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The Challenges Of 2030: Fake News, Conspiracy Theories and Disinformation: Past, Present and Future With Dr Arddun Arwyn From Aberystwyth University

12th October 2020 @ 12:00 - 12:45



As part of Aberystwyth’s exciting The Challenges of 2030 series, Dr Arddun Arwyn from the Department of History & Welsh History will present Fake News, Conspiracy Theories and Disinformation: Past, Present and Future.

Fake News, conspiracy theories and disinformation are prominent features of our society today. They have a great impact on politics, are eroding trust and are creating dangerous divisions. These issues are also a big challenge for our future.

Fake news is not, however, a new phenomenon. There are numerous examples throughout history when disinformation and conspiracy theories have impacted politics and society.

This webinar explores the detrimental effect of disinformation on German politics and society in the Third Reich and highlights how the skills of the historian in critical thinking, fact checking, and analysis are central to combatting disinformation in the future.


The other events in The Challenges of 2030 series, which we are adding to, are (Please click):


Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Dr Arddun Arwyn

Suitable for: Year 10 to Year 13 students. The session will be suitable for those studying, or interested in studying, History, Politics, Sociology, English, German, Humanities and Social Sciences in general, Psychology, Media Studies, Film and Television.

Preparation or Pre-Reading: There is no specific preparation or pre-reading but we recommend that students consider and discuss some of the key issues as they perceive them and think of any questions they would like to ask.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges.  If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:



12th October 2020
12:00 - 12:45