Research seminar in Ethnology with Anastasiya Astapova. Conspiratorial Thinking among Russian Speakers in Estonia: From COVID-19 to the War in Ukraine
- Date: –12:00
- Location: Zoom
- Lecturer: Anastasiya Astapova, University of Tartu
- Organiser: Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology
- Contact person: Camilla Asplund Ingemark
Anastasiya Astapova will present new exciting research on the theme Conspiratorial Thinking among Russian Speakers in Estonia: From COVID-19 to the War in Ukraine. The seminar will be held in English.
Anastasiya describes her seminar topic thus:
Estonia has not been immune to the spread of pandemic-related conspiracy theories that reflected, like elsewhere, in vaccine hesitancy, Euroscepticism, pandemic denial, opposition to the spread of 5G mobile technology, and the idea that under pandemic governments attempt to restrict people’s everyday life and freedom of speech. This talk is about the pandemic-related conspiratorial beliefs spread among Russian speakers residing in Estonia with a special focus on how they see continuity between the pandemic and the war in Ukraine as a part of the same plan. The research stems from ethnographic interviews on the topic held in the first weeks of the war and focuses on the major themes that bring two groups of conspiracy theories together. I will also explore what are the main reasons and vulnerabilities behind the Russian speakers’ beliefs in conspiracy theories.
For Zoom-link pleases contact Camilla Asplund Ingemark.