1. The psychology behind conspiracy theories
Elvis is still alive, the moon landing was fake and the British royal family are actually lizards disguised as humans. As far-fetched as this may sound, there are conspiracy theories that people actually believes. Why is it like that? And what makes us believe in them? That and much more we ask Karen Douglas, professor of social psychology at the University of Kent, who is one of the world’s leading experts in the field. You can book your free ticket from March 14. Read more here.
When: April 18, 4:30 pm – 7 pm
Where: Gothenburg Film Studios, Polstjärnegatan 10
2. The experimental workshop – science at its best
Every year, the Gothenburg International Science Festival opens its doors to the Experiment Workshop, which is the festival’s own pop-up science center, which this year is being built outside in Frihamnen on the island of Hisingen. Here, all curious minds can learn more about science in an easy and accessible way. Experts and festival hosts take care of all visitors and guide them through clever and exciting experiments and activities, with creativity and sustainability in focus.
When: April 22-23, 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Kajskjul 105 at Frihamnen
Frihamnen – a new neighbourhood on historic shipyard land
Frihamnen, the free-port, is both a new and an old part of the city, located right in the heart of Gothenburg. The old shipbuilding industry and port operations give the area its historical setting, while at the same time a new neighbourhood takes shape among hangars, piers and cranes.
3. Nordstan, an arena full of short lectures and workshops
At the arena in the shopping mall Nordstan, lectures and live podcasts come together on stage in the middle of the bustling shopping centre. Here you can hear the swedish heptathlete Carolina Klüft together with scientists talk about how fast a person can become, experience a fascinating science show with the Czech-British chemist Michael Londesborough. In the workshop arena, you can try science yourself in different ways. Among other things, you can learn more about the sustainable food of the future from the sea, explore borders, test your climate facts and meet sea cucumbers.
When: April 19-23, 10 am – 8 pm on weekdays and 10 am – 6 pm on the weekend
4. Where do I start and end?
Everything revolves around the individual. But where do I end, and where does the rest of the world begin? At the tip of my nose, the smell, in the thoughts I spread or in the impressions I make in the relationship with others? And what happens to the connected self, far out there in cyberspace? Are there cultural differences in the view of the self? We explore this together with Bengt Brülde, professor of practical philosophy at the University of Gothenburg, Torill Kornfeldt, science journalist and author and Jonas Ivarsson, professor of informatics at the University of Gothenburg.
When: April 20, 1 pm – 2 pm
Where: Gothenburg City Library, Götaplatsen 3
5. An entire evening at Skeppet GBG: theater about conspiracy theories with Bataljonen and DJ set with scientists
In recent decades, the practice of traditional religions in many parts of the Western world has begun to decline. Conspiracy theories, however, have become increasingly common. Conspiracy theories seem to fulfill some of the needs met by religion, such as providing a sense of order in a seemingly random and capricious world. Under the direction of Saga B Jönsson and Hanna Morau, the performing art collective Bataljonen makes a cracking show of the research article “Are Conspiracy Theories a Surrogate for God?”, a humorous performance with lip sync, rituals and synchronized dance in a jumble of religion and conspiracy theories. Then it’s time for Turn the table, where students from Göteborgs Studentradio (Gothenburg Student Radio) teach researchers and scientists to DJ. What kind of music do professors dance to?
When: April 21, 8 pm – 9 pm and 9 pm – 11 pm
Where: Skeppet GBG, Amerikagatan 2