October 08, 2017

Professor Robert Meister of History of Consciousness delivers the paper "Finance-as-Conspiracy/Market-as-Theory" as part of the Corporate Planning Panel at the University of Chicago Conspiracy/Theory Conference.

Conspiracy/Theory considers the intersection of conspiracy and theory, focusing on the imbrication of complex systems across politics, economics, militarism, and technology in the present. Exploring the conditions for knowing in a world where there is often too much information but not of the right kind to judge evidence, ascertain the nature of truth claims, or resolve issues of agency and intent, one goal is to examine how and when intuition, experience, and judgement become marked as either conspiratorial or theoretical. Understanding the elective affinities between conspiracy and theory while appreciating the seductions of each, this project engages the theoretical in conspiracy and the conspiratorial in critical theory, grappling as well with the ways in which suspicion, opacity, networks, uncertainty, and mass mediation function today.

Please visit the conference website for a full schedule and further details.