Tübingen Conference

Tübingen Conference


July 28th to 30th, 2017


University of Tübingen, Germany

Local Organizer:

Michael Butter

The MC Meeting Minutes can be found here: CA15101-MCM4 Minutes



The Tübingen conference was the project’s first major conference after a series of internal meetings.
It took place from Friday, July 28th to Sunday, July 30th, 2017, at the University of Tuebingen in Germany. The conference was open to the public.

Friday, July 28th

5.00 – 5.30      Conference Opening

Bernd Engler (President of the University of Tübingen), Peter Knight (Action Chair), Michael Butter (Local Organizer)

 5.30 – 7.00      Joseph Uscinski (University of Miami): “Conspiracy Theories Are for Losers”

7.00 – 8.00       Official Reception (Drinks and Snacks)

Saturday, July 29th

9.00 – 10.30    Panel 1: Modes of Transmission (1): Histories and Cultures

Chair: Eva Horn
Claus Oberhauser: “Blaming the Illuminati: Communication Networks and Modes of Transmission in the Late 18th Century”
Ben Carver: “Serial Anxiety: Invasion Fictions and the British Press”
Anastasiya Astapova: “Conspiracy Theory Conduit: From Rumor to Humor”

10.30 – 11.00  Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.30  Timothy Melley (Miami University): Spectacular Plots: Conspiracy Discourse and the Public Sphere

1.30 – 3.00      Panel 2: Crisis and Conspiracy Theory: War, Refugees, and Migration

Chair: Annika Rabo
Eirikur Bergmann: “Disrupting the Trust: Conspiracy Theories of Right-Wing Populists in Europe and the Fear of Islamist Occupation”
Iselin Frydenlund: “‘Influx of Viruses:’ Migration, Refugees and the Construction of Muslim Others in Buddhist Myanmar”
Kasper Rasmussen: “‘There’s Something Going On:’ Anti-Muslim and Anti-Migrant Conspiracy Theories in Trump’s 2016 Presidential Campaign”

3.00 – 3.30      Coffee Break

3.30 – 5.00      Panel 3: Conspiracy Theories and Radical Politics

Chair: Jan-Willem van Prooijen
Tanjev Schultz: “Conspiracy Theories, Media Cynicism and Political Radicalization: Findings from Germany”
Pascal Girard: “Can We Learn Some Lessons of History about Conspiracy Theories?”
Turkay Salim Nefes: “The Impact of the Turkish Government’s Conspiratorial Framing of the Gezi Park Protests”

5.30 – 7.00      Karen Douglas: “The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories”

Sunday, July 30th

9.30 – 11.00    Panel 4: Roundtable on Modes of Transmission (2): Conspiracy Theory in the Age of the Internet

Chair: Clare Birchall
Estrella Gualda Caballero: on big data analysis of social media
Katarina Thalmann: on conspiracy theories in the age of Twitter
Hugo Leal: on social network analysis and fake news
Alex Krosodomski Jones (Demos, UK): on big data analysis of social media

10.30 – 11.00  Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.30  Panel 5 (WG 3): Conspiracy Theories and Knowledge

Chair: Todor Hristov
Alejandro Romero Reche: “Classical Sociology of Knowledge as Conspiratorial Thinking?”
Nebojša Blanuša: “The Deep State between the (Un)warranted Conspiracy Theroies and Structural Element of Political Regimes?”
Jasna Milošević: “Conspiracy Theories and Knowledge: (Dis)Trust in Knowledge Provided by Science and Health Authorities and Its Impact on Vaccine Hesitancy (the Case of Serbia)”
Discussant: Clare Birchall