Dubrovnik Meeting

Dubrovnik Meeting


October 19th to 20th, 2018


Inter University Centre, Don Frana Bulića 4 Street, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Local Organizer:

Nebojša Blanuša

The MC Minutes can be found here: CA15101-MCM7 Minutes

Preliminary Program:

Day 1: Friday, October 19th

8.45 – 9.15                 Registration

9.15 – 9.45                 MC Meeting and Opening Plenary on Handbook and Series

9.45 – 10.15               Coffee Break

10.15 – 11.30             Potential Edited Volumes/Books/Research Projects

1. Conspiracy Theories in the Nordic Countries
Chair: Annika Rabo
Speakers: Hulda Thórisdóttir, Asbjørn Dyrendal, Eirikur Bergmann, Kasper Grotle Rasmussen
Discussants: Anastasiya Astapova and Michael Butter

2. The In/Visible Hand: The Visual Semiotics of Conspiracy
Chair: Isabel Marcos
Roundtable Participants: Andreas Ventsel, Evripides Zantides, Isabel Marcos, Mari-Liis Madisson, Massimo Leone, Simona Stano

3. Making Fun of/with Conspiracy Theories
Chair: Julien Giry and Aurore van de Winkel

11.30 – 1.00                Handbook Section Meetings

Section 1: Definitions and Approaches
Chair: Alejandro Romero Reche
Annika Rabo, “Conspiracy Theories and Anthropology”
Turkay Nefes and Alejandro Romero Reche, “Conspiracy Theories, Sociology and Social Theory”
Nebojša Blanuša and Todor Hristov, “Conspiracy Theories, Psychoanalysis and Critical Theory”

Section 2: Psychology
Editors: Aleksandra Cichocka, Jan-Willem van Prooijen, Karen Douglas, Michał Bilewicz
Speakers: Anthony Lantian and Peter Kreko

Section 3: Society and Politics
Editors: Eirikur Bergmann, Asbjørn Dyrendal, Jaron Harambam, Hulda Thórisdóttir
Speakers: Jaron Harambam and Jernej Pikalo

1.00 – 2.00                 Lunch Break

2.00 – 3.15                  Plenary Panel: Conspiracy Theories and/as Social Science
Chair: André Krouwel
Daniel Cohnitz, “The Social Epistemology of Conspiracy Theories”
Massimo Leone, “Accepting Randomness”

3.15 – 3.45                 Coffee Break

3.45 – 5.15                  Conspiracy Theories in/about Europe (1): CTs in the Post-Soviet Empire
Chair: Anastasiya Astapova
Andreas Ventsel, “Conspiracy Theory as a Strategy of Information Warfare: The Case of Secret Biological Weapons”
Vladimir Sazonov, “Russian Conspiracy Theories and Information War in Ukraine 2014–2018”
Holger Mölder, “Conspiracy Theories: Selling the Culture of Fear in the Security Market of the Post-Truth World”


Day 2: Saturday, October 20th

8.45 – 9.15                 Registration

9.15 – 10.30                Conspiracy Theories in/about Europe (2): The Balkans
Chair: Nebojša Blanuša
Tvrtko Jakovina (University of Zagreb), “Traveling Protocols of the Elders of Zion and the Antisemitism in the Balkans”
Tomislav Pletenac (University of Zagreb), “To Get Away from Murder: Visions of the Balkans from the Orient Express”
Dejan Jović (University of Zagreb), “’Surrounded by “Worries’: Conspiratorial Politics of Identity in Former Yugoslavia”
Kosta Bovan, Andrea Vranić, Jasna Milošević, Vladimir Turjačanin and Nebojša Blanuša, “Common Specters and Antagonistic Views on Conspiratorial Politics in B&H, Croatia and Serbia”

10.30 – 11.00             Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.30              Debate: Should we debunk conspiracy theories… And if so, how?
Chair: Michael Butter
Speakers: Peter Kreko, Jaron Harambam, Ela Drazkiewicz

12.30 – 1.30               Lunch Break

1.30 – 3.00                  Conspiracy Theories, Post-Truth, Misinformation and Fake News
Chair: Clare Birchall
Stephen Armstrong (Sunday Times journalist and author), “Six Impossible Things before Breakfast”
Adam Berinksy, “Rumours, Truths and Reality: Political Misinformation in the Modern Age”
Mari-Liis Madison, “Semiotic Perspective on the Analysis of Strategic Conspiracy Narratives”

3.00 – 3.30                 Coffee Break

3.30 – 5.00                 Conspiracy Theories and Climate Change
Chair: Karen Douglas
Achim Bubenzer (klimafakten.de, Berlin)
Stephan Lewandowsky, (University of Bristol)