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Creation, Dissemination and Pedagogical Responses

Date & time
Monday, April 29, 2024 –
Tuesday, April 30, 2024
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


This event is free




J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

Wheel chair accessible


Disinformation is the cognitive, political, and social plague of the 21st century. Its prevalence and in/visibility, with lightning-fast images, memes, and stories, regardless of verity thanks to social media algorithms, AI, and verbal gamesmanship, is witnessed in the flood of (mis)representations of the catastrophic events in Israel/Gaza, the 2024 USA Presidential election, and rising Hindu nationalism in India that exposes religious minorities to unspeakable violence. The explosion of maliciously fabricated content has spurred specialists in scientific and humanistic disciplines (Information Studies, Media Studies, Library Studies, Political Science, Cultural Studies, Education) to identify, analyze, and disrupt disinformation.

What has been missing is a common space for sharing and refining approaches to research and scholarship in disinformation with concrete pedagogical strategies for combatting it. Join us for an interdisciplinary two-day series of events of academic conversations, pedagogical workshops, film screenings, and art-based performances where these thorny issues will be tackled from multiple perspectives.

The goal is to engage participants in critical methods to combat disinformation and equip teachers and professors with pedagogical methodologies and tools to cultivate students' media and reality literacy.

See full tentative schedule below:

April 29  
10:00am - 11:00am Keynote: How to Combat the Spread of Mis- and Disinformation?
11:00am - 11:15am Break
11:15am - 12:45pm Panel: Creation and Dissemination of Disinformation in Social and Traditional Media
12:45pm - 1:15pm Lunch 
1:15pm - 3:30pm Panel: Relation entre la désinformation et le radicalisme et l'extrémisme politiques
3:30pm - 3:45pm Break
3:45pm - 5:00pm Panel: Mis- and Disinformation in Media and Journalism in the Canadian Context
5:00pm - 5:45pm Break 
5:45pm Film Screening at the DèSeve Cinema
April 30  
10:00am - 11:15am Panel: Bridging Borders and Uniting Practices
11:15am - 11:30am Break
11:30am - 1:00pm Workshop: How to teach the skills needed for students to handle disinformation
1:00pm - 2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm - 3:15pm Workshop: How to present difficult subjects in the classroom
3:15pm - 3:30pm Break
3:30pm - 4:15pm Workshop: Whole body / Dance 
4:15pm - 4:30pm Break
4:30pm - 6:00pm Panel: Final Reflections on Teaching Disinformation in the Classroom
7:00pm NOCHE GIROVAGA at La Sala Rossa

How can you participate? Join us in person or online by watching live on YouTube.

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