Mapping struggles of deception and politics in digital media
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My name is Johan Farkas and I am a PhD student at Malmö University (Sweden) in Media and Communication Studies.

My research critically explores disinformation, ‘fake news’, racism and political struggles, specifically in connection to digital media and journalism. I have published on these topics in international journals such as New Media & Society, Social Media + Society and Critical Discourse Studies (see publications).

My debut book, Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy: Mapping the Politics of Falsehood, was published by Routledge in 2019. Written with Jannick Schou, the book presents a critical examination of discourses around fake news and the post-truth era.

I am currently working on my PhD thesis, which explores journalistic coverage of disinformation during democratic elections. I am furthermore the Chair of the Young Scholars Network of the European Communication Research and Education Association (YECREA) and a frequent commentator in Danish and Swedish media.

In the past, I’ve been Visiting Researcher at Cornell University and speaker at a range of institutions, including the German parliament (before the Council of Europe) and the Swedish Ministry of Culture (see activities).

You are welcome to contact me regarding research or teaching.
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Latest publication:
Farkas, J. & Schou, J. (2020). Post-Truth Discourses and their Limits: A Democratic Crisis?, In G. Terzis, D. Kloza, E. Kużelewska & D. Trottier (Eds.), Disinformation and Digital Media as a Challenge for Democracy (pp. 103-150), Cambridge: Intersentia. More Information