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CARP November Newsletter 

Colleagues and friends,

You are receiving this newsletter because you have expressed interest in news and updates from the CARP team. The Research Lab for Character Assassination and Reputation Politics (CARP) includes scholars studying public character, reputation, and multiple issues concerning reputational challenges and defenses.  


CARP 2021 International Conference: "Cancel Culture and Character Assassination 

The 3rd CARP conference took place September 24-26 online. The program featured international scholars from Italy, India, Brazil, Russia, Greece, Belgium, the UK, Ukraine, and other countries. 

At the preconference, Jennie, Eric, Serge, and Martijn presented
a new textbook and an annual progress report. Dr. Eric Shiraev talked about his CA in Political Science syllabus and provided some guidelines on the use of his new online database.

On September 25, the panelists covered a variety of topics, ranging from cancel culture in academia to the use of deepfakes in strategic deception campaigns. The next day, the sessions focused on issues in international relations, cancel culture and social movements, and the historical cases of character assassination. A popular topic was the discussion of biography and attitudes toward memorials. The conference concluded with a wrap up discussion and closing remarks provided by Dr. Shiraev. 

All conference materials will be available online and YouTube in January, 2022. The next CARP conference is scheduled in March 2023. 

CARP Co-founder Jennifer Keohane on Gary Hart 

We are proud to present a new publication by Dr. Jennifer Keohane 

Shot Through the Hart: A Brief (and Incomplete) Rhetorical History of Character Assassination


If you don’t study American politics or weren’t of voting age in the 1980s, you have probably never heard the name “Gary Hart”. Yet Gary Hart was once an immediately recognisable political dynamo for the Democratic Party. Young, rugged and handsome, Hart was supposed to be the Democratic nominee for president in 1988. How did he fall from grace? In short, Hart was a target of character assassination. Journalists for the Miami Herald got an anonymous tip that he was having an extramarital affair and pursued the lead. What happened next was the stuff of movies (and indeed became a 2018 film entitled The Front Runner).

 

CARP Lab Radio Hour Podcast with Kip Williams

Every month, we’ll be bringing on new guests on our new official podcast CARP Lab Radio Hour to explore the science and history of character assassination and scandal. 

The new episode features Kipling D. Williams, a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Purdue University who is widely recognized as the world’s leading authority on ostracism and social rejection.

In this episode, CARP Media Outreach Coordinator Deirdre Jane Prigge and Dr. Williams discuss ostracism’s evolutionary roots, how it works, and why no one is immune to its effects. 


 

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