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Finding the method in the madness of modern conspiracy theories through Shakespeare

Professor Paul Budra looks at conspiracy theories through Shakespearean lens at SFU President’s Faculty Lecture

March 09, 2020

Ian Bryce, University Communications and Marketing, 236-880-2187,


Simon Fraser University English professor Paul Budra will share his latest research on conspiracy theories as a literary form through the lens of Shakespeare’s age and plays as part of SFU’s President’s Faculty Lecture Series on Tuesday, March 10.



William Shakespeare lived in an era of conspiracy. Plots were laid against both the monarchs who reigned during Shakespeare’s lifetime and his plays depict conspiracies both murderous and comic.

In an era of conspiracy theories—vaccinations, 9/11, and even the shape of the planet have been subject to elaborate and often paranoid belief systems. Shakespeare himself, unique among world authors, is the subject of such a conspiracy theory.

Budra will argue that the contrast between that theory and the conspiracies in Shakespeare’s age and plays can provide insight into the rhetoric and strategies of the modern conspiratorial imagination.



  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020
  • 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.



  • Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
  • 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby



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