J. Harambam MSc

(external) researcher Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences Department of Public Administration and Sociology (DPAS).
Erasmus University Rotterdam
+31 10 4082077

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J. Harambam & S. Aupers (2015). Contesting Epistemic Authority: Conspiracy Theories on the Boundaries of Science. Public Understanding of Science, 24 (4), 466-480. doi: 10.1177/0963662514559891

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Jaron Harambam (Amsterdam, 1983) is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Rotterdam Cultural Sociology (CROCUS) of the Department of Sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

He uses the empirical case of “conspiracy theories” – or in better words, the culture of radical skepticism and distrust towards elites, media, politics, science, technologies and so on – to better understand the cultural mechanisms that constitute peoples’ engagements with knowledge, and its institutions, in times of epistemological / ontological uncertainty. His ethnographic research is therefore not only focused on the culture of conspiracy theorists, but he focuses as well on how  they interact with science: what are the ideas they have of each other and how do they deploy these images in battles for epistemic authority.

During his Research Master in Social Sciences at the Graduate School of Social Sciences / University of Amsterdam, he undertook both qualitative and quantitative research under the supervision of Stef Aupers (EUR), Dick Houtman (EUR) and Jan-Willem Duyvendak (UvA), on the commercialization of virtual worlds and on the ambiguities of online social contact.

He is mostly fascinated by empirical phenomena that relate to Technology, Popular Culture and Modernity, with a special theoretical interest in the Philosophy of (Social) Science.

In May 2014 Harambam was one of nine PhD candidates in the Netherlands to be awarded the prestigious Fulbright scholarship enabling him to pursue further research in the United States. In addition, in June he won the Young Talent Award from the Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds. In 2014 he will spend half a year at the 'Science in Human Culture' programme of Northwestern University, Chicago.

      • J. Harambam (2012). Welkom in het spiegelhuis. Uw gids: Willem Schinkel [Bespreking van het boek De nieuwe democratie. Naar andere vormen van politiek.]. Sociologie, 8(3), 343-346.
      • J. Harambam (Ed.). (2012) Sociologie.
      • J. Harambam & I. Van Oorschot (2012, juni 11). Copyright? Copywrong? NRC-Next
      • J. Harambam & I. van Oorschot (2012, juni 11). Copyright? Copywrong! NRC Next
      • J. Harambam (2012, augustus 21). Waarom “complotdenken” niet zomaar afgeserveerd moet worden. SciencePalooza
      • S.D. Aupers, J. Harambam & D. Houtman (2008). The Quest for the Ultimate Game. World of Warcraft, Second Life and the Commercialization of Virtual Worlds. Dag van de Sociologie: Leuven (2008, mei 29 - 2008, mei 29).
  • (external) researcher

    Erasmus University Rotterdam
    Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    Department of Public Administration and Sociology (DPAS).
    The Netherlands
    +31 10 4082077


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