Prague Meeting

Prague Meeting


Sept 19th to 21st, 2019


Charles University and Vaclav Havel Library , Prague, Czech Republic

Local Organizer:

Kateřina Králová

The MC Minutes can be found here: CA15101-MCM9 Minutes

Preliminary Program:

Day 1: Thursday 19th September 2019

(Vaclav Havel Library)

4.00 – 4.30                Registration

4.30 – 04.45             Conference Opening

Kateřina Králová (Charles University), Peter Knight (Manchester)

4.45 – 06.00             Opening Keynote

Chair: Michael Butter (Tübingen)
Mark Fenster (Florida), “Conspiracy Theories Don’t Kill People!?”

6.00 -7.00                  Wine Reception and Book Launch

Introduced by Michael Butter and Peter Knight

Day 2: Friday 20th

(Chales University, Faculty of Social Sciences)

9.00 – 9.30                Registration

9.30 – 10.00              MC Meeting

10.00 – 11.00            Debate: Are We Hard-Wired to Believe in Conspiracy Theories?

Chair: Aleksandra Cichocka (Kent)
Jan-Willem Prooijen (VU Amsterdam)
Jovan Byford (Open University)

11.00 – 11.15            Coffee Break

11.15 – 12.30            Panel A: New Research in Social and Political Psychology

Chair: Biljana Gjoneska (Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts)


Theofilos Gkinopoulos (Greenwich), “Communication of Conspiracy and Non-Conspiracy Attributions in the Aftermath of Wildfires in Attica on July 2018”
Karen Douglas (Kent), “How Politicians’ Use of Conspiracy Theories can Polarize the Electorate”
Michal Bilewicz (Warsaw), “Traumatic Rift: How Conspiracy Theories Undermine Social Cohesion after Societal Trauma”

                                    Panel B: The Visual Culture of Conspiracy

Massimo Leone (Turin) and Andreas Önnerfors (Lund University) on Rembrandt’s Batavian Oath

12.30 – 1.30                Lunch

1.30 – 3.00                Panel: Conspiracy Theories in the Age of Trump

Chair: Hulda Thórisdóttir (University of Iceland)

Nicolas Guilhot (CNRS), “The Deep State from the arcana imperii to Trump”
Joseph Uscinski (Miami), “The Trump Factor”
Michael Wood (Winchester), “QAnon: Conspiracy Theories and New Religious Movements”

3.00 – 3.30                Coffee break

3.30 – 4.30                Panel A: Conspiracy Theories on the Margins and in the Mainstream

Chair: Eirikur Bergmann (Bifrost University)

Estrella Gualda (Huelva), “Right-wing Conspiracy Theories in Andalusia”
Marios Hatzopoulos (Panteion University), “Spraying the Blue Skies: Chemtrail Conspiracy Theories in Greece”
Marc Van Oudheusden (Leiden), “Conspiracy (Theory) Dynamics Revisited: Eight Stages in the Conspiracy Process Map”


                                    Panel B: The Paranoid Style Revisited

Chair: Dana Crăciun (University of Timișoara)

Andrew McKenzie-McHarg (Cambridge), “Hofstadter and the Paranoid Style in 1959”
Ben Carver (Aarhus), “William Burroughs and the countercultural ‘Paranoid Style’”
Mar Gallego Duran (Huelva) “Black Masculinities”

4.30 – 5.30                 Keynote: Interview

Chair: Clare Birchall (King’s College London)
Anna Merlan (journalist), “Republic of Lies”

Day 3: Saturday 21st September 2019

9.00 – 9.30                Registration

9.30 – 11.00              Panel: Making Sense of Conspiracy Theories in Post-Truth Politics

Chair: Annika Rabo (Stockholm)

Nils Bubandt and Noa Vaisman (Aarhus), “Doubt and Verisimilitude in a Post-Factual World: Awkward Lessons from Argentina and Indonesia”
Florian Stoeckel (Exeter) and Joelle Tasker, “Public Support for Conspiratorial Thinking in Europe”

10.30-11.00              Coffee break

11.00-12.30              Keynote

Chair: Karen Douglas (Kent)
Joanne Miller (Delaware), “Coping by Conspiracy? Some Puzzles and Unanswered Questions”

12.30 – 1.30             Lunch

1.30-3.00                  Panel A: A Continent of Conspiracies

Chair: Andreas Önnerfors (Lund University)

Andreas Önnerfors: Imagining a Continent Shaped by Conspiracy (opening)
Eirikur Bergmann: The Eurabia Conspiracy
Estrella Gualda: Metaphors of Invasion
Holger Mölder (Tallinn University of Technology): The Decline of Europe in Russian political imagination
Biljana Gjoneska (MASA), Ognjan Denkovski, Kristijan Fidanovski, Nebojša Blanuša: EU-related Conspiracy Theories in the Western Balkans
André Krouwel (VU Amsterdam), , Jan-Willem van Prooijen: The Correlation between Euroscepticism and Conspiracy-Belief

                                    Panel B: Interventions

Chair: Silvia Mari (Milan)

Sylvain Delouvée (Rennes), “Responding to the Spreading of Conspiracy Theories among Future Teachers”
Ela Drążkiewicz and Jaron Harambam (Maynooth), Report on “What Do We Do about Conspiracy Theories? The Role of the Social Sciences in Debunking Conspiracy Theories” Conference

3.00 – 3.30             Coffee break

3.30 – 5.00             Closing Keynote

Chair:Asbjørn Dyrendal (NTNU)
Eliot Borenstein (NYU), “Queer Plots against Russia, or Tolerance as a Social Disease”



© Photos by Tomáš Šedivý 2019, Charles University