Huelva Meeting

Huelva Meeting


May 23rd to 24th, 2019


Universidad de Huelva, Huelva, Spain

Local Organizer:

Estrella Gualda

The MC Minutes can be found here: CA15101-MCM8 Minutes

Preliminary Program:

Day 1: Thursday, May 23rd

9.15 – 9.45                  Registration

9.45 – 10.30               MC Meeting and Opening Plenary 

10.30 – 11.00             Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.30              Handbook Section Meetings

Section 1: Definitions and Approaches
Section 2: Psychology
Section 3: Society and Politics
Section 4: Media and Manifestations
Section 5: Regions and Histories

12.30 – 1.30               Lunch Break

1.30 – 2.45                  Plenary Roundtable: Conspiracy theories and the media

Chair: Estrella Gualda
José Manuel Abad Liñán (journalist, El Pais), “How Fake News Is Changing the Media”
Deborah Wolf (University of Freiburg), “Conspiracy Theories and YouTube”

2.45 – 3.15                 Coffee Break

3.15 – 4.00                Book talk: Conspiracy Theories in Russia

Michael Butter interviews Ilya Yablokov about his new book Fortress Russia: Conspiracy Theories in the Post-Soviet World

4.15 – 5.30                  Chair: Nicola Gess
Tobias Ginsburg (journalist), “Going Undercover with Conspiracy Theorists”


Day 2: Friday, May 24th

8.30 – 9.00                 Registration

9.00 – 10.30                Edited Volumes/Research Group/Stakeholder Engagement Panels

  1. Educational resources working group

Chair:  Claus Oberhauser
Asbjorn Dyrendal, Dan Jolley, Peter Kreko, Sylvain Delouvée, Steve Lewandowsky, Ela Drazkiewicz, Olivier Klein, Jan Rathje, Jaron Harambam, Michael Butter


  1. Conspiracy Theories in Eastern Europe

Chair: Onoriu Colăcel (Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava)

Todor Hristov (University of Sofia), Freemasonry and Justice in Postsocialist Bulgaria
Nebojša Blanuša (Zagreb University), Dissolution of Yugoslavia as a Conspiracy and Its Haunting Returns
Anastasiya Astapova (University of Tartu). MS Estonia Ferry Disaster: The Deadliest Baltic Tragedy in Conspiracy Theories
Franciszek Czech (Jagiellonian University), Populists, Civilizationists, and Hiperdemocrats. Institutionalization of Conspiratorial Distrust in Polish Political Culture

10.30 – 11.00             Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.30              Plenary Roundtable:

Chair: Mar Gallego Duran
Nicola Gess (University of Basel), “Half-Truths: On an Instrument of Post-Truth Politics”
Nicolas Guilhot (CNRS), “Conspiracy Theory as Political Theory”

12.30 – 1.30               Lunch Break

1.30 – 3.00                  Conspiracy Theories in and on the Nordic Countries

Chair: Annika Rabo
Speakers: Anastasiya Astapova, Eirikur Bergmann

3.00 – 3.30                 Coffee Break

3.30 – 5.00                 Parallel Panels

  1. PiCOM meeting

Chair: Roland Imhoff

  1. Plots: Literary Form and Conspiracy Culture

Chair: Ben Carver, Dana Craciun, Todor Hristov
Speakers: Annika Brunck, Anastasiya Astapova, Michael Butter