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Åsa Wikforss, speaker at IntelliSummit 2019, selected for the Swedish Academy

Åsa Wikforss is professor of theoretical philosophy at Stockholm University. She specializes in the theory of knowledge and the philosophy of language and publishes widely in international research journals. She is a member of several research councils, is part of AcademiaNet – Expert Database of Outstanding Female Academics, and she was recently elected a member of the Royal Academy of Science, Sweden. In 2017 she published a popular book on the topic of post-truth, ‘Alternativa fakta. Om kunskapen och dess fiender’ (‘Alternative facts. On knowledge and its enemies’), and she participates frequently in the public debate in Sweden and elsewhere. During the last year she has made over 150 public contributions speaking about post-truth and fact resistance, including TV, radio, podcasts, and articles.  

In April 2019 she gave her presentation “From truthiness to alternative facts and post-truth” at the Intellisummit. The purpose of her presentation was to show how vulnerable we can be to disinformation and how these vulnerabilities are systematically exploited. The participants also learned some tricks on how to defend themselves against fake news and propaganda.

In May 2019 Åsa was selected for the Swedish Academy and chair #7 to replace Sara Danius.

 

We congratulate Åsa to this great achievement and feel that she is now in an even better position to continue her engagement in stimulating critical thinking!