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Diaphora Open Day II – Cassandra’s Dilemma: The Threat of Disinformation

Barcelona, 24-25 April 2019 (Wednesday & Thursday)

In Greek mythology, Cassandra was cursed to speak the truth, correctly predict the future, but to never be believed.
This is Cassandra’s dilemma or syndrome: that truth-telling is met with disbelief. Knowledge-resistance and disinformation are on the rise globally: flat-earthers, creationists, and anti-vaxxers dispute well-established science.
Such resistance and disinformation have serious consequences. Measles outbreaks in developed nations provide one tangible example. But the undermining of deliberative democracy is just as grave a consequence. Disinformation campaigns are wreaking social and political havoc. Lies, contradictions, and doublespeak poison the public sphere, often with the help of social media. Fake news sow doubt, deceit, distrust, and fear. Traditional investigative journalism is met with distrust whenever it contradicts what the public wants to hear. Once belief in objective standards for truth and knowledge has been eroded, society becomes polarized and fractured, with each tribe positing their own, alternative realities.

Adrienne Lemon (Search for Common Ground)Teresa Marques (University of Barcelona) and Åsa Wikforss (Stockholm University) will talk about knowledge-resistance and tribalism, fear and dangerous speech, and strategies to prevent alienation and extremism.

Venue: CCCB – Centre de Cultura Contemporània de BarcelonaC/Montalegre, 5 – 08001 Barcelona

Visit the CCCB web page here


The event is co-organised and co-funded by:

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network DIAPHORA and the CCCB – Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona.


Members of DIAPHORA organising the event: Teresa Marques (University of Barcelona),  Chiara Panizza (University of Barcelona), Sven Rosenkranz (ICREA/University of Barcelona) and Åsa Wikforss (Stockholm University).
DIAPHORA serves as a European research and training platform for collaborative research on the nature of philosophical problems, their resilience and the sources of persistent divergence of expert opinion about them, and their relation to conflicts in the practical sphere.

Diaphora has received funding  from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 675415