of conspiracy theories? What conspiracy theories are there about the coronavirus, and how do they argue? When are they dangerous? How can conspiracy theories be debunked? And how should one react when students articulate conspiracy theories in the classroom? The seminar will address these and related questions in order to equip teachers with the knowledge and tools to analyze and discuss conspiracy theories with their students.


This seminar will take place via Zoom, and we will take short breaks totaling about 25-30 minutes throughout the seminar schedule.

09:00 The Basics: Definitions, History, Psychology

09:30 The Rhetoric of Conspiracy Theories

10:00 The Impact of the Internet and the Link to Populism

11:00 Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories

12:00 Addressing Conspiracy Theories in the Classroom (and beyond)

13:00 Open Discussion

14:00 End

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Michael Butter, Universität Tübingen

Organizer: Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations

Contact: Sarah Martin (bibliothek@amerikahaus.de)

Registration fee: €10

Please register via our registration form or online via FIBS.
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For FIBS registration, search for: Stiftung Bayerisches Amerikahaus gGmbH



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