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.