Bilderberg Meeting

Bilderberg Meeting


May 25th to 26th, 2018


Hotel de Bilderberg, Utrechtseweg 261, 6862 AK Oosterbeek, Netherlands

Local Organizer:

Michael Butter

The MC Minutes can be found here: CA15101-MCM6 Minutes



Day 1: Friday, May 25th

8.30 – 9.00           Registration

9.00 – 10.00         MC Meeting and Opening Plenary on Handbook and Series

10.00 – 10.30       Coffe 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 and Communication Studies”
Julien Giry and Pranvera 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 present

Section 3: Society and Politics
Editors: Eirikur Bergmann, Asbjørn Dyrendal, Jaron Harambam, Hulda Thórisdóttir
Joseph Uscinski: “Demographic, Political and Ideological Variables”
Hulda Thórisdóttir: “Conspiracy Theories and Civic Participation”

Section 4: Media and Manifestations
Editors: Stef Aupers, Dana Crăciun, Andreas Önnerfors
Roundtable Discussion: Anastasiya Astapova, Ben Carver, and Ute Caumanns: “The Textual, the Visual and the Digital: (Dis)continuities in the Media Transmission of Conspiracy Theories”

Section 5: Regions and Histories
Editors: Nebojša Blanuša, Pascal Girard, Annika Rabo, Ilya Yablokocv
Roundtable Discussion, chaired by Annika Rabo, with all Section 2-Authors present

12.30 – 1.30        Lunch

1.30 – 3.00         Plenary 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

1. Conspiracy Theories in the Balkans
Chair: Nebojša Blanuša
Nebojša Blanuša: “Overview of the Edited Volume: Chapters and Authors Inside and Outside the COST Network”
Doğan Gürpinar: “Breakdown of an Empire: The Turkish Conspiratorial Mind on the demise of the Ottoman Empire and Its Aftermath”
Todor Hristov: “Top Secret and the Balkan End of the Cold War”
Jasna Milošević and Iris Žeželj: “Conspiracy Theories about the Conflict in the Balkans: Blaming the Enemy or Finding a Joint Culprit”

2. The In/Visible Hand: The Visual Semiotics of Conspiracy
Isabel Marcos: Introduction
Andreas Ventsel: “Conspiracy Theory as a Mechanism of Visual Power”
Helena Pires: “The Satire/Cartoon as a ‘Weapon’ against Conspiracy Theory”
Evripides Zantides: “Intertextuality, Typography, and Graphic Design in the Service of Conspiracy Theories”
Mari-Liis Madisson: “Conspiracy Theories and Visual Meaning-Making: Analysis of Cosnpiracy Theories about Online Surveillance”
Eduardo Camilo: “‘They live, we sleep.’ Conspiracy Theory Representation on Movies: Francis F. Coppola, John Carpenter, and Richard Donner”

5.30 – 6.30        Plenary roundtable: Conspiracy Theories and Populism
Michael Butter and Eirikur Bergmann


Day 2: Saturday, May 26th

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 Králová: “Between Traditional and New Antisemitism: The Case of Modern Greece”
Dov Winer: “Antisemitic Conspiracy Theories on the Internet”

10.45 – 11.15       Coffee Break

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

12.45 – 1.45        Lunch

1.30 – 3.00         Plenary Roundtable: Conspiracy Theories, Extremism, and Government Intervention
Chair: Katerina Králová
Benjamin Lee (Lancaster/CREST)
Jan Rathe (Amadeu Antonio Stiftung)

3.00 – 3.30        Coffee Break

3.30 – 5.00        Edited Volumes Panels

1.Eastern Europe Goes Global: Origins and Impact of Conspiracy Theories in Post-Socialist Countries
Chair: Corneliu Pintilescu
Zuzana Panczová: “Between East and West: Notions of Victimhood in Conspiracy Theories in Slovakia”
Matthew Dentith: “Conspiracy Theories in Romania: An Outisder’s Perspective on the Conspiracy Theories post-Nicolae Ceaușescu”
Onoriu Colacel: “Conspiracy Theories and Moldovan Political Journalism on TV”

2. CTs and the Internet
Chair: Stef Aupers
Asbjørn Dyrendal: “Social Media and (Racist) Conspiracy Talk”

3. The Afterlives of Conspiracy Theories/Conspiracy Theories 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