January 2, 2021 at 8:15 pm

Contemporary History | The Dangers of QAnon and the Culture of Paranoia: A Conversation, Feb. 18

The Contemporary History Institute hosts “The Dangers of QAnon and the Culture of Paranoia: A Conversation” on Thursday, Feb. 18, from noon to 1 p.m. on Teams.

  • Please request a link to the conversation from Ingo Trauschweizer at

The Contemporary History Institute invites Ohio University students, faculty members, and university staff to a conversation that seeks to put QAnon in historical and contemporary context.

Panelists include Brian Collins (Religions Studies), Jennifer Collins (Communication Studies), Judith Grant (Political Science), Kathleen Sullivan (Political Science), and historians Kevin Mattson, Jaclyn Maxwell, Kevin Uhalde, and Mirna Zakić.

Since 2017, a conspiracy group that originated in the far-right fringes of the internet has attracted thousands of adherents, culminating in its prominent role in the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. The adherents of this group have been spreading disinformation regarding a range of issues, from voter fraud to Satan-worship.

CHI invites students to bring their questions to this Thursday Conversation and ask a panel of professors about how these online rumors and disinformation are connected to political violence and how they fit into a broader historical patterns of conspiratorial thinking and what is known as the “paranoid style” of politics.

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