'Going Qanon': religion, digitisation and the challenge of security

Online e in presenza

Fondazione Bruno Kessler - Polo delle Scienze Umane e sociali
Aula piccola

Online e in presenza

Fondazione Bruno Kessler - Polo delle Scienze Umane e sociali
Aula piccola

FBK-ISR International Seminar 2023

62% of Conservative evangelicals believe the last election was characterized by widespread fraud, despite to date there is no evidence of such claims. 39% of Republican voters (and conservative evangelicals among them) believe it is necessary to act “even with violence” in the event that “the elected leaders will not protect the United States”. A recent report edited, among others, by James Davison Hunter (theorist of the culture wars) entitled “Democracy in Dark Times” describes an extremely polarized US society with large parts of the population living in parallel media ecosystems. Hence a representation of reality that is declined in the plural excluding, in many cases, effective possibilities for dialogue and confrontation. Increasingly, political and social controversies are not about opinions, but about the fact themselves. It is the triumph of alternative realities. It should therefore come as no surprise if the US laboratory, which has always been a hotbed of innovation, could be at the center of yet another transformation of the religious landscape. Several studies are beginning to highlight how the “alternative theologies” promoted, for example, by conspiracy theories such as QAnon begin to creep into the same religious movements and merge into a post-modern theological corpus helped by the diffusion of information technologies and from the months that people have spent locked in their homes without being able to meet their communities. The search for answers to life’s questions through the tools of technology generates new challenges for public institutions and for religious communities themselves.

Scientific coordination:
Massimo Leone, Director FBK-ISR


Cycle of seminars: “(Dis)Embodiment in Religion and Ethics”


The seminar will be held in Italian

The presentation will be in-person in the FBK Aula Piccola while seats last and online

Registration by March 6, 2023 at 12:00 a.m. is required in order to arrange the connection



Affresco di Schweitzer



  • Pasquale Annicchino is Senior Assistant Professor of Law at the Law Department of the University of Foggia. He is qualified as Associate Professor for the disciplinary sector 12/C2. He is a member of the OSCE/ODIHR panel of experts on freedom of religion or belief within which he coordinates the working group on freedom of religion or belief and technology. He has taught Global Law and Religion at Central European University (Vienna) and th4 FGV-Rio (Rio de Janeiro). He was also Adjunct Professor of Law at St. John’s University School of Law (New York) and BYU Law School (Provo). He was Research Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute (Fiesole) where he worked on the RELIGIOWEST research project. He collaborated with the Center for Religious Studies of the Bruno Kessler Foundation.


Registration to this event is mandatory.

Registration closed on 06/03/2023.



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