I’m currently on parental leave.
I will return on 19 August (2024).

Upcoming events:

Conference presentation, Farkas, J. & Xia, Y. (forthcoming). ‘The ‘Troll’ Metaphor and its Problems’. ECREA ECC 2024. Ljubljana, Slovenia. 24-27 September 2024.

Conference presentation, Farkas, J. (forthcoming). ‘The Rhetorical Construction of Factchecking as a Democratic Practice’. NKRF9 (Nordisk Konference for Retorikforskning). Copenhagen, Denmark. 9-11 October 2024.

Past keynotes and invited lectures

‘Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy’, Avignon University, Political, Economic and Social Sciences Department, Avignon, France. 23 February 2024.

‘Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy’,  Stora PR-dagen 2024, Stockholm, Sweden. 1 February 2024.

‘Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy’, Politics Week 2024. Department of Political Science and Public Management, University of Southern Denmark. 29 January 2024.

‘Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy’, Lund University, Department of Communication and Media, Lund, Sweden. 15 December 2023.

‘Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy’, Aarhus University, School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus, Denmark. 6 December 2023.

‘Fake News og Journalistik,’ Roskilde University, Roskilde, Denmark. 12 December 2022.

‘Fake News, Journalism, and the Democratic Paradox,’ Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden. 7 December 2022.

‘Diskursteori og kritisk desinformations-analyse,’ University of Copenhagen, Department of Communication, Copenhagen, Denmark. 6 October 2022.

‘The Truth Alone Will Not Save the Democracies,’ Biblioteken i Kungsbacka, Kungsbacka, Sweden. 22 September 2022.

‘Media Discourses on Fake News and their Limits,’ The Finnish Conference for Media and Communication (MEVI2022). Turku, Finland, 23 April 2022.

‘Post-Truth Discourses and Anti-Democratic Measures,’ Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy, Copenhagen, Denmark, 11 November 2021.

‘Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy: A Critical Examination,’ The University of Antwerp (remote lecture), Antwerp, Belgium, 5 March 2021.

‘”We Try to Avoid Fake News”: Examining Journalistic Reflections on Fake News Coverage,’ International Symposium on Journalism, Media and the Normalization of (Right-Wing) Populism and Nativist Authoritarianism. Organised by Gothenburg University and Uppsala University. 5 February 2021.

‘Disguised Propaganda, Fake News and Democracy,’ Fojos Faktajouren, Linnéuniversitetet, Kalmar, Sweden. 11 November 2020.

‘Sluta jaga sanningen på bekostnad av demokratin,’ Sanning, lögn och språk, Värmland läser, Karlstad, Sweden. 8 September 2020.

‘Online Disinformation and Post-Truth Discourses,’ University of Southern Denmark, Department for the Study of Culture. Odense, Denmark, 30 April 2020.

‘Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy: A Critical Examination,’ Swedish Ministry of Culture, Stockholm, Sweden, 12 February 2020.

‘Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy: A Critical Examination,’ Lund Universitet, Symposium on Social Information and Hybrid Power: A Strategic Platform for Political Communication, Helsingborg, Sverige, 13. december 2019.

‘Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy: A Critical Examination,’ Södertörn Universitet, School of Culture and Education. Stockholm, Sweden, 6 December 2019.

‘Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy: A Critical Examination,’ Goto10, Internetstiftelsen. Stockholm, Sweden, 5 December 2019.

‘Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy: A Critical Examination,’ Temple University, Klein College of Media and Communication. Philadelphia, PA, USA, 24 October 2019.

’Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy: A Critical Examination,’ Rutgers University, Department of Communication. New Brunswick, USA, 23 October 2019.

‘Disguised Propaganda, Fake News and Democracy,’ University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School for Communication, Center on Digital Culture and Society. Philadelphia, PA, USA, 22 October 2019.

’Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy: A Critical Examination,’ Brown University, Watson Institute, Brown Journal of World Affairs. Providence, RI, USA, 21 October 2019.

‘Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy: A Critical Examination,’ Fordham University, McGannon Center. New York, NY, USA, 18 October 2019.

‘Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy: A Critical Examination,’ Syracuse University, School of Information Studies. Syracuse, NY, USA, 25 September 2019.

Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy: A Critical Examination,’ Cornell University, Department of Information Science. Ithaca, NY, USA, 12 September 2019.

‘Assessing the Threat of Disinformation,’ Altinget. Copenhagen, Denmark, 3 June 2019.

‘Disguised propaganda on social media,’ University of Gothenburg, Brännpunkt Europa. Gothenburg, Sweden, 22 January 2019.

‘Disguised propaganda in the digital era,’ Deep Cuts #1: Copy/Truth Fake/Original, OBRA Gallery.
Malmö, Sweden, 19 November 2018.

‘Hitting the wall: How social media companies inhibit the struggle against political deception,’ University of Gothenburg, Centrum för Europaforskning. Gothenburg, Sweden, 12 October 2018.

‘Disguised Propaganda on Social Media: Addressing Democratic Dangers and Solutions,’ University of Gothenburg, Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG). Gothenburg, Sweden,12 October 2018.

‘Fake News Literacy? Understanding the potentials and challenges of spotting, classifying and contesting “fake news”,’ TechFestival 2018. Copenhagen, Denmark, 5 September 2018.

Past conference presentations (peer-reviewed)

Farkas, J. (2023). Making Democracy More Truthful? Examining the Construction of Credibility Among Fact-Checkers in Hungary, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, ICA 2023 Pre-conference, The Global Fact-Checking Movement: Regional, Comparative, Organizational, and Institutional Perspectives, Toronto, Canada. 24 May 2023.

Bengtsson, M., Schousboe, S. & Farkas, J. (2023).  Ontological and epistemological foundations of fact-checking: A reading of fact-checkers’ policy documents. ICA 2023 Pre-conference, The Global Fact-Checking Movement: Regional, Comparative, Organizational, and Institutional Perspectives, Toronto, Canada. 24 May 2023.

Farkas, J. (2023). ‘We Return to the Old Virtues:” Exploring Tensions in Imaginaries around Fake News and Journalism, Media Imaginaries 2023. Lund University, Lund, Sweden. 16 March 2023.

Farkas, J. (2022). Fake News and Metajournalistic Discourse: “There is Now Work for Us to Do Again”. Democracy & Digital Citizenship Conference, Roskilde University, Roskilde, Denmark, 29 September 2022.

Bastos, M. & Farkas, J. (2019). “Donald Trump is my President!” The Internet Research Agency Propaganda Machine. 69th Annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference: Communication Beyond Boundaries, Washington DC, USA, 24 – 28 May 2019.

Farkas, J. & Matamoros Fernández, A. (2019). Racism on Social Media: A Critical Review of Methodological Challenges. Critical Digital and Social Media Research Conference, Umeå, Sweden, 6– 8 March 2019.

Farkas, J. & Bastos, M. (2018b). State propaganda in the age of social media: Examining strategies of the Internet Research Agency. 7th European Communication Conference (ECC, ECREA), Lugano, Switzerland, 31 October – 3 November 2018.

Farkas, J. & Matamoros Fernandez, A. (2018). The implications of social media disinformation in reproducing systemic forms of oppression like racism. Locked out of Social Platforms: An iCS Symposium on Challenges to Studying Disinformation, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 27-28 October 2018.

Farkas, J. & Bastos, M. (2018a). IRA Propaganda on Twitter: Stoking Antagonism and Tweeting Local News. 9th Annual International Conference on Social Media and SocietyCopenhagen Business School, Denmark,18-20 July 2018.

Farkas, J. (2018b). Multi-sited online ethnography and critical discourse studies: Exploring disguised propaganda on social media. 7th Biannual Conference on Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines, Aalborg University, Denmark, 4-6 July 2018.

Farkas, J. (2018a). Fact-based democracy or agonistic pluralism? A critical examination of the idea of a post-truth era. Media Freedom Symposium, Lund University, Sweden, 15 March 2018.

Farkas, J. & Neumayer, C.  (2017). Clickbait Propaganda: How Far-right Readers’ Letters Became Headline News in Social Media. AoIR 2017: Networked Publics,, University of Tartu, Estonia, 18-21 Oct 2017.

Farkas, J. (2017) Disguised as News: Exploring Fear-mongering Online Commentaries Camouflaged as Journalism. Media and Fear – International Symposium, Lund University, Sweden, 16 March 2017.

Farkas, J. & Schou, J. (2016). Cloaked Facebook Pages and Xenophobic Propaganda: Exploring the Computational Architecture of Fake-Information. AoIR 2016 – Internet Rules!, Humbold-Universität zu Berlin, Germany, 5-8 October 2016.

Schou, J. & Farkas, J. (2015b). Inside or in sight? Cloaking Strategies of Political Activists on Facebook. Spaces and tactics of politics: Transnational connections, neoliberalisation and the reshaping of civil society, University of Turku, Finland, 11-12 December 2015.

Schou, J. & Farkas, J. (2015a). Disguised as Islamists: Cloaked Facebook Pages and Danish Right-wing Groups. ECREA Communication and Democracy Conference 2015: Political Agency in the Digital Age: Media, Participation and Democracy. Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, 9-10 October 2015.

Farkas, J. & Hjelholt, M. (2015). Moderating Participation: Utilizing Social Network Sites in the 2015 Danish Election, ECREA Political Communication Conference 2015: Changing political communication, changing Europe?, University of Southern Denmark, 27-28 August 2015.

Farkas, J., Schou, J. & Hjelholt, M. (2015). The Historical Shaping of Public Service Television and Digitalization. NordMedia 2015: Media Presence – Mobile Modernities, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 13-15 August 2015.

Schou, J. & Farkas, J. (2015). “Take Action Now and Share This”: Mapping the Micro-dynamics of Political Participation through Facebook. NordMedia 2015: Media Presence – Mobile Modernities, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 13-15 August 2015.

Farkas, J., Schou, J. & Klastrup, L. (2015). Riding the Algorithms? Exploring the Socio-material Practices and Tactics of Mundane Danish Activists on Facebook. Protest Participation in Variable Communication Ecologies, Alghero University, Italy, 24-26 June 2015.

Research stays

Aalborg University
Department of Communication and Psychology
September 2020 – January 2021
Hosted by Associate Professor Bolette Blaagaard

Cornell University
Department of Information Science
September-October 2019
Hosted by Professor Steven J. Jackson

Other activities

Talk, ‘Tech-giganternes trussel mod det monitorerende demokrati’, Magtudredningen 2.0, Odense, Denmark. 13 March 2024.

Guest lecture, ‘Digital Media, Journalism, Disinformation, and Democracy’, Section of Media Studies, Department of Communication, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark. 28 January 2024.

28.  januar 2024.Panelist, ‘Malmö snackar’, Panel on disinformation and democracy, Malmö, Sweden. 13 March 2024.

Book talk, Book reception: Post-Truth, Fake News, and Democracy (2nd Edition). Department of Communication, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark. 26 January 2024.

Workshop facilitator, Digital Methods in Social Media Research: A Workshop on Potentials and Limitations. University of Copenhagen, Department of Communication, Denmark. 5 December 2023.

Panelist, En ifrågasatt demokrati. Conference. Linnaeus University. 15 November 2023.

PhD thesis defense: Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden. 2 June 2023.

Expert testimony, Cognitive Intrusions: Opening Symposium, European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats, Helsinki, Finland. 9 March 2023. Read testimony.

Final PhD Seminar (i,e, ‘pre-defence’), Malmö University, Opponent: Associate Professor Eva Mayerhöffer, October 2022.

Participant, ‘Master class with Professor Zizi Papacharissi: Affective publics and social connection in the digital age,’ Roskilde University, Roskilde, April 2022.

Book talk: ’Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy: A Critical Examination’, Malmö University, Malmö University Library. Malmö, Sweden. October 2019.

50% PhD Seminar, Malmö University, Opponent: Associate Professor Aske Kammer, Malmö, Sweden. October 2020.

Presenter and discussant, TRAIN Conference, Online due to COVID-19, August 2020.

Participant, Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2020, Online due to COVID-19, June 2020.

Panelist, Panel debate about ‘Post-Truth, Fake News, and Democracy’, Goto10, Internetstiftelsen, Stockholm, Sweden. February 2020.

Book talk + reception: ’Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy: Mapping the Politics of Falsehood’, Malmö University, School of Arts and Communication. Malmö, Sweden. November 2019.

Expert contributor, Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Berlin, Germany. November 2019. Read testimony.

Participant. Academic Information Expert Pool Meeting. Hybrid CoE, The European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats, Two-day seminar, Helsinki, Finland, November 2019.

Co-organizer, Workshop on threats, doxing and online harassment against media scholars and media professionals, NordMedia, Malmö University, Sweden, August 2019.

Participant, Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2019, The Royal Danish Playhouse, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 2019.

Participant, Datafication, Digital Inequalities and Data Justice, Network conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, June 2019.

Discussant, TRAIN Conference, Örebro, Sweden, April 2019.,

Participant, Network Meeting on the Risk of Foreign Interference in the Danish National Elections, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Copenhagen, Denmark, March 2019.

Discussant, Keynote by Professor Jay David Bolter, Augmented and Virtual Reality-enhancing our understanding of cultural heritage, Malmö University, Sweden, November 2018.

Chair, Panel on discursive struggles in national and European media, 7th European Communication Conference (ECC) , Lugano, Switzerland, October 2018.

Co-organiser, Three Young Scholar Workshops: Methods, Writing and Activism, Pre-conference event to the 7th European Communication Conference (ECC) in Lugano, Switzerland, October 2018.

Participant, Cph150 – a two-day think tank, TechFestival, Copenhagen, Denmark, September 2018.

Participant, Datafication, Digital Inequalities and Data Justice, Workshop at Tampere University, Finland, August 2018.

Contributor, Research exhibition, Förnuft eller känsla? Fakta, forskning och föreställningarMalmö University Library, Sweden, April-October 2018.

Discussant, Keynote by Professor Pille Pruulmann Vengerfeldt, Digital parenting: How social media helps push the boundaries of being normal, Malmö University, Sweden, April 2018.

Presenter and discussant, TRAIN Conference, Kristinehamn, Sweden, April 2018.

Chair, Panel on civic engagement and civic experiences in datafied societies, Digital Democracy: Critical Perspectives in the Age of Big Data, ECREA Communication and Democracy conference, Stockholm, Sweden, November 2017.

Chair, Panel on digital activism, Digital Democracy: Critical Perspectives in the Age of Big Data, ECREA Communication and Democracy conference, Stockholm, Sweden, November 2017.

Co-organizer, Open Lecture on Racist Propaganda in the Digital Age, w. Professor Jessie Daniels, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark, May 2017.

Co-organizer, Conference on Digital Social Inclusion, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark April 2017.

Memberships and representation

Chair of the Young Scholars Network of the European Communication Research and Education Association (YECREA) – 2018-2021.

Member of Datafication, Digital Inequalities and Data Injustice (Nordic research network) – 2018-2021.

Member of The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Network on Disinformation, 2018-2021.

PhD representative at the Board of Supervisors, School of Arts and Communication, Malmö Universitet – 2018 – 2019.

Member of the Association for Swedish Media Researchers (FSMK) – siden januar 2018.

YECREA Representative in the Communication and Democracy section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) – 2017-2018.

Member of Democracy and Citizenship in Digital Society (DECIDIS), strategic research initiative at the IT University of Copenhagen – 2016 – 2018.

Peer review

I have been a peer reviewer for the following academic journals (in alphabetical order):
Big Data & Society
Canadian Journal of Communication
Contemporary Political Theory
Cooperation and Conflict
Digital Culture and Education
Emotion, Space and Society
European Journal of Communication
First Monday
Globalisation, Societies and Education
Global Policy
Human Communication Research
Journalism Studies
Journal of Communication
Journal of Contemporary European Studies
Journal of Language and Politics
Media, Culture & Society
New Media & Society
Nordic Journal of Media Studies
Nordicom Review
Political Communication
Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy

Theory, Culture & Society
The Communication Review


Travel grant, 2018 – 58 000 SEK, Reidar Peters Internationaliseringsfond

Travel grant, 2018 – 2000 SEK, Swedish Association for Media and Communication Research (FSMK)

Travel grant, 2018 – 1000 DKK, Carlsberg Foundation

Travel grant, 2015 – 2000 DKK, IT University of Copenhagen, August 2015

Travel grant, 2011 – 20 000 DKK, Erasmus+