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Power of Words

Please note this venue is accessible and has step-free access.
Past event - 2017
17 May Doors open 6:30pm; Event 7:00pm-9:00pm
Panton Arms, 43 Panton Street,
Cambridge CB2 1HL
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The speakers featured will lead the audience on an exploration into the infectious nature of hate speech and fake news. 

Please note that this event takes place on the ground floor and is accessible for those with impaired mobility.

Metaphors: An Infectious Power

The 19th century discovery that invisible pathogens caused infectious diseases engendered powerful narratives of fear. Germs were described through militaristic metaphors, such as ‘evil invaders’. This in turn fuelled xenophobic and racist fantasies which were expressed through metaphors of infection in literary and political writings. Against this historical backdrop, we’ll explore the power of metaphors and how they shape our understanding of societies today.

Poisonous Speech

Hate speech was described as poison, at the Nuremberg trials. What is hate speech? One view is hate speech expresses unpopular ideas. Another view is, it subordinates human beings. I want to consider what hate speech does, how it can be answered, and whether its history may have lessons for the present.

Fake News in a Post-Truth World

What is “fake news” exactly? Is the current post-truth debate really different from historical examples of political propaganda? We’ll explore the psychology of influence, to what extent we are being targeted by a range of societal actors both online and offline; and ultimately, why, how, and in what ways fake news is influencing our attitudes, opinions, and decision-making about key societal issues and what we can do about it.

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