Fascism and fake news: inseparable allies?

Seminar with Jean Wyllys, Marcia Tiburi, Victor Fraga, hosted by Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos and Chico Camargo


The Week of Fake News is a one-off large cross-sector initiative encompassing cinema, music, academic debate and fine arts. Its objective is to investigate how fake news and media bias have impacted the democratic institutions and the election process in Brazil, drawing pertinent parallels to the UK and the rest of the world.

The Latin American Centre (LAC), the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), and DMovies are delighted to be hosting this event, which will take place in-person:

How to attend: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fascism-and-fake-news-inseparable-allies-tickets-317578795727




14:00 book signing - The Psycho-Cultural Underpinnings of Everyday Fascism, by Marcia Tiburi (Bloomberg)

15:00 Opening words, by Dr Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos and Dr Chico Camargo

15:10 - presentation Marcia Tiburi

15:30 - presentation Jean Wyllys (including time for translation)

16:10 - presentation Victor Fraga

16:20 - Q&A

17:00 - Wrap-up

The seminar “Fascism and Fake News: inseparable allies” will examine the ascension and the tactics of far-right, that rose to power in Brazil in 2018. We will seek to understand how Bolsonaro and his allies weaponised lies, lawfare and libel in order to defame and destroy their political enemies. We will reflect on the fast advance of misinformation and the initiatives, and what can be done in order to combat this phenomenon. We will draw parallels between Brazil, the UK and the rest of the world

The seminar will be chaired by Chico Camargo (Research Associate, OII, University of Oxford), with an opening keyword by Dr Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos (director of the Brazilian Studies Programme and Senior Lecturer at LAC, University of Oxford). The guest speakers are: Márcia Tiburi (Philosopher and Lecturer, University Paris 8), Jean Wyllys (Journalist and scholar, University of Barcelona and Harvard) and Victor Fraga (journalist and filmmaker).

Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos is the director of the Brazilian Studies Programme and Senior Lecturer at the Latin American Centre, University of Oxford. Her work is mainly concerned with local governments and participatory policies. She is the author or editor of three books focusing on cities in the global south.

Chico Camargo is a Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Exeter, and a research associate at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. In his research, he combines approaches from the natural and social sciences to study how information is organised, used, and misused.

Victor Fraga is an Anglo-Brazilian journalist and filmmaker. He is the founder and director of the DMovies, the portal for thought-provoking cinema. He co-directed the documentary The Coup d'Etat Factory, about the role of media manipulation and fake news in the collapse of Brazilian democracy and rise of Neo-fascism.

Márcia Tiburi is a philosopher, plastic artist and writer. She is currently living under exile in Paris, and works as a professor at the University Paris 8. She has written extensively about the rise of fascism and fake news in Brazil. She authored the book The Psycho-Cultural Underpinnings of Everyday Fascism, published in 2021.

Jean Wyllys is a scholar in Political Science at the University of Barcelona, where he researches the contagion by fake news and the rise of authoritarian governments. Award-winning journalist, he writes about civil rights and liberties. He served two consecutive terms as federal deputy in Brazil.