Talking American Studies

Conspiracy Theories and being a 'Public' Academic with M. Butter

October 17, 2020 Verena Adamik (and others) Season 1 Episode 7
Talking American Studies
Conspiracy Theories and being a 'Public' Academic with M. Butter
Show Notes

 … all about conspiracy theories – Prof. Michael Butter (University Tübingen) talks about the history of conspiracy theories and their status today, about relating academic research to public audiences, and the importance of engaging with so-called unloved subjects. Last but not least - we're talking American Studies! Hosted by Verena Adamik & Anja Söyünmez (University of Potsdam)


Prof. Dr. Michael Butter

Dr. Verena Adamik


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Zeit Online – das Politikteil “Was tun, wenn der Nachbar fantasiert?”

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