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Disinformation and COVID-19 in Historical Context

27 January 2022 - 17:30 pm - 19:00 pm

Online-via Zoom

The Covid-19 pandemic has been accompanied by the circulation of a significant volume of mis-and dis-information globally. Rumours and conspiracy theories about the virus itself and the vaccination campaign that followed spread widely, particularly online. This panel explores the trends in disinformation relating to the pandemic and asks how much is new, how concerned should we be about levels of disinformation, and whether historical research might suggest solutions.


  • Alex Aitken (Executive Director for Government Communication, Cabinet Office)
  • Jo Fox (Principal Investigator, AHRC COVID-19 rumours in historical context project, Dean of the School of Advanced Study, London)
  • Peter Knight (Principal Investigator, AHRC Infodemic: Combatting COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories project, Professor of American Studies, Manchester)
  • Heidi Larson (Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science and Founding Director of the Vaccine Confidence Project, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine).

Chairded by Philip Murphy (Director, History & Policy, Institute of Historical Research, London) 

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