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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 […]

The Guy Fawkes Conspiracy
The Guy Fawkes Conspiracy

It’s the archetype of a conspiracy, complete with oaths of secrecy, a smoky room, and an agreement to commit treason. But, in the words of this BBC article, Was Guy Fawkes a Fall Guy? Take care to read past the first dozen or so paragraphs, where you will find that the answer, according to Cambridge […]

5 November 2014