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Author Archives: Vickie Freer

Watch “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion: The Facts Surrounding a Fiction” talk by Dr Michael Hagemeister (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
Watch “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion: The Facts Surrounding a Fiction” talk by Dr Michael Hagemeister (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

A public talk by Dr Michael Hagemeister (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) with a response from Dr Reinhard Markner (Universität Innsbruck).   Investigations into the origin and early history of the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” often lead to the border between fiction (or mystification) and historical fact. Furthermore, one can observe how this border is crossed: […]

10 November 2014
Watch “Paranoid Masculinities: Conspiracy Theory in Mark Twain’s Fiction” talk by Prof. Alex Berringer (Montevallo)
Watch “Paranoid Masculinities: Conspiracy Theory in Mark Twain’s Fiction” talk by Prof. Alex Berringer (Montevallo)

This talk explored Mark Twain’s perspective on conspiracy theory in late-nineteenth century America. In Twain’s time, public attitudes towards conspiracy theory went through a somewhat unusual change. Namely, conspiracy theory was becoming increasingly identified with amusement and entertainment. Figures such as Josiah Strong and Ignatius Donnelly drew enormous crowds and sold bestselling books by offering […]

Watch “Is Democracy Conspiratorial?” by Professor Samuel Moyn (Harvard)
Watch “Is Democracy Conspiratorial?” by Professor Samuel Moyn (Harvard)

Since the time of the abbé Barruel, the French Revolution – the source of democratic claims eventually the world over – has been unmasked as the outcome of a dark conspiracy. This talk examines some of the contemporary legacies of this claim about the secret agenda of democratic self-rule, with a focus on some famous […]

4 September 2014
Watch “American Conspiracy Theories” talk by Professors Joseph Usciniski (Miami) and Joseph Parent (Miami)
Watch “American Conspiracy Theories” talk by Professors Joseph Usciniski (Miami) and Joseph Parent (Miami)

Are conspiracy theories overtaking deliberative societies, inflaming discourse and degrading democracy? How much more prone to violence are conspiracy theorists? Which political party is more likely to traffic in conspiratorial talk? Has the Internet ushered in a new era of conspiracy-fueled paranoia? Using original data sources spanning more than a century, Joseph E. Uscinski and […]