Bilderberg Meeting

Bilderberg Meeting


25-26 May, 2018


Hotel de Bilderberg, Oosterbeek, Netherlands

Preliminary Program:

Day 1: Friday 25th May 2018

8.30 – 9.00           Registration

9.00 – 10.00         MC Meeting and opening plenary on handbook and series

10.00 – 10.30       coffee break

10.30 – 12.30       Handbook section meetings

Section 1: Definitions and Approaches
Editors: Todor Hristov, Alejandro Romero Reche, Andrew McKenzie-McHarg
Andrew McKenzie-McHarg, “The Conceptual History of Conspiracy Theory”
Juho Ritola, “Philosophy and Conspiracy Theories”
Raluca Radu and Tanjev Schultz, “Who says what: Conspiracy theories from the perspective of Media & Communication Studies”
Julien Giry and Vera Tika, “Between Science and Militacy: Qualification and Disqualification Effects and Uses of the Conspiracy Theory Label”

Section 2: Psychology
Editors: Aleksandra Cichocka, Jan-Willem van Prooijen, Karen Douglas, Michal Bilewicz
Roundtable discussion with all Section 2 authors who are attending the meeting

Section 3: Society and Politics
Editors: Eirikur Bergmann, Asbjorn Dyrendal, Jaron Harambam, Hulda Thórisdóttir
Joe Uscinski (Miami): Demographic, political and ideological variables

Section 4: Media and Manifestations
Editors: Stef Aupers, Dana Craciun, Andreas Önnerfors
Roundtable: Ben Carver, Ute Caumanns, Simona Stano, “The textual, the visual and the digital: (dis)continuities in the media transmission of conspiracy theories”

Section 5: Regions and Histories
Editors: Nebojsa Blanusa, Pascal Girard, Annika Rabo, Ilya Yablokocv
Speakers: TBC

12.30 – 1.30        lunch

1.30 – 3.00         Pleanry panel: The Illuminati, the Bilderberg, and the New World Order
Chair: Andrew McKenzie-McHarg
Claus Oberhauser, “Alexander Horn and the Illuminati”
Lindsay Porter, “The Illuminati Myth, from Bavaria to Beyoncé”
Kasper Grotle Rasmussen, “Bilderberg and the New World Order”

3.00 – 3.30        coffee break

3.30 – 5.00        Edited volumes panels

Why Conspiracy Theories Matter and What To Do About Them
Chair: Peter Kreko substitute TBC

Conspiracy Theories in the Balkans
Chair: Nebojsa Blanusa

The In/Visible Hand: The Visual Semiotics of Conspiracy
Isabel Marcos, Introduction
Andreas Ventsel, CT as a mechanism of visual power
Helena Pires, The satire/cartoon as a “weapon” against CT
Evripides Zantides, Intertextuality, Typography and Graphic Design in the service of Conspiracy Theories
Mari-Liis Madisson, CTs and visual meaning-making: Analysis of CTs about online surveillance
Eduardo Camilo, “They live, we sleep” Conspiracy Theory Representation on Movies: Francis F. Coppola, John Carpenter and Richard Donner

6.30 – 7.30        Plenary roundtable: Conspiracy Theories and Populism
Chair: Michael Butter and Eirikur Bergmann


Day 2: Saturday 26th May 2018

8.45 – 9.15         Registration

9.15-10.45         Plenary roundtable: Conspiracy Theories and Antisemitism
Chair: Alejandro Romero-Reche
Michael Hagemeister: “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion: Facts and Fictions”
Katerina Kralova: “Antisemitic CTs in Greece”
Christopher Bannister: “‘The Judeo-Masonic-Bolshevic Conspiracy and Spanish Right in Democracy, War and Dictatorship, 1931-1945”

10.45 – 11.15       coffee break

11.15 – 12.30       Plenary roundtable: Conspiracy Theories, Gender and Sexuality
Chair: Annika Rabo
Speakers: Aleksandra Cichocka, Dana Craciun, Karen Douglas, Peter Knight

12.45 – 1.45        lunch

1.30 – 3.00         Plenary roundtable: Conspiracy Theories, Extremism and Government Intervention
Chair: Katerina Kralova
Speakers: Benjamin Lee (Lancaster/CREST); Stevie Voogt (Moonshot CVE)

3.00 – 3.30        coffee break

3.30 – 5.00        Edited volumes panels

1.Eastern Europe Goes Global: Origins and Impact of CTs in Post-Socialist Countries
Chair: Corneliu Pintilescu (George Baritiu History Institute of the Romanian Academy)
Zuzana Panczová (Institute of Ethnology Slovak Academy of Sciences), ‘Between East and West: Notions of Victimhood in conspiracy Theories in Slovakia’
Matthew Dentith (New Europe College, Bucharest), ‘Conspiracy Theories in Romania: An outisder’s perspective on the conspiracy theories post-Nicolae Ceausescu’
Onoriu Colacel (Ştefan cel Mare University of Suceava), ‘Conspiracy Theories and Moldovan Political Journalism on TV’

2. CTs and the Internet
Chair: Stef Aupers
Speakers: TBC

3. The Afterlives of Conspiracy Theories/CTs as Travelling Ideas
Chair: Kasper Grotle Rasmussen
Annika Rabo – Witch Hunts
Ela Drazkiewicz – Anti-vaccine movements
Claus Oberhauser – Protocols of the Elders of Zion
Andrew McKenzie-McHarg – Illuminati