Beatriz Buarque is a PhD student and journalist who is using a trans-disciplinary approach to understand the circulation and legitimisation of alt-right conspiracy theories on digital media.
Her project draws upon the theory of the multitude to understand how and why the masses contribute to the legitimisation of alt-right conspiracy theories that rely on both epistemic authority and affective strategies to touch the unconscious desire of the masses for relief to the common shared "not-feeling-at-home" inherent to post-fordist society.
Besides her work in academia, she has also been actively working in the field of media and hate speech through the NGO Words Heal the World, which was set up by her to empower young people to challenge hate.
Research skills: mixed-methods, especially using critical discourse analysis (verbal and non-verbal elements); internet research.
Her main goals are: pursue an academic career in Politics, Media or International Relations with special focus on information, security and/or democracy; contribute to the development/implementation of policies to restrain the advance of hate speech on digital media; contribute to research on far-right narratives and their impact on democracy.