No event of significance in the world today – be it an unexpected election result, a terrorist attack, the death of a public figure, a meteorological anomaly, flu pandemic or phone hacking allegations – takes place without generating at least a flutter of conspiracy speculations. And that’s where the OU’s Dr Jovan Byford comes in…
Jovan’s a senior lecturer in Psychology at the Open University, specialising in the social and psychological aspects of conspiracy theories, anti-Semitism and Holocaust remembrance. He’s also studying the relationship between psychology and history.
Jovan’s first book Conspiracy Theory: Serbia vs. the New World Order was published in Serbian in 2006 and was based on his PhD thesis which examined the uncontrolled spread of conspiracy theories within the Serbian society in the 1990s.
His second book has just been published – Conspiracy theories: A Critical Introduction ¬– which explains conspiracy theories as a global phenomenon while exploring their political, historical and psychological dimensions.
In these two videos Jovan explains why conspiracy theories often sound alike, and how a conspiracy theory differs from an account of a real conspiracy…
Find out more:
- About Dr Jovan Byford
- Conspiracy theories: A Critical Introduction
- Jovan Byford on BBC's Thinking Allowed
- Study with the OU – Psychology