Institute of Ethnology and Social Anthropology
Social and cultural contexts of spreading of contemporary legends, rumours and conspiracy theories
World Cultures and Religions, Faculty of Arts, Comenius University
Name of the supervisor
Mgr. Zuzana Panczová, PhD.
Filozofická fakulta UK
Rumours and conspiracy theories are explored in social sciences as expressions of social anxieties and desires, and as specific forms of description of social representations of power, intergroup relations or group (self-) identification. They also became a part of contemporary mass culture, which shapes the repertoire and narrative structures of rumours and conspiracy theories. The research can be focused on face-to-face or internet-mediated forms of communication. Methods primarily draw on folkloristic or ethnological approaches.