Myth, Rumour and Misinformation: A day of interdisciplinary discussion from folklore to fake news

Tuesday 26 July 2022, 9.30am to 5pm

Speaker(s): Professor Marylyn Carrigan (Heriot-Watt University)

Myth, rumour and misinformation have been features of human society since the dawn of civilisation. From the earliest folk tales to high-tech online propaganda campaigns, people have used myth, rumour and misinformation to persuade, deceive, and even to make sense of their lived experience of the world around them.

Join us at the University of York Sociology department’s beautiful lakeside home for a fascinating day of discussion, networking, and talks on all things mythic and fallacious. We are delighted to present a keynote address from Professor Marylyn Carrigan (Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University). Register via Eventbrite to book your ticket.

The full programme will be announced one month in advance and will comprise a series of presentations and panel discussions on a range of themes that intersect with myth, rumour and misinformation, including:

  • Conspiracy theories and ‘fake news’
  • Digital media and technologies
  • Discourse and ideology
  • Folk tales and mythic historiography
  • Identity and power
  • Knowledge and reality
  • Knowledge production and dissemination
  • Myth, rumour and misinformation in academia and social research
  • National, secular or historical myths
  • Political, environmental, medical, and/or social misinformation

 In-person event with live online stream. Refreshments and lunch will be provided free of charge to all attendees and speakers.

Location: LMB 002 (Lecture Hall), Department of Sociology, Law and Management Building. Venue is wheelchair accessible and has an induction loop hearing system available.

Admission: £5


Call For Proposals

Deadline: Friday 10 June 2022

We welcome proposals from academics working in any discipline who wish to engage in discussion about: Conspiracy theories and ‘fake news’; Digital media and technologies; Discourse and ideology; Folk tales and mythic historiography; Identity and power; Knowledge and reality; Knowledge production and dissemination; Myth, rumour and misinformation in academia and social research; National, secular or historical myths; Political, environmental, medical, and/or social misinformation; or any other works that fall within the theme of ‘myth, rumour & misinformation’. Proposals are particularly sought from early career researchers, including undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Successful applicants will be asked to present their proposed abstract for around 15 minutes as part of a panel discussion alongside 4-5 other scholars. Each panel will field questions jointly for a further 20 minutes at the conclusion of their session. Lunch and refreshments will be provided for all speakers and attendees. A small amount of funding is available to cover travel costs of speakers who would otherwise be unable to attend (please indicate whether you require support within your submission if applying).

Guidelines for applications: Please send an abstract of your paper (250 words max) to by Friday 10 June 2022. Applications should contain:

  • Your full name and any affiliations
  • Title of paper
  • Keywords (up to 4)
  • Abstract (250 words max)
  • (If requesting financial assistance) A sentence or two outlining why you would benefit from funding for travel expenses, and an approximate estimate of the amount of support required.

 The list of successful applicants will be announced by Friday 24 June 2022.

LMB 002 (Lecture Hall), Department of Sociology, Law and Management Buildi
Heslington East Campus
YO10 5GD York